Looking Back: 1942 -- Pennies and nickels sought from youths for war effort

One year ago Construction on the final segment of Minnesota 60, between Windom and Mountain Lake, was scheduled to begin in the spring. It was 51 years since the first meeting of the Highway 60 Action Corporation, whose goal was to see the highwa...

One year ago

Construction on the final segment of Minnesota 60, between Windom and Mountain Lake, was scheduled to begin in the spring. It was 51 years since the first meeting of the Highway 60 Action Corporation, whose goal was to see the highway expanded to four lanes from the Iowa state line to Mankato. The remaining 8.5-mile construction project was expected to be completed by early October 2018.


Worthington was one of four Greater Minnesota communities to share in a $2.87 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for the purpose of funding construction of rental workforce housing. Worthington's take of $868,000 would help with the construction of a proposed 72-unit apartment complex on the northeast corner of Grand Avenue and Darling Drive.



Mirror's Image Salon moved to a new location at 1009 Fourth Ave., Worthington. Kelly Wilson was the owner of the salon.

Five years ago Nicole Ektnitphong, the daughter of Smitty and Ann Ektnitphong, Worthington, was crowned St. Lucia in Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College's 72nd annual Festival of St. Lucia. Ektnitphong was a sophomore political science major.


Worthington Power and Equipment was sold to C & B Operations of Gettysburg, S.D. The business had been locally owned by the Naser family for the previous 24 years.


The Worthington City Council approved a resolution to establish a Complete Streets policy - a concerted effort to look at road designs from a broader perspective (taking pedestrians, disabled residents and bicyclists into consideration) rather than just a car-centered one.


Matilda "Dolly" Loetscher celebrated her 100th birthday on 12-12-12 in Sibley, Iowa.


Slumberland of Worthington teamed with Catholic Charities to provide 15 beds to Nobles County families in need. Over the past 10 years of the local operation's holiday giveaway, owners Krista and Ben Petersen estimated they'd donated nearly 200 beds.

10 years ago A father and son from rural Worthington were honored as the Nobles County Outstanding Conservationists during the recent annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation. Dorwood and Steve Dykstra operated a dairy and grain farm in rural Worthington, and they had pursued numerous conservation projects on their property over the years.


The Original Blend barbershop quartet entertained at the Sons of Norway Stavenger Lodge Christmas party at the Cottonwood County Historical Society in Windom. Windom had one of the largest per capita Scandinavian-descent populations in the state.


A portion of the former Campbell Soup Co. property in Worthington was to be redeveloped for use as a fire station with the help of an $800,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Pre-demolition abatement of asbestos, lead-based paint and other hazardous materials at the site were expected to cost an estimated $230,210.


Demolition of Worthington's Central Elementary School was underway.



More than 250 students from seven music ensembles joined in the Worthington High School Festival of Christmas concert at WHS Sunday afternoon.

25 years ago Jean Fast, Windom, was one of two Minnesota women to receive the Key Woman Award, the highest honor in the Minnesota Women of Today organization.


Martin Oil owner Merlin Robinson made an agreement for the Nobles County Co-op Oil Company to purchase his 10th Avenue business assets, effective Jan. 1, 1993. Robinson had owned the Worthington business since 1978, and the bulk oil operation was started in Worthington in 1936 by D.R. Martin.


Acuity Digital of Chaska was to begin offering a digital mobile communication service throughout the southwest corner of Minnesota within the coming few weeks. Acuity's introduction in Minnesota was the start of the Acuity Digital network, the first of its kind in the United States.


An unusual rash of vandalism was plaguing Worthington, with vehicle hood ornaments being ripped off. Cadillacs were the most common targets. Worthington Police Department Officer John Pellegrino said officials suspected the thefts were being perpetrated by 11 to 18-year-olds.


The Worthington Area United Way fund drive was at 97 percent of its goal ($112,116.18 was pledged toward a $115,000 total).


The Worthington City Council tabled action on a permit for a proposed salvage yard at 2630 East Ave. Several residents had protested the salvage yard, and 30 people submitted a petition to the Environmental Quality Board in St. Paul. The Worthington Planning Commission had recommended a denial of the permit, but further action depended on input from the Environmental Quality Board.

50 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jenkins, residents of Org for nearly 40 years, quietly observed their 58th wedding anniversary this week. Mr. Jenkins was a lifelong resident of Nobles County, while Mrs. Jenkins was born in Wisconsin and moved to Nobles County as a child. The couple married on Dec. 9, 1909, at Rock Rapids, Iowa, with a lady Methodist minister, the Rev. Alta D. Huntley, officiating.


Worthington's Dickey Pharmacy, 222 10th St., advertised a Sunday dinner special for $1.25, which included the choice of 1/4 pan-fried chicken or roast beef with accompaniments of vegetable, salad, potatoes, gravy, beverage, homemade roll and butter.


Advertised specials during the grand opening week of Gordy's Super Valu, a 15,269-square foot store on Worthington's Diagonal Road, included a 25-pound bag of Robin Hood flour for $1.89, a pound of Morrell sliced bacon for 39 cents, a two-pound can of Folger's coffee for $1.19 and Norway or Scotch pine Christmas trees for $3.98 to $4.98.


The youths of Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton, staged a live nativity pageant featuring animals and music. Cast members included Chuck Swan, Gail Larson, Mark Donaldson, David Bader, Bruce Swan and John Van Dyke.

75 years ago F.D. Sontag, chairman of the local war price and rationing board, announced that school children were now eligible to buy bicycles if they could show they needed the machines to ride to school. Certificates for the purchase of the bicycles still needed to be obtained from the rationing board, but the eligibility rules had been lightened. Youngsters needing bicycles for carrying papers were also newly eligible.


Worthington-area women were cooperating in the nationwide salvage program by saving used kitchen fats, crushing tin cans and returning used silk stockings. Meanwhile, Worthington youngsters were being asked to participate in the nationwide drive to get hoarded pennies and nickels back into circulation to aid the war effort. Unless more pennies and nickels returned to circulation, the treasury department would have to mint new ones, which would require vital copper, tin and zinc - minerals needed for the war effort.


Donald Markman, a Daily Globe carrier, sold $408.04 worth of war bonds and stamps to celebrate the Pearl Harbor anniversary. Markman was the leading stamp and bond salesman among Globe carriers, who had joined in the campaign since Oct. 3. Markman's total sales were $634.80, and he received special mention from the U.S. treasury department in its upcoming issue of the Defense Agent News.


Seventy-nine of the 87 rural teachers of Nobles County registered for the annual county teachers' institute. Mrs. Agnes Pyne from the state department of education carried the study program throughout the day, with special appearances by a few other instructors.

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