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3/1/2017 3:11:00 PM
40 years ago -- Cable TV is discussed for Stewartville

FIVE YEARS AGO
March 6, 2012
Barb Neubauer, city finance director and the city of Stewartville have earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fourth consecutive year.
Street Beat question asked of Bonner second-graders: What does Mr. Nystuen, your principal, do for his job? Skylar Schaefer, "Whenever anybody gets in very, very big trouble they have to eat with Mr. Nystuen and he talks to people about what they did...." Jack Jorgensen, "He teaches sometimes. He visits our room sometimes and talks with the teacher. If you do something bad, you have to come and talk with him...." Zoey Hollstein, "He's the principal. He helps kids by telling them stuff. He tells us what to do. He comes to talk to my teacher sometimes...." Jayce Cast, "He works for the school. He puts posters up in the hallway about reading stuff or math stuff. He takes care of the naughty kids that do bad stuff...."
Recording a pin in his final match this season, Brett Stolarzyk captured third place in the 130-pound weight bracket of the MSHSL Class AA State Individual Wrestling Championships in St. Paul last weekend.
Rosilyn Steinkamp, Kate Barthelme and Jeanne Walker have earned the President's Volunteer Service Award from the Rochester Teen Council of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Florence Reinhart received a Tiger Token from the Stewartville School District for serving on the district's Community Education Advisory Council for more than 25 years.
Burkley Ravenhorst, a third-grader at Bonner Elementary also earned a Tiger Token for making Christmas ornaments out of beads, selling the ornaments, and donating the proceeds to the American Cancer Society and to Jim and Barb Hanson, whose 4-year-old son, R.J., recently died of cancer.
TEN YEARS AGO
March 13, 2007
Seated together at a meeting last week, members of the High Forest Town Board expressed their displeasure with the $32,403 the town is expected to pay the city of Stewartville for fire protection in 2007. The town's fire protection bill has almost doubled in six years, increasing from about $18,000 in 2000 to more than $32,000 for 2007.
Stewartville Middle School students who earned a 4.0 grade point average for the second quarter of the 2006-07 school year include Eric Twohey, Lindsay Blahnik, Hannah Bardwell, Jessica Zent, Kelly Trisko, Conner McCartan, Stephanie Bussan, Ellen Emrich, Nicole Amos, Katelyn Hanf, Sarah Blomquist, Audrey Steinman, Melanie Bussan, Laura Louks, Sarah West, Matt Terhaar, Paul Trisko and Aaron Simmons.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
March 12, 2002
There is a new kind of BUG at Central Intermediate School thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Stewartville. This bug doesn't crawl, jump or fly. BUG stands for Bring Up Grades. The purpose of the BUG program is to acknowledge improved student achievement by recognizing student efforts to bring up their grades.
Trey Jensen and a crew of 10 Boy Scouts designed a new dirt infield for a softball diamond in High Forest. Trey earned his Eagle Scout award for the work.
Eighth grader Amanda Welter, and sixth grader Erin Ness, Stewartville Middle School band students, were part of the Tri-State Middle School Honor Bands at Decorah, Iowa March 2.
Jared Lutteke, a sixth grader, and Vanessa Eckhoff, an eighth grader, represented Stewartville during the Regional Spelling Bee held in Rochester Feb. 26.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
March 18, 1997
Two Stewartville School Board incumbents, Clayton Bliese and Shirley Olson, have filed for candidacy in the May 20 school board election, as has newcomer Andy Erickson.
Over a foot of the white stuff blanketed the area Thursday and Friday which became buffeted by 20-30 mph winds, causing white-out conditions and headaches for those who had to negotiate through the stuff.
The Stewartville American Legion and Auxiliary will once again sponsor its annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 in the Legion parking lot.
