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Looking Back: 1968 -- Grand opening hosted for new auto dealership

One year ago

The Stash & Scrappy Quilt Guild of the Worthington area had spent over a year creating quilts for local Honor Guard members. They planned to present the quilts to the VFW and American Legion members at the July 4 city band concert at Chautauqua Park.

The Nobles County War Memorial Building, home to the county's library, art center and historical society, was oficially added to the National Register of Historic Places list this month.

Twenty-eight El Sistema students presented an adapted version of a popular musical, "The Lion King Kids," in performances at the Fine Arts Theater at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. James Jarvie, Aida Simon, Erika Bierman and Cindy Anderson were all involved in guiding the students in preparing the production.

Freedom Shore Park's 10th anniversary was marked with a celebration themed "Veterans Day at the Park," bringing a blend of music and comedy to audiences.

Five years ago

Indian Lake Baptist Church marked 140 years, while the Ocheyedan Christian Reformed Church celebrated its centennial.

The Shrine Circus was in Worthington over the weekend, performing at the Worthington Ice Arena.

Worthington native Ken Brass, now of California, stopped in Worthington while taking part in The Great Race, a collector car competitive controlled speed endurance road rally. Brass, a member of the Worthington High School Class of '46, was using a 1938 120 Packard Eight in the competition.

Laura Hoffman, Worthington, was named nurse manager of the Critical Care Unit at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

Worthington native Josh Miller joined United Prairie Insurance as the new office manager and agent. Miller came to United Prairie with four years of previous experience in the insurance industry.

The Worthington City Council unanimously approved the Athletic Facility Master Plan and Needs Assessment that was developed by consultant Hoisington Koegler Grory Inc.

Recent heavy rains were likely to necessitate replanting and result in a five to 10 percent decrease in soybean yields in the greater Worthington area.

10 years ago

Indian Lake Baptist Church, rural Worthington, celebrated its 135th anniversary with the theme "All for God's Glory," taken from the church's mission statement. Coffee and fellowship, historical presentations, heritage recognitions and a catered noon meal were all part of the celebration.

Nine area fire departments spent Thursday afternoon battling a blaze that consumed the United Farmers Cooperative grain elevator in Rushmore. The fire forced the evacuation of residents from two neighboring homes, as well. No injuries were reported, although concern was expressed for potential heat exhaustion among the firefighters.

Worthington resident, retired businessman and longtime community leader/volunteer Hardy Rickbeil celebrated his 100th birthday. Rickbeil was born June 21, 1908, in Loma, N.D., and had a lengthy record of residency, involvement and leadership in Worthington.

The Nobles County Board of Commissioners approved a State of Emergency and Presidential Declaration of a Major Disaster at a special board meeting, setting in motion a request to FEMA for financial assistance to repair damages from heavy rains and flooding in Nobles County since June 7. Roads, bridges, dams and other similar infrastructure would be the main beneficiaries of any dollars received.

An agreement for the sale of the city-owned Worthington hospital to Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D., was officially signed. The sale was to be finalized as of June 30, with Sanford taking official ownership of the facility on July 1.

25 years ago

FEMA opened a disaster field office in Marshall in response to the recent severe storms, floods and tornadoes that had afflicted the region over the past two months.

Larry C. Lucht of Lucht, Wiltrout & Ahlquist recently was elected president of the District 13 Bar Association, an affiliate of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Judith Johnson's Professional Hair Designers opened at 1924 Dover St., Worthington. Johnson, the owner, was an 18-year veteran of Worthington hair salons.

Two adults were charged in connection with the Saturday night burglary of KD Fashion Boutique, Worthington. Two teenagers were also apprehended at the scene, which was at the Voss Glass Plaza on Oxford Street. Employees at the adjacent Palace Video called the Worthington Police Department when they heard glass breaking at 10:50 p.m.

The Adrian High School Marching Dragons and Concert Band, with 81 members in grades 9-12, left this week for an appearance at the Red River Exhibition International at Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their leaders were Paul Swick, director, and Ron Lindner, auxiliary band director.

Windom's Island Park was largely under water, one of the most evident casualties of the flooding caused by the high waters of the Des Moines River.

50 years ago

Teresa Leighty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carver Leighty, was crowned Jackson County Dairy Princess by the retiring princess, Kathy Baumgard of Brewster. Leighty's attendants were Gloria Erickson of Lakefield and Susan Dunker of Jackson.

Sale of the Rock County Star-Herald was announced by Alan C. McIntosh, owner and publisher of the county seat weekly since July 1, 1940. New owners were Robert M. Vance and James L. Vance of Worthington.

A decrepit barn along Highway 59 opposite the Worthington Municipal Airport was the subject of a dispute. Its owner, Mrs. M.E. McGowan of Baton Rouge, La., believed the barn was worth $150, but Mayor Robert Demuth and the Worthington City Council (who viewed the barn as an eyesore) did not wish to see city funds expended on a private demolition project of that type.

A grand opening celebration took place for Koppy-Pederson Motors, Inc., located at 322 W. Oxford St., Worthington. Tom Koppy was the manager. Refreshments were served and door prizes — including a portable TV — were being given away during the two-day event.

75 years ago

Contributions to the Worthington Civic & Commerce Association's campaign to raise funds to buy "nickel-a-pack" cigarettes for men in the service overseas totaled $101.47 as of Tuesday. Walt Prouty, in charge of the drive, reported that approximately 40 milk bottles had been placed in local stores and shops to collect funds. The board decided to continue the drive until at least $250 was raised. Prouty said that sum would buy 100,000 cigarettes and would earn a contribution of 10,000 more from the cigarette company from which they'd be purchased.

The Rev. Cathrinius Nettinga, 40, resigned his pastorate of the First Reformed Church at Bigelow to enter the armed forces as a navy chaplain. He preached a farewell sermon this week.

An enrollment of 354 pupils in the park beach Red Cross lifesaving and swimming school was reported by Director Vincent Hollaren, who said the total was the best in the past four years. Excellent water and weather conditions had reigned throughout the opening week of the school, which was to continue through July 10. The most popular class was the Minnows, for tots between the ages of seven and eight years old.

Milford Klein, a Westside 4-H Club member from Adrian, sold a sow weighing 820 pounds for $104.85. The animal was sold to a packing plant after bringing forth five pig litters in two and a half years.

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