Looking Back: 1966 -- Luverne man awarded bronze star for ‘heroic achievement’

One year ago The Worthington city council voted to authorize city staff to prepare two versions of a development agreement for the former Northland Mall site. One option would provide a general obligation bond for an amount supported by tax incre...

One year ago

The Worthington city council voted to authorize city staff to prepare two versions of a development agreement for the former Northland Mall site. One option would provide a general obligation bond for an amount supported by tax increments of the proposed development, while the second option would provide a pay-as-you-go tax increment financing bond of up to $10 million or for 20 years, whichever came first.

The Miles Drive home of Brian and Marty Powers was named the Flower Power Yard of the Week in the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's seasonal program.


The 65th annual Tri-State Band Festival took place in Luverne.

Leticia Rodriguez, one of several SNAP-Ed educators across the state, was teaching a group of 12 women in an "I Can Prevent Diabetes" pilot program class  offered locally through the University of Minnesota Extension Service's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education project (SNAP-Ed).

Five years ago The 61st Tri-State Band Festival took place in Luverne, with 19 bands participating in the parade portion of the contest and 14 involved in the afternoon field show event. The Worthington High School band, led by Jon Loy, topped all bands in the parade competition, beating perennial rival Brandon Valley by a tight score of 81 points (to Brandon Valley's 80.4 points).

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson met with area constituents Saturday afternoon at the Worthington Hy-Vee store.

The Crystal restaurant in Adrian touted a revamped menu.


New Vision Cooperative settled into its new office building along Minnesota 60 in rural Brewster.

A nearly $2.3 million payment to Minnesota Soybean Processors was to help offset two years of fiscal losses and ensure the facility's 80 employees could continue processing soybeans into oil and biodiesel at the plant's Brewster location.

The 18th annual Corn off the Cob local variety show took place at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

Worthington's Mobile Meals program celebrated its 40th anniversary.


10 years ago The Nobles-Rock Community Health Service's board members approved a plan to eliminate home health care from the agency's offerings effective Jan. 1, 2008. Nine part-time health aides were notified. The move was considered necessary to pare the agency's expenses, with the expectation that $274,000 would be saved, although a loss of income totaling $204,650 would also be realized.

Federal grant funds would enable the continuation of an Even Start program in Worthington, with three four-hour sessions per week for the eight-year-old family literacy program. The money would be used to employ licensed teachers and paraprofessionals, and also to cover the cost of transportation and program supplies.

Six candidates were being interviewed for the Worthington city administrator job, including Robert Hauge, Peter Hegeman, William Kelly, Rodney Otterness and Joseph Parker.

Two Worthington High School seniors -- Jaime Kass and Quentin Dudley -- were named semifinalists for National Merit scholarships. Kass and Dudley were among 350 Minnesota students, and 16,000 nationwide, who had qualified for National Merit scholarship consideration by virtue of their test performance.

25 years ago Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Robin Hood," "Double Impact" and "Mystery Date."

"A Night of Music with Bill & Friends" took place at the Worthington Community College Fine Arts Theater. The concert was a benefit for Worthington's Christmas lighting fund and featured performers Bill Potts, Darren VantHul, Judy Gustafson, Steve Rubis and Jodi Jueneman.

An early "first frost" date concerned area farmers, as most crops in the region were not yet ready for harvest.

Worthington City Hostess Carol Scott celebrated her 10th anniversary in the role. Scott had greeted between 1,800 and 2,000 Worthington newcomers over the decade.

Johnson Builders & Realtors of Worthington, founded in 1942 by Mike Johnson, moved to a new location at 1114 Oxford St. Mike and Steve Johnson, grandsons of the business founder Miles Johnson, purchased the business from their father, Donavon, in 1985.

The kickoff for the 1991 Worthington Area United Way campaign took place at the Worthington Holiday Inn. About 250 volunteers were involved in working toward the year's $110,000 goal. Funds raised would benefit 30 different local organizations or agencies.

50 years ago Gilmer Compaan was ordained and installed as the new pastor at the Christian Reformed Church, Humiston Avenue at Miller Street, Worthington. Compaan had recently completed his studies at Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Mich. Compaan had previously been engaged in farming and served in World War II before returning to school to enter the ministry. Compaan was married to Helen, and the couple had two young daughters.

Worthington High School percussionists Terry Graf and Bruce Oberman performed as part of the halftime activities at the Worthington-Jackson football game at  Trojan Field.

John Buysse, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Buysse, Luverne, was awarded the bronze star with the combat V in ceremonies at the Luverne Legion Hall. Buysse, then employed at the Luverne Creamery, was cited for "heroic achievement in connection with operations against insurgent Communist forces in the Republic of Viet Nam" the previous Dec. 5.

Construction was underway at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, 627 Clary St., Worthington. The structure was tentatively scheduled to be completed by the following spring. The Rev. Lloyd Shirley was the church's pastor.

85 years ago A pretty fall wedding was solemnized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dundee on Monday morning when Miss Veronica Marie Hedrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Hedrick of Kinbrae, became the bride of Harry E. Appel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Appel of Fulda. The ceremony was performed by Rev. F. A. McMahon in the presence of a large party of relatives and friends. Mrs. Clarence Mixner of Heron Lake, a cousin of the bride, played the processional and recessional. A solo, "Hail, Queen of Heaven," was sung by Leo Freking of Heron Lake following the ceremony. Miss Irene Appel, the groom's sister and the bride's only attendant, wore dark green transparent velvet and cream lace, carrying an arm bouquet of roses and carnations. The bride wore a floor-length gown of pansy transparent velvet and cream lace, and she carried a bouquet of bronze roses. Both wore accessories and hats in harmonizing shades.A three-course wedding dinner at the home of the bride's family followed the ceremony.

In the church notes column, this comment headed the entry for the Worthington First Baptist Church: "He who cannot find time to attend church must some time die; he who cannot find time for repentance will find an eternity in which repentance will be of no avail."

The Worthington Carnegie Public Library offered a list of recently acquired new books, provided by librarian Mrs. Emily R. Kraft, including the following: "The Last Full Measure" by Morrow, "Alice in Wonderland" by Carroll, "Horror House" by Wells, "A Boy Scout with Byrd" by Siple, "Reader, I Married Him" by Cather and "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" by Hagen.

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