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Looking Back: 1963 - New Interstate 90 plans unveiled

One year ago

Students, faculty and staff celebrated Arbor Day with the planting of a Black Hills Spruce tree on the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Local second-graders received ribbons of participation following eight days of swimming lessons at the Worthington Area YMCA-City of Worthington Aquatics Center as part of the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim program.

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning regarding a "phishing" scam notable for its detailed replication of Verizon emails that made consumers think they owed large amounts.

The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation presented a check for $85,333.06 to District 518 toward the completion of the new tennis courts near Worthington Middle School.

The 2012 Lao New Year's celebration took place at the Brewster American Legion Hall.

Five years ago

Doug Bos, assistant director of the Rock County Land Management Office, received one of 16 National Recovery Champion Awards from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Worthington Regional Hospital began offering complete pulmonary function testing, with the arrival of a pulmonary testing booth at the facility.

Leah Brinks opened Key Ingredients for Health LLC on Maple Street in Slayton.

The City of Worthington committed $4.5 million for a city-owned aquatic center, to be part of the planned new YMCA on the grounds of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Eleven CT-114 Tutor jets stopped at the Worthington airport to refuel on their way to Tennessee. Thirty people turned out to see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a precision aerobatic team, as part of the stop.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers broke ground at a new home in Pipestone being built for Samantha Brady and her three children. It was the sixth Habitat for Humanity home to be constructed by the Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter.

10 years ago

About 200 walkers participated in the March of Dimes' WalkAmerica effort, circling Lake Okabena in Worthington and raising about $26,000 in the process.

Mario Maldonado and Jesus Bautista opened Bautista's Auto Repair on Worthington's east side.

A totem pole carved with symbolic, locally significant creatures was officially dedicated at the Murray County Historical Museum. The pole was carved by Slayton residents Regner and Foote Christensen.

Longtime Brewster resident Dick Cotter, a former Brewster mayor, politician, businessman and community booster, died at the age of 75.

"Bullnanza 2003," a professional bull-riding competition that drew 41 professional bull riders, took place at the Windom Arena.

25 years ago

Worthington Mayor Robert Demuth proclaimed Jason Gaes Week in honor of the 10-year-old's efforts to battle his cancer diagnosis. Jason wrote "My Book for Kids with Cansur" to help others learn to cope with the disease.

The Circle S Elevator was burglarized in Pipestone Thursday night. Entry was believed to have been gained through the drive-in alley doors. From there the burglars gained entrance into an office, took change from a cash drawer, used a key from the drawer to unlock a pop machine, took money from the machine, and took a small amount of currency from Manager Marti Heinz's desk. The incident was being investigated by Pipestone Law Enforcement.

Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column featured recipes for Baked Eggs, Banana-Strawberry Salad, Aztec Quiche and Poppy Seed Bread.

Gerald Hay, 213 Eighth St., Worthington, was unanimously appointed by City Council members as Alderman for the First Ward. There were no other nominations for the position. Hay, a partner and plumber at Rushmore Plumbing, was to serve until November and then would have the option of filing for election. He replaced Craig Deuel, who resigned April 11.

50 years ago

Arnold T. Sanderson, principal of Worthington Senior High School, was pictured next to a bronze plaque dedicated to the memory of Gerald H. Niemeyer, band director at WHS from 1945-61. The plaque was dedicated Tuesday night during a concert presented by five Worthington school bands. Funds for the memorial were contributed by band members and alumni following the death of Niemeyer and his wife in an automobile accident in 1961.

Nobles County lost a large chunk of its fairgrounds but gained a full Interstate Highway 90 interchange in the latest plans revealed Thursday by the Minnesota Highway Department. The district highway engineer said the highway routing had been changed at a point one-half mile north of Worthington from its previous route north of the township road that abuts the fairgrounds to a location that lies south of the township road and cuts through the north half of the fairgrounds. He said that would avoid the necessity of cutting through the farms operated by E.S. Hansen and Robert Burns, and would provide a straight highway all the way from Highway 266 to Highway 60.

For the first time, Jackson County would sponsor a Dairy Princess contest, thus taking part in the Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition for the year.

Worthington Senior High Band members "played for the record" this week as director Glenn Evensen directed the band during a recording session. Their music was to later be cut on regular phonograph records. The recording session was squeezed in between a Tuesday concert and the solo music contest on Friday.

Wayne Wagar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Wagar, Reading, was to be southwest Minnesota's representative in the talent contest at the state FFA convention next month. Wagar, a vocalist, was picked at the District 11 FFA convention in Worthington this week.

75 years ago

The Worthington High School Junior-Senior prom took place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Masonic Temple with the women of the Eastern Star serving the banquet. Between 225 and 250 students took part. The motif for the evening was Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs. Dancing began at 9 p.m., with Don Pattinson and his band furnishing the music. There were also games for amusement throughout the evening.

The Dickey Pharmacy, Worthington, advertised its "Sunday Dinner," including roast turkey and dressing or Southern-style fried chicken or Virginia baked ham, along with parsley new potatoes, buttered carrots, fresh combination salad, Parker House rolls, and either fresh strawberry shortcake or apple, rhubarb or chilled pineapple pie with ice cream for dessert -- all for 50 cents.

George Foster Moore, veteran chairman of the Nobles County Republican committee, retired from that office Saturday with a telegraphic "farewell address" of prophecy of a "return of safe and sane Republican principles in 1938 and 1940."

Girls took all the honors in the annual Nobles County spelling contest, staged at the high school library. Isabel Prideaux, District 55, Adrian, won the oral competition, with Tina Scheepstra of District 18 running second. Mary Alice Lorang of the Lismore parochial school won the written test, while Isabel Prideaux came in second.