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6/1/2017 10:00:00 AM
30 years ago -- Lake dam in need of repairs

FIVE YEARS AGO
May 22, 2012
Two kindergarten classes will move from Bonner Elementary to Central Intermediate School for the 2012-13 school year.
Charlotte Kath was named the 2012 poppy queen and will ride in the Memorial Day parade along with Meghan Kosmala, poppy princess and Logan Kildahl, poppy prince.
Stewartville High School seniors graduating with highest honors (3.9 grade point average or higher) who were honored at the SHS Academic Awards Assemblly on Tuesday, May 15 include, Nicole Amos, Jackie Betcher, Sydney Flottum, Caitlyn Nienow, Jason Robey, Austin Rosenblad and Matt Welter.
Benjamin Hogan, a senior at Stewartville High School, has been awarded a $500 educational scholarship from AgStar Financial Services.
Susan Oeltjen has been honored for completing 25 years of service with the Stewartville School District. Completing 10 years of service were Eldon Anderson, Joe Conger, Janet Hartman and Sherry Thommpson. Barbara Allen, Cathy Conger, Leanne Holland, Monica McGuire and Lynae Solberg completed 15 years of service. Completing 20 years were Joe-Dee Stanley, Julie Stever, Rose Wendt and Jill Zumbach.
TEN YEARS AGO
May 29, 2007
More than six years ago, a small group of residents met to discuss buiding a new swimming pool in Stewartville. Last week, all those years of planning came to fruition when the City Council approved plans and specifications for the new pool and agreed to seek bids for the project.
It was a great start to the "second season" for the Stewartville golf teams, as the Tiger girls made it a subsection three-peat, and the boys captured their first Class A, Subsection 2 team championship since 2001.
Sixth grade students honored for their essays about their favorite elderly person include Erik Nosbisch, Kyle Peters, Matt Terhaar, Sarah Blomquist, Laura Louks and Elizabeth Waugh.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
May 28, 2002
This year's contestants for the 2002 Miss Stewartville contest include Ginesa Dux, Jessica Ecklund, Tanna Farnsworth, Mia King, Andrea Kolstad, Camille Morehart, Kathryn Oeltjen and Sheena Thompson.
Commencement speakers, all of whom will graduate with highest honors, include Kelly Lau, Joshua Beddow, Andrea Wagner and Michael Lawrence.
Three girls are running for queen of the annual High Forest Old Settlers Days, including Emilee Nelson, Emma Miller and Amanda Welter.
Street Beat question: What advice would you give to the 2002 graduates? Dale Schmidt, "There's still a lot to be accomplished out there...." Kay Sherwood, "I would tell them to probably go on to college...." Cathy Shaner, "Do something you realy love to do, and live life to the fullest...." Bernie Theobald, "Enjoy this time, because it goes really fast."
From the column, Punchline, by Ray Pearson - I didn't know that: the dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle; chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying, and kangaroos cannot walk backward.
Three students earned national BPA honors at the National BPA convention in Chicago. Gus Radcliffe placed first, and Heidi Severtson and Joshua Beddow both placed second.
Dan Osland and partner Brandon Nielsen earned first place honors in the Stewartville Middle School Cribbage Club's second annual partner tournament. The team of Brianne Thicke and partner Vanessa Eckhoff placed second. Partners Kelly Hauger and Kelly Simon placed third.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
June 3, 1997
Five Stewartville High School seniors will wear the highest honor designations during commencement ceremonies, recognizing their achievement of maintaining a 3.9 or better grade point average over their high school careers. Those graduates are Laura Grazier, Brooke Kreitinger, Marcie Landherr, Allie Moen and Amy Morgan.
Three from the senior class will deliver addresses during the ceremony, including Brooke Kreitinger, Rochelle Nicklay and Ike Whiting.
Lil Ringey was named the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Queen during an election held earlier this month at the clubrooms.
Mary Miller earned a spot on the 1997 HVL All Conference Golf Team, finishing the season in 10th place with a 14.77 shots-over-par average. It was the second straight year the Tiger junior has been so honored.
