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Looking Back: 1968 -- Workers strike at Toro plant in Windom

One year ago

The Rushmore Central Hustlers 4-H Club marked its 90th anniversary. The first meeting of the group was Oct. 12, 1927. In its heyday, the club had more than 70 members.

The "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band placed first in the Class AAA parade category and also received the People's Choice Award at the 67th annual Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne.

Worthington Public Utilities reported it had installed 620 LEDs in city street lights over the course of the year. The next year, WPU planned to replace another 550 bulbs. By late 2018, the entire city would be LED-lit, according to Pat Demuth, WPU electric superintendent.

In-school flu clinics for District 518 students were scheduled for Oct. 26 and 27, with the support of grants from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation and a cooperative effort on the part of local school nurses and the staffs of the Avera and Sanford Worthington Clinics.

District 518 welcomed 43 new teachers to the district at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Five years ago

Two hog barns were complete losses following a Monday afternoon fire in rural Dundee. No hogs were lost, as none were currently being housed in the two barns. One of the barns contained round hay bales, and the other contained equipment. A third barn on the site was saved, with the Fulda Fire Department answering the call to the scene.

The re-opening of U.S. 59 north of Worthington was delayed for a week, possibly because culvert removal and sewer work on the project hadn't gone as smoothly as expected, according to Worthington city engineer Dwayne Haffield.

Minnesota West, Worthington, hoped to move forward with a housing project on the local campus. Two proposals had been submitted to a housing committee and one was accepted. It was hoped that an on-campus housing complex could be completed by fall 2015.

Esther Hay celebrated her 102nd birthday with family at Worthington's South Shore Care Center.

D.J. Lambert, Worthington, earned his fifth consecutive trip to the state 4-H dog show. At the recent state competition, Lambert was the champion in Dog Obedience and Agility Jumpers 2 with his dogs BJ and Wham, respectively. Lambert was also named reserve champion in Elementary Agility.

10 years ago

Debbie Petersen of Slayton recently opened BenLee's Cafe in downtown Worthington.

The Worthington City Council voted unanimously to offer Craig Clark the position of city administrator.

Hundreds of people gathered at Worthington's train depot Wednesday morning to see the Union Pacific Railroad's Challenger #2958, the world's largest operational steam locomotive. The train was on a five-state, 1,700-mile tour celebrating railroad heritage.

A semi-tractor and trailer overturned at the intersection of Oxford Street and U.S. 59/MN 60 Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Lorie Gildea, who was up for re-election in November, stopped in Worthington for a visit.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "My Best Friend's Girl," "Lakeview Terrace," "Eagle Eye," "Righteous Kill" and "House Bunny."

The 2008 Murray County Central homecoming royalty included Kate Robinson, queen, and Mark Bau, king.

25 years ago

Nobles County Sheriff Dale Peters announced he would complete the 15 months remaining in his term of office but would not seek re-election thereafter. Auditor Ken Roberts and Treasurer Stuart McNab had previously announced they would retire effective Jan. 30, 1994. Peters had served as Nobles County Sheriff for 27 years.

A public open house revealed the changes wrought by an $8.4 million remodeling project at Worthington Regional Hospital. The project involved moving the surgery department, intensive care and cardiac units from the older facility to a new second-floor addition, remodeling the emergency room entrance and expanding the ER waiting room, enlarging the medical records department and remodeling the lobby area.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "The Program," "Hocus Pocus" and "Snow White."

Clothes Encounters, at 218 10th St., Worthington, marked its seventh anniversary with a fall fashion show, a "Wheel of Savings," door prizes and complimentary refreshments.

Glenn Thuringer joined the staff of First National Bank of Brewster in Worthington.

Gasoline prices, in Worthington and elsewhere, were raised overnight, jumping from $1.10.9 per gallon to $1.14.9 per gallon. The price change was attributed to a federal increase in the motor fuel tax.

50 years ago

Advertised specials at Worthington's Gordy's Super Valu included a pint of Clover Rich dairy creamer for 10 cents, a pound of Ocean Spray cranberries for 39 cents, eight cans of Finest brand kidney beans for $1, four 46-ounce cans of Dole pineapple juice for $1, a dozen buttermilk cake donuts for 49 cents and a two-pound can of Folger's coffee for $1.19.

Picket lines were thrown up at all Toro Manufacturing Company facilities in Windom after the company's 234 workers walked out on strike. The company was reported to have turned down a union request for a 30-center per hour wage increase the first year and 20 cents the second, plus fringe benefits. Workers left their jobs at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Dale Flatebo, president of Local 1956 of the International Association of Machinists, said, "We feel that we need more money for a living wage and feel that the company can and should increase our hourly wage. The average wage at the plant now is $2.20 per hour."

Dorthy Rickers included recipes for Apple-Scotch Cake and French Apple Cobbler in her "Mixing and Musing" column this week.

The W-High Star, Worthington High School's student newspaper, was awarded a first class honor rating by the National Scholastic Press Association, based on the newspapers published during the second semester of the 1967-68 school year. The W-High Star was a bi-weekly, offset paper. Andrea Guse was editor-in-chief, and Jean Lundgren was managing editor. Mrs. David Blegen was the paper's adviser.

75 years ago

Lee Green and his son, Harlan Green, of Graham Lakes township, suffered painful injuries late yesterday in a highway accident on S.A.R. 12 in Bigelow township at the northeast corner of Section 26. The Green car, headed north on a township road, collided with a gravel truck belonging to Price and Waggoner, gravel contractors working on regraveling in that part of the county. That either or both of the Greens was not killed mystified early arrivals at the accident scene. Both were thrown clear of the machine.

For several weeks past, a steady procession of "freak vegetables" had been paraded into the offices of the Daily Globe. Specimens had included "V" potatoes, a Siamese twin squash and twin musk melons, cabbages and pumpkins. Ray L. Nelson, who lived seven miles southwest of Worthington, was believed to have the championship potato to date — a monster tuber that tipped the scales at three pounds.

The Brewster Go-Getters 4-H Club won the county trophy, based on the participation of the 4-H clubs in county 4-H club events.

Showing this week at Worthington's Grand Theater was "Lady of Burlesque" starring Barbara Stanwyck.