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FIVE YEARS AGO April 16, 2013 Kevin Heydt will manage the softball concession stand as a contracted laborer at Bear Cave Park this summer. The Stewartville City Council voted 4-1 last week to accept a recommendation from the Park Board to hire Heydt for the job. A cash mob will be coming soon to a local store near you. Those who wish to be part of the mob will gather at the City Hall parking lot this Friday, April 19 at 5:30 pm. The goal is to spend dollars within our local community and to showcase the businesses we have here in Stewartville. Mayor Jimmie-John King signed a proclamation last week declaring this Friday, April 19 at White Cane Days in the city of Stewartville. Members of the Stewartville Lions Club available for the photo included Ed Doty, Mayor King, George Menshik, Gene Gustason, Bill Schimmel Jr. and Frank Weber. Cheryl and Craig Campbell are grateful that the Stewartville Morning Lions have planned a benefit to help Cheryl as she recovers from a horse-riding accident. The event is scheduled to be held at Riverview Greens Clubhouse on Saturday, April 27 from 3-10 p.m. TEN YEARS AGO April 15, 2008 The Stewartville Area Community Foundation has collected more than $225,000 in contributions and pledges thanks to an anonymous group of local residents that has given a significant sum to help pay for amenities for the city's new pool. Street Beat question: Do you take anything for granted about living in the United States? Judy Bunde, "I've been overseas, and I know how good we have it here, so I don't take anything for granted. I've seen how people in other parts of the world live, and we've got it good...." Chris Gawarecki, "Everything. Pumping gas, where bread comes from, getting paid on Friday or Monday or whatever the day is. Coming home and having my kids there and my wife to give me a hug...." Eric Deters, " Definitely. (I take for granted) the overall freedoms we have here, such as freedom of religion and freedom of commerce. You can live your dream...." Tory Keefe, "I think all of us take things for granted because none of us really realize how lucky we are to have our forefathers before us, and the military we have now protect our rights as American citizens...." It was a true TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) effort as the Stewartville boys track and field team piled up an impressive 170.5 points and distanced itself from second-place Rochester John Marshall with 142 points to capture the team title hosting the Al Heitman Invite on April 8. Five Central Intermediate School students and eight Bonner Elementary School students won the right to grab for free money inside a wind machine by selling 12 items each (magazine subscriptions, CDs or books) during a BACPAC fund-raiser. The students include, Abby Lee, Corrie Hildebrandt, Jared Trisko, Mariah Terhaar and Joey Thompson, from Central; and Bonner students, Bobbie Hart, Laura Pedelty, Emma Welch, Erin Ross, Dawson Buss, Mitchell McGuire, Jessica Pedelty and Heather Koenigs. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO April 22, 2003 Ministers from several Stewartville churches led an ecumenical Good Friday worship service at the River of Life Worship Center on Friday, April 17. Those who took part included, Gordon Hanson, First Baptist Church; Dr. John Grams, Grace Evangelical Free Church; William Hoffman, retired pastor from the Reformed Church of America; Jules Erickson, Zion Lutheran Church; John Kester, Pleasant Grove Church of Christ; Dr. Jef Olson, Stewartville United Methodist Church, and Brent Molskness, River of Life Worship Center. Roy and Sandy Fritz will observe their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house on Saturday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Stewartville American Legion. Mayor Chris Gray proclaimed May 8 and 9 as Poppy Days in the city of Stewartville. On those days, members of Stewartville VFW, Stewartville American Legion and their auxiliaries will distribute poppies in exchange for a freewill contribution. On hand for the photo were Katherine Skyhawk, Sheila Majerus, Ollie Fritsch, Charlotte Kath, Bob Majerus and Norman Schultz. Tiger Time celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday, April 11. More than 300 children will participate in Tiger Time this summer. Tiger sprinter Simon Hayes finishes a stride or two in front of the first heat to claim first place in the 100m dash. Hayes went on to capture gold in the 200m dash. TWENTY YEARS AGO April 21, 1998 A strike among production workers at the Spancrete, Inc. plant in Osseo, the precast contractor for Stewartville's $12.8 million school construction project, has continued to delay the local project, school officials confirmed Monday. SHS senior Lindsay Raygor and sophomore Todd Manion took second placings in the section speech contest, good enough for berths at the state contest held in Shakopee on Saturday. Tom Lofgren continued an impressive start to the track and field season with first place finishes in both the shot put and discus at the Al Heitman Classic, here April 14. Over 40 Stewartville and area residents traveled to aid relief efforts in St. Peter and LeCenter on April 7. Several local business also lent a helping hand with donations of services or food. Stewartville's longest-serving teacher will retire at the end of this school year. Mildred Johnson, who has taught in the Stewartville School District for 39 years, will retire June 5. Olmsted County Deputy Bill Sornberger, who has served as Stewartville's community police officer since September of last year, will leave that post in the upcoming month, following his promotion to the rank of detective. