1/29/2018 12:08:00 PM 15 years ago -- Souting leaders receive District Awards of Merit
FIVE YEARS AGO Jan. 29, 2013 The Stewartville Morning Lions Club inducted four new members during the club's regular meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19. Incoming members include Makala Hoot, Janet Antonson, Karen Freiheit and Jerry McConnell. After building a comfortable 17-point margin at the break, the Stewartville girls basketball team had to cling to a 54-51 victory hosting La Crescent Jan. 22 before Stewie committed 39 turnovers in an embarrassing 34-point loss at Hayfield Jan. 25. The Stewartville wrestling team split an HVL triangular, losing 37-36 by the criteria of most falls to Pine Island in the first team bout, and throttling Hayfield 44-12 in the night's final clash before Stewie scoring 202.5 team points, claiming second place at the 14-team Rochester Century Panther Invite Jan. 26. TEN YEARS AGO Jan. 29, 2008 Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Corner Meats-N-More to the local business community last week. Brian Ferson, the store's owner accepted his "first dollar earned" plaque from Chamber members Clair Mrotek, Sharon Moehnke, Bill Schimmel Jr., Larry Gray, Greg Schimek, Chris Gray, John Senjem, Margaret Nelson and Chuck Murphy. Capturing the top five places in the all-around scoring, the Stewartville gymnastics team romped to a convincing 130.55-101.225 Southeast Minnesota Gymnastics Conference victory hosting the Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons Jan. 24. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Feb. 4, 2003 Three Scouting leaders received District Awards of Merit at an awards dinner at the Stewartville Civic Center Jan. 30. They included Kevin Sullivan, Bill Marshall and Marie Steichen. The District Award of Merit is the highest award given for service at the local level. Street Beat question: Do you think the United States would be justified in going to war against Iraq? Suzanne Idso, "No. I just don't think war solves anything. We need to take care of our own first...." Krys Zahradnik, "I would say no. I don't want to see us go through another war. War is horrible...." Ken Bethke, "I say yes. If Saddam Hussein has the weapons of mass destruction that President Bush says he has, we need to get those out of his control...." Gerald Sanger, "No. I think it would be an unjustified war. I'm totally against it, because I feel so bad about the immense destruction of human and divine creation, and the enormous pain it causes...." Ruth Andreasen will celebrate her 100th birthday Feb. 8. Stewartville Middle School Students of the Month for December include Mike Schmitz, Heather Hust, Mike Goeldi and Kaela Koalska. Eighth grader Kelly Simon and sixth grader Abby Holst will be representing the Stewartville School District at the Region 10 Spelling Bee Feb. 25. TWENTY YEARS AGO Feb. 3, 1998 The Stewartville Women of Today will hold their "Littlest Sweetheart" contest from Feb. 7 through Feb. 14. The winner will win a $50 savings bond. The lower level of Stewartville City Hall is slated to get a face lift. The city council last week authorized City Administrator Larry Hansen to move forward with pricing and plans for the project. Josh Johnson, a Central Elementary fifth grader and Becca Stiles, a Stewartville High School seventh grader, were the top divisional winners of the Stewartville Education Association "special" Spelling Bee, held last week at Central School. R. D. Robinson of Rochester accepted a new Polaris snowmobile, won as part of a fundraising event for the Driftskippers Snowmobile Club during their annual Fun Run. The club and Podein Power Equipment donated the sled for the raffle. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Feb. 2, 1993 Stewartville High School junior Many Kolb began her reign as Miss Stewartville 1993 Sunday night after receiving her crown during coronation activities at the Stewartville Civic Center. The Stewartville First Response crew was honored with one of the state's top emergency personnel awards Friday, when they won the Outstanding First Response Squad of the State Award presented by the Minnesota Ambulance Association. Stewartville realtor Bill Rowley was elected president, and longtime businessman and civic leader Harry Sykes was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at the Stewartville Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Wednesday. Charlie Baker was the winner of the RCA 27-inch remote control color TV given by Marquette Bank during their "Hot Dog" open house. Quinn Bissonette, a sophomore at Stewartville High School, earned a second place trophy in the Minnesota State Powerlifting Championship held in Bloomington Jan. 23. He lifted a total of 865 lbs. THIRTY YEARS AGO Feb. 2, 1988 1987 Olmsted County Pork Queen Kerry Miller of rural Stewartville was named Miss Congeniality during state Pork Queen ceremonies held in Minneapolis Jan. 22. Miller, daughter of Larry and Bettie Miller of Pleasant Grove, competed with over 30 other contestants from across the state for the title. Stewartville High School senior Elizabeth Howe took her place in Ice Festival history last week when she became the 1988 Maiden of the Ice. Persistence and perseverance paid off for Ron Nord of Stewartville, the winner of the annual Ice Festival Treasure Hunt. Valentine royalty at SHS, sponsored by the FHA, will be crowned Saturday. Candidates for king are Mike Vaupel, Steve Barber, Chad Billings, Scott Emanuel, Nick Payne and Jeff Donovan. Queen candidates are Chris Buri, Kris Johnson, Paula Toogood, Nichole Engel, Molly Foote and Wendi Bass. