1/26/2018 9:20:00 AM 70 years ago -- Watch for it - it's coming to Stewartville!
FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 22, 2013 Stewartville firefighters and their family members will take part in the Firefighter Challenge at the American Lung Association's annual Fight for Air Stair Climb at the Accenture Tower in Minneapolis on Feb. 23. Climbers will include Jamie Jannsen, Lisa Jelinek, Josh Podein, Kris Huinker, Jamey Kime, Carter Jannsen, Cole Jannsen, Drew Jelinek, Caleb Jannsen, Riley Schild, Lisa Schild, Keith Engstrand and Linda Gisvold. Street Beat question: What do you do to stay active during the winter? Danielle Griffin, "I go to the gym - to the YMCA in Rochester. I usually run on the treadmill while the girls play on the Kid's Care...." Nancy McClellan, "Mostly walking. I go for a couple miles at a time on a country road. I enjoy it when it's not freezing cold...." Nathan Jeche, "I drink hot cocoa. I got a snowboard for Christmas, and I like to use it. I'm praying for snow...." Ada Peterson, "My husband is in the nursing home in Grand Meadow. I go see him about three times a week, and I'll visit him for about an hour and a half each time...." Will Gisler racked up 48 points and 21 rebounds, recording two double-doubles over two games, leading the Stewartville boys basketball team to a 48-47, double overtime win hosting Kasson-Mantorville Jan. 15 before losing a 50-48 heartbreaker at fifth-ranked Byron Jan. 18. Evan Buri won the District Elks Hoop Shoot contest in Owatonna Jan. 13, making 24 out of 25 free throws. He will compete at the Elks Hoop Shoot State Contest in Hutchinson Feb. 9. Cub Scout Pack 156 held its annual Pinewood Derby at Grace Evangelical Free Church Jan. 19. The top three overall winners were Zach Boelman, first; Thomas Root, second, and Alexander Colligan, third. TEN YEARS AGO Jan. 22, 2008 The city of Stewartville's 10 non-union employees and seven union workers will receive 2.55 percent cost-of-living pay increases for 2008. The city's non-union employees include Bill Schimmel Jr., Barb Neubauer, Cheryl Roeder, Mark Stevenson, Laurel Jacobs, Pat Johnson, Glynis Sturm, Deb Lofgren, Cheryl Kester and Lindsay Bamlet. The seven union employees all work for the city's public works department. Jason Geving has been named to take over the local Edward Jones office. Geving transferred to Stewartville from an Edward Jones office in St. Louis, Missouri. Bonner first-graders donated $1,600 to a South African intermediate school. The money will be used for food, clothes and school equipment. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Jan. 28, 2003 Mike Wiginton has been named the Chamber of Commerce's volunteer of the year for 2002. He received the award at the Chamber's annual meeting at the Stewartville Civic Center on Jan. 25. Members of the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2003 include Margaret Nelson, Mike Wiginton, Connie Grisim, Teresa Blythe, Jim Mack, Roger Matz, Dr. David Thompson, Bill Schroeder and Joel Packer. Pinewood Derby winners from Cub Scout Pack 56 include Kevin Svoboda, first; Gavin Sawyer, second, and Derek Riess, third. Street Beat question: If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would you choose? Jona Hale, "John Wayne. I liked his movies and thought he was cool. He played a good tough guy, and still had a good personality...." Mike Nelson, "Babe Ruth, because he was a good baseball player...." Delores Lofgren, "Since I have an interest in literature and am a former teacher, I think I'd like to meet William Shakespeare...." Thomas Landherr, "Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein...." The Stewartville wrestling team continued its successful season by thumping Byron 48-18 in HVL action Jan. 23 and then romped to a runner-up finish in the 12-team Hayfield Tournament Jan. 25. TWENTY YEARS AGO Jan. 27, 1998 Marshall Mullenbach drove for a basket in first half action against Cannon Falls. Mullenbach and the Tigers rallied to win the game, 62-60. Stewartville is in sole possession of first place in the HVL Gold Division standings with an 8-3 record, one-half game ahead of Lourdes. Breaking ground at Halcon for the company's new, 40,000 square foot expansion included Steve Knode, AB Systems; city administrator Larry Hansen; Mayor Chuck Murphy; Bill Gludt, Halcon CFO; Pete Schuller, AB Systems; Bruce Gudlin, First Bank, and Bob Warda, Pete Schoenhoff, vice president Pete Conway and Carl Luedtke, all of Halcon. Pam Waugh, branch manager of Marquette Bank in Stewartville, was honored as the 1997 Stewartville Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year during the annual Chamber banquet held last Tuesday at the 7th Rib in Racine. Two juveniles and one adult have been charged with the thefts of four snowmobiles, valued at $10,000, that were recovered Thursday night with the help of a city resident who witnessed the juveniles attempting to steal a sled on Second Ave. NE in Stewartville. