Looking Back: 1969 -- "Dear Abby" pays visit to Worthington

One year ago Employees of Worthington's First State Bank Southwest recently contributed $5,000 toward the fund for a new splash pad in Worthington. The Worthington City Council approved more than $309,000 in restoration and modernization costs fo...

One year ago Employees of Worthington's First State Bank Southwest recently contributed $5,000 toward the fund for a new splash pad in Worthington.


The Worthington City Council approved more than $309,000 in restoration and modernization costs for Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Up to $152,900 would go to replace all seats on the main level, while $156,598 was to modernize the auditorium's equipment - including new light and audio boards, among several other upgrades.


Denise Rohan, the first female American Legion National Commander in the organization's 99-year history, hosted events in Fulda and Windom on consecutive days this week.



The Worthington Planning Commission recommended approval of a preliminary plat from Yellow Company for a two-lot commercial subdivision on the former Northland Mall property.

Five years ago Dan Dellinger, the national commander of the American Legion, stopped to speak at the Pipestone American Legion Post as part of his four-day tour of American Legions in Minnesota. He was on a nationwide tour of local Legion posts.


The Nobles County commissioners approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to use County State Aid Highway 16 as a detour route during a pavement rehabilitation project on Minnesota 62 between Fulda and Windom.


The 10th annual Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza took place on Sunday at the Worthington Event Center.



An injured and dying Snowy Owl found by local DNR Conservation Officer Gary Nordseth in rural Worthington was transformed by Jim Slocum of True Life Taxidermy, Reading, and given to a second-grade classroom at Prairie Elementary as a gift. Teachers were using the Snowy Owl as inspiration for students, who were reading, among other books, one titled "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen.


Eleven Worthington High School students competed at the Business Professionals of America Region 8 Spring Leadership Conference in Granite Falls. Nine of the 11 were advancing to the state contest, with several qualifying in two categories.


The Historic Dayton House, Worthington, hosted its 10th annual Valentine's Dinner with a theme of "Make Someone Happy."

10 years ago The Fulda Farm and Garden Show took place at the Fulda American Legion.


Real Estate Retrievers, owned by Matt and Cheryl Larson of Sioux Falls, S.D., opened a satellite office in Worthington. It was the sixth Real Estate Retriever office in the region that the Larsons owned.



The Nobles County Integration Collaborative celebrated its 10th anniversary with an open house and a brief program about the agency. Sharon Johnson was the NCIC coordinator for the past four and a half years.


Worthington High School presented "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, with Wesley Berger in the title role. Jon Loy directed the production.


After a Jan. 26 water main break flooded the library and gymnasium at Dolson Hill Elementary, Pipestone, classes resumed a few days later even while some repairs continued to be made to the affected spaces.


The former McDonald's restaurant on Worthington's Oxford Street was being demolished this week.


The 2009 Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza took place at American Reformed Church, Worthington.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Taken," "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," "Gran Torino," "Hotel for Dogs" and "Paul Blart, Mall Cop."

25 years ago A rural Ellsworth home on the Connie Frahm farm was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon. No one was home at the time of the blaze, the cause of which remained under investigation.


Ken Kluver retired after 30 years of service in employment to the city of Brewster.


A Ground Hog Day sale at Worthington's Hy-Vee featured the following items: unseasoned ground pork for $1.39 a pound; a 12-ounce package of bacon or pork sausage links for $1.09; ground pork sausage for $1.29 per pound; and a 10-pound box of Mr. Rib pork patties for $2.29 per pound.


The Adrian Ambulance Service received a $1,500 grant from the Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation toward the purchase of an $8,000 defibrillator.


Mike Driscoll, Worthington, declared himself a candidate for the District 22A seat in the state House of Representatives. Driscoll was seeking the I-R endorsement and hoped to run against incumbent Rep. Ted Winter, DFL-Fulda.


Andrew Eugene Globke was born Feb. 2 at Worthington Regional Hospital. As the first baby to be born there in the month of February, Andrew earned the title of Soy Baby from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Andrew was the son of Jackie and Ron Globke, Worthington, and the family received a basket of items made from soybean products in honor of Soy Month.

50 years ago Two movies featured on different days at Worthington's State Theater this week were "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music."


Worthington and the surrounding region were buried in an abundance of snow, with Daily Globe pictures showing residents digging out their mail boxes from six-foot high snow piles and farmers using tractor plows in an attempt to clear their rural farm lanes - not always with great success. Some highway markers were nearly completely obscured by high snowdrifts.


Nationally syndicated columnist Abigail Van Buren was "an instant hit" at Monday night's annual dinner of the Worthington Chamber of Commerce. More than 600 people crammed into the Coliseum Ballroom to hear her speak. In her presentation, "Dear Abby" was quoted as saying, "All problems fall into categories. The most common one is love and marriage, which is closely followed by mother-in-law matters."


Thieves had been taking advantage of other people's misfortune in Jackson County. Sheriff Gerald Benjamin said three cars (that were stuck in snow drifts near the road at the end of farm lanes) were vandalized. Front tires and wheels, batteries, air cleaners and more were stolen from the stranded vehicles.


James B. Kuykendall, junior high school counselor, was named Windom's 1969 Teacher of the Year by the Windom Education Association.

75 years ago Unprecedented military needs in the coming summer would force both city and rural motorists to adhere to more rigid gasoline conservation rules, warned William H. Maher, county AAA chairman. Maher detailed the new method to be used in rationing gasoline for farm needs, as well. Applicants for tractor gas would be required to submit a crop report of their acreages in production during 1943, and their estimated crop production for the current year. They would also be required to produce figures showing how much gasoline or tractor fuel they had used in the past year, in an effort to estimate their needs for the coming season.


Dr. Walter R. Schmidt, father of Capt. W.R. Schmidt, a former local doctor currently stationed with the army in the South Pacific, had died at Glencoe recently. Dr. Additionally, Dr. Schmidt's daughter, Mrs. F.J. Indall of Iowa City, was the wife of Lt. Indall, a former Worthington High School principal.


Movies showing this week in Worthington included "Where Are Your Children?" at the Grand Theater, starring Jackie Cooper, and "Old Acquaintance" at the State Theater, starring Bette Davis.


Hjalmer Peterson, 58, resident of Nobles County for the past 57 years, died Thursday - 11 days after being hospitalized with internal injuries received in a skating accident near his home in Bigelow township over a week earlier. Funeral services were at First Lutheran Church.

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