Looking Back: 1980 — Duo purchases Pipestone's Calumet Inn


One year ago

Following a walk-though of the Thompson Hotel, the Worthington City Council voted to proceed with the planned re-roofing project and also to tag the residential floors of the building as unsafe for human habitation. The building tour revealed the Thompson's squalid conditions.

The 2019 Area Art Show opened at the Nobles County Art Center this weekend, with 22 individuals displaying their creations.

Pat O'Neill received the 45th Spirit of Community Pride Award from First State Bank Southwest in recognition of his many contributions to community organizations over several years.

Sunny Days Preschool, located at Living Waters Covenant Church, announced it would close after the current school year due to declining enrollment. At one time, Sunny Days had an enrollment of 80 children but its current enrollment was 29.


Isaac Kinser, one of the four Worthington Middle School sixth graders competing in the 2019 Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee, finished with the competition's third-place individual trophy. Other WMS students participating were sixth-graders Gilberto Lopez Martin, Mykayla Phouangphet and Mary Dykema, as well as fifth-graders Thomas Anguiano and Austin Kinser (alternate).

40 years ago

Round Lake high school juniors Todd Kruger and Kelly Jaspers were named to attend the 1980 Boys and Girls States, sponsored respectively by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Alternates were Todd Lubben and Rhonda Hansen.

Showing this week at Northland Twin Cinema, Northland Mall, Worthington, were "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "The Electric Horseman." At the Gay Drive-In were "The End" and "Coming Home."

Guitar/vocals recording artist Gerry Ouellette appeared on Saturday evening at the Tin Bucket in Brewster.

Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column featured recipes for Hot Cross Buns, Refrigerator Crescent Rolls and Hawaiian Coffee Ring.

Mike Hasara, a Worthington mortician, and Greg Hasara, a Lakefield farmer, recently bought Pipestone's Calumet Inn and were planning to invest roughly $1.5 million in its renovation and preservation.

50 years ago


Advertised specials at Gordy's Super Valu, Worthington, included four one-pound cans of Armous Star chili for $1, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, a one-pound box of Pride saltines for 29 cents, six Blue Star chicken pot pies for $1, one-pound bag of candy circus peanuts for 39 cents, and a three-pound can of Mrs. Tuckers shortening for 69 cents.

Featured recipes in Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column included Orange Pie, Orange Meringue Pie, Strawberry Pie and U.S. Senate Bean Soup.

Karley's Drive-In was open for the season, with an opening special of 15 cent-size root beer for only five cents. On the menu were "famous broiled ground round hamburgers ("with patty of butter"), ham sandwich on rye or jumbo bun, sirloin steak sandwich, fishwich, thick malts and slush (in eight flavors).

The Gay Drive-In, Worthington, also opened for the season, with the 7:30 p.m. show "The Only Game in Town" starring Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty, and the 9:40 p.m. show "The Girl Who Couldn't Say No."

Louis M. Wangberg was hired as the assistant superintendent of schools in Worthington, effective Aug. 1. Wangberg hailed from Halstad and had earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of North Dakota.

65 years ago

John Fenstermacher, 54, was elected Worthington's new mayor. He was the manager of the local Conoco bulk plant and defeated Harold E. Davidson for the position by a 628-vote margin. Also noteworthy in the municipal election was the defeat of fluoridation of the city's water supply. The final vote on that question was almost five-to-one against, 1,905 to 428.

The Reading Bethel Presbyterian Church burned its mortgage, less than three years after ground was broken for the new church facility.


Schafer's Market, Worthington, advertised specials this week including a dozen eggs for 43 cents, round steak for 59 cents a pound, three packages of Jell-O for 25 cents, a one-pound box of graham crackers for 29 cents, a two-pound can of Hills Brothers coffee for $1.77 and large batch of fresh asparagus for 19 cents.

James Haberman, Fulda, received first-, second- and third-degree burns on his face, right hand and both arms when a gas burner in a smoke house exploded Friday afternoon. A few days later, his condition was listed as "good."

Ninety-seven members of Worthington High School's senior band left Wednesday on their annual spring concert tour of Minnesota and Iowa communities. Director Gerald Niemeyer was leading the band on the tour for a fifth year. Last year's tour, however, was called off due to the band's participation in the National Band Clinic at Chicago, Ill.

75 years ago

Fire originating from a lamp in a brooder inside the garage at the home of Mrs. Anna Weise in Round Lake attracted the fire department Monday forenoon. Neighbors discovered the fire, and a bucket brigade had it under control before the fire truck arrived. The biggest loss was 165 chicks that belonged to Mrs. Charley Manitz.

Pfc Ira K. Saunders, 25, with the Rainbow division, Seventh army, somewhere in Germany, was injured March 21, according to a war department message to his nearest of kin this week. Saunders was a former hatchery foreman in Worthington and had been with the army only since last August. He was married to the former Theora Leistico, with whom he had a little son, Jerry Joe.

Cpl. Tech. Philip R. Remhof, 22, a lifelong resident of Nobles County and a truck driver with the 839th AA, was drowned in Germany on March 24, according to a war department message sent to his brother, Roger Remhoff, a local oil transport driver. Remhof had entered the service in July 1943. He was born Jan. 17, 1923, near Reading and was one of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Remhof's three sons.

Weppler's Jack Sprat Store advertised a dozen oranges for 35 cents, a pound of yams for 10 cents, a 16-ounce jar of boysenberry or blackberry preserves for 35 cents, four bars of Fels Naptha soap for 22 cents, and two pounds of sweet prunes for 35 cents.

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