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Looking Back: 1968 -- Worthington church organ under reconstruction

One year ago

Hundreds of peaceful protesters marched through Worthington Sunday afternoon in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which faced an uncertain fate after President Donald Trump decided to phase out the program. Residents and immigration activists marched from Worthington High School to St. Mary's Church, chanting, "The people, united, will never be defeated."

A project bringing about enhancements to security at Worthington's Prairie Justice Center were underway. A new $143,000 screening station was being put in place, featuring double glass doors with metal detection technology, among other improvements.

The sixth annual Sassy Saturday event — a celebration of shopping local — took place in Worthington."

Ocheda Orchard, south of Worthington, had Honeycrisp, Cortland, Haralson, Connell red, B-51, C85 and E134 apples available for sale.

A ribbon cutting took place at Ignite Studio, 212 10th St., Worthington. Proprietor was Stacy Kremer.

Five years ago

The third consecutive Breast Health Fund Walk took place in Windom, with organizers Lisa Kolander and mother/daughter pair Tammy Hall and Tyann Marcy. Hall was a breast cancer survivor who continued battling the disease. In the first two years of the walk, the group had raised more than $120,000 for the support of breast cancer patients and breast cancer education.

The Worthington Public Utilities' Water and Light Commission members agreed to fund the solar panels on the proposed new Worthington entrance signs.

The Historic Dayton House of Worthington hosted its first-ever Oktoberfest beer-tasting event in collaboration with the Worthington Municipal Liquor Store.

Stephanie Gorman was recently hired as the new aquatics director at the Worthington Area YMCA.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced that the city of Worthington was selected as the host community for the 2014 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting opener. The event was scheduled to take place Oct. 10-11, 2014.

Worthington's racing turkey, Paycheck, lost the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop at Turkeyfest in Cuero, Texas, thus ceding the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph to Cuero's turkey, Ruby Begonia. Paycheck had a very slow year, with a combined time in the two turkey races of 13:33 to Ruby Begonia's slender 2:25.

10 years ago

The Worthington Country Kitchen restaurant closed its doors Monday after eight years in business. Manager Bill Weber said the decision came after months of high gas prices had taken their toll.

A malfunctioning water valve resulted in Slayton schools closing for a day. A valve had broken when crews were preparing to hook up a new main, cutting water service throughout the town.

Weekend rains and continued showers put a damper on what already looked to be a disappointing harvest season in southwest Minnesota.

Curtis Pietz received the Community Spirit Award from First State Bank Southwest in recognition of his extensive record of community service involvement.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Three Stones Therapeutic Massage, owned by Allison Furby.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "The Express," "Quarantine," "Igor," "My Best Friend" and "Eagle Eye."

Veteran news director Darrell Stitt retired after a 45-year broadcasting career. Stitt had worked at KWOA, Worthington, for the last 18 years of his radio career.  

25 years ago

Worthington Public Utilities marked Public Power Week. WPU was created in 1895 to give local citizens a voice in utility policies and to provide reliable electric service at a reasonable cost. By 1993, WPU was serving more than 5,000 customers.

WPU's Water and Light Commission members authorized a $15,000 expenditure to continue searching for alternative water sources for the city of Worthington. The city obtained its water from seven wells at the Lake Bella water field, but without an alternative source, the city was at grave risk in the event of a drought or contamination, said WPU general manager Don Habicht.

Steve Olson was hired as the new Osceola County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service director at Sibley, Iowa.

Worthington Community College was seeking $650,000 from the Minnesota state legislature during its 1994 legislative session in a bid to construct two above-ground building connections. One connector would connect the administration to the agriculture building, while a second would run south from the fine arts building to the first connector. The request was ranked 11th among state community college projects.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Program," "Hocus Pocus" and "Undercover Blue."

50 years ago

Through the use of Telstar communications satellite and an international television hook-up, the voice of Robert Nasby of Lakefield would be carried around the world on Christmas Eve. Nasby, a member of the St. John's University Men's Chorus, was to appear on Christmas Eve in the tiny Alpine church where "Silent Night" was sung for the first time 150 years ago to the accompaniment of a guitar. Nasby was to sing a solo part in the hymn at the midnight mass there. Nasby was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Helge Nasby of Lakefield. In high school, he was in the chorus, the band, a four-time state winner in tuba solo competition and a member of the 1967 All-State Band. He was also a kicker on St. John's football team.

Robert Sperling, the installation specialist from the Ulm Orgelwerke company of Belle Plaine, was currently reconstructing the 1918 pipe organ at Worthington's First Lutheran Church. He had also done work on the pipe organs at Worthington's St. Matthew's Lutheran, United First Methodist and St. Mary's Catholic churches.

The five candidates for homecoming queen at Worthington State Junior College were Kathy Baumgard, Brewster; Janice Lackey, Jackson; and Darleen Guse, Jean Saxon and Maureen Guse, all of Worthington. Saxon, formerly Round Lake High School's homecoming queen, was ultimately crowned queen.

Worthington band director Glenn Evensen reported that the large helium-filled balloon, launched during the halftime ceremonies at the Worthington vs. Pipestone game Friday night, was found in northeastern Iowa. Evensen, who directed the launch and the band as the latter played "Up, Up and Away," said Marvin Johnson of Walker, Iowa, found the balloon while hunting along the Cedar River near Vinton, Iowa, midway between Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

75 years ago

Advertised specials this week at Fairway Market included a peck of clean cobbler potatoes for 39 cents, four bars of Ivory soap for 19 cents, two pounds of chase & Sanborn coffee for 55 cents, a pound of Swift's Thuringer summer sausage for 36 cents, a pound of lard for 16 cents and three packages of Post Toasties corn flakes for 25 cents.

Windom residents were seeking an enforceable curfew regulation because they were dissatisfied with the present 9 p.m. curfew whistle, which was generally being disregarded. Residents pointed out that too many boys and girls of grade-school age were roaming the streets at all hours while parents were either unconcerned or unable to do anything about it.