Looking Back: 1968: New assembly back coming in Jackon

One year ago MariePix Photography, owned by Stacy Christoffers, relocated from Worthington's Third Avenue to 10th Street in Brewster. After more than 30 years in business, the Worthington's Hardee's restaurant closed its doors for good on Wednesday.

One year ago MariePix Photography, owned by Stacy Christoffers, relocated from Worthington's Third Avenue to 10th Street in Brewster.


After more than 30 years in business, the Worthington's Hardee's restaurant closed its doors for good on Wednesday. The property was sold for future redevelopment. Autumn Hartwig, the 10-year owner of the local eatery and owner of six other Hardee's locations in the area, notified employees at a 10:30 a.m. meeting on the same day the business closed. Employees were offered jobs at Hartwig's other Hardee's locations.


The Worthington Fire Department received a $2,365.72 check - the proceeds of Worthington's "Best Margarita" campaign. In all, more than 100 people sampled margaritas served by 11 Worthington bars and restaurants during the Aug. 19 event. Lupita's Mexican Restaurant was voted as serving the best margarita.



Paycheck, Worthington's racing turkey, bested Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas, in the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop. Paycheck clocked in at 1 minute, 42.65 seconds while Ruby Begonia posted a sluggish time of 4:30.65.


Highland Manufacturing of Worthington was to shift its production almost entirely to building houses for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria beginning Oct. 16.

Five years ago The King Turkey Day parade featured seven area marching bands, including the Worthington High School "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan marching band and the Worthington Middle School band. Preceding the parade, the Great Gobbler Gallop took place and registered the defeat of Paycheck to Ruby Begonia. The Texas turkey ran a clean race of 1:18.22, while Paycheck was unreliable with a 5:56.35 and accumulated numerous penalties.


The 74th annual King Turkey Day events, other than the parade, were centered at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.



Elly Sang, 22, Coon Rapids, was the overall King Turkey Day 10K winner with a time of 30:52. Doreen Kitaka, also of Coon Rapids, was the female champion for the second year with a time of 35:21.


The Nobles County Developmental Achievement Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house at its 2121 Nobles St. location.


Scott Gigrich began work as the new code enforcement/housing inspector for the City of Worthington.


Wilmont hosted its second annual Oktoberfest celebration.



After passing the 15-day drop mark, ISD 518's official 2013-14 student enrollment was 2,802, up from 2,700 at the end of the previous school year.


A six-member, all-female cast performed a series of short plays under the umbrella of the Grassroots Community Theater entitled "When The Men are Away, the Women will Do Plays."

10 years ago Paycheck won the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop in a mere 37.74 seconds, while Ruby Begonia was also pretty quick at 65.9 seconds.


A new department store, Peebles, opened recently at Worthington's Northland Mall. Store manager Tina Anderson said business had been "amazing" in the store's first two weeks of operation.


A two-year, $90,000 contract from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation enabled the hiring of an additional school nurse for ISD 518.


An open forum seeking input about a possible senior citizens' center drew 60 people.


Three Worthington High School students - Vanessa Alvarado, Cathryn Nakhornsak and Yuricza Arauz - received Red Wagon awards, a statewide honor presented to 26 Minnesota students or groups this year. Only four of the year's recipients were from outside the Twin Cities.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," "Righteous Kill," "Death Race," "The Women" and "The House Bunny."

25 years ago The Region III Minnesota High School rodeo took place at the Nobles County Fairgrounds this weekend.


Arist Joe Noonan designed the 1993 King Turkey Day Button. The brother-in-law of Worthington resident Tom Ahlberg, Noonan was a graphic designer with 15 years of experience.


In conjunction with King Turkey Day, a 5K Heart Smart Fun Walk was scheduled. Cindy Frederickson of Nobles-Rock Health Service announced the run, which had a start time of 9:30 a.m. and was slated to begin at 10th Street and Seventh Avenue. Beve Vajgrt was co-chair of the event.


John Remme, president of Worthington Federal Savings Bank, was elected to the board of the Minnesota League of Saving and Community Bankers.


Longtime King Turkey Day volunteer Bill Gerstner was named the first Honorary Turkey. Worthington businesswoman Margaret Kunerth was credited with originating the idea of having a "top turkey."


The Worthington City Council approved a three percent levy increase by a 4-1 vote.


Frost blanketed area corn and soybean fields Wednesday morning. The official Worthington low temperature was 33 degrees, with even lower temperatures recorded in outlying parts of Nobles County. Pipestone County reported a low of 30 degrees. Farmers were concerned about the early frost's effect on fields and crops.


Marv Spomer, Worthington, was elected to the Pontiac Communication Team to represent the Minneapolis sales and service zone.

50 years ago A brief but spectacular fire destroyed a 5-year-old building on the Carl Nehlsen farm around 11 a.m. Tuesday just north of the Caldwell Packing Co. plant at Windom. The blaze was discovered by Pat Caldwell. The building was used as a house for 45 hogs, only one of whom was lost. A loft of hay was destroyed, bringing the total loss estimate to $7,000.


Sperry Rand Univac Division announced plans for operation of a new assembly plant at Jackson. It was the largest industrial expansion announcement in the entire southwest Minnesota/northwest Iowa region so far this year. Initial employment was projected to be 100 persons, with possibility for significant future expansion.


Donna Hylarides was named Miss Worthington 1968. First runner-up was Janice Lackey and second runner-up was Bonnie Weets. Kathy Baumgard was named Miss Congeniality.


An accident at 11:30 p.m. Thursday on Highway 16, three miles west of the Rushmore corner, resulted in injuries for two drivers. A 24-year-old Rushmore man was hospitalized for a broken hip and severe lacerations. The car involved was considered a total loss, while the truck, owned by Ferguson Livestock Trucking of Heron Lake, sustained $3,000 worth of damage.


New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who arrived by private jet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, was the featured speaker at Worthington's King Turkey Day. He was also dubbed one of the "all time best turkey handlers."


Six fire departments arrived to battle a blaze at the Heron Lake Farmers' Cooperative Elevator Company. Loss in the Friday afternoon blaze was estimated at $200,000.

75 years ago Worthington's State Theatre advertized a one-day only show called "Dust to Dust," with two showings (2 and 7 p.m.) for women only and one showing (at 9 p.m.) for men only. It was advertised as "The most shocking 120 minutes you've ever lived!" and "It blasts the lid off all hygiene secrecies!" and even "Several faint at every show." A disclaimer underneath the main ad for the show proclaimed in all capital letters, "Please note: This is not a sex picture!! Strictly educational and produced by the National Hygiene League, Washington, D.C."


Mrs. Eugene Sowles, Worthington, was burned while making apple butter Tuesday afternoon. She was treated by a doctor for second-degree burns on her left arm but was able to return home thereafter.


Irvin Bruns, 14, son of John B. Bruns, Wilmont, suffered a jaw fracture, besides losing several teeth and receiving severe cuts on his face, when the car in which he was riding collided head-on with another car near Wilmont Monday night. He was first taken to the Adrian hospital but was transferred to Sioux Falls the following day.


A news item on the front page noted that it was "40 years ago this week" that Worthington's "record flood" took place. An epic storm began at about 6:30 p.m. one night and the tremendous downpour continued for several hours. Many area streets were flooded.

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