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Looking Back: 1943 -- Worthington's first centenarian marks birthday

One year ago

The Worthington Dollars for Scholars chapter awarded $27,000 in scholarships to 24 qualifying seniors from the Worthington High School Class of 2017.

The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra marked its seventh anniversary with a concert that included Beethoven's Seventh Symphony on the program. Fifty-four area musicians participated in the ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Stanichar.

Certified Nurse Practitioner Naomi Bach was named Employee of the Year at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. She was chosen from a field of 13 nominees for the annual honor.

More than 100 dancers from Shining Fame Performance participated in a spring recital at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Robyn Murphy owned the studio.

Nobles County commissioners gave final approval to the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District to expand ponds and add a water filtering system on the former Prairie View Golf Links property.

Five years ago

The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra presented the Minnesota premiere of "The Selfish Giant" as part of its spring concert. It was a work by Sioux Falls, S.D.-based composer/arranger Dan Goeller. WASO included 50 musicians and was conducted by Dr. Christopher Stanichar.

A grand opening gala took place to celebrate the completion of the Worthington Event Center.

The Minnesota West Foundation, which was in the midst of fundraising for the school's new Center for Health and Fitness, received a $55,000 gift from the Kruger/Nasers family.

After 37 years serving Nobles County, Auditor/Treasurer Sharon Balster was retiring. Effective June 30, Balster's nearly four-decade tenure with the county would end.

Nearly two dozen guests from Crailsheim, Germany, were in Worthington. Among the attractions they visited as part of a Nobles County agricultural tour were Ocheda Orchard, JBS, Widboom Farms and Ocheda Dairy. Other guests visited the Historic Dayton House, Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, local Lutheran churches and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Also this week, the 50 German visitors were treated to a potluck in the Worthington High School cafeteria, at which members of the "Amazing" Worthington City Band entertained them and their host families with a short concert.

10 years ago

A Nobles County resident who worked in Pipestone County was being treated for an active case of tuberculosis. Area residents were told not to worry about contracting the disease. In 2007, Minnesota had 238 reported cases of active tuberculosis; 85 percent of those suffering from it had been born outside of the United States.

An open house hosted in Worthington Tuesday afternoon gave residents a first look at the proposed redesign and four-lane expansion of Minnesota 60 from north of Bigelow to I-90. Robert Williams, project engineer for the entire segment, was present to answer questions about the project, which was scheduled to begin in 2010.

The Rev. Larry Brixius was marking 40 years in the priesthood, and a Mass of Thanksgiving on the anniversary of his ordination was celebrated at St. Mary's Church, Worthington, where he had been the pastor since 1999.

Two young men — one 19, one 20 — were charged with second- and third-degree burglary, first degree criminal damage to property and underage consumption for their involvement in over $3,500 of damage to the Minnesota West baseball/softball field and fixtures. Among other things, they overturned garbage cans and toppled benches and a port-a-potty.

25 years ago

Incumbent Rosie Rogers and challenger Joel Lorenz were the top two vote-getters in the ISD 518 board of education election. Lorenz garnered 634 votes and would take office on July 1, while Rogers received 491 votes.

Frederick Manfred, a novelist who resided in Luverne, received the first Prairie Star Award from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council. The award recognized an artist who exemplified the highest quality of work in the 18 southwest Minnesota counties represented by the council. Manfred was known for his novel "Siouxland," among other works, and also taught at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Nobles County commissioners approved the hiring of a local roofer for an estimated $4,207 to completely reroof the Ninth Street public entrance of the Nobles County Government Center. Water was leaking into the center's first and second levels, necessitating the job. Additionally, tuckpointing was underway on the administration building.

The U & I Garden Club of Round Lake was honored by the Federation Garden Club of Minnesota for outstanding community service. The 14-member club, headed by officers Helen Sather (president), Angie Kruger (vice president), Marie Rust (secretary) and Marilyn Lubben (treasurer), received a blue ribbon and a horticulture handbook.

Chris Dykstra opened Precision Screen Printing at 1550 Rowe Ave., Worthington. Dykstra offered screenprinting solutions for non-traditional surfaces, as well as screenprinting for t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and caps.

50 years ago

In her "Mixing and Musing" column, Dorthy Rickers included recipes for Butter Brickle Delight, Pineapple Bread and Chicken Casserole.

Advertised specials this week at Gordy's Super Valu, Worthington, included three packages of Daisy Puff cookies for $1, a two-pound can of Folger's coffee for $1, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, chuck roast for 39 cents a pound, short ribs for 39 cents a pound, three 20-ounce bottles of Libby's catsup for 89 cents, and a 46-ounce can of Libby's tomato juice for 29 cents.

Mary Moser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Moser, Wilmont, was among the finalists at the International Science Fair at Detroit. Mary's project (a comparative study of fatty acid oxidation in kidney cortex mitochondria of normal and fat deficient albino rats) was given a fourth-place award of $25 in the chemistry and biochemistry devision. She had previously received a $50 savings boned, a regional award from the Ford Future Scientist Foundation, and her study was forwarded to the national competition. She also received a National Science Foundation grant for an eight-week summer session of study at the University of Iowa.

Corn planting throughout the area was reported nearly complete as of May 22, almost two weeks in advance of the usual planting schedule. Soybean planting was well underway too, despite cool weather in the past week.

75 years ago

Robert Wolff, who was named Worthington chairman for the Committee for Economic Development, a post-war planning group originated by the department of commerce, attended a meeting of the committee in St. Paul.

Critical shortage of electrical distribution material already had forecast suspension for the duration of the war of the elaborate Christmas decorations which had long been a part of the Worthington holiday spectacle. The city electric department was granted permission by the council to dismantle the poles on 10th Street facing the court square, to permit recovery of wire badly needed in maintenance of the distribution system.

Sgt. George Pederson of Hills, a member of the U.S. army air forces and a former Worthington Junior College student, was confirmed to be a prisoner of the Germans. He was reported on April 23 as missing in action since April 17.

Mrs. Sophia Carlson, believed to be the only Worthington resident ever to reach the century mark, celebrated her 101st birthday on May 23. The Ninth Street centenarian was already quite a mature woman when she landed on the U.S. shore in 1869 from her native Sweden. She was born on May 23, 1852 and came to Worthington from Ida Grove, Iowa. Her husband, a bricklayer, had died 56 years earlier. She was said to be in excellent health for one "of such extreme age" and spent much time daily reading the Scriptures.