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Looking Back: 1963 - Rural Luverne resident is dairy princess

One year ago

The Worthington High School band opened its 2012 competitive marching season with a first-place finish in the Class 2AA category at the "Battle of the Bands" parade in Lake Crystal.

Farley's and Sathers Candy Co., Inc.. based in Round Lake, completed a merger with Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Inc., of Forest Park, Ill., this week.

The Treasure Village Children's Theatre of Okoboji, Iowa, gave a performance of "Snow White" as part of the Nobles County Library's summer children's program opportunities.

Nobles County commissioners approved a request to spend $15,000 on the next phase of planning for a new library. The funds would cover the costs of estimates, civil engineering and architectural reviews and soil borings on one possible future site.

Heidi Heckenlaible was selected as the honorary chair for the Nobles County Relay for Life, which was at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

A committee organizing "A Salute to Excellence," a special Worthington High School band alumni celebration scheduled for King Turkey Day, was seeking music alumni for the September reunion event.

Five years ago

Musicians of Crailsheim, Germany's Burgerwache band performed at a couple different locations in Worthington this week. The contingent from Worthington's German sister city spent several days touring the area and staying with local host families.

Weather cooperated and contributed to the success of the 2008 Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival in Worthington, with thousands attending as the town hosted the U.S. Windsurfing Association's National Championships for a second time.

A balloon inadvertently released from the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta was found by a couple in Lake City, Mich. -- 520 miles from Worthington.

Nineteen teams participated in the 12th annual Nobles County Relay for Life at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Leroy Merkel, Worthington, was the relay's honorary chairman.

Indian Lake Baptist Church, rural Worthington, celebrated its 135th anniversary this weekend, with the theme "All for God's Glory" at its center.

10 years ago

Advertised specials at Worthington's Hy-Vee Store this week included three ball tip steaks for $5, an eight-count package of Scott paper towels for $4.99, a 16-ounce loaf of Hy-Vee white bread for 28 cents, rotisserie chickens for $3.99 each, and a gallon of Wells' Blue Bunny milk for 99 cents with an order of $20 or more.

Emergency officials in Sibley, Iowa, conducted a first-ever disaster drill. They simulated a tornado and an explosion to test local response teams and practices.

A $26 million wind field was in the process of being erected just west of Woodstock, with 24 turbines going up. The project was expected to spur economic development in southwest Minnesota, said the project chairman.

At least 90 Army and Air National Guard members from Luverne, Jackson and Pipestone were expected to be activated in the coming month to serve in Europe.

Worthington's First Covenant Church dedicated the renovation and expansion of its church building. The original structure, on South Shore Drive, dated to 1961.

25 years ago

A feature article highlighted the Cottonwood Drive-in at Fulda, which was operated by Judy Gerber and Norma Roberts. The drive-in dated to 1958 and menu items included bar b-q ribs, caramel rolls, apple pockets, coleslaw, conies, corn dogs, hamburgers, pizza, slushies, floats and more.

The First Presbyterian Church of Rushmore celebrated its 100th anniversary.

David Dingman, a Windom carpenter, introduced the Holas Hammer -- a 16-ounce hammer that locked into three different positions. Dingman had begun manufacturing the hammer, along with his parents.

Dennis Purrington, electrical superintendent for the city of Windom, said the decision was made earlier this year to uncover Art Deco relief sculptures previously covered by vines on a wall of the local power house.

Worthington "55 Alive" instructors were Dan Regnier, Rueben Svingen, Lloyd Standafer and Cal Zuehlke.

At age 90, Alma Petersen was the oldest resident of Hardwick, and was honored as part of the town's community celebration.

The Okoboji Summer Theatre opened its summer season with Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Little Night Music."

50 years ago

Dorothea Knutson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Knutson of rural Luverne, was crowned as the regional dairy princess and was to represent southwest Minnesota in the Princess Kay of the Milky Way contest.

Firemen had their work cut out for them when flames broke out in a large pole-type hay barn at the August Voss farm seven miles southwest of Lakefield Saturday afternoon. The barn held 1,500 bales of hay and was located near other farm buildings. It took nearly six hours for firemen to get the flames under control.

The Worthington Veterans of Foreign Wars Drum and Bugle Corps won top honors for the fourth consecutive year at the Department of Minnesota VFW convention in Bemidji. The Worthington unit was also once again designated the official state VFW corps.

Advertised specials this week at Swanson's grocery included a pound of butter for 59 cents, a quart jar of Miracle Whip for 49 cents, a gallon of ice cream for $1.04, six packages of KoolAid for 19 cents, a can of Campbell's tomato soup for 10 cents, a pound of bananas for 12 cents and a tray of red ripe plums for 39 cents.

75 years ago

Two youthful southwestern Minnesota brothers, who unsuccessfully tried bank robbery when their Pipestone business failed, were freed in federal court in Minneapolis. Judge Gunnar Nordbye suspended sentence and placed on probation for 3½ years both Reinholt (13) and Albert (18) Wendt, following their pleas of guilty to attempted robbery of the Chandler State Bank on Feb. 24. The brothers entered the bank, waved guns in the face of the teller, and ordered him to open the vault. Sensing the youth's inexperience, the teller told the would-be robbers that the vault could not be opened and warned them they would be caught. The pair fled empty-handed and later were captured by government officials in Dallas, Texas.

Hugh Ryan, alias George Miller, faced a term ranging up to 10 years in the state prison after pleading guilty to participation in the burglary of four places at Kinbrae. Ryan was brought before District Judge C. A. Flinn and entered a plea of guilty. Ryan confessed to participation in the burglary of the Roy Segar general store, the Kinbrae post office, the Ridgway home and the J. F. Anderson lumber company.

Joe Johnston, escaped prison farm convict arrested Tuesday at Wilmont, was on Wednesday claimed by the Iowa authorities and returned to the penitentiary at Fort Madison. Arrested by Marshal Bremer, soon after wrecking a car belonging to Rev. Young of Wilmont, Johnston was held in connection with two burglaries there as well, and under questioning revealed his existing Iowa record.