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Looking Back: 1944 -- 22 earn U.S. citizenship in Nobles County ceremony

One year ago

American Lutheran Church, Worthington, announced it would expand its facility, with construction due to begin in mid-August. The church, which was built in 1948 and expanded in 1960 and 1985, was to get a 7,705 square-foot addition that was expected to be finished by the end of April 2019.

Dr. Randy Simonson, director of Prairie Holdings Group and CEO of Cambridge Technologies, Worthington, was appointed to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents representing the 1st Congressional District.

The annual ISD 518 All-School Orchestra Concert took place at Worthington High School, with 333 string students from grades four through 12 performing.

The ISD 518 school board unanimously approved a resolution calling for a two-question Aug. 14 referendum for the construction of an intermediate school not to exceed $35 million, and for improvements to Trojan Field not to exceed $4 million.

Five years ago

The Center for Active Living (CAL) celebrated its first anniversary. CAL director Kris Hohensee was touting a new shuffleboard court and had scheduled various presentations, a double-elimination pool tournament and an open house to mark the occasion.

A representative from The Minnesota Zoo Interpretive Nature Center was on site with animals to share with attendees at Saturday's Kids' Carnival in Worthington.

JC Penney closed its doors in Worthington, and workers like 30-year employee Terese Kruse of Fulda were out of jobs.

The Historic Dayton House hosted a Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce membership mixer as part of its kickoff for the house's 10th anniversary celebration.

Worthington Police Department Chief Mike Cumiskey announced he would retire at the end of May. Cumiskey had logged 15 years in the Worthington job and had spent 28 years altogether working in law enforcement.

Sterling Drug was purchasing GuidePoint Pharmacy of Worthington effective June 7, with all GuidePoint customers being transferred to Sterling Worthington effective June 9.

Prairie Elementary fourth-grader Jose Reveles won first place in the Minnesota Rural Water Association's Water Week poster contest.

10 years ago

Ground was broken on a Habitat for Humanity house in Worthington for the family of Amber Nordby. It was the first house in the area to be funded primarily (65 percent) by the Thrivent Building with Habitat for Humanity Initiative.

Peter Olson recently opened Olson Financial Council LLC on Fourth Avenue in downtown Worthington.

Current low financing costs led the Nobles County Commissioners and Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert to agree it was a good time to consider moving forward with plans for a new Nobles County Library. The county was exploring cooperative efforts with other community entities.

"A Night at the Academy Awards" was the theme for the 13th annual spring dance concert of Kay Williams Prunty's The Dance Academy, Worthington.

James E. Brewer of Lakefield was the recipient of the Daily Globe's $500 carrier scholarship. Brewer planned to attend the automotive technician program at Minnesota West Community and Technical College at Jackson.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Star Trek," "Hannah Montana: The Movie," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "17 Again."  

25 years ago

Harold and Jan Luitjens, rural Ellsworth, paid to have a 40-year-old wooden barn moved a quarter mile from an abandoned farmstead to their farm. It took only 20 minutes to move the 32- by 44-foot barn to its new site. The Luitjens family had a 50-cow Holstein-Jersey herd and also raised Texas Longhorn cattle.

A merger of Minnesota's state universities and community/technical college systems was to be completed by July 1, 1995. Discussions were underway, including at Worthington Community College, about how the merger would be accomplished.

Dale Gould, 75, Worthington, won the fourth annual Nobles County Senior Spelling Bee at the Worthington Community Center. First runner-up was Grant Ohland, 89. Both Ohland and Gould were retired teachers.

Ruttles '50s Grill opened recently in Worthington. Manager Ken Moser and assistant manager Matt Matuska oversaw a restaurant staff of 57.

The Lewis and Clark Rural Water Project received $50,000 in funding from the state legislature, allowing the project to move forward. The water system would ultimately serve 11 southwest Minnesota counties, and it was estimated that it would take 10 years to complete the project.

50 years ago

Third District Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary members elected Benny LaMaack and Mrs. Harold Tripp, both of Worthington, as commander and president, respectively. Also, Donna Schettler won the third district VFW Poppy Queen title at the Loyalty Day parade in Luverne. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Schettler, Wilmont.

The Worthington Police Department, headed by Police Captain Merle Rotschafer, was hosting a Saturday Bike Safety Day. They offered a free safety inspection, scotchlite tape application, cartoons and a film on bicycle safety, as well as providing prizes to each child who registered for the safety inspection.

Mrs. Paul Schafer (the former Hannah Doeden) was named Nobles County's 1969 Mother of the Year. Schafer had eight children and was a Gold Star Mother, having lost her son Robert when he was flying over the Adriatic Sea during World War II. A daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gerald Schafer, nicknamed her "Helpful Hannah" and credited her with these qualities that spell out "MOTHER": merry, optimistic, thankful, helpful, earnest, ready.

The theme of the Worthington High School prom was "An Evening in Paris." Dancing continued till after midnight, and the evening continued with a snack at Ehlers, a movie at the drive-in, swimming at the YMCA, bowling and more dancing. The all-night festivities ended at 5:30 a.m. with a pancake and sausage breakfast at Chautauqua Park.

75 years ago

Dr. W.R. Schmidt, a former Worthington physician, was promoted to the rank of major recently, Dr. B.O. Mork Jr. learned in a recent letter. Maj. Schmidt was stationed at an advance base somewhere in the Hawaiian islands. He reported, "There are always a few gunshot wounds of the abdomen coming in and it is really remarkable how well they do with the combined use of sulfa and penicillin. We have practically no fatalities from peritonitis if we get them early."

Because unseasonal weather had delayed Minnesota's spring seeding by about three weeks, the farm help situation was even more acute than anticipated this spring, Paul E. Miller, state director of the agricultural extension service, reported. No precise estimate of the amount of small grain planted in Nobles County was available, but County Agent Gene Stower said that possibly a third of the small grain was not in.

U.S. citizenship was conferred upon 22 applicants in the annual Nobles County naturalization court session. New citizens were Herman Klooster, Max Wendt, Henry Doorenbos, Margaret Reinalda, Klaas Reinalda, Lyle E. Stewart, George Meyeraan, Mrs. Ralph Meyer, Anna Licht, Mary E. Harms, Minnie Jacobs, Frances Jongetjes, Pearl Tolsma, Tracy Halma, Agnes C. Schoberg, Berthe and Henry Bodde, Albertus Schuur, Frank Geertsema, Ernest Wasmund, Maree Peters Rose and Wilhelmina Erpelding.