Looking Back: 1968 -- Worthington in midst of 'We Share the Dream' campaign

One year ago Approximately 200 employees of Pilgrim's Pride in Luverne learned Tuesday that their jobs would be eliminated by year's end. The company cited inefficiencies at the plant that were prompting it to shift production and equipment to ot...

One year ago Approximately 200 employees of Pilgrim's Pride in Luverne learned Tuesday that their jobs would be eliminated by year's end. The company cited inefficiencies at the plant that were prompting it to shift production and equipment to other operations.


After a year of back-and-forth, the Worthington City Council and PBK Investments seemingly reached a deal for a new movie theater in Worthington. Council members approved a purchase agreement in which PBK would pay for a 1.1-acre movie theater site (at the corner of Bioscience Drive and U.S. 59) at its $104,790.40 appraised value, and PBK would be reimbursed $26,866.40 when the theater opened. PBK expected to have the theater open by the fall of 2018.


The Worthington Regional Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 45th anniversary. The service organization was founded in 1972 by Phyllis Seisler and Jan Johnson. It started with about 20 members and grew. Currently, the auxiliary had 140 members, with about 70 of them active.



Mary Viessman retired from a 38-year career in the Nobles County Attorney's Office, having begun as a secretary and ended her time there as a legal assistant during her last 14 years.

Five years ago Eleven of the 20 Lewis and Clark Water System members were receiving water. Worthington was not one of them, but if a construction budget passed in the coming weeks, the pipeline would be closer to a reality for Worthington.


MnDOT was increasing the speed for travelers on U.S. 59 and U.S. 75. Effective this week, the speed limit was 60 miles per hour, up five miles per hour from the previous limit of 55 miles per hour. A MnDOT spokesperson said the change was prompted by the realization that most drivers were traveling closer to 60 miles per hour, despite the previous 55 mile per hour limit.


A double-wide mobile home in rural Brewster owned by Jim and Kay Voss burned to the ground Monday morning. The Brewster Fire Department received mutual aid from the Worthington Fire Department to tame the blaze. A renter who lived in the home was not there at the time of the fire, the cause of which was "probably electrical," according to officials.



The Southwest Crisis Center partnered with the Clothesline Project to display T-shirts representing those who had experienced or known someone affected by domestic or sexual violence. The T-shirts were hanging on the grounds of the Nobles County Government Center in downtown Worthington.


The Round Lake-Brewster School District was recently named a recipient of a Minnesota Department of Education's Early Learning Scholarships Pathway II award. The $25,000 award was to help increase access to high quality pre-kindergarten and preschool programs.


After nearly two years of upgrades to the Nobles County Government Center, two more projects had surfaced that would cost an estimated $100,000 to remedy.

10 years ago Loren Luitjens, a 2006 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, was named Iowa's Star American Farmer in August. Luitjens represented Iowa this week at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind. He farmed in rural Ashton, Iowa.


Worthington High School junior Alison Synavone won a statewide essay contest sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. The contest asked writers to describe what makes a healthy relationship. Synavone wrote about the importance of being yourself.



The Nobles County commissioners unanimously approved a half-million loan guarantee to the Worthington Area YMCA for the construction of its new fitness center and aquatics facility.


A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Tuesday morning to celebrate the completion of the Bigelow bypass segment of Minnesota 60 and Iowa 60 four-lane construction. The highway was expected to be fully open within the next few weeks.


Raul Godinez and his family were relaunching the former Long Branch Saloon in downtown Worthington. The Godinez family previously owned and operated El Torito restaurant in the former A & W restaurant building for two years.

25 years ago The Nobles County Developmental Achievement Center received a plaque from the Minnesota DAC Association in recognition of the local DAC's 30 years of distinguished service to people with developmental disabilities.


For the sixth straight year, Worthington's Campbell Soup Company plant and its product were recertified in the Select Supply Program.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "The Program," "Demolition Man" and "Beverly Hillbillies."


Featured this week in Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column were recipes for Excellent Hash Brown Casserole, Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies, Orange Oven Chicken and Oven Pork Chops.


Ten people were in the process of being interviewed for the position of Nobles County coordinator, including two local men - Martin Rickers and Melvin Ruppert.


Four Walnut Grove women died when their car collided with a semi-trailer truck in Oslo, about 20 miles southwest of Rochester. The women, who were all related to one another, were returning to southwest Minnesota from the Mayo Clinic.

50 years ago Two people were injured, one critically, in a Saturday two-car collision north of Milford, Iowa, on Highway 71. Ralph Thomas, chief of police and town clerk for Okoboji, was the driver of one vehicle; he suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and other injuries and was in critical condition. The other driver, a women from Spencer, Iowa, had an injured knee, plus head and facial lacerations.


Gary Oberloh and Larry Sorenson tied for the title in the 1963 Trophy Shoot of the Worthington Gun Club. Oberloh and Sorenson tied by breaking 46 of 50 targets. Oberloh ultimately won the shoot-off and the championship by breaking 25 out of 25, while Sorenson broke 24 out of 25 in the shoot-out.


Thieves broke into the Van Weston tavern at the south edge of Jackson on Highway 71 around 3 a.m. Saturday. Two cases of bottled beer, four cases of canned beer and a quantity of cigarettes were reported missing.


Tuesday was the fourth day of sunshine after a deluge dropped up to six inches of rain on southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa last week. Farmers were back in the fields working on harvesting crops. A substantial portion of crops had been damaged by the rains and flooded fields, however. Less damage was reported to corn from the flooding.


Several junior high art students in Worthington were among those donating time and effort to the Worthington Human Relations Commission's "We Share the Dream" button campaign. The buttons were being sold at various downtown locations as advocates sought to advance Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of equal rights for all Americans.

75 years ago Mrs. Emma Wegner, mother of Cpl. Mervin A. Wegner of Lakefield, was notified this week by the U.S. war department that her son was being held captive as a Nazi prisoner of war in Germany.


The Worthington League of Women Voters - an organization whose local chapter was founded in 1940 - shared recipes for Red Chocolate Cake, Orange Raisin Cake, Applesauce Cake, Graham Bread, Prune Bread and Peach Butterscotch Crisp.


Showing this week at Worthington's Grand theater were "Hers to Hold" starring Deanna Durbin and Joseph Cotton and "Song of Texas" featuring Roy Rogers, "King of the Cowboys," and Trigger, "the smartest horse in movies."

A Worthmore Ice Cream Store and Locker Room ad advising patrons of its new closing hours - 6:15 p.m. weekdays and Sunday, and 10:45 p.m. on Saturdays - urged, "Eat and enjoy ice cream every day: The nation's favorite health food."

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