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Looking Back: 1968: Former mayor makes gift to Worthington Cemetery Association

One year ago

More than one in six children in southwest Minnesota live in poverty, a level significantly higher than before the turn of the 21st century. A report authored by a team from the University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy found that 17 percent of children in southwest Minnesota were either poor or "deep poor," compared with 10.3 percent in 1999.

Patty Wetterling spoke at Windom Area High School Tuesday afternoon.

Worthington #2 of the Worthington High School Knowledge Bowl team placed second in sub-regional competition at Jackson County Central. All four of the WHS Knowledge Bowl team's grouping qualified for the following week's Region 8 Knowledge Bowl competition at Southwest State University, Marshall.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz addressed constituents' questions on topics including health care, immigration and national security at a town hall meeting in Worthington on Saturday afternoon. In conjunction with his southwest Minnesota appearances, Walz presented a Bronze Star medal to Luverne resident Sylvester Lonneman at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

Five years ago

Jim Eulberg began work as the new Director of Public Works for the City of Worthington.

Worthington High School sophomore Jaron Sternke was chosen as the 2013-14 exchange student to the town's sister city of Crailsheim, Germany.

In an effort to regulate the sale of tobacco and counter the effects of tobacco companies' marketing to minors, the Rock County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance restricting the sale of tobacco and tobacco-like products.

The Pipestone County Historical Society showed the award-winning documentary film "Lost Nation: The Ioway" at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center. The film was produced by Fourth Wall Films.

Sibley-Ocheyedan (Iowa) High School junior Alecia Martinez was the champion mime at the Iowa High School Speech Association Large Group All-State Speech Festival.

10 years ago

Minnesota writer Mary Firestone, the author of "Dayton's Department Store," was in Worthington on Saturday to sign copies of her book at the Historic Dayton House. Firestone had written more than 30 non-fiction books for children, among other publications.

Jennifer Weg, R.N., was named the new director of patient care services at Worthington Regional Hospital. Weg's duties included overall responsibility for the nursing department and other patient care services.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that 36 people were arrested and taken into custody late last week. The three-day sting operation resulted in 19 arrests in Worthington, four in Pipestone and 13 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chancellor recommended that Richard Shrubb be appointed president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Shrubb was currently the vice president of academic and student affairs at Terra State Community College in Ohio.

Prairie Elementary and the Nobles County Integration Collaborative sponsored a Celebration of Young Musicians Festival that involved students from several area schools in a day-long event at Prairie Elementary, Worthington.

25 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Homeward Bound," "Loaded Weapon," "Sommersby" and "Nowhere to Run."

Worthington Public Utilities spent about $960,000 less than it had budgeted for 1992. Mild weather and the delay of two major construction projects were factors in the favorable budget variance.

Luverne hired Doug Bunders as its new city administrator. Bunkers was currently serving in the same position in Madison, Minn.

Bonnie Augustine and Justin Williams were chosen as the March Apple PIE award winners at Worthington Junior High School. Augustine taught art and social studies, as well as serving as a volleyball and girls' basketball coach. Williams was a ninth-grader at the school.

The Fifth Judicial District hired attorney Louis Kuchera to be a public defender with his primary practice duties in Worthington.

50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Jones, Fulda, won a three-day trip to Bruns Vacationland Resort on Ottertail Lake in a drawing sponsored by Bruns Recreation in Brewster.

The Rev. Wilhelm F. Hempel was installed as pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church, Reading.

Seven new volunteers joined the ranks of the Gray Ladies, boosting their ranks in Worthington to 24. The Gray Ladies regularly visited local nursing homes twice a month.

Former Worthington Mayor Edwin J. Jones bequeathed $25,000 to the Worthington Cemetery Association for the construction of a chapel on the south side of the cemetery grounds. Jones, 92, died Feb. 9 at St. Petersburg, Fla. He was Worthington's mayor in the 1930s and was a longtime local attorney.

The maiden flight of the new Convair 440 service between Worthington and Omaha, Neb., got underway at Worthington Friday. The Worthington delegation was met by representatives of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. At a luncheon, Worthington Mayor Robert Demuth presented the Omaha representatives with a live turkey.

75 years ago

Hogs on the Worthington market continued the steady advance that had characterized the past week, moving five to 10 cents higher to a top of $14.90. That was only a dime short of the $15 top reached on Oct. 8, 1941.

Jimmy Calvin, 3, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Calvin, whose farm bordered Worthington's eastern limits, rallied encouragingly from the shock of a skull fracture suffered in a fall at his home the previous day. Jimmy fell from the top of the ladder leading to the hay mow to the concrete floor beneath — a distance of about 10 feet — while playing with his 6-year-old sister.

The Nobles County board purchased another carload of sodium chlorate, announced County Agent Gene Stower. Nobles County farmers could purchase the sodium chlorate to aid in their 1943 weed eradication campaign. Regulations limited each farmer to a purchase of 200 pounds.

Plans for immediate construction of a new building to house the Worthington operations of the Pillsbury Flour Mills company were announced by local manager Henry Brey. The new warehouse would be 200 feet long, 50 feet wide and 20 feet high and would be erected on Block 4 just off of Sherwood Avenue on 13th to the northeast of the original Boote Produce plant building.