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5/22/2017 10:39:00 AM
80 years ago -- Fire causes damage at local creamery

FIVE YEARS AGO
May 15, 2012
Florence Park will once again be the site for the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Summerfest Street Dance. The Stewartville City Council has voted 4-1 to grant a variance to a city noise ordinance that will allow two bans to play at the park on July 3 and 4.
Mary Brouillard received the Community Education Advisory Council's Community Service Recognition Award for 2012.
The Stewartville Lions Club honored the Stewartville High School Students of the Month for 2011-2012 at a luncheon at Riverview Greens Country Club May 3. The students include Peter Elton, Jason Robey, Brady Gross, Caitlyn Nienow, Makala Hoot, Katie Bauman, Matt Welter, Steph Jorde and Jessica Eggert.
TEN YEARS AGO
May 22, 2007
Three Stewartville High School seniors who earned seven academic letters each throughout middle school and high school were named recipients of the Perpetual Scholarship Trophy last week. The students include Garrett Roberts, Joe Ambrose and Laura Hoover.
Mary Brouillard recently received the Bishop's Medal for her 20 years of service as faith formation director at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. She was honored at a Mass and open house at the church on Sunday, May 6.
The Stewartville swimming pool will open on Tuesday, June 5.
Street Beat question - What does Memorial Day mean to you? Mary Elton: "To remember the people who fought for our country to be free, and to remember my parents, because I miss them...." Duwayne Hansen: "Honoring your elders who have passed away. I go to visit the gravesites of my mother, father, son and my twin brother...." George Hartmann: "For me, it's thinking about my uncle who died in Vietnam. He went in less than year. He was pretty young when he was killed...." Melody Hunskor: "Memorial Day means honoring the many men and women who have died, and it is a good day to remember them, especially our veterans."
Stewartville's Mike Yennie caught a 21.5-inch, 4.5-pound rainbow trout and a string of brown and brook trout with "pro guide" Ron Nord in the Spring Valley area on May 16.
The Stewartville Lions Club hosted a luncheon at Riverview Greens Country Club last week to honor the Stewartville High School seniors the club selected as its Students of the Month for 2006-07. Students include Clara Dux, Beth Huber, Kristi Frank, Sarah Huber, Kaitlin Krug, Brian Brown, Amanda Thompson, Laura Hoover and Anthony Thompson.
Three retiring teachers were honored at the Stewartville School District's annual Staff Recognition Day on May 17. They include Ruth Franke, Randa Strum and Pat Koenigs.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
May 21, 2002
Saying that he plans to move his gocery store to the north side of Stewartville, Kirk Boyum asked the local school board last week to reduce his school taxes to assist his relocation.
Houses and town homes will soon be springing up at the Maplebrook subdivision in southeast Stewartville. At its meeting last week, the Stewartville City Council gave developer Brian Ferson final plat approval for the development, which means he has the go-ahead to begin building homes.
Margaret Nelson of State Farm Insurance, and Sue Lindquist of Nearly New and More, accepted youth-friendly employer awards from Olmsted County Youth Commission.
Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors welcomed Budget Rent-A-Car at the Rochester Airport as a new member of the chamber. Also welcomed to the business community with an ambassador visit was Tom Quackenbush of Edward Jones.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
May 27, 1997
A brush pile fire is being blamed for sparking a blaze that destroyed a barn and silo on the George Halvorson residence Wednesday morning, said Stewartville Fire Chief Mike Ryan.
Stewartville schools will change from its traditional half-day kindergarten schedule, to an all-day-every-other-day alignment at the beginning of the 1998-99 school year.
Stewartville School Board incumbent Clayton Bliese, and newcomers Larry Smith and Andy Erickson won the top spots in the annual election held last Tuesday during a light voter turn-out.
High Forest quen and king candidates are now selling buttons for High Forest's Old Settlers Days in June. The candidates include Jennifer Walker, Olivia Renken, Troy Jensen, Caryn Gunderson and Hillary Renaux.
