3/7/2018 1:39:00 PM 20 years ago -- Assisted living complex right on schedule
FIVE YEARS AGO Feb. 26, 2013 The Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Noble RV as a Chamber member with a recent official Ambassador visit and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Deann Stowers, Chamber president of the Chamber, presented a plaque to Pat Noble and Mike Noble, owners. Whitney Lloyd, a senior at Stewartville High School has been named a recipient of the Subsection 2A girls Triple "A" Academics, Arts and Athletics Award that recognizes high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts. Dan and Lisa Kueker are the new owners of Stewartville's Anytime Fitness. Todd Looney is general manager. The Stewartville basketball team buried Pine Island 58-45 on Senior Night in Stewartville on Feb. 9. The Tiger victory was the final game of the regular season for Stewie, which finished with an 8-5 record, third place in the HVL Gold Division and 12-10 overall. Senior Brett Stolarzyk showcased the young Stewartville Wrestling team at the MSHSL Section 1AA individual championships at the Mayo Civic Arena Feb. 22-23. Stolarzyk placed second in the 138-pound weight class, qualifying for the MSHSL Class AA State Wrestling Championships at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul March 1-2. The Stewartville sixth-grade traveling basketball team captured first place at the Albert Lea tournament Feb. 17. Tiger team members are Drew Simmons, Evan Buri, Nathan Johnson, Braxton Ramaker, Dylan Elliott, Brock Erickson, Shane Byrne, Zach Hickman, Hunter Voigt and Parker Grotjohn. Coaches are John Hickman and Mike Buri. The Stewartville 8th grade girls basketball team finished their season with a 16-2 HVL record, 25-5 overall including first place at the Chatfield Tournament. Team members include Angela Patterson, Bailey Derr, Charlie Bleifus, Jordyn Danielson, Rachel Schwalback, Hailey Hanf, Kara O'Byrne, Laura Eberle and Libby Christenson. TEN YEARS AGO Feb. 26, 2008 Kindergarten registrations will be accepted at Stewartville's Bonner Elementary School office through March 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Everybody's stopping at Stewartville's Home Show and Business Expo to be held Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 at the Stewartville Middle School. Twelve members of "The Sisterhood of the Scarlet O'Hatters," met for lunch at Corner Meats-N-More last Thursday, Feb. 21. Members of the group include, Rosemary Oeltjen, Pat Ballinger, Jan Lubahn, Kay Boyum, Connie Hayes, Sharon Otteson, Carolyn Barsness, Marlice Boland, Suzanne Idso, Joan Titus, Bess David and Roxanna Johnson. Club members unable to attend the get-together were Ardis Copple, Patricia Distad, Marilyn Honsey, Jean Nelson and Jean Schwarz. Street Beat question to Bonner students: What did you enjoy most about the FFA ag fair? Nina Bodovinitz, "The pigs. They're funny. One of them was tipping the food bowl over with his nose. I liked hammering the nail into the wood..." Hunter Voight, "I like the hammer thing. I tried it for about 10 minutes. I think I'd like to live on a farm because of all the animals and stuff...." Nathan Johnson, "Probably the animals. I like the bunny. It's nice and soft, and bunnies are friendly. I don't know if I'd want to be a farmer. It's a lot of hard work...." Jada Hale, "The stickers and the ice cream cone. I like the pigs because they're pink. Pink is my favorite color. It's a beautiful color...." Tiger Steve Nosbisch was nominated as a McDonald's High School All-American candidate by McDonald's reps before Stewie's 44-20 HVL win over Kenyon-Wanamingo. Stewartville Middle School students who earned a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the second quarter of the 2007-08 school year include, Cassidy McCartan, Anne Weston, Emily Ahart, Ashley Campbell, Matthew Terhaar, Paul Trisko, Hannah Giehtbrock, Abigail Bardwell, Melanie Bussan, Audrey Steinman, Stephanie Bussan, Katelyn Hanf, Nicole Amos, Matthew Welter, Jason Robey and Aaron Simmons. Stewartville High School students who earned a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the second quarter of the 2007-08 school year include, Alex Weston, Eric Twohey, Catherine Mulleneaux, Andrea Venzke, Theresa Twohey, Michael Terhaar, Lindsay Blahnik, Sam Blahnik, Jared Lutteke, Derek Robey, Seth Huiras, Michael Orte, John Gisler, Kevin Welter, Rachel Holst, Josh Elliott, Jessica Zent, Christa Ballew, Kelly Trisko, Sam Jezeski, Ariel Ballew, Jessica Lucas, Erika Sahl and Bryce Oswald. Amy Lawson and Kellie, a trained therapy dog, make regular visits to the Stewartville Public Library and the Stewartville Care Center. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO March 4, 2003 Mike Wiginton, chairman of the chamber committee organizing the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Home Show, said this year's business extravaganza will offer a number of new highlights, including a flea market, craft and antique area, food court and live entertainment. Stewartville's new Family Dollar store celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 27. Marking the occasion were Amy Pressnall and Holly Kildahl, employees; Monique Hammill, assistant manager; Donna Iverson, store manager; Mayor Chris Gray, and chamber representatives Gary Boyum, Gene Peters, Connie Grisim, Jodi Beck, and City Administrator Tony Chladek. The Stewartville Masons will be sponsoring the KidsID program during the Stewartville Home Show. The program provides free identification for children 2-12 years old, which includes fingerprints, vital information and instructions for preservation of DNA samples. Riley Oftedahl was the top Tiger finisher of the four Stewartville state wrestlers. He captured fourth place at the Minnesota State High School League AA championship. Stewartville High School's 2003 Sweetheart Dance queen is Colleen Hammond and king is Zach