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3/22/2017 10:46:00 AM
50 years ago -- City's mayor resigns

FIVE YEARS AGO
March 27, 2012
Stewartville City Council agreed to once again purchase the hanging baskets and flowers for the concrete planters along Main Street and First Street East from a Rushford business. Bids were requested from the Rushford business, as well as Hanson's
Greenhouse and Fareway. The Rushford business was the low bidder.
The Stewartville Area Chamber of Comerce welcomed Tarsilla's as a new Chamber member with an official ambassador visit last week. New owners of the business are Karrie Heydt and Brandon Nelson.
Returning letterwinners back to boost the 2012 Tiger varsity softball team include Jackie Betcher, Amy Reinhardt, Liz Waugh, Lexie Schunke and Caitlyn Hughes.
Returning letterwinners back to boost the 2012 Tiger varsity boys track team include Matt Welter, Rodney Smith, Joel Venzke, Zac Drees, Jason Robey, Jack Howell, Jordon Foster, Will Gisler, Tyrell Bleifus and Steven Brady.
Returning letterwinners back to boost the 2012 Tiger varsity baseball team include Shane Mlenar, Tyler Schmitz, Robby Campbell, Sam Quackenbush, Ryne Prochaska, Tanner Wieck, Peter Elton, Luke Lonien and Brady Gross.
Returning letterwinners back to boost the 2012 Tiger varsity girls track team include Riley Paulson, Lauren Mikel, Jet Thornton, Jacqui Dodd, Holly Lynch, Marie McNeil, Rosie Hermans, Sarah West, Katie Scruggs, Nicole Amos, Raven Blahnik, Paige Tapp, Stephanie Bussan, Kiley Derr, Josie Hale, Makayla Engel, Melanie Bussan and Hannah Tapp.
A sixth-grade team from Stewartville Middle School placed second in team problems solving at the Math Masters of Minnesota regional competition at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester March 9. Team memberrs include Erin Jezlerski, Joseph Krapf, Shawn Husgen and Ryan Voshart.
TEN YEARS AGO
April 3, 2007
Accepting the unanimous recommendation of a citizens steering committee, the City Council hired U.S. Aquatics of Delano to design the new swimming center, which is expected to be completed by June 2008.
Jim and Irene Elton will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Stewartille American Legion on Saturday, April 14.
Jack and Lee Laber will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Saturday, April 7 at Strikers Corner.
Members of the Stewartville Lions and Stewartville Morning Lions were on hand to sign a proclamation declaring April 13-14 as "White Cane Days" in the city of Stewartville. Members taking part in the project include Gordy Koehn, Harlan Haugen, Gerald Pingree, Chuck Murphy, who signed the proclamation as mayor, Darrel Jaeger, George Rosin, Jim Brott, George Menshik, Gene Gustason, Cindy Bushman, Tom Quackenbush, Sharon Moehnke, Charlotte Wiechmann, Jef Olson, Carol Mrotek, Clair Mrotek and Bill Schimmel Jr.
Racine city officials met last week to break ground for the construction of the city's new $298,572 municipal building. Those on hand for the groundbreaking included Terry Johnson, city council, Paul Thompson, Racine Lions president, Pam Landgrebe, city council, Dennis Einck, general contractor for the project, Deri Nordsving, city council, Don Lyman, public works and Mayor Bryan Vrieze.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
April 2, 2002
Stewartville School District residents went to the polls last November and agreed that school officials should build eight new tennis courts and fix a cracked, rutted high school track. Rochester Sand and Gravel will do the lion's share of the work on the track and tennis courts for $923,970.
Calvin and Clarice Wolf were married Feb. 28 1952. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house April 13 at Zion Lutheran Church.
Students of the month for February at the Stewartville Middle School are Kelsey Broich, Amanda Thompson, Kyle Volkart and Garrett Roberts.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 8, 1997
The Stewartville Fire Department said goodbye to three seasoned firemen who decided to "call it a day" and in doing so, bid farewell to a combined service total of over 60 years. Retiring as of Jan. 1 were Charlie Baker, Jerry Burgr and Roger Winch.
