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FIVE YEARS AGO Aug. 7, 2012 Pounding out 31 hits and scoring 14 runs, the Stewartville Legion Generals baseball team romped through the state's Division II, District I tournament, hammering Hayfield 14-2 in the semi's July 28 and thumping La Crescent 10-zip in the district championship game that was shortened by the 10-run rule on July 29 at tournament host New Richland. Bruce and Linda Bucknell celebrated their 25th anniversary Aug. 6 with a dinner held in their honor at the Branding Iron in Preston. Calli McCartan, 14, of Stewartville, competed in the National American Miss Minnesota Competition 2012 both in the main pageant and optional contests including talent, actress, spokes model and casual wear modeling. Employees at Eastwood Bank want to help Stewartville's students get off to a good start at school this September by collecting school supplies during the United Way of Olmsted County's "Running Start for School" campaign. TEN YEARS AGO Aug. 14, 2007 Seven years of planning came to fruition last week when the City Council approved bids from a number of companies that will help build a new swimming pool in Stewartville. Southern Hills came alive with the sights and sounds of celebration on a warm and humid Tuesday evening last week. Scores of neighbors gathered together to eat food catered by Gleason's, listen to music provided by Dylan the D.J. and enjoy popcorn, cotton candy and the Pizza Ranch's dessert pizza. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Aug. 13, 2002 As part of Wells Fargo Bank's recent move to Stewartville, the bank offered free stagecoach rides to local residents Aug. 2. Residents also enjoyed an ice cream social. The Stewartville-Racine fastpitch softball team placed fifth at the ASA National Fastpitch 16U Boys Softball tournament hosted by Austin, Aug. 3-4. Team members include Ben Koster, Tyler Linbo, Andrew Beyer, Jamie Maxwell, Mike Higgins, Nate Chihak, Jared Bushman, Zach Brown, John Kelly, Pat Hovda, Trevor Wiles, Trevor Helder, and Ben Oulmann. Coach is Ron (PeeWee) Koster and Joe Kelly is assistant coach. Clifton Feltis was recently presented the First Place Merit Award and the Nebraska Insect Manual at the annual University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center Ag Professional Field School in Lamberton. Yoka Oh a foreign exchange student from Japan staying with the Willie Dux family, entered a jersey/holstein winter yearling heifer named "Jasmine" in the open class division at the Olmsted County Fair. Yoka won a blue ribbon and was Reserve Junior Champion in her class as well as Reserve Grand Champion overall. TWENTY YEARS AGO Aug. 19, 1997 Calling it "a really nice addition to Main Street," the Stewartville City Council gave the final greet light for a land swap between the city and Podein's Power Equipment. The approval will allow the business to build a new facility on the corner of South Main Street and Sixth Street SW. The business has been in operation since 1984. The city will purchase two snowplow trucks with the help of "leftover" funds from a refunding bond satisfied by the city earlier this year, following the Stewartville City Council's approval of the measure last Tuesday evening. Beginning in January, rider fees on the city's Heartland Express Bus service will increase 25 cents per hour and Sunday hours will no longer be offered, following action by the Stewartville City Council last Tuesday. Members of the Stewartville Swim Team that took Tri-County championship honors recently include Katie Reeves, Tonya Jones, Patti Brick, Sarah Barnard, Ashley Lawson, Sonja Hayes, Lindsey Stewart, Ashlee Jones, Shane Carter, Elyse Lawson, Molly Lunn, Kathy Oeltjen, Laura English, Ashley Sandte, Craig English and Caitlin Donahoe. NAPA Auto Parts in Stewartville recently had a change of ownership manager Bill Messinger confirmed last week. The business was recently sold to Dave Henderson who owns a Spring Valley NAPA store. The previous owner was Kevin Lorentz of Kasson. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Aug. 18, 1992 Stewartville City Council members are expected to decide whether the city will accept Bear Cave Park from Olmsted County, next Tuesday. The county voiced, Aug. 4, to offer the city the park at no cost after the city asked for permission to build a dike on park grounds. Parents or wives of soldiers who died in the Vietnam War will be able to take advantage of a free bus trip to the Minnesota State Vietnam Memorial dedication service on Saturday, Sept. 26 in St. Paul. Bob Rubin of Stewartville is coordinating the effort. Curt Grisim, owner of Grisim Bus, has offered free use of a 47-passenger bus and driver for the trip. Mike Lawson of Stewartville shot a double eagle on the 480-yard, par 5 hole number 7 at Maple Valley Golf Course. THIRTY YEARS AGO Aug. 18, 1987 Meadow Lanes Ceramics will close Sept 11, ending 8 ½ years of business in Stewartville, co-owners Marilyn Smith and Lynette Colburn confirmed last week. Bryan Madsen, son of Bob and Janel Madsen of Stewartville, caught a 58-lb. King salmon while vacationing in Soldotna, Alaska in July. