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Looking Back: 1944 — Worthington churches taking part in clothing relief effort

LOOKINGBACK

One year ago

Bob and Pat Ludlow, founders of Bedford Industries in 1966, said they would donate $1 million toward renovations of the Armory Business Center for use as the Nobles County Historical Society on the condition that the city of Worthington and Nobles County would contribute a combined $1 million as well.

A downtown Worthington business, Lit'l Wizards, was closing effective Oct. 1 after 13 years of operation.

Round Lake native Nathan Wilson was in the area to film a feature film about "The Witch of Loon Lake" and the legend of Mary Jane Terwilliger.

The 68th annual Tri-State Band Festival took place in Luverne, with 23 bands participating.

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In August, the Worthington Municipal Liquor Store brought in approximately $1,700 more in per-day sales over the previous year. August was its first full month of operation at its new location.

Five years ago

The Minnesota Supreme Court Justices were to stop in Worthington Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 as part of the court's traveling oral arguments program aimed at teaching students about Minnesota's court system.

After 28 years as a court administrator, most recently serving Pipestone, Rock, Murray, and Nobles counties, Steve Schulze retired this week.

Jim Joens of rural Wilmont was selected the 2014 Nobles County Conservationist of the Year. Joens was to represent Nobles County at the annual state convention of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in early December.

One person died when two semi-trailer rigs collided Friday north of Round Lake at the intersection of Minnesota 264 and Nobles County 35 at 12:24 p.m.

Corn off the Cob 21, with a theme of "We're coming of age, but we're still a few kernels short of an ear," took place at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Worthington.

Minnesota writers Rachael Hanel and Kevin Kling appeared in Worthington this week as part of Plum Creek Regional Library System's 40th anniversary celebration.

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10 years ago

Worthington's racing turkey Paycheck won the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop by clocking a 35.17 time over the 150-yard course. Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas, was slower at 39.60 seconds.

Mounds View runner Amy Lyons was the first women's finisher in the Turkey Day 10K, running a time of 36:40. Lyons had set the women's course record in 2006 (34:57).

Moses Waweru was the male and overall Turkey Day 10K winner, finishing in 31 minutes flat. It was Waweru's third Turkey Day 10K championship in the past five years. Darren Larsen was the top local finisher at 34:37.

Sterling Drug celebrated the grand opening of its telepharmacy in Adrian this week. The telepharmacy was located in the Adrian Government Building on Maine Avenue.

Worthington High School 2009 Homecoming royalty were Allison Jaycox, queen, and Travis Meinders, king.

Corn off the Cob 17, with a theme of "Camping Capers at Olson Park," took place at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Worthington.

Eighty employees, or about 10 percent of the workforce, were to be laid off at AGCO in Jackson by Oct. 2. Jackson Mayor Mitch Jasper commented, "This is just a bump in the road in a wild economy."

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25 years ago

Paycheck won the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop at the 22nd annual turkey race of King Turkey Day. Paycheck logged a 1:16 time to Ruby Begonia's slower 1:59.97, plus Ruby Begonia was stuck with a 30-second penalty for refusing to run.

Rep. David Minge, D-Minnesota, was the 1994 King Turkey Day featured speaker. Minge was a 1959 Worthington High School graduate.

The annual King Turkey Day pancake feed fed 2,000 people, officials estimated.

Tim Tissel, St. Paul, won the 15th annual Turkey Day 10K with a time of 30:29, while Jean Gill of Waterbury, Neb., was the first-place woman with a time of 36:16. There were 563 finishers in the year's race. Keith Abels, Worthington, was the first local finisher with a time of 33:36; he was 20th overall.

In all, a contingent of 81 Worthington area people returned from a trip to Crailsheim, Germany, and other European hot spots. Forty-nine local musicians were among the group that interacted with the Crailsheim city band during the trip.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "TimeCop," "Natural Born Killers" and "Blown Away."

50 years ago

Nobles County negotiated the purchase of 11.6 acres of land from Mrs. Minnie Haberman and family at a cost of $500 per acre, for a major addition to Langer's Maca-Oicu Park south of Kinbrae. Plans called for constructing a dam to replace the existing control structure, provision of vehicle access to the new portion of the park, and construction of a beach house and a boat ramp.

William Lewis, Adrian; Oscar Dahlquist, Slayton; and Ray Koehn, Luverne, were selected to represent Nobles, Murray and Rock counties, respectively, in the competition for Minnesota's Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year. The three would attend the seventh biennial Governor's conference on aging at the Pick-Nicollet Hotel Oct. 23 and 24.

Dr. J.D. DeJong joined the Schmidt Veterinary Clinic as an associate. Originally from Hospers, Iowa, DeJong and his wife Ruth were living at 210 W. Clary St., Worthington, with their three young sons.

William Hegg, account executive and manager of the John G. Kinnard and Co. branch office in Worthington, returned this week from New York City, where he attended the annual international convention of the Association of Security Dealers.

75 years ago

Worthington churches were joining with congregations across the nation in an emergency collection of clean, usable clothing to be used for the relief of the needy in liberated areas of Europe, the Rev. Waldo E. Brown, pastor of the Church of Christ, announced. With the approach of winter and the rapid advance of the Allied armed forces in Europe, the clothing needs were immediate. All clean, usable clothing was wanted, with the exception of evening gowns and shoes. Sheets, pillow cases and similar items were also usable, since the primary purpose of the campaign was to get enough warm, sturdy clothing and coverings to enable freed Europeans to endure the winter's cold.

Worthington junior high school students were to have their own debate team this year, school leaders said. Both the junior and senior high school teams were to discuss reduction of the legal voting age to 18 years. Senior high debaters were Raymond Roberts, James Vance, Melvin Mooty, Robert Blixt, Robert Meyers, Georgiann Ullrich, Beverly Hilfers and Margie Schuck. Junior high debaters were Robert Hoodecheck, Eugene Rubingh, Robert Willardson, Eugene Phelps, Raymond Crippen, John Thrall, Jocelyn Sondergaard, Blanche Swanson, Lois Scott and Duane Scribner.

Silverberg's advertised five-buckle, all-rubber overshoes for $4.95 a pair ($4.49 a pair for four-buckle overshoes), boys' cotton flannel shirts for 98 cents, and work shoes for $3.95 or $4.95.

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