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FIVE YEARS AGO
May 8, 2012
Residents of High Forest Township say they may take township officials to court over a decision the High Forest Township Board has made that moved Rochester Sand & Gravel one step closer to operating a hot-mix asphalt plant along County Road 6 about two miles west of Stewartville.
Hundreds of guests attended the Stewartville Morning Lions Club's "Taste of Stewartville-Racine" to raise money for robes for Stewartville High School's choirs on Saturday, May 5.
David Weinhold, an arborist and owner of Weinhold's Family Tree Service, worked with kindergartners at Bonner Elementary School to plant two Sienna maple trees on Arbor Day, Friday, April 27.
TEN YEARS AGO
May 15, 2007
The Stewartville Lions Club recently donated $500 in gas coupons to the Stewartville Care Center to enable Care Center residents to travel outside the facility.
Street Beat question: To shoppers at Stewartville's citywide garage sale - What do you enjoy about garage sales? Kris Huinker, "Seeing everybody. I also like the good prices for good sruff, and spending a day with family...." Tammy Dahl, "I like just finding a deal, and all the variety...." Marlene Kirtz, "Just for the fun of it, and seeing people. I ran into a niece of mine from Millville unexpectedly today...." Joyce Hart, "Everything. There is so much that people have that is interesting...."
The Stewartville Tiger baseball team captured first place at the Diamond Club Classic May 4. Team members include Nate Ryan, Rob Vaupel, Travis Priese, Sean Hohmeister, Steve Jezseski, Matt Smith, Shane Carter, Donnie Beddow, Nate Nelson, Chris Richardson, Craig English, Bryan Schroeder, Andrew Skuster, Bruce Babcock, Jared Albers, Mikko Norman, Eddie Fricker and Levi Horvei.
The Stewartville Tiger softball team captured first place at the Diamond Club Classic May 4. Team members include Kayla Uptagrafft, Tina Morse, Haley Pearson, Jesanna Hildebrandt, Erin Hain, Andria Rogers, Wendi Irlback, Amy Wohlhuter, Cait Donahoe, Jenyce Mueller, Ashley Frey, Theresa Twohey, Kelly Norman, Sam Engebreston and Tara Martin.
Kaitlin Krug and Laura Hoover earned $300 college scholarships from the Kiwanis Club.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
May 14, 2002
The FFA State Convention was held April 28-30. Daryl Boehm was presented with an Honorary State FFA Degree award. The FFA Proficinicy Award was givn to Pat Heeren, Terry Timmerman and Eric Ptacek. The FFA Forestry team included John Smith, Jake Lawrence, Tim Neuman and Tom Neuman. Mike Christie, Terry Timmerman and Nick Doherty made up the Ag Mechanics team.
The Stewartville boys track team battled to a seventh place finish at the Section 1AA True Team Track and Field Championships at Red Wing High School May 7.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
May 20, 1997
Roughly 55 tons of trash were taken to the city's public works garage by a total of 800 city residents, Friday and Saturday during the citywide clean up days.
Joe Hess, director of Stewartville Senior Citizens, receives the Community Service Award from Masonic Lodge member Aulden Winch and Worshipful Master Ken Wickelgren.
Stewartville Mason George Thompson received the Hiram Award from fellow lodge member Warren Clark and Worshipful Master Ken Wickelgren.
The Stewartville Senior Citizens have once again sponsored "Your Favorite Older Person" essay contest. The two chosen winners were David Tuura, about his grandpa, and Kelli Lassig about her grandma.
Stewartville High School junior Gina Schrandt has been selected by the Ivan Stringer Post 164 to represent the community at the annual Minnesota Girls' State to be held June 8-14 at Bethel College in St. Paul.
School retirees were honored during a staff appreciation tea on Thursday. They included Marlene King, Wes Schroeder, Ron Olson, Marilyn Wilson and Marion Wibben.
Stewartville High School senior Holly Kuisle, received the Dan Garrison Memorial Award. The award recognizes a senior who excels in many areas, but also shows a caring attitude toward fellow students.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 19, 1992
Carl Oelke, 83, a veteran of more than 24 years on the Stewartville City Council, resigned from his post, effective Friday, Clerk-Administrator Larry Hansen and Mayor Larry Gray confirmed.
A Twin Cities development firm is proposing to build 60 rental units on the north side of Stewartville. Cottages Lifestyles of Arden Hills hopes to construct the cluster, maintenance-free cottages on a five acre site near the new United Methodist Church.
