Looking Back: 1963 - Marshall gets new four-year college

One year ago Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton facilitated a roundtable discussion with area business leaders and citizens Friday at Worthington's Biotechnology Advancement Center. Topics centered on agriculture, jobs, the economy and education. A Worth...

One year ago
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton facilitated a roundtable discussion with area business leaders and citizens Friday at Worthington’s Biotechnology Advancement Center. Topics centered on agriculture, jobs, the economy and education.

A Worthington State Farm agent, Jessica Noble, was appearing in a national television ad for the company along with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Jason Turner, owner of Worthington-based GuidePoint Pharmacy, announced plans to open a new tele-pharmacy in Fulda in early February.

Road construction in and around Worthington was expected to continue through November.

About 700 people participated in southwest Minnesota’s first National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk Saturday in Adrian.


Five years ago

Minnesota West Community and Technical College donated its old wrestling mats to the Nobles County Jail for the jail to use in “use of force” training exercises.

Kate Robinson was crowned queen and Mark Bau was named king of Murray County Central’s Homecoming festivities in Slayton.

An archaeological dig near Lake Shetek yielded two teeth, a scrap of cloth, a tiny bone fragment and shards of old glass. Sue Krook, an anthropology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, found the items on the site of the old Hurd homestead. The Hurds were a pioneer family that lived there until the 1862 Dakota Conflict.

Murray County Central students had a day off from school due to a broken water valve that made plumbing temporarily unavailable at the local schools.

A bridge over Kanaranzi Creek in Larkin Township northeast of Adrian was closed due to concerns about its potential failure. The bridge closure was expected to last for close to a year.

10 years ago

Rock County received a $500,000 state grant to help with infrastructure improvements needed for the planned new Luverne Community Hospital.


The Worthington Volunteer Fire Department received a $44,813 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for personal protective gear and quick-response training sessions.

Yvonne Treipl was the 2003-04 Crailsheim exchange student to Worthington. She was living with her first host family, Glenn and Barb Kremer.

Restoration work continued at the Historic Dayton House, 1311 Fourth Ave., Worthington.

Hundreds of people took part in a memorial ride for Randy Scott, 55, of Hardwick. Scott was killed Aug. 16 when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by Rep. Bill Janklow at a rural intersection near Trent, S.D.

Worthington High School Homecoming royalty included Queen Katie Drietz and King Jeremy Berger.

25 years ago

Lois and Kenneth Hansberger, Worthington, observed their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Worthington’s First United Methodist Church.

Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Low Cholesterol Apple Bars, Fresh Apple Cake, Apple Muffins, Swedish Apple Pie, Applesauce Bars, Apple Date Cake and Apple Dessert.


Thirteen Nobles County 4-H’ers participated in the Regional Dog Show last weekend. Taking champion honors in the four-man Brace team were Phyliss Sievers, Sheryl Hanson, Travis Sievers and Jon Wiener.

Central Telephone Company (Centel) honored 13 employees for a total 270 years of service in Worthington. Marnae Krueger was singled out for special recognition for his 25 years of service to Centel.

Advertised specials for “Dollar Days” at Worthington’s Hy-Vee store included two loaves of white or wheat cottage bread for $1, three pounds of bananas for $1, an 18-ounce jar of peanut butter for $1, three pints of Wells’ Blue Bunny chocolate milk for $1, and a 32-ounce bottle of Crisco oil for $1.77.

50 years ago

Despite the fact that his car sustained only minor damage, Eli Joseph Hartman, 82, of Heron Lake died of injuries suffered in a traffic accident about 4:15 p.m. Friday one mile north of Okabena. Hartman was taking his grandson and a neighbor boy home from school. He had dropped off the neighbor at his home and was crossing the road to enter a driveway when his car was struck by a southbound pickup truck. His grandson suffered minor injuries, and the pickup’s driver was treated and released at the Heron Lake hospital. The Jackson County sheriff’s office called it “one of those freak accidents,” in that neither vehicle was damaged extensively. Hartman was one of four people killed in a flurry of Minnesota traffic accidents in less than 24 hours, with those deaths raising the state’s toll thus far this year to 569, compared with 506 the previous year. The death toll increased still further just a day later when Mrs. Fred Marotzke, 68, of Lismore, was killed in a traffic accident one mile west of Lismore.

Marshall buzzed with pride and satisfaction over being selected as the site for a new state college in southwestern Minnesota. State Senator John L. Olson of Worthington, representing Nobles, Rock and Murray counties, said, “I am very disappointed that neither Slayton nor Worthington was chosen as the site for the college.”

75 years ago

Found in the Want Ads section, under the “Swap” category: Will Trade - Choice of two good watch dogs for $8 value of poultry or livestock. Will Trade - Purebred yearling water spaniel of choice breeding for $10 value merchandise, or what have you. Will Trade - McCormick-Deering single row corn picker for anything of equal value, livestock or furniture.


Frank Swenson of Hadley, an employee of Payne-Hanson Construction Company, was virtually decapitated when his body was drawn into a power take-off elevator on a road grading device about five miles north of Wilmont. While working under the machine, Swenson’s clothes caught in the maze of pulleys and his body was drawn into the elevator. The impact choked off the motor. His body was wedged so tightly into the machinery that it took almost three hours to extricate it.

An ad for Worthmore Ice Cream urged: “Ice cream is good for you. Worthmore Ice Cream is made of the purest ingredients. After the game, try a dish of Worthmore Ice Cream; taste the difference! 25 flavors to choose from! Special on Saturday and Sunday: chocolate chip ice cream, quarts for 28 cents, pints for 14 cents.”

The Sunday menu at Dickey Pharmacy included roast young turkey with dressing, Southern style fried chicken, Virginia baked ham, whipped potatoes, baked squash, cranberry salad, whole wheat rolls, plum pudding; desserts included apple, lemon chiffon, cherry nut, or raspberry pie, or almond toffee, cherry nut, chocolate or vanilla ice cream - all for only 50 cents.

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