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Looking Back: 1963 - Plans under way for new water reservoir

One year ago

Lucia Chilel-Perez of Worthington had been missing for a month. She was last seen after entering a car with a family acquaintance to go job hunting in Iowa.

The Nobles County Relay for Life surpassed its fundraising goal of $82,000, bringing in at least $93,700.

Following the recent announcement that Farley's & Sathers Candy Co., Inc., Round Lake, had merged with Ferrara Candy Co., Inc., of greater Chicago, it was announced that jobs at the Round Lake facility would be phased out over the coming year.

The sixth annual Breakfast on the Farm, sponsored by the Nobles County Farm Bureau, took place at the Steve and Mike Bousema farm northwest of Worthington.

With the retirement of longtime District 518 Community Education Director Jerry Fiola, Lakeyta Potter, Sharon Johnson and Soom Chandaswang were to assume new roles at the West Learning Center complex in Worthington. Johnson was to succeed Fiola as Community Education Director, while Potter and Chandaswang were to take over Johnson's previous duties at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative.

Blue-green algae blooms were floating along the shores of Lake Okabena in Worthington, having become apparent in the body of water mid-week.

E-books were newly available for borrowing at the Nobles County Library.

Five years ago

Worthington resident Hardy Rickbeil, who had been an active member of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce for more than 80 years, was honored with a reception at the Worthington Elks Lodge on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

Cellular Assurance, managed by Casey Johnson, recently opened in Slayton.

A total of $5.415 million from the sale of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health was transferred from the city of Worthington to the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation -- a non-profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

The fifth Whiskey Ditch Motorcycle Rally, newly renamed the Whiskey Ditch Ride for Cancer, took place in Worthington.

Rushmore celebrated its second annual Pride and Heritage Days.

A Ham Radio Field Day took place at the Worthington airport. Dan Anderson coordinated the event.

10 years ago

Wilmont native Nick Balster was preparing to embark on a 500-mile bike ride to raise money for Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the globe.

Andrea Fuerstenberg, 7, Wilmont, was the "Little Princess" of Fulda's Wood Duck Days.

The Nobles County Relay for Life saw 17 teams participating and had a goal of $46,000.

Getting's Garden, Sanborn, Iowa, celebrated its 20th anniversary in the fruit business.

Construction progressed on the $60 million Otter Creek Ethanol plant south of Ashton, Iowa. The plant was to produce 45 million gallons of ethanol annually after opening in the summer of 2004.

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce awarded the city of Pipestone a $741,000 grant to build a wastewater facility that would allow Ellison Meats to expand and create additional jobs.

Fey Industries Inc. marked the 10th anniversary of its acquisition of Blackbourn Inc.

25 years ago

Recipes featured in Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column this week Deluxe Potatoes, Broccoli-Cauliflower Fantastic, Salad of the Sea and Taco Delight.

David Li and Cai Phu were the owners of the Panda House restaurant, a new Chinese cuisine business in Worthington.

Monday's temperature of 101 degrees tied the highest reading for that date in recorded southwest Minnesota weather history, and matched Sunday's temperature as well.

Computer Advantage of Worthington recognized Worthington High School "Student of Excellence" in computers, Drew Rutherford '88, with a $500 certificate toward the purchase of an Apple computer.

Bethany Lutheran Church of Storden celebrated its 75th anniversary.

50 years ago

Worthington Auto Exchange hosted its "big third anniversary sale."

Preliminary plans for the first phase of the largest water reservoir project in Worthington history were ready for study by the city council. The plans, prepared by the Pfeiffer and Schultz engineering firm of Minneapolis, provided for a four million gallon cylindrical steel storage "tank" that was to be erected on a city-owned tract in the East Okabena lakebed, between County Ditch No. 6 and the Rock Island railroad tracks. Location of the reservoir represented a change in plans that earlier called for a three million gallon tank located west of the Crippled Children's school.

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Newman of Sibley, Iowa, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the home of their son, Paul Newman.

Two women, Mrs. Virgil Klosterman of rural Fulda, and Mrs. Aloys Nepper of rural Wilmont, were killed in a tragic car crash on Highway 59 one and one-half miles south of Fulda. Officers were at a loss to explain why the two vehicles smashed together almost in the center of the road in broad daylight.

75 years ago

Nobles County farmers this week moved en masse upon the hay fields, where some had already gone into action the past week. Recent weather conditions had been highly beneficial to the crop. Nobles County soil "is more heavily charged with moisture than it has been for years, and summer warmth is making grasses fairly leap." Small grain and corn were also coming along nicely, and it was expected that corn would be higher than the traditional knee-high by the Fourth of July.

Presentation to the city of Worthington of a lot in the Morningside addition, a new sub-division in east Worthington to be put on the market next weekend for residential development, for park and playgrounds purposes was made by Michael Hogan, owner, at the council meeting this week. Discussion was also held on whether the small park should be known as "Morningside" or "Hogan" park.

Rickbeils Hardware, Worthington, advertised its 25th anniversary sale.

Farmers in the Reading community, their farm buildings in several instances ruined, hundreds of fowl killed and damage estimated at $7,000 inflicted by a windstorm that reached near-tornadic intensity, were cheered as crops, flattened by the elements, began to revive, indicating not irreparable damage.