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Looking Back: 1963 - Area farms 'hammered' by hail storm

One year ago

Valeria Cano, a Worthington High School rising senior, was one of 11 individuals and five groups to receive the Red Wagon Award for her volunteer efforts.

Hospice of Murray County celebrated 25 years of service with an open house and volunteer appreciation day at the Hospice of Murray County Our House facility in Slayton.

Tri-County Implement of Jackson announced plans to construct a new John Deere sales, service and training facility north of Interstate 90. The more than 25,000 square-foot building was to be on an 18-acre parcel of land east of HitchDoc and was anticipated to open in late 2013.

Three people were transported via ambulance to Sanford Worthington hospital following a multiple vehicle accident at the Worthington intersection of Ninth Street and Seventh Avenue at 2:24 p.m. Tuesday.

Joyce Jacobs was hired as the new Nobles County Emergency Management Director, with a starting date of July 9.

Five years ago

Lynn Olson was to be the new chief executive officer at Worthington Regional Hospital, effective June 30. Mel Platt was retiring from the position that same date, which was also the day the hospital's ownership would transfer from the City of Worthington to Sanford Health.

After competing in the Section 3A track and field meet, the Worthington High School team was sending eight Trojans to the state track meet at Hamline University.

The owners of Luverne-based Rural Energy Marketing (REM) were preparing to propose an estimated $80 million biodiesel plant to the city council of Vermillion, S.D.

Jeff Voss was the second consecutive Jackson County Central agriculture teacher to win the prestigious Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Foundation Outstanding Educator Award for Academic Coach of the Year. The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize. Voss was a 23-year teaching veteran and an FFA advisor at JCC.

10 years ago

Plans were in place for the Windsurfing National Championships to take place in Worthington over the weekend.

In a remarkable coincidence, a purse inadvertently left on a car roof by former Worthington resident Volda Mork was found and returned to her by Worthington resident Steve Leach. Leach, an operating engineer with Progressive Contractors Inc., was returning to Worthington from a job in Barrett and noticed the purse and its spilled contents on the road outside of Montevideo, where Mork, now of Alexandria, had briefly stopped and mistakenly left her purse atop her car while strapping her young daughter into a car seat. She drove onward without realizing her error.

The town of Chandler received an $83,250 grant for new firefighting equipment from the Department of Homeland Security.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the 2003 $236.9 million bonding bill at Southwest State University, Marshall. Minnesota West Community and Technical College president Ron Wood was present, as the local college was to receive $6.3 million of the funds for a construction and renovation project.

25 years ago

Paul Melendrez of Worthington received the top award for a portrait print at the 10th annual Spring Photo Fest recently at Willmar Technical Institute. Melendrez was a second-year student in the Professional Photography Program at the school.

Carol Johnson was named the Worthington Regional Hospital Employee of the Month for May. Johnson was a housekeeper at the hospital.

Advertised specials this week at the Worthington Hy-Vee store included bakery-fresh glazed donuts, 10 cents apiece; 4½ ounce jars of Gerber baby food, 22 cents each; three 12-ounce cans of frozen lemonade for $1; a one-pound loaf of Old Home English muffin bread, 77 cents; and a 12-ounce package of Hy-Vee sweet rolls for 77 cents.

The District 518 board of directors accepted the resignation of West Elementary principal John Johnson, and also decided that a proposed renovation of the Worthington Senior High track/field should be cancelled because of high projected costs.

About 200 people attended a meeting held at Memorial Auditorium, Worthington, on the proposed hazardous waste facility. Judge Jeffrey Flynn moderated the 2½-hour long meeting. Nobles County was one of five counties considering hosting a hazardous waste facility for the Minnesota Waste Management Board.

50 years ago

Law enforcement officials from three states came to Luverne Wednesday to question a burglary suspect picked up by sheriff's officers Tuesday. The suspect was Jerry Ohler, 24, of Sioux City. Ohler was questioned about two incidents in Luverne, one in Pipestone, and others in Sioux City and in Hutchinson and Turner Counties of South Dakota. The Luverne incidents included the theft of $1,000 in cash and checks taken from Goehle Hardware, and a possible attempted robbery at the Storacker Drug Store.

Apryl Vance, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Vance, was installed as new honored queen of Bethel No. 34, International Order of Job's Daughters. Other officers installed were Cynthia Thoma, senior princess; Nancy Hand, junior princess; Kristine Alliband, guide; Karen Gilbert, marshal; Rozanne Wilson, chaplain; Virginia Leak, recorder and Jill Parker, treasurer. Nancy Habicht was the installing honored queen. Miss Vance's father sang "The Lord's Prayer" for the Bible ceremony, and her mother gave the addendum, while Merle Funk sang "My Heart Ever Faithful."

The Rev. John F. Rebstock was the new pastor at the local Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Connie Worth began work as the 4-H assistant in Nobles County for the summer. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Worth of Lake Benton.

Farm crops in a broad swath across southwest Minnesota, just emerging from the damage caused by frost three weeks ago, were hammered back into the ground by a massive hail storm Saturday evening. In addition, property damage was heavy in certain areas from large hail breaking windows and damaging roof and house siding. Total damage was estimated to run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

75 years ago

The 12th annual Nobles County Picnic was held on June 9 in Ellsworth. The day's events included a 4-H Kittenball tournament, a band concert by the Ellsworth Band, baseball (Brewster vs. Worthington, with 35 cents for adult admission) at Athletic Park, the Worthington Legion Drum and Bugle Corps and two dances, with music by Alyce E. Lee's Orchestra and Don Pattinson's Orchestra. Free coffee was also served at City Hall Park.

High school pupils from the village of Rushmore would need to attend either Adrian or Worthington high schools in the coming year, as the local Rushmore high school department was "discontinued through inability of the district to comply with the accreditation requirements."

Theft (on March 15) of a Ford sedan, belonging to Mrs. Frances M. Pohlen of Lynn Grove, Iowa, was solved this week with the recovery of the stolen machine on East Avenue in Worthington, after it had stood there three days with a broken axle. The car was equipped with Minnesota license plates, stolen from Albert Ruckelshausen of Brewster, whose failure to report the theft contributed toward the identity of the machine being so long obscured from the authorities. A youth was being held in the local jail in connection with the case. Ruckelshausen had not yet put the 1938 plates on his car when they were stolen. He merely went to Ray E. Smith, deputy registrar, and secured duplicates.