1958: New water tower going up in Bigelow

One year ago A design by John Cowan, rural Reading, was selected as the winner for the first official seal of Nobles County. The alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl was under investigation in Slayton, with evidentiary results expected soon from th...

One year ago

A design by John Cowan, rural Reading, was selected as the winner for the first official seal of Nobles County.

The alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl was under investigation in Slayton, with evidentiary results expected soon from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Rushmore had its annual community celebration, with a new name marking the festivities -- Pride and Heritage Days.

A growing kindergarten enrollment led District 518 administrators to hire a ninth kindergarten teacher at Prairie Elementary for the 2007-08 school year.


Peter Simonson, son of Randy and Susan Simonson, Worthington, and a 1996 Worthington High School graduate, landed the role of Enjolras in Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's production of "Les Miserables."

Five years ago

The 2003 King Turkey Day race team was announced: Terry Eggers, Paul Larson, Scott Anderson and Kari Meyer.

Despite earlier questions about whether the annual parade and festivities would proceed, the town of Leota held its 99th annual Fourth of July celebration.

Esther Nesbit, Worthington, celebrated her 100th birthday.

The town of Storden celebrated its 100th anniversary with more than two days of activities.

10 years ago

Dozens of volunteers turned out to help clean up Allendorf, Iowa, after it was damaged by tornadoes that stormed through the region the previous weekend.


A group from Crailsheim, Germany, arrived in Worthington for a stay of several days. Martha (Cashel) McCarthy was honored in a special ceremony for her part in starting the sister city relationship with Crailsheim, which was marking its 50th year.

Indian Lake Baptist Church, rural Worthington, celebrated its 125th anniversary.

The Iowa Transportation Commission announced that the Iowa 60 expansion at Sheldon, Iowa, would be a bypass east of town.

25 years ago

Ann Henkels, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Henkels, Heron Lake, was in Washington last week to attend the 1983 National FFA conference. She was chosen to receive a scholarship in the amount of $275 to help with expenses. Henkels was a member of the Heron Lake-Okabena FFA chapter.

Kentucky Fried Chicken of Worthington advertised a Fourth of July weekend special of a 15-piece bucket, original recipe chicken, for $7.88.

Senior citizens in Luverne broadcast a plea on the radio to raise funds for a new seniors citizens' center. The group raised $3,510 during the radio-thon on station KQAD from 1 to 9 p.m., with a goal of $57,000 to help build the $135,000 center in Luverne.

A group of 44 people from Jamtland, Sweden, visited Pipestone to show off the traditional crafts and culture of their nation.


Food columnist Dorthy Rickers wrote about attending the first Taste of Minnesota celebration on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.

50 years ago

Area temperatures set record highs for the year on June 30, with a high of 91 at Worthington. (That was also the hottest day of the year to date.) Pools and beaches throughout the region were jammed with swimmers of all ages as people attempted to keep their cool.

Worthington police were investigating the theft of tires, tubes and other merchandise from the Texas Co. bulk oil station at First Avenue and 13th Street sometime after 10:30 p.m. Monday. L. W. Jafvert, company manager, said he had just completed an inventory of his stock and thus began a second inventory to determine the exact loss.

At Worthington's State Theatre this week was "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" starring Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Quinn.

A new water tower was rising in Bigelow this week, "adding a new feature to the skyline of the south Nobles County town." The tower was to rise to 95 feet with a 15,000 gallon capacity.

A Fourth of July fishing attraction was announced by Bert Getty, local game warden. Getty said the Minnesota Department. of Game and Fish stocked Worthington's Lake Okabena with 600 adult crappies, averaging one-half pound each -- "just about the size of a man's hand."

75 years ago


Although official notification had not yet been received, according to newspaper reports the postage rates for local letters at Worthington will drop from 3 cents to 2 cents effective July 1. The order was signed Monday by Postmaster General Farley. The reduction applied only to letters mailed firstclass for delivery in the same city as mailed.

The Wolff Store in Worthington advertised this week "Summery fabrics: cool printed voiles, crisp dotted swisses, shadow-lace and pique voiles -- just the thing for airy summer dresses," all for 29 cents per yard. Silk dresses were also available for $2.49 in the readyto-wear department, said to be "smart warm weather dresses in knitted sports styles, plain pastels or printed crepes, many of them washable."

The Worthington Bakery advertised "Ready-sliced bread for your picnic lunch. Save time and labor in this hot weather by buying your bread here, ready-sliced, both for picnic and home use. You can prepare sandwiches in half the time with readysliced bread."

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