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July 17, 2012
Some time next year, local residents will go to the polls to decide whether to give the city the go-ahead to remodel and add on to the Stewartville Fire Department.
Steven Gibbs has been named the new principal of Stewartville Middle School.
Working hard behind the scenes are members of the Stewartville Fire Department, who work to present the public with a spectacular fireworks show on the Fourth of July. Fireworks committee members include Jarett Jones, Don Nosbisch, Aaron Jones, Steve Lawson, Jim Elliott, Josh Stensrud, Mike Hintz, Jamie Jansen and Steve Wolf.
Winners of the Stewartville Summerfest Fishing Contest, held at Florence Park Pond the Fourth of July include Jonathon Rothen, Nolan Baryenbruch, Logan Carroll, Tevor Baryenbruch Justin Diekmann, Austin Wiltgen, Conner Preston and Brad Birch.
National Night Out, a nationwide campaign to bring neighborhoods together to fight crime an drugs, will be held in Stewartville on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Street Beat question: What do you enjoy most about Stewartville's pool? Carter Jannsen, "The slides. I like the blue one, because you can go fast, and if you lie down in the funnel part and you sit up when you come out of the funnel, you get air...." Andrew Simmons, "I like the water. It's not cold, it's warm. It's a comfortable temperature. I like the slides. I can go down really fast...." Kalei Pollay, "I like it that a bunch of people come here from school so I can hang out with them. Maybe about 10 are in the group...." Katie Hickman, "I like the slides. I like the blue one. It's dark, and at the end you go down into the deep water...."
Hannah and Paige Tapp of Stewartville can rightly call themselves national champions. The twins are members of Mizuno Northern Lights, a club volleyball team that won the title of the 17 Open Division of the USA Junior National Championships in Columbus, Ohio June 28-July 7.
Stewartville's Tiger ACE Hardware will celebrate its grand opening July 20-22, with $1 hot dogs, demos, free giveaways, shopping sprees, a one cent sale and a grand prize drawing!
July 24, 2007
Organizations making donations to the Stewartville American Legion Post #164 to support the construction of the expanding veterans memorial near the post include Stewartville Masonic Lodge, $5,000; Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary Unit #164, $3,500 and Stewartville Sportsman's Club, $1,100.
Several members of the Stewartville Morning Lions built a wheelchair-accessible ramp at the home of Marlen and Elrose Hundorf. Assisting with the project were Kevin Bell, Roger Hatcher, Zach Hatcher, Corey Gryzbowski, Pastor Jef Olson, Mark Lee and Tom Sinn.
Stewartville's Dain Bauman participated in the Dale Amy's RCTC basketball camp. He received the camp's All-Star Award for the second consecutive year.
July 23, 2002
Simon Hayes was honored as an Eagle Scout at a ceremony at the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 July 14.
Developers Diane and Regan Miller and Les Radcliffe were all given the go-ahead to continue with their building plans. The Millers are working on the Prairie Stone first subdivision, while Radcliffe is in the Petersen 2nd subdivision.
Street Beat question: Do you prefer dogs or cats? Why? Kami Rogers, "Definitely dogs. I think dogs make better companions, and they're loyal...." Nicole Stanley, "Dogs. I have a dog. He's a cross between a cocker spaniel and a springer spaniel. His name is Biscuit...." Brandon Howard, "Dogs, because you can take them hunting. Dogs are man's best friend...." Jeremy Ondler, "Dogs. They appreciate what you do for them. You give dogs food and shelter and they think you're a god. You give cats food and shelter and they think they're the god...."
July 29, 1997
The Stewartville City Council gave its blessing to the Jimmy's Dressings project last week. Owner Tom Slightam has requested tax increment financing (TIF) for a 10,000 square foot expansion to be constructed this year. The new space will be connected to the existing business in the city's industrial park.
The Stewartville City Council placed its stamp of approval on the final plat for the Lohuis Third Subdivision, a 10-parcel development located in southeast Stewartville.
Charlie Fimon, a 12-year-old Troop 56 Boy Scout compiled a "sensory kit" for the male residents at the Stewartville Care Center. The kits, containing items such as cards, nuts and bolts, small model of a car, small package of ground coffee, etc., are used on a one-on-one basis. The resident can touch and smell the items to stimulate speech and memory.
Tracey Howard of Stewartville recently earned an award for logging 250 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program.
Stewartville's American Legion baseball team (11-8) advanced to the District I tournament after finishing second to Hayfield in sub-district play, last week.
July 28, 1992
The Paul and Sharon Brinson home located about 2 ½ miles north of Highway 30 West, was totally destroyed by fire Monday morning.
Reinhold and Marcie Fabian will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 2 with an open house at the Stewartville Sportsman's Club.
On Saturday over 400 gathered at SHS to greet former classmates, with some classes represented as far back as 1922. The event was the 90th annual all-school reunion.
July 28, 1987
James Sauter, who has been assistant principal at SHS since 1980, has offered his resignation in order to take a similar position at a Wisconsin high school.
