9/18/2017 11:32:00 AM 40 years ago -- Rail transportation will end here by 1980
FIVE YEARS AGO Aug. 21, 2012 All three incumbents, Joe Waugh, Tara Stockman and Beth Lawson, will run unopposed for their seats on the Stewartville School Board. Stewartville School District residents will go to the polls on Tuesday. Nov. 6. Incumbent Mayor Jimmie-John King will run unopposed. Incumbent councilpersons Gary Stensrud and Lori Miller-Beach have also filed for re-election. They will be challenged for their seats by Wendy Timm and Daniel J. Ware. New officers for the Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 164 for 2012-13 include Marilyn Howard, first vice; Audrey Farnsworth, president, Sharon Moehnke, second vice; Carole Kiehne, sergeant-at-arms; Carol Chihak, board member; Lisa Stone, historian; Diane Ramaker, treasurer, and Wanda Prescher, secretary. Leading the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 for 2012-13 include Richard Paulson, past commander; Don Lyman, second vice; Thomas Blade, commander; Dave Nystuen, first vice; Greg Olson, judge advocate; Roger Barsness, adjutant and Paul Bonnerup, finance officer. The Stewartville Driftskippers Snowmobile Club celebrates 40 years on the trail. TEN YEARS AGO Aug. 28, 2007 Four local kids, Hayden Nelson, Emily Gorder, Jessie Gorder and April Westrum, with their wagon in tow, walked the streets of Stewartville seeking donations for southeastern Minnesota residents hit hard by recent flooding. After covering a two-block area, the kids had collected enough bottled water, nonperishable food items, diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste and lotion to fill a car trunk. They also received $100 in cash. The items will be taken to KTTC-TV for distribution to the flood victims. Stewartville's leaders broke ground for a brand new swimming pool last week. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Aug. 27, 2002 Tony and Mickie Tuseth, coaches of the Stewartville High School boys and girls track teams calls the new eight-lane track "top notch." Dan Simmons, coach of the SHS girls tennis team, said that Stewartville's opponents are excited about playing on the eight new courts. Two incumbents, Wendy Timm and Jerry Burgr, who were first elected to the Stewartville City Council in 1998 have both decided to run for re-election. Larry Stacy has been named as Academic Challenge Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation. He received a $10,000 check and a plaque at a banquet in St. Louis Park on Sunday, Aug. 25. TWENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 2, 1997 Although no general development plan has yet been firmed up, Bruce Bucknell last week made his pitch to have 25 acres south of the city annexed for future industrial and residential development. Tiger tennis team members include Andrea Wagner, Megan Lawrence, Jana Shepherd, Katie Stevens, Laura Westrum, Brianna Montgomery, Alicya Hinze, Kelly Lansing, Barb Denny, Kaysie Olson, Amie Hanson, Amber Gasca, Katie Gray, Molly Kidd and Erin Brugh. Three members of the Stewartville Fire Department, part of a Riverland Technical College-sponsored auto extrication team, won first place in the regional International Rescue and Emergency Care Association contest in August. The members were Ike Duncan, Jarrod Wellik and Chris Byrne. Anna Carlson placed first in the 14-17 age group in the Hunt Seat Equitation and the Hunter Pleasure classes with her Morgan mare, Ranches A & F Char. That earned her the right to ride in the Hunt Seat Equitation Championship class in which she also took first place. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 1, 1992 Charles Rowley, a media specialist with the district, has accepted a one-year contract as an assistant high school principal intern. Stewartville City Council members voted 3-1, Tuesday, to accept the county's offer and assume control of 188-acre Bear Cave park Jan. 1. The price: $1. Don and Darlene Mueske will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house on Sept. 12. The Stewartville United Methodist Church will close out an era Sunday, when it holds its last Sunday church service in its Third Ave. NW location, the site of the UMC for the last 95 years. THIRTY YEARS AGO Sept. 1, 1987 City officials received confirmation, Aug. 25, that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has included Stewartville's $3.5 million treatment plant for funding in 1988. The American Legion Auxiliary donated a beauty shop chair with hydraulic pump and swivel features to the Stewartville Nursing Home. Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Groenenboom's Meat Market to the business community last week during its grand opening. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 1, 1982 George Riehl, superintendent of Stewartville's water and sewer department for 20 years, retired this week. Harold Schaefer, retired Stewartville school superintendent, has been appointed chairman of the South County Area for this year's United Way drive. FORTY YEARS AGO Sept. 1, 1977 Stewartville's rail transportation will end here by 1980, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The rail line between Stewartville and Rochester is part of 860 miles of track that will be abandoned in the next three years. As many as 1,300 students in Stewartville School District will receive vaccinations for measles this fall. A proposal to form a cable service territory here will be presented to the Minnesota Cable Communications Board later this month. If approved by the board, Stewartville could then advertise for bids from companies who wish to install a cable system in this town. FIFTY YEARS AGO Aug. 31, 1967 Mayor R. D. Foss has announced the appointment of the members of the citizens' committee who will study the effects of a new rate schedule for water and sewer rates and make recommendations to the council. They are Luke Aswegan, Mark Bissonette, L. E. Hillesland, Ralph Hoeft and Gordon Koehn. SEVENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 4, 1947 Local nimrods won't be able to do any pheasant hunting, according to 1947 hunting regulations just released. There will be a 13-day season on quail. EIGHTY YEARS AGO Sept. 2, 1937 Present indications point to a greatly reduced levy for school purposes in Stewartville for the coming year, there being a possibility that the levy may be cut to the $9,000 mark, the lowest in many years. From Sept. 2 to Sept. 5, the Racine congregation of the Salem Evangelical Church will celebrate its 75th anniversary. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 2, 1897 Wes Smith has a new show case among the attractions in his store. Peter Burns Sr. sold 80 acres of his farm to Robert Lenton Saturday. Consideration: $3,500. Wesenberg & Co. are putting in new shelving and otherwise arranging more room to hold their immense new stock of fall shoes. Yesterday prairie chickens were ripe, and several hunters tried their fortunes in the field. Their success was measured by the healthy amount of exercise rather than the number of chickens they secured, though W. S. David bagged four nice chickens. A couple of Indians passed through town the other day with a drove of ponies which they were taking to market. Some of the ponies were handsome little fellows, but all had a wicked gleam in their eyes. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 2, 1892 Bids for contract for building the new school house were opened Monday, when it was found that Siewert Bros. figures of $3,190 were the lowest and consequently the job was let to them. Three other bids were received.