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Looking Back: 1967 -- Campbell's workers OK new contract

One year ago

Worthington was ranked the 22nd cheapest city on average in which to insure a car, out of 109 Minnesota cities researched and ranked in a recent study. Worthington's average car insurance rate of $1,390 per year landed seven percent below the state average.

The Southwest Crisis Center, Worthington, sponsored the Clothesline Project on the grounds of the Nobles County Government Center in downtown Worthington to call attention to the problem of domestic abuse and violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

After months of deliberation, the Prairie View Council Committee unanimously agreed to concede ownership of the former Prairie View Golf Links property to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The committee intended to make that recommendation to the Worthington City Council, which would then have to vote on the fate of the 130-acre land parcel.

The Grand Avenue extension project, connecting Oxford Street with Darling Drive in Worthington, was expected to be finished and open for use within the next couple of weeks.

A 320-acre tract in southeast Murray County was dedicated as the John Giese Waterfowl Production Area at a Saturday morning ceremony near Talcot Lake.

Five years ago

Implementation of the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 brought changes to school lunches, but not every ISD 518 student was happy with the result.

A Cottage Grove woman was killed in a motor vehicle accident Friday morning near Rushmore when her vehicle failed to yield at an intersection and was struck by a garbage truck owned by Schaap Sanitation Inc.

Clyde Hoffman, Worthington, retired as a vehicle inspector with the Minnesota State Patrol after 28 years in the position.

For the second consecutive year, the "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band captured first place in Class AAA parade competition at the Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne. It was the 62nd year for the regional band festival.

The 19th annual Corn off the Cob variety show took place at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Arlen Foss was roasted as the "King of Kernels"  during the show, the theme of which was "Forever Flannel."

The Worthington Senior Center hosted a pickleball clinic at the Worthington Area YMCA.

The Grassroots Community Theatre presented "Leaving Iowa" at Worthington's Pioneer Village, with Mary Jane Mardesen directing.

10 years ago

The 57th annual Tri-State Band Festival unfolded in Luverne.

A food relief effort for Kids Against Hunger took place at Immanuel Lutheran Activity Center, Lakefield, on Saturday, with 150 volunteers packaging nearly 70,000 meals that were destined for distribution through non-profit relief organizations.

Francisco Resendiz and Humberto Piceno recently opened Tacos Lupe in downtown Worthington. The two owners previously operated a popular Mexican food truck before opening

the permanent restaurant site.

Christopher Ramirez and Taylor Ponto were crowned Little Mr. and Little Miss in a recent pageant at Worthington's Northland Mall.

Worthington High School seniors Joseph Ahrens and Sarah Boever were crowned king and queen, respectively, at the school's homecoming coronation.

ISD 518's enrollment increased approximately 3.4 percent this fall, with a total of 2,290 students attending classes locally. The previous year's count was 2,214 students.

A Rock County jury indicted Randy Swaney on three counts of first-degree murder for the 2001 murder of Carrie Nelson, a Blue Mounds State Park worker.  

25 years ago

The cause of a recent blaze that resulted in extensive damage to Michael's Steakhouse, Worthington, remained under investigation.

Playing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Last of the Mohicans," "Captain Ron" and "Raisin' Cain."

Five area school districts were discussing pairing and sharing options. Representatives from Lakefield, Heron Lake-Okabena, Jackson, Windom and Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster attended a recent meeting on the matter.

Kozy Heat of Lakefield celebrated its 16th year of business. Vice President Jim Hussong said "warmth" was Kozy Heat's main goal. Dudley Hussong started the business in 1976.

Bethel Presbyterian Church of Reading celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The ninth annual Senior Citizen Day Fall Festival took place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Worthington High School, with speakers and workshops for attendees as well as a noon turkey dinner.

Nabil Salama, son of Dr. Adel and Kathy Salama, Worthington, was crowned the Worthington High School homecoming king.

50 years ago

Precipitation in the Worthington area for the month of September was far below normal, with only .74 inches recorded in September 1967 (versus 4.08 inches the previous year). Average September precipitation for the region was 2.69 inches.

At the 17th annual Luverne Tri-State Band Festival, 25 high school bands from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota participated.

Five juveniles were arrested in Pipestone following a series of burglaries there. The boys were implicated in two burglaries at the Ben Franklin Store and also two at the Case Implement Company, plus several house burglaries over the summer.

Employees of Campbell Soup Company in Worthington voted to ratify a new contract, with the company calling for salary increases totaling 30 cents an hour over a three-year period plus other major benefits. Hourly rates of pay under the old contract started at $1.74 for men and $1.56 1/2 for women.

The five candidates vying for the title of Miss Worthington Junior College were Mary Jo Marcy, Kristi Hvistendahl, Darlene Burns, Jeanne Wilson and Mary Nuffer.

75 years ago

Worthington Daily Globe carrier boys put on a special war stamp selling drive in observance of National Newspaper Boy day. Joining 300,000 other newspaper boys nationally, the Globe carriers were taking part in a campaign expected to net $5,000,000 throughout the U.S.

Fifteen ladies reported to work on surgical dressings at the Bigelow school house Tuesday afternoon. Workers were complying with regulations set forth by the National Red Cross.

While cracking a blacksnake whip to urge cattle into his barn a mile east of the airport, 48-year-old David Gordon was struck in his left eye by the rawhide tip of the implement, suffering a serious wound. He was undergoing surgery in the Twin Cities in an effort to recover use of his eye, but surgeons said the chance of saving the sight were "about a million to one."

One of — if not the largest — walleyed pike ever taken from Lake Okabena was landed Saturday morning by Frank Eggleston. The fish weighed 10 1/4 pounds. The same day, E.

DeYoung pulled in another big one at 9 1/2 pounds. Hardy Rickbeil said Eggleston's fish was the largest the store had ever weighed in the 22 years it had conducted contests.

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