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Looking Back - 1936: Winter returns "at its grimmest"

One year ago Prairie Elementary students donated $891.71 -- collected in pennies -- for the Minnesota Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. About 80 students, grades 9-12, from Worthington High School showcased their artistic talents in a stu...

One year ago

Prairie Elementary students donated $891.71 -- collected in pennies -- for the Minnesota Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

About 80 students, grades 9-12, from Worthington High School showcased their artistic talents in a student art show at the Nobles County Art Center.

Worthington city officials, including Mayor Alan Oberloh, were joined by Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak in their call to oppose further slashing of local government aid by the state of Minnesota. Rybak was in Worthington for a 30-minute news conference at City Hall that addressed the concerns of area cities about further cuts to the local aid program.

The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on Brown Street in Luverne this week, and drug charges were filed against a 28-year-old man thereafter.

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Minneapolis poet Gary Dop was the guest at a writing workshop at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Five years ago

Worthington police officer Bob Fritz recently received a Champion for Children award from the CornerHouse, a Minneapolis-based non-profit interagency child abuse evaluation and training center. Fritz received the award for his work with abused children and sex assault victims.

Minnesota and Iowa were among 18 states in the U.S. with methamphetamine and amphetamine treatment admission rates higher than the national average. Minnesota went from eight per 100,000 in 1993 to 100 per 100,000 in 2003, while Iowa's admission rate grew from 13 per 100,000 to 213 in 1993 to 213 per 100,000 in 2003.

Worthington middle schoolers made 15 fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus.

The Worthington High School speech team placed second out of 33 schools at a recent speech tournament at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

10 years ago

The tri-state area had received 50 to 60 inches of snow to date this winter, with the Farmer's Almanac predicting another 30 inches for March. Even so, National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Gillispie, Sioux Falls, S.D., said there was no real flooding concern for this area.

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Led by orchestra director Beth Habicht, 27 District 518 orchestra students attended the Junior High/Middle School Orchestra Festival in Eden Prairie.

Minnesota Soybean Processors hoped to soon reach its $18.7 million farmer equity goal -- needed to build an 80,000 bushel-a-day soybean processing plant near Brewster -- before the per-stock price rose from $2.25 to $2.50. A total of $11 million in farmer equity had been secured so far.

25 years ago

About 300 high school students gathered in Slayton to compete for honors during the Midwinter meeting of District 11 Future Homemakers of America. Andrea Kluever of Worthington was elected vice president of the district group for the coming year.

Continued hard times on the farm prompted the closing of the last farm implement business in Jackson. Gene Reetz, owner of Jackson Implement, a John Deere dealer, said this week he would close the business following a March 5 auction. As late as three years earlier, Jackson had three implement houses.

Playing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Out of Africa," "F/X," "A Chorus Line" and "House."

Advertised specials this week at the Worthington Hy-Vee store included a "jumbo" stalk of California celery for 79 cents, a 20-oz. bag of Lynden Farm frozen shoestring potatoes for 39 cents, a 16-oz. package of Corn King sliced bacon for 99 cents, a 13-oz. box of Rice Krispies for 99 cents and a five-pound bag of pure cane sugar for 99 cents.

50 years ago

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Students and staff enjoyed their first day of classes in Edgerton's new, $400,000 high school building. "The bright shine of new surfaces glowed everywhere in the new building, and particularly in the hallways, where glazed-tile walls and terrazzo floors played with the light streaming from windows and lights."

Worthington resident Mrs. S. A. Slater, 928 13th St., joined WCCO radio star Jim Hall for some midwinter sunshine during their recent "Good Neighbor" holiday in Hawaii. Along with 89 others, they spent two weeks in Hawaii, vacationing at the Moana-Surfrider hotel.

Worthington's incumbent mayor John Fenstermacher filed late Monday for his fourth term as the city's chief executive officer. Fenstermacher was to date unopposed in his bid for a new term.

The Southwest Mental Health Center at Luverne, in operation since 1959, was due to get its first staff psychiatrist beginning March 15, it was announced on March 1. Dr. L. Edgar Bostian of Indianapolis, Ind., confirmed his acceptance of the job offered him during personal interviews in Luverne on Feb. 18.

Worthington received an accumulation of 9.2 inches of snow during February to boost the year-to-date snowfall total to 20.6 inches. The average high temperature for February was 29.6 degrees, compared with 23.7 degrees for February 1960.

75 years ago

Tensions at the city power plant were relieved late Wednesday, as the margin of safety was increased by the arrival of three coal cars. On Tuesday, the city had shut down its streetlights, closed the schools and asked residents and businesses to lower their indoor temperatures to 50 degrees to conserve the rapidly diminishing heat sources.

After a respite of a scant four days, Worthington went right back into winter at its grimmest, awakening to the heaviest snowfall of the season (12 inches) before being whipped up by a gale starting in the mid-forenoon. Winds were reported at 40 miles per hour, and drifts in the city exceeded anything "yet seen this season." Rail traffic underwent another attack of paralysis.

Louise Thompson and Armand Fraser won first prizes in the sub-district declamation contest at the Worthington High School auditorium. Miss Thompson placed first in dramatic with her selection "Mary Stuart," while Fraser captured the oratorical title with his oration, "They That Take the Sword."

Mrs. Andrew Olson, 214 Eighth St., Worthington, was a prize winner in a national contest conducted by the Pillsbury milling concern. Olson received a check for $50 for winning (with her 50-word statement offering her reasons for buying Pillsbury's Best flour).

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