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25 years ago -- Used-A-Bit Shop closes its doors

FIVE YEARS AGO
April 17, 2012
Mayor Jimmie-John King signed a proclamation declaring this Friday, April 20 as "White Cane Day" in the city of Stewartville. Members of the Stewartville Lions Club will seek donations from the public that will help the Lions restore sight to those suffering from macular degeneration and other eye diseases. Lions participatng include Richard King, Gordon Koehn, Mel Harrington, Ed Doty, George Menshik, Jim Brott, Darrel Jaeger, Frank Weber, Harlan Haugen, Bill Schimmel Jr., Gene Gustason and Dick Uptagrafft.
Working together to find the silver egg during the Racine Lions Easter Egg Hunt were Kimmi Vrieze and Emma Dolton. Also finding silver eggs were Trey Cast and Jo Jo Welter.
Boy Scouts from Troop 56 braved the cold and earned the "Zero Hero" Award during the Winter Camporee Feb. 10-12. Scouts must endure below-zero temperatures while camping overnight. Receiving the award were Duncan McDonald, Caleb Rowley, Jacob Edholm, Brandon Clarke and Teddy Darga.
Double winners Jordon Foster and Jason Robey led the Stewartville boys track and field team to 162.5 team points and an easy 42.5-point victory hosting the annual Al Heitman Invite on April 10.
Luke Lonien received the 2012 Jeff Hanson Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to Stewartville High School bowlers for post high school education and is based on merit, leadership and academics.
Stewartville High School students who earned Spirit of Community Awards for the 2011-12 school year include, Brigham Bethke, Brendan Fritz, Ben Vaupel, Joel Venzke, Madison Bosshart, Marie McNeill, Katelyn Hanf, Stephanie Jorde, Shelby Snipes, Emily Tompkins, Chrissy Dotterwick, Carolyn Zylstra, Hannah Giehtbrock, Connor Craven, Peter Elton, Luke Lonien, Shauna Groski, Tyrel Bleifus, Shannon Curtis, Sarah Schrandt, Jackie Betcher, Alexis Schunke, Carolyn Nienow, Sydney Flottum, Makala Hoot, Katie Bauman, Nicole Amos and Chelsea Lange.
TEN YEARS AGO
April 24, 2007
Stewartville High School students who earned a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the third quarter of the 2006-07 school year include John Gisler, Derek Robey, Theresa Twohey, Jessica Lucas, Ariel Ballew, Brian Brown, Bryce Oswald, Min Wook Kim, Jared Lutteke, Andrea Hogan and Sam Blahnik.
Mayor Chuck Murphy signed a proclamation declaring April 27 as Arbor Day in Stewartville. The Stewartville Lions Club has always planted a tree near Stewartville City Hall. On hand for the signing and planting were Lion members Gerald Pingree, George Rosin, Bill Schimmel Jr., Dick Uptagrafft, Gordy Koehn, Jim Brott, Darrel Jaeger and Chuck Murphy.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
April 23, 2002
Sheila Majerus was honored as the 2002 poppy queen at the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 on April 15. Michael Kellner was named poppy prince and Polly Kidwell is the poppy princess.
Jarred Huiras received his Eagle Scout award during ceremonies at the Stewartville Sportsman's Club on April 14.
The Stewartville boys track team set 15 personal best efforts and claimed first place in six of 17 varsity scoring events to score 100.5 team points and third place at the Lake City Invite on April 15.
The Stewartville girls track team recorded six personal best efforts and scored 134.17 team points to easily walk away with top team honors in the seven-team Lake City Invite on April 15.
Third quarter 4.0 honor students at Stewartville High School include Lindsay Babcock, Zachary Brown, Kati Cody, Carmen Harter, Matthew Hill, Ashley Huber, Leighton Roberts, Christa Robey, Amy Sahl, Kristine Schatz, Valerie Steinman, Laura English, Natalie Braun, Anthony Heddlesten, Brianne Lawson, Sarah Rainey, Kimberly Skuster, Alicia Robey, Holly Vaith, Bethany Thicke, Emily Wagner and Andrea Wagner.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 29, 1997
Janice Carr accepted the Preservation Award from Carol King, president of the Historical Society. Carr and her husband Kevin recently renovated portions of the Moore Block of buildings built in 1896, including the tuck-pointing of its brick structure.
