Looking Back: 1968 -- New nursing home open in Lakefield

One year ago

The Worthington City Council approved engineering for two community growth projects that could bring improvements to the Farmers Market parking lot in downtown Worthington as well as the Beach Nook site at Centennial Park. Changes to the Farmers Market area could include new landscaping, paving, restrooms or shelters, and overhauls to the Beach Nook could focus on the building itself and the connecting sidewalk.

Jeff and Sharon Johnson were named the co-honorary chairs of the 21st annual Relay for Life of Nobles County. Jeff had been battling multiple myeloma since being diagnosed in June 2005.

Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel presented Mike Harlow with a Civilian Lifesaving Award for his efforts in saving the life of a local teenager from drowning in Lake Okabena.

Five years ago

City of Worthington officials agreed to the idea of obtaining new entrance signs. The signs would be eight- by 16-feet with 150 square feet of blue scripted signage framed by two pillars. The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce was seeking donations and hoped installation of the signs could being in early 2014.

With the second year of the Associate of Applied Science in law enforcement degree program at Minnesota West Community and Technical College about to commence, a new skills obstacle course on the site of the former tennis courts just west of the Worthington Area YMCA was unveiled for use by the program's nearly 40 students.

Minnesota Soybean Processors broke ground on an $8 to 10-million unit train project that would allow the company to capitalize on customer demand for more soybean meal. The project was expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Pipestone County Medical Center and Family Clinic was in the early stages of developing plans to expand its existing clinic, which was originally built in 1973.

The Nobles County commissioners voted unanimously to pursue the former Worthington outdoor swimming pool site as the first choice for development of a potential new Worthington branch library. Dozens of public comments were gathered at three town hall meetings in the preceding month, with the vast majority of respondents in favor of a new library.

10 years ago

The Nobles County Historical Society annual meeting and RSVP recognition event shared a potluck dinner at Pioneer Village. One of the leading authorities on railroads, Rudy Daniels of Sioux City, Iowa, addressed the assemblage as he spoke on the topic "U.S. Railroads: How They Made Our Nation Great and Strong."

Lauri and Bill Keitel of the Buffalo Billfold Company, Worthington, were recently named finalists in the juried Uptown Art Festival in Minneapolis. Only 350 of roughly 1,300 applicants were accepted for the festival, and of those, fewer than 10 percent were named finalists.

Wesley Berger was Worthington High School's sole representative at the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State music camps this month. The WHS junior was selected by audition as a Tenor 1 for participation in the All-State Men's Choir.

Pending September approval by Worthington's Planning and Zoning Commission and city council, the Meadows was preparing to break ground in October on a 43-unit addition to the existing assisted living complex.

25 years ago

Frederick Manfred of Luverne celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first published book. Manfred was currently consultant to the Center of Western Studies at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "Sleepless in Seattle," "Rookie of the Year" and "The Fugitive."

Lonnie Haken and his son Will of Worthington escaped serious injury early Sunday morning when their two-story home on Third Avenue was struck by lightning during a storm and caught fire.

Barb Raboin and Janet Thurber recently opened Cottage Creations, characterized as a "hobby business," in Jackson.

Both Worthington food shelves —  located at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Church of Christ —  had seen increased demand for their stock of food in recent weeks, leaving their shelves and cupboards nearly bare.

50 years ago

The Colonial Manor at Lakefield was the area's newest nursing home. It opened its doors this week, and its first registered resident was Amanda Lock, 94. Only four residents were at the facility immediately, but it was built to accommodate 52 people eventually.

Seven girls were entered in the Miss Slayton pageant. They were Norma Ackerman, Marcia Andert, Sharon Eisfeld, Barbara Erlandson, Debra Ouverson, Patricia Sorenson and Sheryle Spartz. Sorenson was named the winner, and her attendants were Eisfeld and Andert. Andert was also named Miss Congeniality.

One man — 22-year-old Richard Naber of Spirit Lake, Iowa —  was killed in a 12:30 a.m. Sunday car crash near Vick's Corner. His brother, Glen Naber, 24, was critically injured in the crash. There were no apparent witnesses to the mishap, which was reported to authorities by Bill Swanson, a passerby.

The Church of St. Columba in Iona advertised a Wednesday evening chicken dinner for the cost of $1.50 per adult or 50 cents per child age 12 and under. Included were chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cabbage salad, sliced tomatoes, homemade rolls, pie and coffee.

With the opening day of fall classes a month away, enrollment at Worthington State Junior College stood at 645. Another 25 students had announced their intentions to attend the college but hadn't completed programs as of yet. Enrollment on the opening day of classes the previous fall was 627.

75 years ago

Mrs. Etta Peterson, believed to have been about 69 years of age, and a resident of Org for the past 15 years, died at the home of Walter Gustafson on the southwest corner of the settlement. Mrs. Peterson, the widow of Solomon E. Peterson, who formerly farmed near Wilmont, had lived alone on the little Org acreage since his death eight years ago.

At the 26th annual convention of the Minnesota-Dakotas Kiwanis district in Alexandria, W. Craigen Thom of Worthington wielded the gavel as governor of the district for the year. There were 70 Kiwanis clubs in the district.  

Nobles County residents were urged to become blood donors to help build up the precious supply of plasma for the benefit of U.S. fighters wounded in the global war.

Births and deaths both fell off in Nobles County during 1942, according to the vital statistics released this week by Stanley E. Nelson, clerk of court. The 520 births were 32 less than the 552 of the preceding year, while there were 34 fewer deaths recorded (143 in 1942 vs. 177 the previous year). Kinbrae village had no births and only one death during the past two years.