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Aug. 19, 1982 Stewartville American Legion and Auxiliary members broke ground Sunday for their new 44x126 building in the Stewartville Industrial Park. Lt. Gov. Lou Wangberg stopped in Stewartville last week while on the campaign trail. Wangberg is seeking the Republican gubernatorial candidacy. FORTY YEARS AGO Aug. 18, 1967 The local Suburban youth baseball team traveled to Chatfield where they won their final game of the season, 6-5. Mike Paukert was the winning pitcher while Sullivan took the loss for Chatfield. Stewartville out hit their opponents, 7-5. Pat Garry led in hitting by collecting a single and a double. Sharon Strum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orris Strum of Racine, is one of five 4-H'ers representing Fillmore County at a week-long 4-H Citizenship Short Course in Washington, D.C. SEVENTY YEARS AGO Aug. 21, 1947 According to Justice Miland and Officer Sobek, traffic violations have constantly increased in Stewartville during the past three months. It seems that the public has shown little regard or concern for the traffic laws which prevail here in town. Cyril Sackett of Pleasant Grove, who was recently appointed a member of the board of supervisors of the Upper Zumbro soil conservation district, met with board members for the first time at a meeting in Rochester. EIGHTY YEARS AGO Aug. 19, 1937 Dodge Center did the unexpected Sunday by trouncing High Forest in the D.M.O league, while the Stewies took Mantorville's measure, 805, in a well-played game. Racine claimed a victory over Grand Meadow by virtue of the fact that the Larks used two illegal players - two who played with High Forest during the first half of the season. Douglas and Chatfield staged a thriller, the former winning 10-9. Poison bran for the destruction of grasshoppers will be at the Farmers' Elevator in Stewartville Saturday afternoon and will be distributed at that time. Two men were being held in the county jail today to await questioning in connection with a reported filling station burglary at Pleasant Grove last night, according to Sheriff G. R. Gelatt. The owner of the station reported some $15 missing from the cash register. The men now being held were loitering about the station at the time of the discovery. Saturday night thieves broke into the Frank Harris beer parlor in Simpson and made off with between $6-$7 in change. EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Aug. 19, 1932 The work of oiling new highway 59 was started this week. Two crews are on the job, one working out of Rochester south and the other from the junction this way. After several days of hot muggy weather this section was swept by a severe electrical and wind storm Tuesday afternoon. Corn was damaged by the wind in some spots, but on account of no hail accompanying the storm, the damage to the corn crop will be light. Several windmills and small farm buildings were wrecked by the wind. The annual school levy for Stewartville has been set at $16,000. This is $1000 less than it was in 1931. NINETY YEARS AGO Aug. 18, 1927 Special services were held at St. John's Lutheran Church last Sunday in honor of the 20 years pastorate of Rev. H. C. Mueller. The fire department was called to the Con Dahl store Sunday morning to extinguish a fire in the store room at the rear of the building. The entire stock in the store was badly damaged by smoke and water. Walter Betcher was quite badly injured last Saturday when the engine on his threshing outfit exploded. Mr. Betcher was thrown 20 feet by the force of the blast. A large crown attended the baseball game at High Forest last Sunday between the Hi town team and Oronoco, the visitors winning by the lopsided score of 24 to 8. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO Aug. 19, 1897 Burr Tuttle is looking after the firm's business at Predmore this week. George Russell of High Forest is assisting at the Times office this week. Homer Day wears an air of extra importance now. It's a girl and in excellent health. Work on the new Catholic church is being pushed as rapidly as the elements will permit. Otto Wesenberg and wife are entertaining a permanent visitor at their house now. He isn't very big yet, and came only last Friday. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Aug. 19, 1892 Racine is soon to have a harness maker. Tuttle & Stillwell's have a bargain at their store this week. They are offering five pounds of good coffee for $1. BW Moore has rented the building one door north of the Star office and is placing therein a No. 1 stock of jewelry.