1/18/2018 10:50:00 AM 35 years ago -- New council member sworn in
FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 15, 2013 Firefighters and city officials listened intently for about 40 minutes last week as architects from Five Bugles Design of Eau Claire, Wis., presented plans for Stewartville's new Fire Hall. Stewartville residents will go to the polls to decide whether to approve the construction of the new building on Tuesday, March 5. Alashia McMurdo, a fourth grader, and Madelyn Timm, a fifth grader, won bicycles last week in a drawing sponsored by the Stewartville Masonic Lodge and Olmsted County Deputy Sheriff's Association. Students become eligible by reading a book. The more books they read, the more times they can enter their name in the drawing for a bike. TEN YEARS AGO Jan. 15, 2008 With fresh meats, bakery, groceries and more, Corner Meats-n-More opened its doors at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 30. Brian Ferson, a local developer and the store's owner, said he came up with the idea for the downtown market last summer. Encouraging students to make healthier beverage choices, the Stewartville School District's Pepsi franchise plans to eliminate full-calorie sodas from the district's pop machines by 2009-10. Beth Lawson is back as the chair of the Stewartville School Board. Thanks to his outstanding work as a teacher, Kim Whiting was honored by Jake Duffy and Tracy Dixon of 102.5 The Fox Radio. The station named Whiting as Teacher of the Month and delivered pizzas to his second grade class. Street Beat question: What do you think of Corner Meats-n-More, Stewartville's new downtown market? Teresa Thompson, "I think it's in a great location and has a lot of good choices. I think the bakery and the meat counter are fantastic...." Pat Leonard, "I think it's fantastic. We have waited so long for this, and I appreciate it so much. I really, really appreciate the fresh produce and the meat...." Jimmie-John King, "I love it. I think it's one of the best things that has happened to the downtown in quite awhile. I like the selection. There are more than 2,100 items in here...." Ruth Vining, "We're just thrilled there is a little coffee shop - a place to gather. It's quaint and homey and kind of old fashioned. It feels like a neighborhood gathering spot...." FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Jan. 21, 2003 St. Bernard's Catholic Church is getting ready to construct a new church building, targeted for completion by spring 2004. The 16,000 square-foot, semicircular facility will seat about 700 for worship service. An extended entryway will serve as a gathering space before and after Masses. Once a month, senior citizens who eat lunch at the Stewartville Civic Center are treated to food that originated in other countries. This month they were treated to Rouladen, a German dish, served up by Anneliese Laske. It is a thinly sliced steak with ground beef, salt, pepper, onion and raw bacon rolled in flour and tied with a string. Jodi Beck was recently hired as the new administrator for the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce. TWENTY YEARS AGO Jan. 20, 1998 An early morning fire Friday destroyed contents in a Main Street computer business, and the accompanying smoke and water damage displaced tenants living in six apartments located in the building owned by Kevin Carr at 217 South Main. Central Hoop Shoot winners include Ashlee Jones, Naysha Stone, Andy Dass, Matt Peterson, Holly Vaith, Jackie Hartzell, Brandon Ness and Dan Williams. Central Elementary fifth graders raised a total of $6,700 to help offset costs to send the entire fifth grade to Eagle Bluff Learning Center near Lanesboro this spring. The fifth graders sold Shittake soup, along with a few others, during the holidays to raise about half of the needed funds. Top sellers included Nick Reller, Carmen Harder, Kim Heimer, Kayla Stettler, Nicole Johnson and Ben Wheeler. Mike Ryan has been elected by his peers to serve another year as chief of the Stewartville Fire Department. Ryan Gehling, Mower County's Pork Producers' ambassador, will compete for the title of Minnesota Pork Industry Ambassador as part of the Minnesota Pork Congress, held Jan. 28-30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 19, 1993 A Pleasant Grove woman was injured Saturday in what turned out to be a futile attempt to save her home from fire. Sarah Nienow, 63, suffered first and second degree burns on her face, leg and arm, said Stewartville Fire Chief Joe Himmer. The Stewartville Tiger wrestlers faced some tough competition Saturday during their own annual invitational, placing seventh among the eight-team field. Kingsland avenged a holiday tournament loss with a 36-35 come-from-behind win over the Stewartville Tiger boys basketball team, there, Friday. The Tigers squandered a nine-point, fourth quarter lead to lose their sixth game of the season. THIRTY YEARS AGO Jan. 19, 1988 Stewartville Jaycees are asking the public to drop off their Christmas trees at Lake Florence Park. The Jaycees are planning a golf tournament on the lake, Sunday, and need trees for hazards. The Stewartville Star and Darrell's Emporium will begin operations in new offices, beginning Feb. 1. Both businesses will move to 200 South Main, popularly known as the Professional Building. The Stewartville Tiger wrestlers recaptured their own invitational trophy Saturday - for the first time since 1984 - following their well-deserved win in the 14th annual Stewartville Invitational. Dawn Mueske, 5'4" freshman at Hamline University is a starter on the Piper's team. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 19, 1983 Richard Halvorson is sworn in as new council member at the beginning of the Stewartville Council meeting, last week. David Swanson, a senior at Stewartville High School, has been nominated to receive the National Merit Leadership award by Bill Abing, Stewartville High School counselor. A Stewartville dog on the loose will now cost his owner $15 to get him back, after city council members raised the city rates for dog detention. The fee is in excess of boarding fees, and residents are charged $30 the second time a dog is picked up, and $25 for a third. FORTY YEARS AGO Jan. 19, 1978 Steve Sturm of Stewartville has been elected chairman of Stewartville Public Library Board for the coming year. Bill Durbahn, a Stewartville High School 1975 graduate, is one of four men from Hamline University wrestling team who has qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament in March. Eleanor Fiddler of Stewartville was the top Watkins distributor in the three-county area it was announced this week by Gregory Davids, her distributor. F. C. Colvin of Simpson, was unanimously elected chairman of the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners at the first meeting of 1948 on Tuesday. The first public showing in Stewartville of the 1948 modest Ford automobiles will be at the open house to be conducted by the Stewartville Motor Co. on Friday. FIFTY YEARS AGO Jan. 18, 1968 Don Podein is elected PTA vice president, succeeding William Hardin, who resigned the post.