Patricia "Pat" Johnson of Rochester has accepted the head librarian post at the Stewartville Public Library. She will begin her duties on a part-time basis and begin her full-time duties in June.
SHS senior Karla Strain placed third in the Entrepreneuer Individual category at the National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America (BPA) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Stewartville boys showed why they're considered one of the premier track teams in the state last week, capturing their third straight HVL conference title and finishing in fourth place in AA State True Team.
Two residents of the Stewartville Nursing Home were big winners in the annual Senior Olympics, held last week at Graham Arena in Rochester. Local resident Martha Shoppey won the first place ribbon in the pie eating contest and second place in the bean bag toss. Floyd Nichols was a second place winner in the bowling contest.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
May 20, 1987
DeeAnna Burns, Stewartville's city treasurer and deputy clerk, submitted a written resignation, Friday, effective May 29.
Larry Hansen, currently city administrator for the city of Waterville, has accepted a position as Stewartville's City Administrator effective June 1, Mayor Larry Gray confirmed Monday.
A new way to stay fit is coming to Stewaratville. Slenderizers, a figure salon, is tentatively scheduled to open in the C & F building, 120 South Main, June 1, owner Tom Giordano announced.
The Stewartville Star will change its official publication day to Tuesday, effective June 9.
Stewartville High School's Entreprenauer Team took second place and the school's Financial Analyst Team grabbed eighth during the Office Education Association (OEA) National Leadership Conference held May 7-10 in Des Moines, Iowa. Members of the Entrepreneuer Team are Sue Fjelstad, Deanna Poole and Melinda Pranke. Financial Analyst Team members are Mark Vaupel, Gretchen Morlock, Tim Lien and Pat Dunagan.
All-American Co-op last week announced the purchase of Chatfield Farm Services, effective June 29.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 19, 1982
About 65 residents from Stewartville and High Forest came to an organizational meeting of area citizens who want to fight the State Waste Management Board's decision to name a site at the Rochester Airport as a preferred site for hazardous waste and transfer.
The firemen plan to buy pagers that would alert them to fire calls.
The city plans to spend almost $13,000 for repairs to the new well and another $7,000 for further testing. Excessive sand to the well is causing damage to pumps.
FORTY YEARS AGO
May 19, 1977
The propoal to bond $2.3 million to build a 12-unit replacement addition to Bonner Elementary School and additions onto the high school to house expanding enrollment was defeated last Tuesday, 664-634.
Areas around Stewartville received between 1.56 to 2.5 inches of rain last Monday.
The boys track team placed first at a quadrangular meet held at Austin Pacelli. Blaine Johnson set a new school record in the 880 yard run recordng a time of 2:05.4.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
May 18, 1967
Incumbents Harley Boettcher and Harland King and newcomer George Menshik were eleted to the school board during recent balloting.
The Stewartville meats judging team of Dave Bunde, Thomas Petersen, Roger Hamer and Rodney Edge placed third in the Minnesota State Meats Judging Contest on May 8.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
May 22, 1947
Mrs. C. Bentley and Dr. A. F. Risser were re-elected to the school board during Tuesday's election.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
May 20, 1937
Announcement is made in this issue of the Star of the inaugeration of a new rendering company service from Pleasant Grove, with Earl Towey as manager. The company will call for dead or disabled animals and will pay for cattle, horses and large hogs. The new firm is to be known as the Stewartville Rendering Company. The telephone number is 7-F-5.
The spectacular film showing every detail of the coronation of King George VI and his Consort, Queen Elizabeth, the parade and the celebration will be shown at the Chateau Theatre in Rochester.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 19, 1932
The work of grading and graveling the two new tennis courts at the rear of the Northland station is nearly completed.
Last Saturday was the warmest May 15 in 40 years according to the weather bureau. At noon here it was 92 in the shade. The Twin Cities reported 96 at the same hour.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
May 20, 1897
The deadly air gun is causing the sparrows to flight shy of Main Street.
Sam Pattridge and "Doc" Hammer went out fishing one day last week and caught 75 lbs. of fish.
Pleasant Grove is soon to have a resident dentist.
The steamboat made it appearance on Lake Florence last Sunday.
Saturday was another one of those days that lend so much to the reputation of Stewartville as a trading center. Every tying place in the village was utilized and in some places teams were tied to wagons three and four deep.
The ice wagon is going its regular rounds again which reminds us that summer is here in earnest.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 20, 1892
Our sidewalks proved a boon and a blessing during the recent rainy spell.









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