Pastor Jules Erickson shot a hole-in-one at Maplebrook Golf Course here Thursday. She aced the No. 6 hole of 152 yards by using a 7-wood. The shot was witnessed by Mel Harrington, reported course owner Terry deJager.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 27, 1992
A real estate specialist for the U.S. Post Office met with city officials and Stewartville Chamber of Commerce representatives last week to initiate a search for a new location for the Stewartville Post Office.
The Stewartville City Council appointed Don "Buck" Amos to fill the seat vacated by Carl Oelke May 19. The unanimous vote gives Amos, a member of the council from 1986-1990, the seat until Jan. 1, 1993.
In the lowest voter turn-out for a contested school board election in 35 years, incumbent Colleen Landherr and newcomer Dave Lassig won three-year terms following the balloting held last Tuesday.
The Stewartville Chamber of Commerce resolved to take a stand against four lanes of traffic on Main Street, at least for the next few years.
Four Tiger boys will advance to the Section 1A individual contest at Cedar River Country Club in Adams. The advancing golfers will be senior Mark Mestad, sophomores Roy McCormack and Rob Sugden, and freshman Matt Bonnerup.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
May 27, 1987
Keith Churchill, Jr., a sixth grader at Central Elementary, will be going to SPACE CAMP in Huntsville, Ala. this summer. Keith is the son of Kathy and Keith Churchill, Sr. The camp is a five-day adventure into aerospace technology.
Members of the Tiger boys track team advanced to regional competition in four events, including the discus, shot put, triple jump and sprint medley relay.
FORTY YEARS AGO
May 26, 1977
The Lake Florence Restoration Committee made a motion to request Stewartville City Council to ask for funds to secure a person to make a feasibility study of the restoration of Lake Florence.
Jeff Stein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stein of Stewartivlle, will be a contestant in this year's Minnesota High School Rodeo.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
May 25, 1967
Professor Roger Kvam, 1959 SHS Valedictorian, will be the featured speaker at the high school's graduation ceremonies on May 26. A total of 85 seniors will graduate.
Sharon Hanson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Hanson, is the 1967 Valedictorian at SHS. Hanorah Gray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gray, has been named Salutatorian.
SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 28, 1942
Forty-three seniors will receive their diplomas at the 40th annual Commencement exercises of the Stewartville High School, which will be held Friday evening, May 29. The commencement address will be delivered by Professor I. M. Cochran of the Department of Speech of Carleton College. Jeanne Linderman is the Valedictorian of the class and Evelyn Evenson is the Salutatorian.
Rev. Charles Mosebrook, son-in-law of Rev. and Mrs. G. H. Shant of Chatfield, formerly of this city, who with Mrs. Mosebrook, recently returned from Malaya, will give a lecture at the Methodist Church Thursday evening.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
May 27, 1937
Fire of undetermined origin, which started on rafters near a ventilator on the roof of the Stewartville Co-operative Creamery Friday morning, caused damage which may exceed the thousand dollar mark. The fire was confined to a comparatively small area by the efficient work of the firemen, who were nearly overcome by the dense clouds of smoke caused by the smoldering insulation. Neal Markham luckily escaped serious injuries when a ladder slipped carrying Neal with it.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 2, 1932
Herbert Lenton, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Lenton, will receive his degree of medicine at the University of Minnesota Commencement exercises next Monday evening. Mr. Lenton will leave shortly after his graduation for Pennsylvania where he will serve as an intern in a hospital for a year.
NINETY YEARS AGO
June 1, 1927
Mrs. Maude Kuehntopp of Kasson, formerly of this place, visited friends here over the weekend. Mrs. Kuehntopp is manager of the Consolidated 5 and 10 cents store at Kasson.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Wilson and daughter, Beth, left Sunday for Fairfax where they are visiting at the home of Rev. and Mrs. George Williams and Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Wheeler. They will attend the commencement exercises of the Fairfax high school while there. Miss Mabel Williams is one of the graduates.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
May 27, 1897
Stewartville will soon have a fine race track.
W. E. Smith is making some fine improvements on his residence property.
Some monstrous bass have been caught in Lake Florence the past week.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 26, 1892
Mr. Jesse Bagley, an old and longtime resident of Pleasant Grove, died April 14. He was one of the first settlers of Pleasant Grove.
Snow, rain, mud and bad roads are prevalent in our rural communities at the present.









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