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FIVE YEARS AGO Aug. 28, 2012 Teachers are busy preparing their classrooms for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Mayor Jimmie-John King was scheduled to undergo triple bypass heart surgery at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester on Monday, Aug. 27. He suffered a heart attack at his home last Wednesday evening, Aug. 22. Street Beat question: New Stewartville teachers: Why did you decide to become a teacher? Morgan Haag, kindergarten teacher, "I've always loved to be a positive influence in kids' lives. I had a third grade teacher - I'd gotten glasses that year and it was a very traumatic thing for me. I remember my teacher helping me and the other kids understand that it's OK to be a little different...." Katie Hamson, Bonner special ed, "I've always loved being able to make a difference. There's no better feeling than making a difference and having an impact on the lives of children...." Katie Bangert, speech therapist, "My mother is a speech pathologist, and my sister is as well. I love working with kids and providing a valuable service to them. It's really fulfilling...." Brittany Schneider, second grade, "I became a teacher so that I could give back, because my education was so important to me. I wanted to have fun with learning and show my students how to have fun with learning, too...." TEN YEARS AGO Sept. 4, 2007 By a 6-1 vote, the Olmsted County Board has approved a program that will provide significant grants to as many as eight area communities that decide to build new swimming pools. The decision means that the city of Stewartville will be eligible for a $500,000 county grant to offset the costs of a $3.9 million pool expected to be finished next June. Looking forward to hosting a number of huge classic car shows, the Stewie Cruisers Car Club plans to pave the gravel parking lot at Bear Cave Park. The Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed "All in Stitches" to the local business community with an official ambassador visit last week. Tone-N-Tan Fitness was also welcomed to the local business community by the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors. Procuring the help of about six other Boy Scouts, Seth Huiras recently rebuilt the garden near the Stewartville Area Historical Society's Sears House. After he completes his paperwork and satisfies the requirements of a Board of Review, he will have earned the Eagle Award, Scouting's highest honor. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Sept. 3, 2002 Members of the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce made an ambassador visit to welcome Stylin' Salon, a new hair styling shop, to the business community last week. Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce members last week welcomed Curves for Women, a women's fitness center, to the business community during an official visit. The Stewartville United Methodist Church celebrated paying off the debt on its building with a mortgage-burning ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 25. The church paid off its mortgage in 10 years. Members of the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a welcome back to school breakfast for local teachers at the Stewartville High School cafeteria on Wednesday, Aug. 28. TWENTY YEARS AGO Sept. 9, 1997 Local motorists will face travel restrictions next week when a two-day pavement project gets underway on Highway 63 through Stewartville, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has confirmed. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Halcon Corporation of Stewartville have reached an agreement resolving the company's past failures to comply with state hazardous waste rules, the MPCA said last week. Racine United Methodist Church's chicken pie supper will observe over 100 years on Sept. 18. The Stewartville Public Library is now offering Internet access to the patrons on a "first sign-up, first-served" basis. A new business will soon open its doors on Main Street in Racine. Scott Johnson will specialize in motorcycle toys, antiques and more at his store "Antique Toys and More." Kelly Predmore, who heads to the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show this week, placed second highest in points at the Olmsted County Fair. A member of the Village Voyagers 4-H Club, Kelly is the daughter of Dr. Lawrence and Susan Predmore. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 9, 1992 Martz Furniture of LeRoy confirmed Tuesday that it will open a furniture store in Stewartville at the old Warren's Department Store location. Three new teachers, Cindy Kjeldahl, Jodi Armstrong and Rita Arendt, greeted students as school began in Stewartville today. After being shut down since June of last year for repaving, the High Forest Rest Stop on I-90 has been reopened, reports the Minnesota Department of Transportation. THIRTY YEARS AGO Sept. 8, 1987 The Stewartville Fire Department was called to Central Elementary School about 4:35 p.m. Friday of last week when a member of the staff smelled smoke. Apparently a small commercially-made smoke bomb had been set off near the east door of the school leading to the upper playground. Jim Prokasky celebrated his 50th birthday Sept. 3 with family and friends. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 8, 1982 St. John's Lutheran is planning for their first fall fashion show, to be held Saturday along with a luncheon. Marilyn Schiebsted will hang her book store shingle in front of her shop and be in business a week from today. The Paperback Book Exchange will be located at the Schiebsted home. FORTY YEARS AGO Sept. 8, 1977 Leslie Ottjes of Stewartville has been ordained a minister of the Church of the Gospel Ministry located in Chula Vista, Calif. Ottjes saw the advertisement in the back of a recent issue of Popular Mechanics and sent for his license. He doesn't plan on using his license, he says he's "just proving a point." FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 7, 1972 Stewartville Lions Club members plan to conduct a Scotch Lite protection campaign in the parking lot of the village community building, taping bikes with reflector tape for safety. SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 6, 1942 Hot dogs, sandwiches and corn on the cob with all the fixings will be dispensed with lavish hand here Saturday, when members of the Stewartville Chamber sponsor their first Dog-Ear Day. All you can eat is the slogan and, of course, it's all for free. A Postal Service officer who was in Stewartville from Minneapolis last week told Dr. George Walters he thought the situation here looked favorable for the Jaycees campaign to secure home mail delivery service for the village. Consecration of the newly remodeled Methodist Church in Stewartville will be conducted Sunday, Sept. 9, with Bishop T. Otto Nall of St. Paul as speaker. SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 4, 1952 The Co-operative Oil Co. announced last week that Robert Hall has purchased Howard Joyce's Co-op Oil Co. truck. Mr. Joyce is retiring after working 21 years with the company. Mr. Hall has worked at the local station for the past six years. Members of the local school faculty entertained the new members of the faculty at a picnic at Lake Florence Park Monday evening. EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Sept. 8, 1932 Postmaster J. H. Howe has received instructions from the Postal Department that there will be an increase on all parcel post rates beginning Oct. 1. A crowd estimated at 1,000 persons attended the auction sale at the Thompson estate farm north of Stewartville Thursday. About 500 cars were parked along both sides of the road and in the spacious farm yard. Art Hathaway who lives five miles southeast of Stewartville brought in a corn stalk 12 feet 11 inches high the other day. The stalk is on display at Haack's grocery store. ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 1917 Agent Jochinson informs the Star that the Chicago Great Western will operate a passenger train to and from the fair grounds at Rochester during the Olmsted County Fair next week. Fare from the depot in Rochester to the fair grounds and return will be 20 cents. Jim Brown is forced to get around with the aid of a pair of crutches these days. Mr. Brown was injured one day last week when his Ford automobile tipped over. A bent steering wheel on the car caused the accident.