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80 years ago -- Community building work gets underway

FIVE YEARS AGO
March 20, 2012
Brent Sass has been named Rookie of the Year for his performance in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Sass was the first rookie to complete the 1,000-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome, finishing in 13th place.
Stewartville school officials plan to seek new laptops for the 2012-13 school year.
TEN YEARS AGO
March 27, 2007
Aaron Meyer is expected to become Stewartville High School's new head varsity football coach.
Recognized for making a positive difference in the lives of countless students, Clayton Bliese, Al Heitman and Gordy Koehn will have their names placed on the Stewartville School District's Wall of Honor.
Returning to lead the Tiger girls track team are Amanda Thompson, Kristi Frank, Kaitlin Krug and Leigh Splittstoesser.
Returning to lead the Tiger boys track team are Jason Hays, Dee Thompson, Dan Smelter, Mike Schmitz and Steve Nosbisch.
Seven letterwinners return from last year's section qualifying Tiger baseball team, including Shane Carter, Mikko Norman, Nate Nelson, Donnie Beddow, Craig English, Eddie Fricker and Bruce Babcock.
Four senior letterwinners return to lead the 2007 Tiger softball team, including Andria Rogers, Ashley Frey, Jenyce Mueller and Brooke Bushman.
Six letterwinners return to the 2007 Tiger girls golf team including, Nicole Hebl, Brittany Laber, Bethany Stone, Beth Schroeder, Jessica Lindquist and Kari Mikel.
Six talented golfers are back to lead the Tiger boy's golf team including, Blake Honsey, Tim Bergeson, Austin Mulleneaux, Will Fredricksen, Jacob Danielson and Mike Goeldi.
A group of missionaries from Grace Evangelical Free Church journeyed to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, taking clothing, food and medical supplies and helping build rebars piece by piece. Making the trip were DeAnn Gemmill, Jody Fryer, Nikki Myhre, Carol Gisler, Marcus Quam, Lincoln Harker, Eric Myhre and Roy Gisler.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
March 26, 2002
The Stewartville Lions Club is sponsoring its third annual "White Cane Days," a fund raising campaign to fight blindness, April 12-13.
Winners in the Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164 poppy poster contest included Tyler Linbo, second place; Derek Stolarzyk, first place; James Kellner, first place; Katie Meyerhofer, second place; Jacob Olson, second place, and Amanda Arndofer, first place.
Stewartville Middle School sixth grade Academic Triathlon team earned second place at a recent eight-team challenge. Team members included Michael Goeldi, Erin Ness, Emily Wellen and Andrea Hogan.
Stewartville Middle School seventh and eighth grade team earned a bronze placing at a recent six-team cross trainer Academic Triathlon meet. Team members included Julie Hanson, Dan Osland, Katrina Floyd, Brandon Nielsen and Shane Kafka.
Stewartville Middle School sixth grade team earning first place in the seven-team Challenger Division meet at a recent Academic Triathlon competition included team members Andrew Skuster, Nick Groth, Nolan Graf, Jared Lutteke and Will Fredricksen.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 1, 1997
Jacquolynn Brandt, an eighth grader at Stewartville High School, was one of 10 Olmsted County teens honored by the Youth Commission of Olmsted County in its first-ever presentation of "Outstanding Youth" awards. Brandt, 13, was nominated for her involvement in school, church and community activities.
The Stewartville High School Speech Team swept the competition at the Sub-section 2A meet last week, taking the team gold and taking six first placings in 13 categories, coach Dave Honsey reported.
Winners of bikes during the Stewartville American Legion Easter Egg Hunt included Miranda Bushman, Brandyn Bicknese, Nicole Preble, Kristie Hauger and Lexie Christopher.
Six candidates will vie for three seats on the Stewartville School Board in the May 20 election. In addition to incumbents Clayton Bliese and Shirley Olson, four others will offer a challenge: Andy Erickson, Connie Mulleneaux, Larry Smith and Brenda Reichel.
Stewartville High School junior, Aaron Meyer, has been selected by HVL coaches to the 1997 HVL All-Conference Basketball Team.
Middle School sixth-seventh grade honor band participants were Jared Thompson, Jared Huiras, Lindsay Cody, Trey Jensen and Andy Wohlhuter.
