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Looking Back: 1963 - Old Westbrook train depot saved

One year ago

The Regional Bioscience Conference was hosted in Worthington. Lance Baumgard, an Iowa State University associate professor and Round Lake native, was one of the event's featured speakers.

Hundreds of people attended the Pheasants Forever annual fundraising banquet at the Long Branch Saloon in Worthington.

Fifth-grade students at Worthington Middle School learned about the working lives of farmers, foresters and miners via their "Provider Pals." Provider Pals began as a project in Montana in 1997, and serves as a cultural exchange linking urban and rural classrooms to people who provide the basics of everyday life.

The LaCrosse Loyal Workers 4-H Club of Jackson was recognized last week with an Association of Minnesota Counties Leadership Award.

Chuck Nystrom of Ocheda Orchard south of Worthington said that in all his years growing apples, he had never seen blossoms on the trees this early in the season.

The Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission members addressed five requests for permits through the county's land use ordinance, and another request for a conditional use permit.

Five years ago

The Worthington Optimist Club sponsored an Easter Egg hunt at Worthington's Prairie Elementary School, with more than 7,000 eggs available for young children to find.

Lori and Mark Nelson, Worthington, were the new owners of Tri-State Rental Center.

Dr. Bassel Bardan was named the Doctor of the Year at Worthington Regional Hospital.

The sale of 11.27 acres of city-owned land was made official when the Worthington City Council approved the sale to B & R Ventures for $112,900. The sale would make possible the construction of a new 36,000 square-foot Bedford Technology manufacturing facility.

Katy Slater, 17, an Adrian High School junior, received the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership award from the Minnesota State High School League.

The fourth annual Bioscience Conference took place in Worthington this week.

10 years ago

Sally McCoy, a Worthington Area Junior High School social studies teacher, was named the District 518 Teacher of the Year.

The Worthington High School speech team placed second in the Section 2AA speech competition at Mankato East High School. Marshall placed first while Mankato East finished third in the tournament.

Luverne was seeking a new city administrator after city officials and past administrator Matt Hylen reached a mutual separation agreement last week after a closed-door special meeting.

Bill White, a 40-year-old architect with River Architects of LaCrosse, Wis., who was an integral part of the team working on the restoration of the Historic Dayton House in Worthington, died following a vehicle crash on I-90.

After two years of planning, Luverne unveiled at a community open house a schematic design for its new hospital facility.

25 years ago

Dorthy Rickers reported that more than 800 people attended the recent Homemakers School at Memorial Auditorium. Rickers also included recipes in her Mixing and Musing column for Cottage Cheese Turnover Cookies, 44-Calories-A-Cup Salad and Overnight Seafood Salad.

Officials of the Iowa Beef Processors plant in Luverne announced the kosher beef operation would return, resulting in the creation of eight new jobs at the Luverne plant.

Eighth-grade students and their parents gathered at Worthington Area Junior High School for programs in Family Life and Human Sexuality. Area ministers talked about sexual expectations and abstinence, while a doctor talked about permanent birth control and venereal diseases.

Corey Noerenberg, a Worthington High School junior, was the Daily Globe Carrier of the Week. Noerenberg had been a Globe carrier for nearly four years.

The former railroad depot in Westbrook was rescued from demolition and turned into a community museum called Heritage House Museum.

The Head Start program marked its 23rd year of operation in the Worthington area.

50 years ago

W. M. Cosgrove of Dundee ended his career with the railroad after 57 years. Cosgrove started working with the railroad in 1905 and operated the Dundee station for 34 years --until 1959, when a reorganization of stations occurred in which the Dundee operation was centralized.

Eight of 11 area entrants in the district-level Miss Minnesota Pageant were in Worthington Saturday for an orientation meeting. Dick Osness, District 4 chairman from Worthington, was in charge of the local arrangements.

The 85-member Worthington Senior High Choir sung selections from the musical "Oklahoma." They were assisted by a "lively group of dancers." More than 340 members of the high school's four vocal groups joined voices for the Spring Choral Variety Show under the direction of William Hammer and Paul Peterson.

Arlen Baumhoefner of Reading was picked as the boys' winner in the annual Worthington High School Science Fair. His project involved chickens, displaying the difference in development between baby chicks allowed to associate with others of their kind and those isolated from others. Pam Matheson of Worthington won the girls' division.

A 12-year-old boy from Allendorf, Iowa, admitted to tampering with a railroad switch on the Rock Island railroad there recently. He admitted to breaking the lock on the switch and throwing it so that main-line traffic would be diverted onto a siding. No charges were filed against the youth.

75 years ago

Six rural schools entered the one-act play contest sponsored by the Worthington Junior College. The productions were supplemented by an operetta, "Tomboy Joe," presented by the Worthington fourth grade, and a one-act play, "Pot Boilers," by members of the junior college dramatic club.

A large straw pile at the Ludwig Johnson farm, four and a half miles south of Worthington, caught fire Wednesday afternoon while Johnson was cleaning up a corner of his neat farmyard. It threatened a large barn, so the local fire department was summoned.

Frank Herman Besser, a lifelong resident of Jackson County and the vicinity of Brewster, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Besser, 56, was highly regarded in the Brewster community, having been secretary-treasurer of the Brewster Co-Operative creamery company for many years, and a trustee of the German Lutheran Church. Besser was born Jan. 16, 1882.

The Rev. Elmer B. Dahlstrom was to preach his first sermon as the new pastor of the Mission Covenant Church, Worthington, on the first Sunday in May. Dahlstrom was succeeding the Rev. R. E. Hammer and hailed from Grantsburg, Wis.

The Southwestern Minnesota Sanitorium at Worthington treated an average of just over 50 patients a day at an average cost of $2.90 each during 1937, it was reported by Nobles County Auditor Craigen Thom.