Thompson. They were crowned Feb. 22 in the high school gym. TWENTY YEARS AGO March 3, 1998 The construction of Stewartville's first-ever assisted living complex, called Root River Estates, is right on schedule, officials said last week. Management begins this week to take reservations for occupancy in the $3 million facility that will open in July. Stewartville High School senior Lindsay Raygor, and ninth grader Melinda Miller represented the local American Legion Post #164 well by taking third and fourth placings respectively at the First District American Legion Oratorical Contest, held at the Hayfield American Legion Post. Remodeling of the lower level of Stewartville City Hall is well underway, reported City Administrator Larry Hansen last week. The Stewartville City Council has agreed to enter into an agreement with Rochester Coca Cola to give Coke the exclusive rights to sell soft drink products at the Bear Cave softball fields over the next seven years. Norm Stevenson and Dean Wellik were re-elected to their posts on the Stewartville Care Center's board of directors, during the annual meeting held Thursday at the center. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO March 2, 1993 When Jerry Hildebrandt of rural Stewartville stepped off a Northwestern Airlines flight Saturday night and into the arms of his family, he had more reason than most to be glad to be on home turf again. Friday, Hildebrandt found himself smack dab in the middle of international headlines, as he sat on the 107th floor of New York's World Trade Center and experienced first-hand the Day the Earth Shook. A bomb had been detonated in an underground garage, killing five people, and at last count, injuring over 1,000. Stewartville City Council members approved the purchase of a new front line pumper for the Stewartville Fire Department, Feb. 23. The approval is subject to availability of financing through the Farmers Home Administration and a departmental vote, but no problems are expected. James R. Siegel, until just recently president of the Stewartville office of Marquette Bank Stewartville, has been named senior vice president and commercial lending officer at Marquette Bank Rochester. THIRTY YEARS AGO March 1, 1988 At the Region 1A wrestling championships held Saturday in Rochester, Collin Strain of Stewartville won his match against Troy Munsch of St. Charles and will enter state competition Thursday at the St. Paul Civic Center. FORTY YEARS AGO March 2, 1978 A tax increment district was approved Monday night by the city that includes all land and buildings located between Fourth Street on the north, First Street on the south, Main Street on the west and the railroad tracks on the east. Money gained through the district will be used for property acquisition and site improvements. SHS wrestler Chuck Koestler came away with a second place finish in the state wrestling tournament this past weekend. He is the second wrestler in the history of Stewartville ever to place second in the state tourney. Also wrestling in the state tourney this year was junior 112-pounder, Mike Burns. Valerie Quandt of Pleasant Valley, a member of the Racine Ramblers 4-H Club repeated as a winner in the 4-H Speaking Contest held Thursday at KQAQ Radio. Paul Eilders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Eilders of Sumner Township, left Feb. 21 to begin four years of active duty with the United States Air Force. FIFTY YEARS AGO Feb. 29, 1968 The annual Court of Honor for Boy Scout Troop 56 was held Wednesday at the Elementary School. First Class Awards were presented to Tom Kidd, Duane Hall, Jeff Anderson, Paul Seaver, Craig Rollie, Paul Henke and Paul Stotko. Receiving Tenderfoot Awards presented by Dean Wellik, were Delbert Schatz, Joe Rathbun, Marvin Seppala. Anthony Ellestad, Steven Tebay, David Smidt, David Bruske and Michael Mueliner. Kathryn Florine, Kevin Gray, Beverly Gunneson and Christine King were name semifinalists in the Minnesota State Scholarship Program. The annual financial statement of the village of Racine shows the village had a net gain of $1,765 for 1967. Attending the Minnesota Jaycees TOYM convention over the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brinkman, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lubahn and Mr. and Mrs. Karl Hesse. SEVENTY YEARS AGO March 4, 1948 The new $50,000 structure in Racine - the Glen W. Jahns International Harvester agency building - was the scene Thursday of a gala stage and motion picture show commemorating the opening of the Harvester agency there. 1,800 people attended. The annual meeting of the Racine Cooperative Creamery was held at the Racine Cafe Saturday. H. Brownell was reelected president; Lester Lovtad was elected director to fill the place of W. Schroeder, and Howard Chamberlain was elected secretary. EIGHTY YEARS AGO March 3, 1938 With township elections scheduled for March 8, very few contests appear on the scene. For the first time in 19 years, the name U. R. Smidt will not appear on the High Forest Township election ballot. He has been a mentor of the High Forest Township Board for 18 years and his moving out of the township made him ineligible for that office. When you address Fred Miland these days, please remember to say, "Good morning Judge," or "Hellow Hizzoner." Fred was sworn in as the Justice of the Peace here Tuesday and awaits his first case. He takes the post vacated by Henry Ringey, who is receiving medical treatment in Rochester. Ad from the Star - "Alcohol (at Luehmann's Store). Full pint, 29 cents. We could buy and sell cheaper alcohol that has very little medicinal value." ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO March 4, 1898 According to Secretary of War, there are available for fighting purposes in the United States 10,415,701men. The understanding is now that the question of licensing saloons will be debated at the Congregational Church next Sunday evening.