Looking Back: 1969 — Worthington student marches in Macy's parade


One year ago

Dale Peters, who served as Nobles County Sheriff from Jan. 1, 1967, to Jan. 1, 1995, died Monday at age 87.

The new Sanford Health Adrian Clinic was preparing to open its doors on Dec. 3. The public was invited to an open house to celebrate the new 3,340-square- foot facility.

Nobles County 4-H awarded volunteers including Scott Nordby (Business Friend of 4-H) and Kim Lambert (Friend of 4-H).

Classes were dismissed at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain Lake Public School following a lockdown related to a potential threat to student safety.


Five years ago

The annual Worthington Community Thanksgiving Dinner took place at First Lutheran Church, with 10 22-pound turkeys and 70 pounds of mashed potatoes being prepared, according to organizer Terry Morrison.

Sheri Van Der Brink opened Cribs, Bath and Beyond in the Armory building on Ninth Street in downtown Worthington.

The Ag Star Fund for Rural America presented a $2,500 check to the Rushmore Fire and Rescue Department to replace protective clothing for ambulance crew members, some of whom had served in that role since 1973.

After seven long months of restoration following a fire that destroyed part of the building, St. Gabriel's Church, Fulda, recently reopened for services.

Prairie Elementary first-grade students of Julie Ebbers marked the end of their "Eat a Rainbow" challenge, which encouraged the kids to try a broader variety of fruits and vegetables.

Arnold Sexe retired after 30 years of service Worthington's cable TV board.

10 years ago


David Goedtke, a field agent with the Knights of Columbus, recently was honored as Agent of the Month for October with the Jelinek Agency in southern Minnesota. Goedtke served communities including Springfield, Jackson, Lakefield, Windom, Worthington, Slayton, Lismore and the surrounding area.

The Worthington City Council reluctantly approved the Nobles County 2010 assessing service rate of $104,700 but resolved to work with the county administration to lower the city's per-parcel rate or seek other assessment options for 2011.

JBS dedicated its new $8.5 million casings building, which was located directly south of its main hog processing facility in Worthington. The space employed 24 people on each of two shifts.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Adrian Country Living and Memory Care Cottage, with a cost estimate of $2 million.

25 years ago

Mary Beth Blegen was named the 32nd Worthington Education Association Teacher of the Year. Blegen, who taught English and social studies, was a 28-year veteran of District 518.

The Highway 60 four-lane expansion project between Wilder and Windom opened this week. The stretch was officially designated the George Mann Memorial Highway.

On Friday morning, Worthington recorded its first trace amounts of snow for the 1994-95 winter. That was two months behind the local record for first measurable snowfall.


Lori Torkelson and Dan Pierson recently opened Lori's Fine Herbs in Avoca.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Okabena was making plans for its 1995 centennial. The church, currently led by the Rev. Vance Fossum, had 180 members.

Worthington had 22 organized holiday light shows for the 1994 season, and the neighborhood light displays were to be shown off as part of the Pioneer Village seasonal celebration. The "Tour of Lights" bus tour was offered at both 7 and 8 p.m. over two nights in early December.

50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lamb of rural Balaton were notified their son, AN John A. Turner, died Nov. 20 of injuries suffered while serving with the U.S. Navy off South Vietnam. He had been a crew member of the aircraft carrier Tripoli.

Swanson's of Worthington advertised the following as Thanksgiving approached: Grade "A" hen turkeys for 45 cents a pound, Armour Star ducks for 59 cents a pound, a five-pound can of Morrell canned ham for $4.99, a six-ounce bag of Hershey's chocolate chips for 19 cents, an eight-ounce package of Philadelphia cream cheese for 27 cents, a six-pack carton of "king size" bottles of 7Up for 49 cents and a one-pound bag of fresh Wisconsin cranberries for 29 cents.

Stuart Evensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Evensen, Worthington, marched as part of the 100-piece McDonald's All American High School Band in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Two students from each state were selected to march in the parade, with all expenses paid for by the McDonald's Corporation.

Five persons were injured Saturday afternoon in a nearly head-on collision of two cars on Highway 60 just south of Sheldon, Iowa. In one of the cars were members of the Northwestern College basketball team from Orange City, Iowa.

75 years ago

Harry J. Kluever Jr., Worthington, although nursing painful bruises on his left leg and hip, counted himself lucky to be able to claim a decision in a bout last Monday with an elevator speed jack tumbling rod. Cleaning up around the machine, Kluever suddenly found himself in serious trouble when the left leg of his overalls caught on a set screw on the tumbling rod, and his clothing kept on wrapping around the rod until he was nearly stripped. Fortunately, the drive belt slipped off before he was more badly injured.

Triplet calves were born on the Frank Krukemeyer farm near Brewster recently. All three were well and husky, unusual among bovine triple births.

A steamed-over windshield was blamed by S.T. Wood, Dewald pioneer, for a mishap on the main street of Rushmore Thanksgiving forenoon. The incident caused considerable damage to Wood's car. Driving north on his way out of town, Wood collided with the bulkhead of the concrete bridge. A running board and rear fender were torn from the car, and a rear wheel was bent. Wood escaped injury.

Winter, long delayed in its arrival, struck Worthington early Saturday (Nov. 25) to make up for lost time with a six-inch snowfall, presenting the unusual spectacle of heavy snow with a southeasterly start. The town awoke to find a light rain turning to ice pellets resembling a fine hail, followed by fine snowflakes which, as the day advanced, grew to heavy, moist blobs which thickened by nightfall. And Lake Okabena was frozen over for the first time since its breakup last spring.

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