Middle School eighth grade honor band participants included James Barsness, Hilary Bricely, Kirsten Fryer, Lance Moen and LeeAnna Stacy.
John Jungers has taken over the management reins of Trucker's Inn in Stewartville.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
March 31, 1992
The Racine City Council has alerted town residents by letter that unless acts of vandalism stop, taxpayer funds may be used to either contract with the Mower County Sheriff for regular enforcement, or the city may be forced to hire a city patrol.
After two years of planning, Eastwood Bank appears ready to cross its final hurdle and get on with the construction of a 6,000 sq. ft. branch office facility in Stewartville.
The 1992 Tiger softball team is Jill Schoeppner, Teresa Grant, Skye VanDeWalker, Jenny Beach, Shelly Taylor, Liz Westby, Nicky Newell, Holly Erickson, Kjersti Paulson, Tara Moen, Amy Carolan, Michelle Hebl and Jaimi Stejskal.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
April 1, 1987
City officials and Gary L. Johnson of Rochester entered into a purchase agreement for the Stewartville Municipal Liquor Store, Friday, while a separate agreement allowed lessees to begin operating the on-sale portion, Monday.
Annette Freiheit of Rochester has been retained as Stewartville's new summer recreation director, it was announced at the March 25 city council meeting.
Brian Ferson and Kevin Bell, both natives of Stewartville, returned home Monday to open a new joint venture - operating the former municipal liquor store on sale.
Six candidates, including one from Stewartville, will compete for the title of Olmsted County Dairy Princess. The candidates are Pamela Eggler of Elgin, Susan Fjelstad of Stewartville, Jennifer Meyer of Byron, Amy Polikowsky of Byron, Tamara Ripley of Rochester and Janelle Thompson of Plainview.
Stewartville Nursing Home received 21 chairs for its dining area thanks to AAL Branch No. 4225 of Zion Lutheran Church, which held a chili supper to raise funds for the chairs.
Jon Pearson went to lunch in style during his final days as Stewartville's clerk-administrator. Gary Johnson, owner of Ambassador Limousine Service, had one of his limo drivers pick up Pearson and take him to lunch. Pearson has accepted the administrator's job in Carefree, AZ.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
March 31, 1982
The high school building is taking on an aura of Scotland as the school personnel prepare for the spring musical "Brigadoon"
FORTY YEARS AGO
March 31, 1977
Stewartville Future Farmers of America agriculture mechanics team placed first at the regional FFA contest held March 23 at Waseca. Members of the mechanics team are Art Meppen, Curt Zimmerman and Dan Hurley. The crops team of Al Everman, Terry Miner and Dan Steines placed second at the region.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
April 3, 1947
The American Legion and Auxiliary is sponsoring a Carnival to raise funds for the Rheumatic Fever, Heart Fund on April 12.
Over 100 persons partook of the free coffee and doughnuts at the opening of Prescott's Quonset Produce and Feed Store last Saturday.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
April 1, 1937
With the major part of the excavation work completed, cement was poured for footings of the new community building yesterday and will continue under better weather conditions. Stone cutters are now busy cutting and facing rock for the building and within a fortnight, weather permitting, citizens should see basement rock in place.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
March 31, 1932
The opening of the new National Bank here has been set for the first week in May.
Plans are being discussed for the forming of an eight team diamond ball league made up of teams from Racine, Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Valley, High Forest, Simpson, Dexter, Grand Meadow and Stewartville.
Mrs. John Fisher has installed a permanent waving machine in her home, and is now prepared to do the popular kind of hairdressing.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 1, 1897
D. O. Patten recently sold a horse to George Carson for $15.
B. W. Moore, our local jeweler, sold a $225 diamond ring last week.
There seems to be a disposition on the part of our barbers to slight their work lately. At any rate, numerous faces about town bear evidence of defective barbering.
Peterson, our photographer is offering one dozen photos for 99 cents this week.
The mill dam stood the strain of the waters this year in such a manner as proved its strength.
N. C. Carey has accepted a position as traveling salesman for the Deering Co.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 1, 1892
Rev. John H. Hector, the colored preacher and lecturer spoke at the hall last Monday evening. His lecture lasted for two hours, but was so interesting it did not seem any too long.
Stewartville is noted for many good things, foremost among which is her many substantial sidewalks.







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