Stewartville High School alumnae Heidi Schroeder won the women's division of the Fools Five road race in Lewiston Sunday. The event drew about 900 participants.
Members of the girls golf team include Alicia Glomski, Kelly Larson, Andrea Sturm, Kelsey LaPointe, Ally Dotzenrod, Courtney Hoover, Mary Miller, Kristen Fryer, Bridget Helder and Kristina Kuhlman.
Boys golf team members include Peter Orte, Tim Johnson, Zak Knudson, Phil Pillera, Robert Cook, Jarod Hinkle, Myatt Helmers, Jeff Garvey, Nate Meyer, Jason Olson, Matt Brouillard, Buck Sexton, Lucas Heitland, Scott Kirkland, Aaron Berger, Zach Nelson, Ryan Verness, Jay Alrick and Tait Mracek.
Local bowlers did themselves proud at the Rochester YABA Scholarship Tournament. Ashley Theobald took first in singles. Theobald and Brian Brandace took second in doubles. Ben Heydt, first in singles, and Wesley Riley, fourth in singles.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
April 8, 1987
Sue Fjelstad is crowned Olmsted County Dairy Princess.
The girls track squad will be led by 1986 state track meet entrants Dawn Mueske and Barb Schmidt, who are shooting for their fourth straight All-Conference honors this year.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 7, 1982
Winds up to 90 mph on March 27 tore off part of the roof of City Hall.
As an added entertainment value, a dinner will precede the Stewartville High School musical "Brigadoon" on the two Friday nights of the performance.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
April 6, 1967
Carl Lundy was top individual and Phil Suess placed fifth at the District 16 FFA Farm Merchants Contest March 29 at Waseca.
Walter J. Haack resigned his village post as mayor of Stewartville March 31, having served in that position for about a year. Mr. Haack and his wife are moving to Parker's Prairie, located north of Alexandria.
Mark Sloneker was the lucky winner of a bicycle at a drawing during the Bexel Vitamin Sale in March at Berg Drug. Darrell Splittstoesser won a year's supply of Plus-White toothpaste during the IDL Easter sale.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
April 10, 1947
Stewartville citizens awoke Sunday morning to find it looking more like Christmas than Easter, due to a heavy fall of snow during the night. In spite of the chilly weather, many were brave enough to wear their Easter finery.
Mary Ann Kerich and Doris Jacobson have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, of the senior class of Stewartville High School
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 7, 1932
A charter for the new National Bank in Stewartville has been approved at Washington.
Martin Becker is suffering with a badly crushed foot caused when an ice box he was lifting at the Adolph Rud house, fell on it.
The weather the past week has been ideal. Sunday there were several warm April showers accompanied by thunder and lightning
NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 7, 1922
Mrs. John Cussons was selected as a member of the state central committee representing the first district which includes Stewartville.
The farmers are getting anxious to start spring seeding, but with the continued damp and cold weather it looks as through it will be several days yet before work will start.
Stewartville's new bakery established by Arthur Justman opened for business on Wednesday of this week. Mr. Justman has employed Fred Seewald of Rochester as baker.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 8, 1897
Rain and more rain. It seems as if it will never quit.
Mr. Dodge is around the country with his egg wagon, paying 7 cents cash.
Stewartville's greatest need is more sidewalks.
The mill dam is being repaired with some of the sticky deposit north of the tracks.
A sure sign of spring - W. S. David sold five bicycles the past week.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 8, 1892
A. E. Mills informs us he did some seeding last week.
The Methodist church was damaged to a considerable extent by wind on Tuesday. The chimney was blown down going through the roof breaking six rafters.
The revenue collector gave our town a call last week.
Immediately following the construction of sidewalks, work is being done to better the condition of our streets. Main street is being macadamized.
L. J. Duncanson will soon begin excavation for his new house. The building will form an L being 18x26 and 16x26 with a 14x18 wood shed adjoining.
Master Thomas Kelly, age 13, has completed the course of study prescribed by the schools of Olmsted County with an average of 89 percent. Tommy has the honor of being the youngest graduate in the county.









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