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Looking Back: 1944 -- Clothing controversy hot topic in Sherburn

One year ago

The Twin Cities-based Americana folk pop band Rogue Valley, headed by musician Chris Koza, headlined at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Worthington.

The Worthington City Council opted to cease working with developer PBK Investments on its proposed movie theater project. PBK owner Brian Pellowski had expressed frustration about working with the city the previous week, and council members moved to return earnest money the company had given the city when the two parties signed a purchase agreement for the 1.1-acre property near the intersection of U.S. 59 and Bioscience Drive.

A "Lunch at the Museum" event featuring long-time quilter Laurie Ness of Pipestone as guest speaker took place at the Nobles County Historical Society.

Construction continued on the new building for ProfessioNail Salon & Spa on Ray Drive, just south of Subway in Worthington.

Five years ago

The high temperature on Monday morning was well below zero, with a temperature range in the greater Worthington region of minus-20 to minus-25 and wind chills dipping as low as minus-50 to minus-55. District 518 started classes two hours late, and JBS also called a late start for the day. Area plumbers were kept busy with frozen pipes bursting at many locales.

Fire departments from eight counties responded to a destructive fire at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at New Horizon Farms, Hardwick. The NHF property appeared to be a total loss, with 3,700 sows and many piglets also lost in the blaze.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson visited Minnesota Soybean Processors in Brewster on Tuesday. Frederickson was touring the state in support of the biofuels industry and Renewable Fuel Standard.

The Nobles County commissioners approved a refunding of $5.695 million in general obligation bonds on the Prairie Justice Center, saving the county more than $503,300 in debt service expenses over the life of the bonds.

The Worthington City Council advised its city attorney to seek the opinion of the E.O.Olson Trust's trustees regarding the possibility of locating a new Nobles County Library on the site of the former outdoor municipal swimming pool just north of Centennial Park.

10 years ago

The Missoula Children's Theatre directed a production of "The Princess and the Pea" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, involving over 50 local youths. Two performances took place on Saturday.

Federal enhancement funding was providing $400,000 to Nobles County and $342,000 to the city of Worthington for the purpose of constructing a recreational trail from Whiskey Ditch at Oxford Street to Olson Park. In total, the project's estimated cost was $1.2 million. In addition to the federal funds, another 20 percent in matching funds was provided from other sources.

The Nobles County commissioners OK’d $2.50 per capita funding for the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.

The Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce was moving to the former Rock County Law Enforcement Center space.

With one bridge already closed and another posted down to a 10-ton weight limit, Nobles County was seeking funds for replacing 10 bridges at an estimated cost of $1.5 million.

25 years ago

Harold Anderson was serving as the interim pastor at First Covenant Church, Worthington. Anderson had also served as interim pastor of Indian Lake Baptist Church for six months in 1991.

Five Worthington High School choral students were participants in the 1994 Dorian Choral Festival at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. They were Amy Christopherson, Mike Den Hartog, Brent Heeringa, Martha Meyer and Jeremy Scott.

Keith Rubis and Cathy Collis opened a new Subway restaurant in Jackson at the very end of December, and in the first 10 days of business they'd sold over 3,500 sandwiches to hungry residents and passers-through. The pair also operated a Subway restaurant in Windom.

Kenneth Malecha, president of the First Worthington Bank (later known as Community First National Bank) from the late 1980s to 1992, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to participating in loan transactions involving fraudulent conflicts of interest. Malecha faced a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine on two counts. He had extended loans exceeding $700,000 to two of his brothers.

A bullhead feed at the Worthington Eagles Club on Friday night offered all-you-can-eat bullheads plus potato salad, baked beans, bread and coffee for $4.

50 years ago

The high temperature in Worthington reached 33 degrees on Sunday, which was the first time in 18 consecutive days the mercury rose above the freezing mark locally. Along the way were 10 days with readings in the sub-zero category, including two days in which the high temperature never climbed above zero. The next day, however, wind and snow forced the highway department to shut down Highway 60 between Worthington and St. James. Barricades were put into place and traffic was halted. It was the first time since the winter of 1963 that a highway had been officially closed in southwest Minnesota.

Advertised specials this week at Swanson's grocery, Worthington, included a two-pound can of Folger's coffee for $1.13, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, a pound of butter for 69 cents, a pound of sliced Morrell bacon for 59 cents, a pound of first-cut pork chops for 39 cents, a package of Coastal Brand fish sticks for 29 cents and a quart jar of Kraft Miracle Whip for 49 cents.

The newly elected officers of the Worthington Chamber of Commerce were Bill Hedeen, president; P.J. Kaiser, vice president; and Richard Osness, treasurer. Jim Bohart continued as the Chamber manager.

75 years ago

The village of Sherburn was in a dither because high school girls "want to wear slacks to school" and two girls who defied a faculty order against slacks were sent home. Parents of girls who used buses as transportation to school, however, argued that girls needed the protection of slacks when standing on cold corners waiting for buses to arrive. Mothers who favored slacks contended that if it was indecent for their daughters to wear slacks in public, it was just as indecent for them to have to take showers in the school gymnasium's shower room. The paper noted that George Ehlers, a Sherburn theater man and former Worthington resident, was a member of the "obdurate" board of education.

The board of the Farmers Cooperative elevator at Windom let a contract for the new building to replace one destroyed by an Armistice Day fire. The new plant, to tower 90 feet in the air, would have a capacity of 40,000 bushels. The company was to spend $31,000 on the plant.

Lt. Edward A. Erickson, a war prisoner in Japan and a former employee of the Minnesota Natural Gas Company in Worthington, recently was permitted by the Japanese to send a message to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Erickson, via the Japanese radio. The message was intercepted by the army. In the message, Erickson assured his family, "I am in as good health as can be expected." At the outbreak of the war, Erickson was an army pilot stationed at Clark field near Manila.

When Mrs. Merle Johnson, teacher in District 29, entered her schoolhouse Thursday morning, she discovered several missing items, including a magazine pencil (a gift of her husband, Sgt. Merle Johnson, former Globe linotype operator who was currently overseas), some defense stamps and petty cash. Mrs. Johnson had locked the building securely the night before and suspected something was amiss when she found the inner door to the school room unlocked.