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Looking Back: 1962 - Air Force radar train arrives in Worthington

One year ago

Nancy Vaske, general manager of AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Worthington, was honored with the 2011 Hotelier of the Year award recently at the Minnesota Lodging Association's annual awards ceremony in Minneapolis.

Elaine Hay retired after working for New Vision Co-op for nearly 50 years.

The century-old, two-story home at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 13th Street in Worthington, which had served for more than 30 years as a residential treatment facility for Southwestern Mental Health Center, was going to get a makeover courtesy of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership.

The 10th installment of Snow on the Porch took place at Memorial Auditorium on New Year's Eve, with a theme of "Norwegians Got Talent."

Sarah Meiser, the current exchange student from Crailsheim, Germany, was experiencing her first American Christmas. She was living with the Bill and Betsy Wetering family during the holiday season.

Safe Cab offered safe rides home for New Year's Eve revelers in the Worthington area, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the holiday eve.

Five years ago

For a second consecutive year, a gold Krugerrand coin was left by an anonymous donor in the Salvation Army Christmas kettle at Worthington's ShopKo. The coin had an estimated value of $800.

The Bay Street home of Arnold and Shirley Kazemba was the winner of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Lighting Contest.

Officials from West Mall Theaters Inc. and Northland Mall were reportedly nearing a deal that would reopen Northland Cinema 5 in Worthington. The theater, previously operated by TCMCI Theaters, had been closed since Nov. 4.

The average price of farmland had surpassed 2006 levels in all six southwest Minnesota counties, and the trend toward higher prices showed no sign of decline. The range of prices per acre went from the low of $2,712 in Murray County to the high of $3,632 in Cottonwood County.

Former Arkansas Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made a campaign stop in Sheldon, Iowa, at Northwest Iowa Community College.

10 years ago

Construction of Minnesota 60 was isolating Heron Lake and negatively affecting a few local businesses that had benefited for decades from frequent travelers on the old road. Among them was P.J.'s Mini-Mart and Café.

John Landgaard, in his third year as superintendent at Norwood-Young America, was hired to replace John Widvey as the District 518 superintendent of schools. Landgaard, 42, agreed to a three-year contract beginning July 1.

Noah Hoehn, a 1998 Worthington High School graduate and the son of Joe and Carol Hoehn, Worthington, won the top prize -- $5,000 --in the Treasure Island Casino Talent Contest.

CCSI officers agreed to lease 2.5 acres of property as a site for a new Hospice Cottage in Worthington.

Vance Walgrave opened "Those Blasted Things" in Luverne recently.

25 years ago

Students, teachers and administrators at Worthington High School raised more than $3,000 for the Toys for Tots program. They purchased more than 200 toys for local kids.

Rune's Furniture of Worthington, owned by H. J. Pieser of Fairmont, had been operating in Worthington for nearly 31 years. Dick Frisch had managed the Worthington store since it opened here in April 1957.

A 22-year-old Hastings woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash on I-90 near the Rushmore exit on Christmas Eve, a Minnesota State Patrol dispatcher reported. Drivers of the other vehicles were not injured in the collision. An icy roadway contributed to the accident.

More than a half-foot of snow in southwestern Minnesota made roads south of Marshall virtually impassable two days after Christmas, and forced the state Transportation Department to pull its snowplows off parts of I-90 in the Luverne, Windom and Worthington areas.

50 years ago

Dr. Dale B. Schultz was the newest member of the Worthington Dental Center, 1027 Fifth Ave., Worthington. That brought the number of dentists practicing in Worthington to nine.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Gay Hower, South Shore Drive, was the winner of the 1962 Christmas home decoration contest by the Worthington Jaycees' judging committee. Other finalists in the 1962 competition were Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Brooks, Dr. and Mrs. K. E. Sanderson and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Molitor.

A 20-car Air Force radar train pulled into Heron Lake Sunday night for a three-month stay as part of an Air Force training program. Strategic Air Command bombers were to start flying simulated bombing runs through western Minnesota on Jan. 1, and the electronic equipment aboard the train was to keep score of their accuracy. A 65-person staff would be involved.

Tragedy on a makeshift toboggan marred Christmas Day festivities on the Theodore Dubbelde farm near Pipestone. Susan Dubbelde, 16, was killed when the hood of a car being used as a toboggan swung out from the pickup towing it and rammed into a car occupied by the fathers of the three young people riding on it. Also seriously injured was Nancy Erickson, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Erickson of West Warren Street, Luverne.

Firemen battled a stubborn blaze in the Lismore Implement Company Christmas night for over two hours in 10 degree-below-zero temperatures before bringing it under control.

75 years ago

Dr. C. P. Dolan, 80, for the past 53 years one of the leading physicians of Worthington, and for many years city health officer and county coroner, died Dec. 23 at his home, 1210 Fourth Ave. He was born in Waseca County in 1857, his parents being natives of Ireland who came to Boston when 18 and 14 years of age, respectively. Dr. Dolan was a graduate of the state university medical school at Iowa City, Iowa.

J.C. Becker, 76, veteran lumberman and resident of Adrian for the past 50 years, died suddenly at his home there last night. German-born, Becker came to Adrian about 1887, and 45 years ago founded the lumber business, which was still operated by the Becker family, with his only son, Edward J. Becker, as manager.

A tragic car crash on Highway 59 on Christmas Eve claimed the lives of four people. There were only two survivors from the fatal four-car crash. Those killed in the crash were two from Marshall and two Worthington residents.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Long of Cherry Point, Worthington, received "the finest kind of a Christmas present" when their seven-pound baby boy was born Dec. 25. They named him Ronald Ray.