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Looking Back: 1969 -- Military medals awarded posthumously

One year ago

Mother Nature packed a heavy punch on Monday, Jan. 22, with heavy snow (11 inches in Worthington) and high winds bringing traffic to a standstill across portions of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.

The ninth annual Deep Freeze Dip involved 37 volunteers jumping into Lake Okabena. Their efforts resulted in $40,000 being raised toward the cost of a new splash pad in Worthington. A few days later, with close to $100,000 already secured from the Deep Freeze Dip pledges plus a $50,000 matching grant from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation, the Worthington City Council authorized city staff to move ahead with plans for the splash pad in Centennial Park.

After 28 years as the full-time produce manager at Jim's Market in Slayton, Frances Guild was retiring. Guild was due to celebrate her 94th birthday in March.

Five years ago

The University of Minnesota's Nobles County Extension Office and its executive committee members learned this week that nutrition education assistants Carol Langseth and Leticia Rodriguez, who staffed the SNAP-ed program for Nobles County, would have their jobs discontinued by Tuesday. At a state level, the program was being restructured, with 40 percent of SNAP positions statewide being cut.

Kelly Nickel, Worthington, located the Worthington Winterfest medallion at Sailboard Beach. Nickel received $100 in Worthington Chamber Bucks for her effort.

Morgan LeBrun, a 16-year-old Worthington High School student, was selected the 2014 Winterfest queen.

With the water temperature at about 34 degrees, 35 people voluntarily jumped into Lake Okabena for the annual Deep Freeze Dip, raising over $16,000 for the Wayne Klumper HEALS fund.

Minnesota Energy Resources donated $5,000 to the Worthington Fire Station this week.

The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program offered through Nobles County Community Services had seen continued growth, with more than 1,100 clients being seen each month. Therefore, a satellite office for WIC was being established at West Learning Center and was scheduled to open in mid-February.

Blizzard-like conditions forced local and area schools to close early, as wind chills dipped to around minus-30 degrees.

10 years ago

The Worthington High School AOK and FCCLA club members worked to fashion blankets for Project Linus.

The Mixed Blood Theatre performance of playwright Syl Jones' "Daughters of Africa" was presented at the Minnesota West Community College's Fine Arts Theater on the Worthington campus.

The Murray County Sheriff's Office was investigating two burglaries that occurred either late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Jervel's Cafe, Chandler, and Diane's Cafe, Lake Wilson, were both broken into. An undetermined amount of items and/or cash was taken from each location.

Worthington's Northland Mall was sold for $1.8 million to mall developer Mike Kohan of Queens, N.Y. The transfer of ownership to Kohan from Developers Diversified Realty was official as of Dec. 31, 2008.

Worthington High School's 2009 Triple "A" candidates were seniors Adam Vosburgh and Andrea Russell. The two were selected for the Minnesota State High School League's scholarship contest for their excellence in academics, athletics and the arts.

At the annual Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet, Marv Spomer received the Community Service Award. Sherry Benton was the recipient of the Friend of Education award, and Mick's Repair was chosen for the Worthington Hospitality award.

25 years ago

The Windom Area Community Band was seeking more musicians to fill out its dwindling ranks.

A school bus and semi trailer rig collided at the intersection of U.S. 59/Minnesota 60 and Nobles Street, Worthington, Wednesday morning. Four students were on the bus, while the semi carried a load of molasses. Fortunately, no injuries were inflicted and no molasses was spilled.

Lydia Hanson of Fulda, who received a diploma from Fulda High School in 1987 at the age of 82 after taking GED classes, had sewn 415 9-by-12-inch baptismal napkins for St. Paul's Lutheran Church infants over a 32-year-period.

Featured this week in Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column were recipes for Mini Confetti Muffins, Vegetable and Cheese Soup, Pineapple-Stuffed Country Ribs, Spinach Salad, and Chocolate Crepes with Creme de Mint filling.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Grumpy Old Men" and "Iron Will." All had been held over from the previous week due to popular demand.

Thursday from 5-9 p.m. was advertised as Burger Bar Night at the Windmill Cafe, Worthington. Quarter-pound burgers were sold for $3.50 and half-pound burgers for $4.95, with available toppings including chili, onions, pickles, tomatoes and cheese--plus barbecue, picante or mushroom sauce.

50 years ago

Worthington State Junior College was in line for either a major building addition or a new building as a result of recommendations made this week by the Legislative Building Commission. The commission approved $363,725 for 14,549 square feet of additional space on the assumption the college enrollment would reach 750 by the fall of 1972. The exact form the building would take, and its purposes, had not yet been decided.

Robert Darling was elected president of the Worthington Area Shrine Club at the group's annual meeting this week. Robert Paulsen was named vice president, and Ralph Johnson was chosen secretary-treasurer.

Mrs. Bill Boltjes Jr. was a $50 winner in Swanson's Silver Dollar Bingo Game.

Medals won by the late SP4 Jerome Jansen of Worthington in Vietnam were presented to his widow and son in a special ceremony at the Methodist Church in Worthington. Jansen posthumously received the bronze star, the purple heart, the national defense service medal, the Vietnam campaign ribbon, the Vietnam service medal and the combat infantryman's badge. He was killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1968.

Mrs. Frank Breuker was chosen as executive director of the new senior citizen housing unit to be built in Worthington. Construction on the 104-unit apartment building, to be erected on 10th Avenue between Eighth and Ninth Streets, was due to begin April 1. The building would be seven stories tall and "of ultra-modern design."

75 years ago

Sav-Mor Self-Service Food Market, Worthington, advertised the following: lean center cut pork chops, 29 cents a pound; Armour's small wieners, 29 cents a pound; lean rindless sliced bacon, 35 cents a pound; 100 pounds of russet potatoes for $2.98; and four pounds of yellow Newton apples for 29 cents.

Henry Van Beest, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Van Beest, was the first Rushmore serviceman reported missing in action. Seaman Van Beest volunteered for service in the naval reserve on Feb. 10, 2942. He had been stationed on a submarine in the Pacific.

Memorial services for Lt. Leighton Keith Zeiner, the first Dundee boy to give his life in the war, were conducted Sunday morning by the Rev. A.M. Youngquist at the First Lutheran Church in Dundee. Lt. Zeiner was born in Dundee on May 1, 1917, and graduated from Brewster High School in 1934. He had enlisted in the armed forces and joined the coast artillery in January 1940, nearly a year before the selective service act became effective. He took part in his first bomber mission Dec. 1, and met death Dec. 30, 1943, while bailing out of his crippled bomber on its return from a raid over southern Germany.

Janet, the 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V.E. Brown, 805 Smith Ave., Worthington, suffered a fracture in her right leg, while her mother suffered a scalp laceration, in a collision. Cars drive by Mrs. Brown and Harm Meyeraan collided at the corner of Humiston Avenue and Clary Street at about 10 p.m.