A near sell-out crowd is expected for the 14th annual Minnesota High School All-Star football game scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 at Kuhlman Stadium in Edina. Among the 42 outstate athletes is Dan Schmidt of Stewartville. Schmidt, who graduated from SHS this year, has been selected to play defensive tackle.
Dan and Andy Houg are giving their proud grandma plenty to talk about. The sons of former Patricia Wiles of Racine, and the grandsons of Shirley Wiles of Racine, recently took state championships at the Minnesota State Trapshooting Tournament held in St. Cloud.
July 28, 1982
Close to 350 of the almost 3,800 graduates of Stewartville High School will be attending the 80th reunion of Stewartville High School Saturday.
Estimates for the Minnesota State Department of Education show projected enrollment in Stewartville School District will decrease by about 3.5 percent over the next four years.
July 28, 1977
Fire destroyed a barn containing 7,500 bales of straw on the John McDonnough farm two miles west of Stewartville Wednesday.
Tara and Debbie Wiltgen, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wiltgen, escaped serious injury early Monday morning in an accident that left a car literally parked between the girls' beds. A Spring Valley man was charged with reckless driving after his car crasher into the Wiltgen home, narrowly missing the girls.
July 27, 1967
Escaping chlorine gas forced evacuation of the Stewartville swimming pool and some nearby homes, killed plants in the vicinity, and nearly overcame the pool manager early Sunday afternoon. A coupling broke when chlorine tanks were being changed at the pool. Firefighter Glenn Reichel donned a mask, entered the utility building where the tank was located, and shut off the gas.
Lloyd Lenn was elected chairman of the Stewartville School Board, succeeding Oliver Renken in the post. Elman Hanken was elected clerk and Harland King was re-elected treasurer during the annual organizational meeting held July 13.
A 19-year-old Racine youth was treated at St. Marys Hospital early Sunday for injuries suffered when he was beaten and kicked by a gang of youth on East Center Street in Rochester.
July 31, 1947
In a game that was packed with thrills from start to finish, the High Forest softball team nosed out the Grand Meadow Larks 5-4 in an extra-inning contest played at the athletic field.
All roads lead to Rochester, where one of Minnesota's greatest rodeo contests opens, sponsored by the county fair. One hundred wild horses, 80 Texas and Brahma cattle and the many cowboys and cow girls will thrill the thousands who attend the rodeo, which is slated for today and tomorrow.
July 29, 1937
Stewartville is figuring prominently in the man hunt conducted by Freeborn County and state officials for the alleged slayer of Louis, Joe and Anton Lukes, three Freeborn County farmers last Thursday. The suspect, who is known by several local citizens, was in Stewartville Thursday night and "bummed" a ride on the Gostafson auto freight trailer as it passed through here en route to Chicago. Thompson asked the truck driver to take him as far as Spring Valley.
A crash south of Racine, on Hwy. 63, this week, left members of a blind band badly shaken, with one member seriously injured. A coupe owned by a LeRoy resident sideswiped a roadster which was pulling a trailer loaded with members of the Arions orchestra. The trailer was cut in two and instruments were strewn along the highway.
Kittenball fans will have the laugh-fest of the year next Tuesday when the "skinny men" will play the "fat men" at the school playgrounds. On Thursday evening of next week, the married men will play the single men.
July 28, 1932
The Northland Oil Company bulk plant here was broken into Monday night and 30 gallons of gasoline was taken from a large tank. A few weeks ago a similar robbery took place at the Home Oil Co.
A new implement dealer arrived in town Sunday afternoon and now answers lustily to the name of Russell Robinson Wilson. It is said that in a few years, more or less, Mr. and Mrs. Alford Wilson expect said "R.R." to be a crack salesman in the Wilson organization. He is a husky, weighing eight pounds.
The service at the Methodist Church next Sunday morning is to be a flower service. Members are requested to bring bouquets of flowers to decorate the church. Rev. Lordahl will preach a special sermon for the occasion.
July 29, 1897
Work is progressing rapidly on Herbert Robbin's terracing. When completed the yard will present a very beautiful appearance.
Bert Russell is suffering with an acute attack of the pink eye this week.
John Prellvitz is buying and shipping horses now and is doing a prodigious amount of business.
There is a tramp or two who would do just as well to "fight shy" of Stewartville. Their fame has preceded them in the shape of a personal description and Marshal Whitney is on the watch tower with an eagle eye. Should the Willies appear, they will get a "frosty" reception in the cooler.
Last Tuesday evening 70 good men and true, who had signed their names as volunteers in case a company of militia was organized, met and elected the following officers: F. C. Thomas, captain; James Kelly, first lieutenant and Magnes Johnson, second lieutenant. There will be five sargeants, six corporals and two musicians in the company
July 29, 1892
A number of farmers are harvesting their rye.
Everybody is busy haying these days. The hay takes a long time to dry this season.
A shoemaker now occupies a corner in Fred Andrew's harness shop.
The sidetrack is now being laid at the new station between here and Simpson.
Work on our new $3,000 school building is progressing very nicely - in your mind.
The lateness of the spring and summer has caused unprecedented demand for laborers.

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