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Looking Back: 1942 -- Worthington students 'get in the scrap'

One year ago

The local Nobles County Natural Resources Conservation Services office, in conjunction with the Prairie Ecology Bus Center, provided instruction and hands-on experiences during a field trip for area fifth-graders to the Prairie Wetland Learning Area on Worthington's east side.

The Marshall-based Southwest Minnesota Arts Council recently announced its latest round of Art Project grants, which totaled $53,027 in its 18-county service area. Over $18,600 of that amount was given to artistic endeavors in Nobles, Cottonwood and Rock counties.

The 66th annual Tri-State Band Festival took place in Luverne, and the Worthington High School Trojan marching band earned first place in Class 3A as well as claiming the People's Choice Award and Parade Sweepstakes Award. In all, 14 area bands were part of the parade competition, while 11 presented field shows during the afternoon.

The Adrian branch of the Nobles County Library was more than one-third of the way to its $80,000 goal in a fundraising effort to purchase new furnishings, including seating and shelving, for the library once a planned renovation was completed.

Developers, landowners and local leaders gathered in Windom to celebrate the completion of the 200-megawatt Odell Wind Farm, the newest wind farm in the southwest region of the state.

Five years ago

Davi Peterson was the new manager at Worthington's Hardee's restaurant.

The Spirit of Worthington Trojan Marching Band earned first place in Class 3A, the People's Choice Award and the Parade Sweepstakes Grand Champion designation at the 2012 Waseca Marching Classic with its "Over the Rooftops" show.

Chris Witzel, previously an intern under the previous Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation (WREDC) manager Glenn Thuringer, was hired to be the WREDC

interim manager through Jan. 1, 2013.

The Worthington Masonic Lodge hosted a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the K-9 programs of the Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff's Department.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Trouble with the Curve," "House at the End of the Street," "Lawless," "Resident Evil: Retribution" and "The Possession."

Continuing drought conditions in the area were causing concern for Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, as the Worthington wells were dangerously low and much of the Lake Bella well field was dry, crusted and cracked.

10 years ago

PD's Lounge of Rushmore marked its first anniversary with food and drink specials and a Saturday night band.

Nearly 40 artists exhibited their work at the first Art Rocks Fine Arts Festival in Luverne over the weekend.

Construction had begun on a new 14,000-square-foot building south of McDonald's and north of the Windom Liquor Store. The facility would be home to a new Sanford Clinic, Lewis Family Drug, a home health care supply store and an orthodontist's office. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Sept. 11.

With a memo of understanding approved by the Worthington City Council, Bedford Technology intended to purchase 20 acres of land on the northeast quarter of Section 14, Worthington Township, from the city of Worthington for an expansion project.

Funds raised by the Prairie Elementary Parent Group enabled the purchase and installation of a new electronic message board located at the school's main parking lot entrance.

A 90-year-old barn owned by Ed and Carrie Jones of rural Ocheyedan, Iowa, was featured on a tour of the Iowa Barn Foundation.

25 years ago

Dee Kilker, Worthington, located the 1992 King Turkey Day medallion — inexplicably, in the driveway of her Strait Avenue home — and received $100 in Chamber Bucks for her

discovery.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Mall were "Far and Away," "Housesitter" and "Death Becomes Her."

Ardella Pieper and Jason Tweet were named queen and king, respectively, of Adrian High School's homecoming court.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for Worthington Regional Hospital's $4.3 million expansion project. Work was expected to be completed by September 1993 and the project

would include expanded surgical, intensive care and cardiac care units, plus improvements to the emergency room and medical records department.

In a "last zucchini round-up" for the season the Daily Globe's "Mixing and Musing" columnist Dorthy Rickers provided recipes for Zucchini Cherry Bars, Zucchini plus Other Flavors Jam and White Zucchini Cake.

The city of Ellsworth was continuing its battle against a high level of nitrates — 10 parts per million — in its water, a level that was too high for safe consumption by humans.

50 years ago

One of America's promising young playwrights, who was getting raves from coast to coast for his work this season at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, sandwiched in a visit to Worthington Thursday. His play "The House of Atreus" was admired by Mrs. Lyndon Johnson when she attended a performance of it during her recent visit to Minneapolis. Locally, playwright John Lewin spoke with Daily Globe columnist Fredi Lowry for an interview.

The annual United Fund drive got underway in Worthington, with Don Jensen as the 1967-68 drive chairman, Jim Gabe as chairman of employee solicitation, Al Sprader as chairman of business and professional solicitation and Mrs. Marie Satre as chairman of the residential drive. The year's goal was $35,053.

The Corral Supper Club of Fulda advertised a Sunday night chicken special from 6 to 8 p.m. for $1.25, plus a Sunday appearance by Tiny Little (admission: $1 per person).

Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Swanson's grocery included a full bushel of Bartlett pears for $4.98, a 50-pound bag of red Pontiac potatoes for 99 cents, a quart jar of Kraft Miracle Whip for 39 cents, chuck roast for 49 cents a pound and Slim Jim fresh frozen shoestring potatoes for 25 cents a bag.

The Tuesday meeting of the Worthington Kiwanis Club, held at the Hotel Thompson, featured a program this week titled "State of Law and Order in Our Community" presented by County Attorney Gary Crippen.

75 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington's Grand Theatre was "The Pride of the Yankees" starring Gary Cooper. Also featured were Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan and Babe Ruth.

Jack Gruye tied for first place and Ardella Kraft took second place in the twirling contests at the Bond Day parade at Estherville, Iowa, this weekend. Both were members of the Brewster drum corps, which participated in the parade.

Craigen Thom, past president of the Worthington Kiwanis Club and immediate past lieutenant governor of Division Seven, was elected governor of the Minnesota-Dakotas district at the 1942 Kiwanis district convention at Willmar. Thom was placed in nomination by his fellow Worthington clubman, Norman L. Hanson. Thom's election brought Worthington the highest gift in the power of the Minnesota-Dakotas district, and one of the most distinguished honors ever worn by a local resident.

A war bid to gather scrap iron "had the Worthington schools on its trail en masse," an article reported. Worthington school students made ready to "get in the scrap" with all the vim, vigor and enthusiasm characteristic of youth. Committees for collecting scrap iron were formed along many lines, including with attention to displays, publicity, survey, coordination and collection.

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