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6/30/2017 11:29:00 AM
35 years ago -- An outhouse race on July 4?

FIVE YEARS AGO
June 19, 2012
FedEx is moving to Stewartville. The 60,000 square-foot structure will be built on about 7.5 acres of land in the Schumann Business Park in north Stewartville.
Joe Jezierski resigns as principal of Stewartville Middle School. He has accepted a position as the director of teaching and learning in the Red Wing Public Schools.
The Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Stewartville United Educators (SUE), the local teachers union, as a new member of the Chamber with an official ambassador visit.
Melissa Sue Martin will be the new administrator for the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce. Martin will take the place of Kathleen Stier, who resigned her position.
CO Tyler Quandt of Red Wing is named the Minnesota chapter of the Wildlife Society's law enforcement officer of the year.
Matt Welter, a 2012 graduate of Stewartville High School, has been named the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from the National FFA Organization.
TEN YEARS AGO
June 26, 2007
Nelson's Market Place will not be moving to the former Boyums economart building. The deal for the new grocery store fell through.
Sara Zent was crowned Miss Stewartville 2007-08 at the Stewartville High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday evening, June 23. Crowned the first-ever Junior Miss Stewartville, was Abby Buck.
Orven and Vera Blegen of Stewartville observed their 60th wedding anniversary on June 21.
Stewartville Morning Lions held its installation and awards program June 19. Brian Bushman was named the recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Dave Hoot received the Helen Keller Sight Award. The club's board of directors include Pam Waugh, treasurer; Dave Hoot, president; Brian Bushman, secretary; second vice president and membership chair, Cindy Bushman; first vice president, Del Jahns; lion tamer, Kay Tvedt; tail twister, Sharon Moehnke, and directors, Cindy Sinn, Sandy Frank, Char Wiechmann and LaRae Bushman.
Mark Rusciano has been named president of the Stewartville office of First Farmers & Merchants State Bank.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
June 25, 2002
Chairs of this year's Summerfest events are Pam Waugh, fireworks; Joel Packer and Ginny Boyum, street dance; Jan Carr, Arts in the Park; Charlie Brown parade, and Margaret Nelson and Connie Grisim, Miss Stewartville.
Named to the 4.0 honor roll at Stewartville High School following second semester include: Sarah Barnard, Kelly Larson, Kelly Lau, Tami Oeltjen and Andrea Wagner, grade 12; Laura English, Danielle Gisler, Anthony Heddlesten, Sarah Rainey, Alicia Robey, Heidi Severtson, Bethany Thicke, Jared Thompson and Laura Warren, Grade 11; Natalie Braun, Brianna Lawson, Holly Vaith and Emily Wagner, grade 10 and Sarah Christie, Kati Cody, Ashley Huber, John Raygor and Christa Robey, grade 9.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
July 1, 1997
Stewartville Senior Girl Scouts Cathy Erickson and Melissa Tebay of Troop 324 have received congratulations from the Girl Scout Council for completion of a successful Gold Award Project.
Members of the Community Education Advisory Board presented Harland King with its annual Community Service Award. Members of the advisory board, Mary Hustak, Steve Sturm, Rev. Jack Haddorff, Tom Barnard, Delores Lofgren and Agnes Splittstoesser, presented the award to King.
Huelskamp Family Chiropractic has opened its doors on Main Street, in the former location of The Craftique at 120 South Main.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 30, 1992
Farmers are still trying to access the damage their crops sustained a week ago Sunday when a record-breaking frost hit the area.
City Hall will most probably reopen its doors in its new location at the former library on July 13, City Administrator Larry Hansen said last week.
Bob's Floor and Appliance, a Main Street fixture for over a decade, will close its doors in July, announced owner Bob Lee last week.
Stewartville American Legion Commander Bob Majerus, presented a check for $3,500 to the Stewartville Fire Fighters for the purchase of noise activated respirators that allow firemen to talk to each other through their masks while fighting fires.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
June 30, 1987
Slenderizes, a new physical fitness center located in the C & F building, was welcomed to the business community by the Chamber Ambassadors during its grand opening last week. Owned and operated by Shelva and Tom Giordano of Stewartville, the center features five exercising machines to tone different muscles in the body.
Mark Groenenboom plans to open a meat market by mid-July here in Stewartville. He will offer all fresh carcass beef and pork, fresh poultry, fresh and smoked sausages and a small line of frozen fish.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 30, 1982
The first annual spectacular outhouse race will be one of several events planned for Fourth of July activities in Stewartville. A total of 15 teams have already signed up for the biffy races.
Diane Welch Vines, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Boston University and a native of the Pleasant Grove area, has been selected from a national field of 1,200 applicants as one of 14 White House Fellows for 1982-83.
FORTY YEARS AGO
June 30, 1977
Stewartville-Racine voters again defeated a $2.4 million bond issue to build two school additions, 801-522. This is the third time a bond issue to replace the 1900 building at Central School has been presented to voters. The last time, in May, it was defeated by 30 votes.
Stewartville has been busy shaping up the new park in Northeast Stewartville, just off 7th St. A regulation size softball field has been graded and is ready to play on. Another area is being prepared as a tennis court.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
June 29, 1967
Free treats, fun and fellowship are in store for all who came to Stewartville's "Dog 'n Dairy Day" on Friday. Co-sponsors of the event are the Chamber of Commerce and the Olmsted County American Dairy Association.
Minnesotans will pay the equivalent of a 46 percent sales tax on gasoline when the one-cent-a-gallon increase goes into effect July 1, according to the Minnesota Petroleum Council.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
July 1, 1937
1923 pennies will again mean more than customary next Saturday, when the Luehmann Drug Store will give 10 cents worth of "fountain goodness" in exchange for a 1923 penny.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 30, 1932
A double funeral was held at the East St. Olaf Church in Rock Dell Thursday for two young men who lost their lives in drowning in Lake Florence last Sunday.
O. P. Cook, well-known to many in this city and vicinity, has purchased the Strifert Pool Hall and will open it for business July 2.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
July 1, 1897
Everything is in readiness for the big celebration in Stewartville on Saturday, July 3. The day's big doings will open with a grand street parade at 10 a.m. led by Uncle Sam. There will be band music off and on throughout the day from the High Forest coronet band. The addresses of the day to be given by Hon. S. R. VanSant of Winona and Hon. Joseph Underleak of Chatfield. There will be all kinds of races, dancing and a grand fireworks display to make it a real celebration.
The cannon has arrived and will be placed in position for the popular salute on July Fourth. The freight on it was paid by popular subscription.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
July 1, 1892
Report of School District 116 for the month ending June 26: number enrolled, 14; number of days taught, 54; total attendance, 12; those entitled to diplomas are Clara Engel, Ella Bliefuss and Mary Bliefuss. Agnes Joyce is the teacher.
The stage route between High Forest and Rochester will be discontinued after July 18.







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