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Feb. 2, 1983 Shelly Louks was named 1983 Maiden of the Ice this week during the ceremonies held at the high school. Attendants and runners-up include Connie Fritz, Jane Gardner, Heidi Hart, Sue Lewis and Sue Heitman. The D & D Motor Mart in Stewartville was robbed Sunday during the community bonfire. The robber, carrying an automatic weapon, took $300 in cash and $50 in checks. SHS seniors Jamie Quarve and Sue Heitman were named December Students of the Month by the local Lions Club. The 7th Rib Softball Team came out on the top of the Ice Festival Snowball Tournament. FORTY YEARS AGO Feb. 2, 1978 Julie House is named the 1978 Maiden of the Ice, sponsored by Harrington Insurance. A fire killed 15 sows and 100 pigs at the Ken and Carol Kruger farm near Pleasant Grove. Also lost was one car and camper belonging to the family. The fire was thought to have started from a malfunctioning heat lamp in the barn. Mike Sistad, an eighth grader from Stewartville, was the first place winner at the St. Paul Winter Carnival Amateur Talent contest in the junior division. He was one of 20 finalists in the contest, and won $100 as a prize for his talent with the fiddle and banjo. The Stewartville matmen clinched the Hiawatha Valley League co-championship after defeating the St. Charles Saints. FIFTY YEARS AGO Feb. 1, 1968 Kenneth Vrieze, a rural Stewartville pork farmer, has been named the Jaycees' Outstanding Young Farmer. Ten junior class members have been selected as candidates for the class Valentine royalty. They include Kenny Eddy, Kevin Malone, Craig Sloneker, Mark Fabian, Dick Donovan, Sharon Strum, Leila Barnhart, Pat Skyhawk, Susan Glover and Mary Gray. Lightning set fire to a rural Stewartville home, and disrupted telephone service, which hampered efforts to contact the fire department. The farm home of Robert Hale, Jr. caught blaze when lightning struck the home and although caused no structural damage, caused heavy smoke and water damage. SEVENTY YEARS AGO Feb. 5, 1948 At a very impressive ceremony, the Rev. Roland Hafner, who recently accepted a call to the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, was installed by Rev. Milbrath from Austin. Rev. Hafner, father of the new pastor and retired from Lewiston, preached the sermon. Over 40 years in the insurance business is the remarkable record of M. J. Dixon, prominent citizen of this village, who this week retired from active business. He first started writing insurance in 1907 and has been doing so continuously since that time. Norbert Locke, grandson of Mrs. Martha Stoyke of Stewartville, was recently appointed Aeronautics Commissioner for the state of Iowa. EIGHTY YEARS AGO Feb. 3, 1938 The Lake Theatre is celebrating its first anniversary with a fine program of shows featuring "The Vogues of 1938," which will be presented for three days. A fire early last week damaged the interior of the garage and workshop belonging to John Hale. The fire is believed to have started from an overheated stove. Myron Clark was elected head of the Farmer's Club of Pleasant Grove. Lloyd Draes was elected vice president and Mrs. Hattie Clark, secretary-treasurer. EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Feb. 2, 1933 The local high school basketball team lost a ragged game to Kasson last Friday night by a score of 31-22. Hans Christofferson, well-known resident of Racine, died Tuesday morning. Mr. Christofferson, who was 70 years of age, had been a blacksmith in Racine for many years. NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO Feb. 2, 1923 A large crowd attended the Masonic "blowout" at High Forest last Friday evening. A fine program was presented consisting of readings by Miss Ruth Giere and the Misses Ethel and Lilly Wheeler, several musical numbers, and a talk by Rev. Wheeler. At the conclusion of the program an oyster supper was served. A meeting was held at the bank in Racine last Monday evening at which time the Racine Rod and Gun Club was organized. Officers of the new club are: E. A. King, president; C. H. Burrington, secretary; O. R. Steffens, treasurer, and Albert Kemmer, manager. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO The Economy Store is advertising 16 lbs. of fine granulated sugar for 50 cents. Our ice men, C. W. Barrows and J. F. Volz, are putting up ice at Spring Valley this week. It is reported that a branch line of the Winona and Western railway will be built from Mantorville to Rock Dell.