Looking Back: 1966 -- WHS debaters earn national recognition

One year ago Plans for Vision 2030, a Nobles County economic and regional development strategy, were presented to the District 518 school board at its Tuesday meeting. Dan Greve said the aim of the seven-member steering committee was to look into...

One year ago

Plans for Vision 2030, a Nobles County economic and regional development strategy, were presented to the District 518 school board at its Tuesday meeting. Dan Greve said the aim of the seven-member steering committee was to look into numerous studies - on topics such as housing and enrollment - that had been completed in the region. The committee would then use that information to highlight important projects the public would like to see achieved over the next 15 years.

  Minnesota West Community and Technical College presented the musical "Evita," directed by Eric Parrish. Bianca Alvarez portrayed Evita Peron while Wesley Lara filled the role of the dynamic narrator, Che.

  Four Worthington couples opened their homes for the 13th annual Hospice Cottage Christmas House Walk: Lenny and Sue Nau, Wayne and Dea Klumper, Judy and Gary Gerdes and Maria and Mark Thier.

  Bruce B. Dayton, grandson of George Draper Dayton, father to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and a patriarch of the Dayton family, died Friday at the age of 97. Dayton was a primary force in the 2002-04 renovation of the Historic Dayton House in Worthington, which was constructed for his grandfather's family in 1890.


Five years ago Linda Sanchez, Worthington, received the Spirit Award from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota at an awards lunch in St. Cloud.

  The Worthington City Council entered into a memo of understanding with the Lexington Hotel Development Group for its new event center/hotel plan.

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture's drought monitor put southwest Minnesota and nearly all of southern Minnesota in the moderate to severe drought category, leaving area farmers concerned about soil moisture as the typically dry winter season approached.

  The Bigelow Fire and Rescue service received a $2,500 grant from AgStar Financial Services for the purchase of four new pagers and other necessary equipment.

  A $3,000 one-time grant from Nobles-Rock Community Health Improvement Program allowed school nurse Wendy Donkersloot to implement a five-day healthy snack education program for all Prairie Elementary third-graders.

  Dr. James Harris, Worthington, was inducted to the roll of distinguished members of the 506th Infantry Regiment at a special Veterans Day ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky. Fewer than 100 soldiers had been presented the elite honor until this week, when Harris and 20 other heroes were added to the list.

10 years ago For the first time in 13 years, Worthington's Shopko had a changed appearance, thanks to a recent eight-week remodeling project.

  The world-renowned Vienna Boys' Choir performed at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.


  The Blue Mound Area Theater received a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to fund exterior work on the 1914 Palace Theatre.

  Tom Sietsema, a 1979 Worthington High School graduate and the food critic for The Washington Post, recently won first place for newspaper restaurant criticism (for papers with circulation 350,000 and over) in the Association of Food Journalists' 2006 competition. Sietsema was the son of Elwin and Dorothy Sietsema, Worthington.

  Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "Flushed Away," "Employee of the Month," "Casino Royale," "Happy Feet" and "Deck the Halls."

  Another piece of Worthington history was lost to the wrecking ball when the former Crippled Children's School building (later home to Client Community Services Inc., or CCSI) was demolished to make way for a residential subdivision.

25 years ago ISD 518 voters approved a $650,000 excess levy referendum by a slim margin of 1,234 "yes" votes to 1,097 "no" votes.

  Worthington High School presented Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" at Memorial Auditorium.

  The epic Halloween blizzard brought parking headaches to Worthington, with snow piles affecting available parking sites and many cars having been ticketed and towed.

  The Slayton City Council discussed the latest draft of the mandatory recycling and solid waste collection plan for the city.


50 years ago Worthington High School debaters were cited during a special school assembly for their outstanding performance in speech activities. Bruno Jacob, executive secretary

of the National Forensic League, was in town to present the "leading chapter award" to WHS Principal Arnold Sanderson. The local school was among only 25 schools out of

1,100 chapters nationwide to receive such an award. The city debaters won a similar award in 1960, and it was considered highly uncommon for a school to receive the award

twice in such a short period of time.

  Final plans for the segment of Interstate 90 across the north edge of Worthington were coming into shape on the drawing boards of the district highway engineer at Mankato. Worthington would have two full interchanges and one partial interchange. The full interchanges were to be at Highways 59 and 60, while the partial would be at Highway 266. Construction on the interstate near Worthington was expected to begin in the spring, with the road possibly ready for paving by the summer of 1968.

  Heron Lake High School presented the play "It's Great to Be Crazy."

  Mr. and Mrs. Martin Cook of Adrian celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house in the parlors of St. Adrian Church.

  A grand opening sale took place at Rune's Furniture and Carpet store, Worthington. An advertisement promised, "In the years to come, we pledge to give you the finest

quality furniture, the best in service and the lowest possible prices. We hope we can continue to merit your friendship and patronage."

85 years ago Miss Beatrice Gross and Emil Guse were married at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Worthington, with the Rev. Julius Deckman officiating in the nuptial rite. Attending the bridal couple were Miss Dora Miller as bridesmaid and Julius Krueger as best man. June Middagh and Eulalia Knutson were flower girls. The bride was attired for the occasion in bride's lace and satin, while the bridesmaid wore cream eggshell satin and the flower girls wore pink and yellow. After the ceremony, the wedding party drove to the home of the bride's parents (Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Gross of Bigelow), where they partook of a sumptuous wedding luncheon. A formal reception was held that evening at the bride's home, during which congratulations and best wishes were showered upon the happy couple.

  The dining room of the Worthington Masonic Temple proved all too small on Wednesday evening for the membership of Arthur Calvin Post No. 5 and Auxiliary, which met to celebrate Armistice Day. In all, 202 members enrolled, far exceeding the Legion's record 1930-31 enrollment of 184.

  Showing this week at Worthington's New Grand Theatre were "Once a Lady" starring Ruth Chatterton and "Touchdown!" both from Paramount Pictures.

  In the "Churches" column, Worthington's First Baptist reminded, "It is better to have to go up hill all the way to Heaven than to go down hill to Hell. The religion of Jesus is a new and divine life within and not something externally applied for mere appearance, like a cork leg, a wig or a glass eye. Thursday prayer at Bible study at 7:30 p.m."


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