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO April 20, 1993 SHS cage center Kasey Morlock crowned her senior year Sunday with earning the "Minnesota Miss Basketball" title at an awards banquet Sunday at St. Cloud Holiday Inn. SHS Athletic Director Darrel Jaeger says that the 1993 spring sports season won't be one to be remembered fondly. Snow, rain, and cold have taken their toll on the season, forcing lots of postponements - and lots of headaches for Jaeger, whose job it is to reschedule events. Jennifer Beach of Stewartville is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship worth $6,000 per year for four years from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Jimmy's Fish House Dressings will soon be mixed in a larger and more automated location, reported owner Tom Slightam last week. Slightam has reached agreement with George Rossin to purchase his building in the Stewartville Industrial Park, onto which Slightam will build an addition beginning in June. THIRTY YEARS AGO April 19, 1988 Groundbreaking ceremonies for phase one of Stewartville's $1.4 million downtown redevelopment project, City Center, were held Thursday afternoon. Halcon Corp. of Stewartville set expansion wheels in motion earlier this month, when construction of a new 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse began. The structure will give the company, the manufactures of furniture, some much needed warehouse space. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO April 20, 1983 Plans are underway for beautification projects in the city by a committee comprised of members Wendell Lenton, Gladys Carroll, Larry Gray and Richard Johnson. The committee, who will work with coordinator Charles Rowley, will approach other civic organizations on the various plans. Jeff Taylor, whose leg was injured in a grain bin accident where he was caught in an auger, is doing well. Two large wounds were stitched in his thigh and calf. Tamela Speer, daughter of Clifford and Janice Speer of Stewartville, was named Rochester Teen Sweetheart during ceremonies at the Holiday Inn in Rochester. Her cousin, Nicole Storlie, was named second place winner in the Petite Sweetheart Pageant. Mrs. Donald Skyhawk has been selected the 1983 Poppy Queen of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is a 29-year member of the auxiliary. FORTY YEARS AGO April 20, 1978 A reward of up to $500 is being offered to anyone who can provide information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of those people who broke 36 plate glass windows in the high school April 12. Stewartville teachers, to bolster the reward, agreed to double the original $200 reward amount. The estimated loss of the windows is $2,000. Sandy (Mrs. Gary) Jones of Stewartville was recognized by Stewartville adult leaders for her work in the Girl Scout organization at the second annual Spring Thank You luncheon of the River Trails Girl Scout Council. JoAnne Hurley, Kristi Frost, Suzanne Ristau, Carol Millard, Mary Schroeder, Susan Degnan, Sandy Scherger, Norma Trogstad, DeAnne Schroeder, Susan Bartz, and Laurie Beil will all compete for the title of 1978 Olmsted County Dairy Princess title. FIFTY YEARS AGO April 18, 1968 Two Stewartville High School senior girls were among the 674 in Minnesota who have been named winners in the 1968-69 State Scholarship Program. They are Christine King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard King, and Loranelle Tuttle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Tuttle. A large turnout is expected for the Special Bond Election of the school district to be held next Monday. Confronting voters will be the choice between holding the line on tax expenditures, or issuing $1,650,000 for the construction of new buildings and additions. SEVENTY YEARS AGO April 22, 1948 Mumbo Jumbo, a gay, modern mystery farce, crammed with action and loaded with laughs, will be presented in the High School Auditorium April 29. EIGHTY YEARS AGO April 21, 1938 Four persons were injured, none seriously, when the car in which they were riding struck a soft shoulder while returning to Stewartville from Rochester on Highway 63. Miss Anita Becker, Raymond Ploenzke, Evelyn Wolfe and Edward Fuller all suffered minor injuries. ONE HUNDRED FIVE YEARS AGO April 20, 1913 J. E. Scott of Elgin was in the city last Wednesday. Mr. Scott who is general agent for Jamesway barn equipment is thinking of making his home in Stewartville if he can find a suitable residence here. Fred Slightam has purchased a fine new Star sedan from Jens Peterson, local agent. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO April 21, 1898 The catechism class met in the new Catholic church for the first time last Sunday. Mrs. Cunningham is in charge of the girls and Miss Kelly is in change of the boys class. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO April 20, 1893 Work of rebuilding the dam will start at once with Charles Stewart doing the job. Mr. Stillwell of the firm of Tuttle and Stillwell has been in Chicago for several days and has greatly improved in looks. His face is shaved clean and he makes a really respectable appearance behind the counter. Charles Bell, Pleasant Grove and Rochester stage driver, connects with all passenger trains and has good accommodation for transients. The fare to Rochester and return is 75 cents, one way 50 cents, with no charges for baggage.