Stewartville boys cruised to an easy win in the 8-team Stewartville Invitational, April 24, winning the meet by 34 points.
Stewartville girls turned in some great individual performances, finishing second to Lewiston-Altura in the Stewartville Initational Track and Field Meet April 24.
An employee of Halcon Corp., Mark Erdman of Stewartville, suffered minor burns to his arm and ear after a fire broke out in the finishing area on the west side of the complex, Stewartvile Fire Department Chief Mike Ryan reported. He was treataed for second degree burns and later released from Saint Marys Hospital.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 28, 1992
The Stewartville School Board Thursday night did as it had promised over the course of the year - slashed its 1992-93 budget by almost $240,000.
For almost a quarter of a century, the Used-A-Bit Shop welcomed customers to browse through its aisles and find that unusual or buget-priced item you had always been looking for. No more. Friday the store closed its doors to make way for more parking space in Stewartville.
Katherine Skyhawk is 1992 Poppy Queen of the Ivan Stringer Unit #164 of the American Legion Auxiliary. Poppy princesses were Andrea Shaw and Katie Schroeder.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
April 29, 1987
Appointed to the board of Marquette Bank Stewartville was Robert L. House, Cyril Sackett and Dr. Robert Jorstad.
The Performing Arts Center at Winona State University will host a recital May 1. Marny Lewis of Stewartville wil be singing selections from Handel, Mozart and Dvorak.
A 1978 Ford Thunderbird will be the grand prize at the senior all night party sponsored by Parents of Graduating Seniors (POGS) on June 6.
Michelle Griebenow, a student at Stewartvile Senior High School, will earn statewide recognition this month for having an original piece of literature published in the High School Writer of Minnesota.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 28, 1982
Steve Reed, son of Kenneth and Beverly Reed of Stewartville, has been named a National Merit Scholarship winner.
Dr. A. F. Risser of Stewartville was recently honored as alumnus of the year by the Rochester chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
April 27, 1967
Stewartville's track team scampered to third place in the Rochester Invitational Track Meet last week and the following day defeated Chatfield, 59-50.
Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers and staff are working around the clock to help tornado victims in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. At least 53 persons were killed and 1,500 were injured when storms swept through that area recently.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
May 1, 1947
The senior class of our high school will present two plays "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" and "Take Your Medicine," this coming week.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
April 29, 1937
The Engel Bros. Dairy has been purchased by Ralph Hoeft, area distributor for the Rochester Dairy Company.
The annual physical education demonstration and student work exhibiion of the Stewartvile school system will be presented Monday night at the high school gymnasium.
A total of 42 dads and lads attended the annual Father-Son Banquet at the high school, sponsored by the Fellowship Club of Stewartville.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 28, 1932
The Home Economics Club and Monday Study Club of this city are contributing two Black Hills Spruce trees to the community to be used as permanent Christmas trees along with giving pleasure to observers. The clubs have selected the grass plots on either side of the entrance to the old school building as the most desirable places for these trees.
A number of culverts are being put in on new Highway 59, and the work of grading north of Stewartville is progressing.
Our spring weather turned cold the first of the week sending the temperature down below the freezing mark. Showers Sunday evening turned into snow before Monday morning. The mercury stood at 27 above zero at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 29, 1922
A number of neighborhood friends helped C. O. Severson celebrate his 90th birthday annivesary last Saturday. In spite of his advanced age, Mr. Severson is blessed with good health.
Walter Haack has been apppointed local agent for the Hawkeye Oil Co. products in the place of E. J. Gardner, who severed his connection with the company recently.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 29, 1897
The Methodist Church at High Forest is being thoroughly renovated this week by the sexton Fay Cummings.
The Moore block customers can now walk on a handsome cement pavement.
Mr. Bailey has taken out a saloon license in Rochester.
Charles Benedict has purchased a brand new Columbia wheel which he will pump over the plains of Olmsted County this summer.
Workmen from Dexter are laying the foundation for the new Advent Church here.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 29, 1892
Two photographers were in town Tuesday with a view of locating here. One was from Chatfield and the other from Rochester.
Mr. Bell, the Pleasant Grove mail carrier, has purchased George Ryther's village home and three lots for $550.






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