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Looking Back: 1943 -- Gift from Ludlows adds to Worthington's parks

One year ago

Ecumen Meadows, Worthington, received a grant for $3,427 from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation to purchase the Music & Memory program, which would benefit residents of the center's Memory Care unit.

Minnesota West presented the play "The Underpants" by German playwright Carl Sternheim at the Worthington campus fine arts theater. Eric Parrish directed the comedic production, which featured a cast of seven students.

A Coon Rapids man pleaded guilty to stealing merchandise from the Worthington Walmart after tampering with the fire alarm on the store's emergency exit door.

The acclaimed Minneapolis-based Indian dance troupe Ragamala Dance Company performed its "Sacred Earth" show at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

Five years ago

The Worthington Middle School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) group was leading an effort to "Stomp Out Bullying" as part of the school's activities in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month.

First Reformed Church of Sibley, Iowa, celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Minnesota West's Center for Health and Wellness hosted an open house Sunday. The Center was the combination of a remodeled 18,592 square-foot existing structure plus an additional 9,323 square feet of new construction for a total project cost of $5.5 million.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors dedicated the recently completed 2⅓-mile trail on Worthington's west side with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The $975,000 project consisted of a multi-use trail running from Olson Park to an existing trail in Centennial Park. All funds for the trail came from state and federal grant programs.

Icy conditions on an overpass were blamed for a one-vehicle rollover on I-90 near Worthington that resulted in 13 out of 15 passengers being ejected from the van, and injured in the process. All affected suffered non-life threatening injuries and were employees of JBS, Worthington, en route home after working the night shift.

The 24th annual Special Olympics bowling tournament took place at Worthington's Oxford Bowl, with 150 participants.

10 years ago

PEO Chapter EJ, Worthington, hosted its 17th annual Autumn Sampler luncheon at Worthington's First United Methodist Church fellowship hall, serving sample-sized portions of 48 different menu items to 144 guests.

Deb Meyer, a registered nurse at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, received the 2008 Ruth L. Hass Excellence in Practice nursing award at the Minnesota Nursing Association Convention in Duluth.

MnDOT released updated design concepts for the planned four-lane expansion of Minnesota 60 from north of Bigelow to I-90 at Worthington.

A 21-year-old Jackson man was stabbed in the back during an altercation at the Jackson Pizza Ranch. A 19-year-old male was charged with two counts of second degree assault in connection with the incident.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "Saw V," "Sex Drive," "Quarantine" and "Nim's Island."

25 years ago

The Osceola County Sheriff's Department announced that an explosion in the Sibley, Iowa, city parking lot at 3:20 p.m. Oct. 16 was indeed caused by a bomb. The bomb was of a chemical nature and went off in a soft drink receptacle. The Iowa State Fire Marshal and the Osceola County Sheriff's Department continued to investigate the case.

Worthington was spared in the latest reduction of federal subsidies to small-city airports. A new federal bill was reducing such funding by 13 percent, but the Worthington airport wasn't on the list.

Jim Brandenburg, a Luverne native and former Daily Globe photographer, participated in a book signing at Worthington's Cows' Outside for his newly released "Brother Wolf" book.

A permit was approved for a proposed teen center at 1638 Oxford St., Worthington, but the week prior, 12 people attended a city council meeting to protest the center, which was to include video games and pool for teens, among other activities.

50 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington's Gay Drive-in, as the final attraction of the 1968 season, was "The Hell with Heroes" starring Rod Taylor, Claudia Cardinale and Harry Guardino. The tag line for the movie was, "They all had something to sell .. .courage … sex … corruption!" The second feature was "Stranger in Town."

Kay Greenfield, office manager for the Greeley Gas Co., was selected "Woman of the Year" by the Worthington Business and Professional Women's Club in observance of National Business Women's Week. Greenfield had been employed in Dr. Kilbride's office and at the Snook garage before starting work 14 years ago with what was then known as the Minnesota Natural Gas company (later known as Greeley Gas).

Advertised specials this week at Swanson's grocery, Worthington, included a dozen eggs for 29 cents, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, two pounds of skinless wieners for 89 cents, a pound of pork chops for 39 cents, a 10-pound bag of granulated sugar for 88 cents and a pound of Blue Bonnet oleo for 29 cents.

The Worthington YMCA board of directors named William A. Simpson of Sioux Falls, S.D., as the replacement for former Y secretary George Zeise. Simpson, 33, was a graduate of Augustana College and held a master's degree in group work administration from George Williams College of Chicago, Ill. He was due to being work in Worthington Nov. 4.

The Worthington "B" team debaters topped 37 competitors in the Trojan debate tournament Saturday. The team consisted of Susie Gruss, Margaret Rickers, Sonia Hegg and Margaret Hedeen. Coach Jim Arnott predicted the team would do similarly well at the Hutchinson competition the following week.

75 years ago

Worthington's extensive park area was enlarged by approximately three acres with deeds of gift accepted from H. Milton Ludlow and Mrs. Bess Ludlow, the widow of Burr Ludlow. Conveyed were tracts in the Ludlow Acres addition, platted soon after construction of the south shore highway in 1941. One was at the extreme western limit of the acreage, where the road turns south to the sanitorium. The other included several lots surrounding the inlet near the old H.J. Ludlow home and west of the Art Leistico property. The area had long been a favored picnic spot.

Worthington Mayor H.O. Kragness warned that destruction of property on Halloween would not be tolerated. Offenders, if apprehended, would be arrested and fined. Because of the shortage of materials and the need to avoid waste, Halloween pranks which cause damage cannot be allowed, Kragness said.

Advertised "first aids for fall housecleaning" at the Worthington Gamble store included two pounds of 20 Mule Team Borax for 25 cents, three cans of Old Dutch Cleanser for 25 cents, a six-ounce bottle of Windex for 15 cents, a quart of Parson's Household Cleaner for 23 cents, a quart of Lady Helen liquid floor wax for 49 cents, three bars of Woodbury facial soap for 25 cents and a quart of Johnson's self-polishing Glo-Coat floor polish for 98 cents.

About 325 youngsters attended the Halloween party given at the Worthington High School auditorium Saturday night, under the sponsorship of the Kiwanis club and the Civic and Commerce association. The party was enjoyed by all, with the exception of a 3-year-old who suddenly appeared out of the wind and rain — barefooted, bareheaded and without coat or jacket. When questioned, he answered, "My mummy said little kids weren't supposed to come to the party." He had slipped away and followed his older sister to the auditorium. Several men escorted the lad to his home there blocks away. Movies were shown, but due to the shortage of candy and ice cream (because of the war), popcorn was the only treat served.