Looking Back: 1969 — New dress code at Worthington Junior High


One year ago

In a little more than a month, Worthington would be in position to accept over 1.9 million gallons of water per day from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. Construction crews were on schedule with the pipeline installation. Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain said the city would see about a 40% reduction in water hardness as a result.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the Halloween-themed "Building of Terror" event that was a fundraiser for the Worthington High School cross country teams.

The "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan marching band won both the Class A parade championship and the overall parade sweepstakes award at the 98th annual Anoka Halloween Grand Day Parade.

Construction of the ISD 518 Learning Center/Gymnastics facility was behind schedule, with wet weather conditions hindering what would have otherwise been a productive construction season. The progress was delayed by 60 to 90 days, ISD 518 Supt. John Landgaard reported.


Five years ago

With Johnte Dawson in the title role and Dorian Simpson as Dr. Seward, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, presented its fall play, "Dracula," directed by Eric Parrish.

Nearly 190 Worthington High School and Worthington Middle School string students performed their fall concert at Worthington High School, combining for a mass presentation of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Minnesota West Community and Technical College received a $200,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to fund its Finish Line Scholarship program. The program was targeted at helping under represented students achieve their educational goals.

Worthington High School hosted the Big South Choral Festival, which included a number of choirs from Big South Conference schools. They combined for an evening concert that included mass choir and honor choir performances. WHS choir members selected for the honor choir were Mackenzie Brandt, Bailey Bruns, Meredith Moore, Adyiam Kimbrough, Jonah McDonald, Oliver Wolyniec, D.J. Berger and Jared Johnson.

10 years ago

The Arc Thrift Store of Southwest Minnesota opened recently in downtown Worthington. Ryan Schreiber was the store's manager.

Scott Langerud, an American Family Insurance agent in Worthington, was recognized for customer satisfaction excellence via the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agent program. Langerud's tenure with American Family Insurance began in December 2004.


Tanner Smith, a 2009 Windom High School graduate, was one of four national finalists in forage production proficiency at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Worthington High School hosted the 2009 Southwest Conference Choral Festival, with participating choral students from Worthington, Pipestone, Luverne, Jackson, Redwood Falls, Windom and Marshall.

The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. received a $99,900 grant, which was presented by the USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer. The grant was to benefit small businesses within Nobles County.

25 years ago
The Coliseum Ballroom, Worthington, advertised dance lessons with instructor Elden Ponto beginning Nov. 6. Ponto was set to teach dances including swing, foxtrot, waltz, cha cha and more.

Worthington's City Looks salon advertised a perm and cut combination for only $32.

Zion Lutheran Church, Adrian, was planning for the church's centennial celebration in 1996. The church currently had 212 members and was led by the Rev. Grant Fisher.

Karen Sumner, Worthington, was crowned homecoming queen at Sioux Falls College, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Thrill seekers lined up to visit a haunted house that the Lakefield Lions Club and American Legion teamed up to create in an empty building behind the Lakefield Coast to Coast store. They were charging $1 per visitor.


The Windom Dump, which had been closed for 20 years, had a hazardous ranking of 38.17 per 100, making it a Superfund site (among one of the country's most toxic and contaminated spots).

Worthington's Hy-Vee store advertised cauliflower for 99 cents, an eight-piece chicken pack for $4.99, two one-pound loaves of Old Home White Bread for $1, a one-pound box of saltine crackers for 49 cents, and a half-gallon of Blue Bunny orange juice for 88 cents.

50 years ago

Halloween came a week early to the M.L. (Muggs) Schield's residence, 721 Lake Ave. An outhouse was "installed" on the property's front lawn, and the yard's numerous tall trees were decorated with an abundance of toilet paper to add to the effect.

Five states were represented at the Trojan Debates, hosted Saturday at Worthington High School. Debate directors registered 96 teams composed of more than 750 students, judges and coaches. Entries came from North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. James Arnott and Alan Swanson directed the event.

The temperature Monday night (Oct. 27) dipped to 21 degrees, and ice crystals were liberally deposited on area vehicle windshields.

The janitor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lakefield, surprised a burglar in the act of ransacking the office of the Re. Luther Bajus. The incident came on the heels of several other church break-ins in recent months at Lakefield and Windom.

Jim Rasmussen, mechanic for Lakefield Plumbing and Heating, suffered a broken leg at work when a crawler tractor lurched against him when it started.

The Worthington Junior High School approved a new dress code that required students to be "well groomed; no extremes will be tolerated in either dress or hairdo." Junior high girls could wear slacks or slack suits but hip huggers, denim slacks or jeans of any color, and slacks with frayed edges at hemlines were prohibited. No sandals, moccasins, boots (including snow boots) or cleated shoes were permitted in classrooms, either. The school board unanimously approved the guidelines.

75 years ago

The annual senior pheasant dinner of Worthington High School took place Tuesday night at the Memorial Auditorium, with faculty members as special guests. Senior boys, in preparation for the event, had gone forth during the weekend and brought down 40 cock pheasants, which were prepared and served, with appropriate accompaniments, by the senior girls. Undergraduate girls attended to the serving. The after-dinner program was presented by Raymond Roberts, student council president. Superintendent E.A. Durbahn and Principal Arnold T. Sanderson were the main speakers.

Showing this week at Worthington's Grand theater was "The Scarlet Claw" starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Gertrude Astor. It was advertised as "a new murder mystery for chiller-diller fans!!"

Under the headline, "Desserts make a hit at children's Halloween party," "delicious" dessert recipes were included for Orange Prune Ice Cream and Black and White Parfaits.

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