1958: Worthington police continue hunt for Smith Avenue burglars

One year ago Sibley-Ocheyedan High School senior Cortney Schmidt was recently elected Iowa FFA vice-president at the organization's state convention in Ames. Sy Schaap, Edgerton, was one of 10 national finalists in the ABC Good Morning America "D...

One year ago

Sibley-Ocheyedan High School senior Cortney Schmidt was recently elected Iowa FFA vice-president at the organization's state convention in Ames.

Sy Schaap, Edgerton, was one of 10 national finalists in the ABC Good Morning America "Dancing with the Moms" competition.

Worthington High School sophomore Cheyenne Marco won first place honors in extemporaneous speaking at the 2007 Minnesota FFA convention, thus earning a trip to compete at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in October.

"Benchwarmer Bob" Lurtsema was the featured speaker at Worthington's 22nd annual YMCA cruise dinner.


Chad Nixon returned to Worthington (after a four-year absence) as manager of the Worthington Burger King restaurant.

Five years ago

Worthington native Robert Bowman, a 1972 Worthington High School graduate, received (from the Army Nurse Corps Association) the Advanced Military Practice Award for his significant contribution to the practice of nursing. Bowman was the son of Cliff and Lorraine Bowman.

A clandestine meth lab in rural Murray County was shut down and Tricia Ann Moravetz, 28, and Bradley Ray Dejager, 33, were charged with first-degree controlled substance crime and child endangerment, both felonies.

Blaine Anderson, son of Bruce and Darlene Anderson, was the 2003 Southwest Prairie Ambassador for the March of Dimes. Anderson was born 12 weeks prematurely weighing 3 lbs., 3 oz., and was currently a healthy, active Worthington High School senior.

10 years ago

Pat Remme, an officer and personal banker for Norwest Bank, Worthington, received the Athena Award at the annual Salute to Women banquet.

Initial construction bids for the Worthington 10th Street project were high, with the lowest proposal coming in at nearly $797,000 more than originally anticipated.


Pipestone-Jasper school district voters rejected a $23.355 million bond levy for a new middle/high school.

Four Worthington students and their inventions qualified for state competition at the Minnesota Inventors Congress in June. The students were first-grader Courtney Workman and her "Wind Breaker," third-grader Janna Morrow and her "Cover Keeper," fifth-grader Todd Nordell and his "Dog Jog Leash," and fifth-grader Shelly Morrow and her "Puppy Puddle Alarm."

25 years ago

By a vote of 3-1, the Mountain Lake City Council voted to establish a municipal liquor outlet. The decision resolved an issue that had divided the community in recent weeks. The controversy began when Donald and Dareld Nelson applied for a license to open a private liquor outlet. The application prompted debate about the merits of having an outlet of any sort and over private versus city ownership.

Worthington's Windmill Café advertised a Sunday turkey and dressing or chicken special for $4.25, including beverage and salad bar.

Moorhead native Dave Cahill started work at the Worthington Country Club as its new golf pro.

50 years ago

Worthington police continued a search for clues to the identification of burglars who Friday night prowled through five homes on Worthington's Smith Avenue, taking $42 in cash. They did not discount the fact that the Friday night spree might be linked to a crime spree last fall when five homes were burglarized in the west end of the city.


A 1,200-pound steer crashed down on the roof of a 1949 model car after the car was struck by an open cattle truck in a highway crash south of Fulda Sunday afternoon. All four passengers of the car escaped with only minor injuries.

Mrs. Edgar Anderson, 316 Worthmore, Worthington, was elected vice president of the Southwest Regional Mrs. Jaycees, with nearly 60 members from eight area chapters present for the conference held at Ehlers Steak House.

John Schaffer, 20, Heron Lake, was killed late Monday afternoon at a "lonely rural intersection" west of Heron Lake when the pickup he was driving was involved in a collision with a car. The accident occurred as Daily Globe presses were still rolling with a picture of Schaffer on the front page posing with his twin brother, Edward, beside a modified car that had won first prize in an auto show in Mankato the week before. The brothers had been members of the Okabena Road Runners Hot Rod club.

75 years ago

The only new member of the Worthington school faculty for the next school year was to be Irmadell Johnson of Valparaiso, Ind. She was to have charge of music work and would also teach English. Miss Johnson, who was to receive her A.B. degree from Valparaiso University in June, was an accomplished musician, playing the clarinet, flute, violin and piano.

Three men charged with kidnapping and robbing L. R. Landers, Fulda filling station operator, last week, were arrested in Mandan, N.D., and returned to Slayton where they were charged with kidnapping and robbery. A sentence of from 10 to 30 years was possible for the kidnapping charge.

The body of Mads Jacobson was recovered from Lake Okabena Friday morning after it was immersed there for 24 days. It was found by Fred Howard and W. E. James, who had been out several times in an attempt to locate the body. Jacobson, a resident of Reading for about 26 years, had been employed as a highway patrolman for the county. When he disappeared, little was thought of it until his car was found on the lake's west shore three days later. When Howard and James rowed from Chautauqua Park Friday morning, they noticed an object in the lake in front of the Max Vogt farm (Jacobson's body). The unmarried Jacobson, 51, was born in Denmark and did extensive tilling work in the Reading vicinity for several years.

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