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6/5/2017 12:20:00 PM
20 years ago -- Team wins first ever title for SHS

FIVE YEARS AGO
May 29, 2012
Nick Johnson, director of Stewartville High School's choirs, accepted a $13,400 check from members of the Stewartville Morning Lions Club during the annual Pops Concert at the Performing Arts Center May 20. The Morning Lions raised the money by hosting "Taste of Stewartville-Racine" at the Stewartville Middle School gym on May 5. The $13,400 will be used to purchase new robes for SHS choir members.
Mackenzie Olsen captured HVL individual championship honors leading the Tiger girls golf team to HVL Team Championship title. Team members, along with Olsen, include Jess Rosenblad, Taylor Bestor, Mackayla Olsen, Audrey Steinman and Blair Honsey.
Stewartville FFA chapter recently installed new officers for the 2012-13 school year. They include, Kyle Sivesind, Kenny Dux, Eleni Solberg, Olivia Oehlke, Dillon Welter, Grant Brass and Beau Nagel.
TEN YEARS AGO
June 5, 2007
A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 for the expanded veterans memorial to be built near the Legion. The Legion, VFW and their auxiliaries are all involved in the effort.
Graduates of the Stewartville Child Care Center include Lorien Rupe, Ian Ross, Peter Haug and Rihley Donohue. The students were honored at a graduation ceremony at the Child Care Center May 30. The four will be moving on to kindergarten next year.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
June 4, 2002
Street Beat question: What is your favorite Minnesota summertime activity? Gregg Johnson, "Boating. I have a boat on the Mississippi over at LaCrosse. It's a weekend getaway, a way to get away from the weekly hustle and bustle." BethAnn Lecy, "I like to go horseback riding. I own a horse, and it's fun." Dave Schultz, "I like to sit on a sunny riverbank and fish. I don't do it enough - probably three times a year." Marilyn Buschmann, "Camping. It's always been a family thing for a long time for us."
Eleven members of the Stewartville boys track team tallied an impressive 60 team points to claim third place out of 24 talented teams at the MSHSL Section 1A Track and Field Championship at Triton in Dodge Center May 28 and 30.
The Stewartville girls track team scored 36.5 team points and placed 12th in the 26-team Section 1A Track and Field Championships on May 28 and 30 at Triton in Dodge Center.
Stewartville High School choir award winners for the 2001-2002 school year include, Lynnzy Thompson, Director's Award; Lynsey Chinn, Leadership Award, and Sara AnnMarie Barnard, Arion Award.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Dave Liane and Clair Mrotek were honored by the Stewartville Lions Club last week. Liane was named Lion of the Year, while Mrotek received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, the highest honor a Lion can achieve.
Stewartville Lions Club inducted its officers for the coming year including, Clair Mrotek, president; Wayne Nagel, first vice president; Gene Gustason, second vice president and Lee Weinhold, third vice president. Also inducted were Vern Hillesland, secretary; Dr. Robert Jorstad, treasurer, and Dr. David Preuss, past-president. Directors include Gordon Koehn, Dan Himmer, Jim Mack and Cliff Walker. Tail Twisters are Mel Harrington and George Rosin and Lion Tamers are Casper Eggler and Harley Boettcher.
Tigers are State Champs!! After finishing second or third for four straight years, Stewartville wins it all in Blaine. Track and field coach Earl DeBates and his team won the school's first ever title in track and field at the National Sports Center in Blaine Saturday. Team members include Tom Lofgren, Chad Kalstabakken, John Prinzing, Rob Burgr, Derek Backus, Mike Strei, Aaron Meyer and Austin Schatz.
Junior Nicole Wellik set a new school record and finished in sixth place with a discus throw of 127-1 at the State Meet in Blaine Friday.
Stewartville Education Association recognized several individuals during its annual awards program Wednesday at the school. A standing ovation and a goodbye to retiring teacher Ron Olson. Joyce Stacy, a home economics/family life instructor received the Teacher of the Year honor. Rosemary Schoeppner, who works in the media center, was named Paraprofessional of the Year. The Friend of Education Award was shared by Chet Daniel and Ralph Titus, who have volunteered their computer knowledge and technical expertise to the district's technology committee.
Ray Tebay of Stewartville recently received his 50-year certificate as a Mason.
Stewartville Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed Mike and Wendy Valley, owners of HomeStyle Pizza, to the business community. Chamber members on hand for the event were Pam Waugh, Jo Rockvam, Jan Lubahn, Gene Peters, Clair Mrotek, Jim Mack, Larry Gray, Marty Hanson, Cris Hanson and Gary Oelkers.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 9, 1992
Get your poodle skirts and blue suede shoes on - the Fantastic Convertibles are coming to town Saturday with 50's and 60's-style music.
Jeff Barsness was invested into the rank of Eagle Scout May 31 during ceremonies held at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch.
The Lion of the Year Award was presented to Vern Hillesland.
In the Section 1A finals a week earlier, Stewartville eighth grader Jason Owen surprised many by qualifying for the state meet under standard. Saturday in Blaine, he set a new standard by placing fourth in the 800 meters.
Wendy Garvey, Alyssia Meredith and Kelly Stewart earn the Girl Scout Silver Award during a banquet held in their honor at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester.
The 1992 Teacher of the Year was Marjorie Beyer and the Friend of Education Award recipient was Deb Nicklay.
Stewartville Lanes and Lounge is the new name of the bowling alley, here, now owned by Denny Brown, Diane Brown and Ken Kuhn.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
June 9, 1987
Barring complications or inclement weather, the local swimming pool should open tomorrow (Wednesday), according to Manager Tom Barnard.
Donald W. Drewes was named Lion of the Year at the annual awards program and installation of officers on June 2 by the Stewartville Lions, meeting at the American Legion Hall.
Dan Schmidt has been selected to play in the 1987 Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game, set for Saturday, Aug. 8 at Edina's Kuhlman Stadium.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 9, 1982
Members of the Stewartville American Legion Ivan Stringer Post 164 voted Thursday night to go ahead with plans to build new club rooms, a structure that will be located just north of Cedar Lanes Bowling Alley.
Mike Danielson shattered the old 3,200 meter run region record by completing the event in 9:25.7, about seven seconds faster than the previous record. Danielson won the event and the 1,600 meter run, advancing to state in both events. Todd DeBates advanced to state in the long jump, winning that event at the region meet.
Wendy Engel qualified for the state track meet in the 100 meter dash by placing second in the region meet.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
June 12, 1947
Rev. M. Lee Wilson, who has been pastor of the Stewartville Methodist Church for the past seven years, has been transferred to the First Methodist Church in New Ulm.
Rev. Walter A. Zemke, who has been pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church here for the past 18 years, has accepted a call to the pastorate of St. John's Lutheran Church in Rapidan, in Blue Earth.
Despite the fact that the weather last Tuesday was bad, and that the terrific wind and dust were the determining factors, many local and surrounding fans turned out to see the double header played on Stewartville's new lighted softball diamond. The Stewies won the first game over Racine, 5-2, and High Forest slipped past Spring Valley in the second game, 3-1.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
June 10, 1937
The 13th annual homecoming of the High Forest Old Settlers Association will be held at the Methodist Church in High Forest village next Thursday.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 10, 1892
Homer Day of High Forest bought a brand new carriage of William Scott last week.
Ella and Fannie Kuehntopp, who have been attending school in Spring Valley, are home for the summer vacation.






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