Tiger junior Tom Lofgren won both the shot put and discus throw at the Section 1A Meet held at Schaefer Field. Lofgren set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 168-6.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
June 3, 1987
Millions of people recently read about a joke Helen Langston of Stewartville played on her husband, thanks to their son, Francis. Francis submitted a few anecdotes for possible publication in the Reader's Digest, and one of them was selected for the magazine's "Life in These United States" columns, to be printed in the August 1987 issue. Reader's Digest paid $300 for the anecdote.
The Stewartville High School Class of 1987 will hold its commencement exercises at Schaefer Field June 6. Those graduating with highest honors include Brenda Blum, Mary Foote, Galen Hayenga, Tim Lien and Mark Vaupel.
The Lake Florence Dam is sorely in need of repair, and Public Works Director Ken Kraft warns that a heavy rain could wash it away. Temporary repairs were performed by city crews Wednesday, Kraft said, but more extensive repairs will be needed. He estimated $2,000 will have to be expended to repair the dam properly. Councilman Carl Oelke instructed Kraft to contact the Corps of Engineers for advice on how to properly repair the dam, and to return with a report for the council.
FORTY YEARS AGO
June 1, 1977
Stewartville School District residents will once again be asked to go to the polls to vote on a $2.4 million bond issue to construct additions at Bonner and Central Elementary schools and at the junior-senior high school. Voters rejected the measure by just 30 votes during the May 17 balloting and school board members have decided to put the plan to a vote again.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
June 1, 1967
Verner Lyman received his retirement certificate issued by the United States Post Office Department on his 70th birthday. The certificate was in recognition for 40 years and three months of continuous service as a rural mail carrier out of the Racine Post Office.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
June 5, 1947
The baseball Stewies lost to Winona on Memorial Day, 3-1, at the District 3 championship held in Rochester.
The newly lighted softball field here in Stewartville will be the scene of a double header next Tuesday, with Stewartville hosting Racine in the first game and High Forest taking on Spring Valley in the second.
Sixteen students in the local district went through the last school year with perfect attendance, including Keith Clement, Muriel Gilbertson, Donald Amos, Marie Mullenbach, Audrey Bennett, Anne McNeal, Dorothy Appel, Ardell Schatz, Marvin Sobek, Lorraine Lecy, Mary Irene Beach, Daniel Ware, Maurice Betcher, Leland Appel and Robert Foss.
S & H Department and Variety Store is advertising paper draperies for 98 cents a pair.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
June 3, 1937
The school playground will be the scene of a kittenball game between the East side businessmen and the West side businessmen.
A Heintz factory expert will be at the Erdman store Friday and Saturday to demonstrate products made by that firm.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 2, 1932
Herbert P. Lenton, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Lenton, will receive his degree in medicine at the University of Minnesota commencement exercises next Monday evening.
Decoration Day was fittingly observed here last Monday with exercises at Woodlawn and St. Bernard's cemeteries.
Local citizens are complaining of the bad condition of the street running east from Main Street towards the depot.
Sunday and Decoration Day proved to be two popular days for picnic parties at our park with over 100 automobiles parked at the park on the latter day. Sidney Benjamin, caretaker of the park, reported a great demand for boats.
NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 2, 1922
About 50 people attended the memorial service at the Opera House on last Sunday morning. The members of the G.A.R. and W.R.C. attended the services in a body.
The six highest cream checks issued in April were, E. W. Ginter, $120.66; James Beach, $115.41; T. F. Towey, $114.29; Frank Reed, $108.45, and John Beach, $104.41.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
June 3, 1897
The ball game Saturday between Stewartville and Kenyon resulted in a victory for Kenyon 13-9.
The cannon for the park has been ordered and will be here in time for the Fourth of July.
Captain VanSant will be the speaker at the celebration here on July 4th.
A fence is to be erected around our park to protect the trees from being injured by tying horses to them.
The Advent church is now in the process of being erected.






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