1933: Martin Luther's 400th birthday observed

One year ago The new 5,000 square-foot Edgerton Public Library opened for business at 811 First Ave., Edgerton. Owner Steve Jackson said the new McDonald's on Worthington's North Humiston Avenue would be open to business by Christmas. The total p...

One year ago

The new 5,000 square-foot Edgerton Public Library opened for business at 811 First Ave., Edgerton.

Owner Steve Jackson said the new McDonald's on Worthington's North Humiston Avenue would be open to business by Christmas. The total projected cost of the project was $2.5 million.

Nobles County Emergency Management Director Dan Anderson was named Regional Director of the Year at the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers' convention in Minneapolis.

Mykil Vonk, 12, Heron Lake, pulled his way to a sixth-place finish (in a field of 22 contestants) at the National Pedal Pull Association Championships at Mitchell, S.D. Vonk was the son of Cathy and Myron Vonk.


Five years ago

Twins Elsa and Bethany Johnson, homeschooled seniors and the daughters of Chris and Donna Johnson, Windom, were semi-finalists for National Merit scholarships based on their PSAT performances. In addition, the twins scored highly on the ACT exam, with Elsa hitting a perfect 36 and Bethany not far behind with a 35.

The 53rd Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne attracted 16 area marching bands.

A master plan for the Casey Jones Trail -- slated to serve bikers, walkers, horseback riders and snowmobilers -- was in the works, with the ultimate goal of connecting Pipestone National Monument, the End-o-Line Railroad Park in Currie and the Laura Ingalls Wilder historic site in Walnut Grove.

10 years ago

Teachers and staff from Worthington's West and Central Elementary schools worked behind the counter of the local McDonald's as a fundraiser for educational materials at the schools.

Sioux Valley Worthington Clinic was set to open in Worthington just after the new year, with construction proceeding on schedule following a twomonth delay due to bad weather and material unavailability.

Janet's Java reopened on Worthington's Oxford Street after being closed for six weeks, during which time the building was demolished, relocated and rebuilt to accommodate the new Burger King neighboring parking lot.


25 years ago

Worthington's city property tax levy was expected to rise by $362,000 -- or 27 percent -- in 1984, councilmen agreed. Past errors in budgeting required the higher levy, city finance director Tim Magee told council at its first budget session. Magee said at least $96,000 in property tax revenue was included in last year's city budget, but was omitted from the 1983 certified levy.

Arrest warrants were issued for two Tyler men in the Thursday slayings of two Ruthton bankers on a vacant farm south of Tyler.

Dr. E. T. McNiece was elected president of the Southern District Dental Society of Minnesota at the group's annual meeting.

The Ellsworth State Bank celebrated its 100th anniversary. Bank president was Paul Huisman.

Dick Robinson, who had barbered in the Hotel Thompson on Worthington's 10th Street since 1968, retired his barber pole and clippers this week.

50 years ago

Gary Lindquist, 18, rural Worthington, exhibited the grand champion barrow at the annual 4-H Junior Livestock show. Lindquist, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Lindquist, won his prize with a Poland China barrow.


The Worthington Lions Club conducted its annual citywide light bulb sales campaign. Proceeds from the sale were used for children's and adults' eye care, glasses and sight conservation.

Thieves with a poor batting average had one success in six break-in attempts at Luverne Wednesday night. The intruders, who "must have been kids," according to Rock County Sheriff Neil Roberts, jimmied at the doors of six offices over the First National Bank but succeeded in opening only one -- to the office of attorney Ben Vander Kooi, where they stole $31 in cash.

Mrs. Edith Koepsell announced the sale of Koepsell Radio & TV, 708 10th St., Worthington, to Adrian Stam, longtime employee and manager of the firm. The firm was established in 1935 by Al Koepsell and was the oldest, continuous radio and TV repair and sales store in the city.

The Luverne Tri-State Band Festival hosted 22 bands at its annual event.

75 years ago

Enlistments in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were opened for Nobles County, and 16 men could be taken. They must be between the ages of 18 and 25, single and unemployed.

The plant of the Worthington rendering works, which was partially demolished by an explosion a month ago, was being rebuilt. Work was going forward rapidly; owner of the tile and concrete building is Fred Knapp.

A service in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther took place in the memorial auditorium of Worthington High School on Oct. 1. The service was sponsored by Lutheran congregations of the Missouri synod in and near Worthington.


A campaign to get dog licenses renewed was under way; last year, 138 dogs were licensed in Worthington. Up to a week ago, only nine dog licenses had been renewed, although 32 new licenses were issued.

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