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 26, 1993 Stewartville's new radio station, KYBA, plans to begin broadcasting next Monday, reports general manager Dave Fezler. A 'soft hits' format will be used, and will be heard on FM-105. The SHS gymnastics team continued its good season last week with wins over Kasson-Mantorville and Rochester Mayo. Five Central Elementary students took first-place honors in the first of three United States Academic Triathalon contests held last week in Byron. Team members included Zak Knudson, Todd Manion, Dustin Nord, Kaysie Olson and Myatt Helmers. Stewartville native Mike Malone has been appointed as chief financial officer and treasurer of Polaris Industries, company officials announced last week. THIRTY YEARS AGO Jan. 26, 1988. The Stewartville Driftskippers raised over $1,200 for the Eagle's Cancer Telethon. It's moving week at the Stewartville Star. Friday afternoon offices will close at 301 North Main and begin moving equipment and furnishings to a new facility in the Professional Building at 200 South Main. The move will be completed over the weekend and the Star will be open for business Monday morning. The Stewartville High School varsity girls' basketball team claimed first place in the Hiawatha Valley League Conference Friday night, after a hard-fought and well-deserved win over the Lake City Tigers in the SHS gym. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 26, 1983 Gary Boyum of Boyum Foods was named president of the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce at its annual dinner meeting at the Fish House Jan. 13. The Stewartville School Board has asked administrators to find ways to trim the education budget from 10 percent to 30 percent. The cuts come in the wake of a state shortfall to educational funds. Square dancing, gone from the Ice Festival schedule of events for 10 years, is back this year. George White of Rochester will call during the dance at Bonner. Troy Mickelson of Stewartville is named vocational student of the month at Mayo High School. FORTY YEARS AGO Jan. 26, 1978 The Rochester Male Chorus and the Precision Drill Team of the Rochester Figure Skating Club will be featured during the local Ice Festival. The anticipated revenue for the City of Stewartville in 1978 will go over $1 million, a first in the city's history. FIFTY YEARS AGO Jan. 25, 1968 Emilie Snyder, a senior at Stewartville High School, is among the state's top 10 Future Homemakers of America (FHA). She received the honor in the Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow competition. Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville, after much discussion, decided to build a mausoleum this year to eliminate problems connected with winter burials. David Gadient, manager of Gadient's Co-op Service, was elected president of the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce during its annual meeting. SEVENTY YEARS AGO Jan. 29, 1948 Watch for it - it's coming! What's coming? Why, the big white X-Mobile, which is coming to the Stewartville community to offer a free chest x-ray to everyone 15 years of age or over. The service is sponsored by the Olmsted County chapter of the American Red Cross. Lettuce is selling for 29 cents a head at the Red Owl Agency, and apples for 23 cents in the two-pound bag. EIGHTY YEARS AGO Jan. 27, 1938 County commissioners granted the High Forest Town Board $500 to be used for materials in building a bridge north of High Forest. WPA labor will be used. Those in third grade who got 100 in spelling last week were Marvin Boetcher, Etta Mae Bjerke, Patricia Colvin, Patricia Griffin, Elise Gustafson, Mary Ann Kerich, Dorothy Krumdieck, Marion Pew, Betty Jo Stoyke and Lois Thompson. EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 27, 1933 A rainfall estimated at two inches and believed to be a record January rainfall, surprised the people of this vicinity early Sunday morning. Creeks and rivers overflowed their banks in many places and some damage by water was done on various farms. Numerous citizens were at the dam Sunday to witness the heaviest volume of water going over the structure ever known in January. The rainstorm was accompanied by thunder and lightning. Announcement is made that Robert and Wendell Lenton have purchased the Northland Oil Co. service station from Harry Prescher and have already taken possession. The new owners will call their station, "The Economy Club" station. NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 26, 1923 The six highest checks for December cream were issued to the following patrons of the Stewartville Creamery: A. B. Kennedy, $332.51; E. G. Lenton, $190.30; F. H. Reed, $189.49; F. W. Ginter, $186.71; Ben Chamberlain, $181.66, and John M. Clark, $171.77. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO Jan. 27, 1898 The following residents of the Kedron neighborhood are still on the bachelor list: John McBride, B. McBride, Frank McBride, Ed Hood, Ira Cleveland and Charles Hale.