Todd Weston and Ann Sand were elected to the Stewartville Care Center Board of Directors during the special meeting of the board in late February.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
March 17, 1992
Efforts to move City Hall into the former library building took another step forward, Tuesday, when the Stewartville City Council voted 3-1 to call for bids to renovate the 54-year-old structure.
Olmsted County Deputy Sheriff Mike Braley has been named DARE Officer of the Year, according to Attorney General Hubert (Skip) Humphrey III.
SHS junior cager Kasey Morlock has been nominated for the honor of being named to the Class A All-State Girls' Basketball Team, announced Coach Tony Tuseth.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
March 18, 1987
After 26 years of involvement in the Stewartville High School wrestling program, Darrel Jaeger has decided its time for someone else to man the helm of that very successful team.
Jim Siegel, newly appointed president of Marquette Bank Stewartville, sees opportunities for growth in Stewartville....opportunities for himself, his family, his bank and for all aspects of the community of which they are a part.
The Tiger boys basketball team surely doesn't need to feel defensive about its play in the district tourney although defensive play did have a great deal to do with the Tigers winning their first-ever District 3 title.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
March 17, 1982
Stewartville will be in the same legislative district but the senatorial district for Stewartville will change under a new alignment ruled by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Presently, the state senator for the Stewartville area is Mel Fredrick of West Concord, but the new district will have Stewartville served by Duane Benson of Lanesboro.
After more than four hours of discussion about proposed budget reductions, the school board decided to postpone a decision on the cuts until a special meeting could be held this coming Thursday. It is proposed that some programs and teaching positions, as well as gymnastics, be eliminated to keep the budget in line for the coming school year.
Because of heavy snow cover this winter, the Stewartville Sportsman's Club started a pheasant feeding program in February, putting out feed at about a dozen locations around Stewartville.
FORTY YEARS AGO
March 17, 1977
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last week to welcome the new Apollo Health-N-Fitness Center to the community.
An official from Cable Communications, Inc. of Hector reported to the city council that a survey conducted recently by the company showed most residents would favor having cable television in Stewartville. Seventy-two percent of those surveyed said they would like cable in their homes.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
March 16, 1967
The Village Council has scheduled a public hearing for a gigantic street project - the largest in Stewartville's history - which will cost $540,000 for the first year, a two-year project.
Russ Pehl, Stewartville's lone state tournament entry, lost his first match in this continually tougher tournament and did not get the opportunity to wrestle back.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tebay received word of a harrowing experience their nephews, Lance Jensen, 19, and his brother, Kenneth Jensen, 29, of Portland, Ore., had when their rented Cessna plane crashed in a gorge near Oneonta Creek, 32 miles east of Portland last Sunday afternoon, March 5. It was believed a down-draft caused the crash. Kenneth trudged all night through deep snow and rugged terrain, finding a highway Monday morning, where a motorist picked him up. He then directed a rescue party of two army helicopters to the crash scene where Lance was rescued 24 hours after the crash. Lance suffered a broken ankle, injured eye and various bruises and lacerations. Kenneth's feet were blistered and cut from his trek through the snow without shoes, which he lost in the crash.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
March 20, 1947
A bill that would eliminate slot machines in Minnesota has passed through committee in the state house and appears sure to pass when the full body of state representatives vote on it.
Roger Kvam, Stewartville's entry in the district Legion Oratorical contest held Tuesday evening in the high school auditorium, won first place and will now enter the state contest to be held at Brainerd on March 25. Kvam, a sophomore in our high school, gave the oration, "The Constitution - A Barrier Against Tyranny."
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
Dan Burke opened a paint shop in town.
We now have more snow than we have had all winter, there being about 18 inches on the level.
Critt, the local clothier, received a carload of men's clothing last week.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
March 18, 1892
The expectations of an early spring was cut off by the blizzard of last week.
Simpson was visited by eight gentlemen from Stewartville last Sunday, among who was Dr. Stoddard. The doctor was called to see a sick child of E. S. Dorr. The other boys took him over on the hand car.






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