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July 18, 2018

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35 years ago -- New Legion Post #164 is dedicated

FIVE YEARS AGO
April 23, 2013
Ten Stewartville High School seniors were honored during the school's annual Spirit of Community Award Recognition Banquet at the Civic Center on Wednesday, April 10. Students write essays about someone who has made a significant contribution to their lives. The students include Paige Tapp, Christina Meline, Paul Trisko, Aaron Simmons, Mariah Mrotek, Morgan Hettinger, Stephanie Bussan, Hannah Tapp, Liz Waugh and Dillon Welter.
Stewartville Middle School students named to the 4.0 honor roll following the third quarter include, eighth graders, Rachel Blomquist, Emma Dwire, Cecelia Gray, Hailey Hanf, Kara O'Byrne, Jessica Pedelty, Ethan Peter, Rachel Schwalbach, and Alexander Vande Loo; seventh graders, Lori Bailey, Amy Lofgren, Mary Oehlke, and Johanna Welter; sixth graders, Shane Byrne, Sydney Clausen, Ellie Fryer, Zachary Gulbranson, and Emily Schlechtinger.
John Diffley and Steve Schwarz have taken their places on the Stewartville School District's Wall of Honor. Diffley has taught Latin and German for 49 years, including 43 years at Stewartville High School. Schwarz taught math for about a quarter century and coached football and track at SHS.
TEN YEARS AGO
April 22, 2008
Served by tuxedo-clad "Italian" waiters with jet-black hair and stylish mustaches, about 525 Stewartville residents enjoyed Mama Tranchita's delicious spaghetti and meatballs at Riverview Greens Country Club last week. The event is hosted by St. Bernard's Mens' Club.
Mayor Chuck Murphy signed a proclamation last week declaring this Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 as "White Cane Days" in the city of Stewartville. Members of the Stewartville Lions and Stewartville Morning Lions Clubs will seek donations to help restore the gift of sight. Members attending last week's proclamation signing included Suzanne Piedmont, Kay Tvedt, Sharon Moehnke, Rev. Bill Hoffman, George Menshik, Gerald Pingree, Darrell Jaeger, Gordy Koehn and Ron Piedmont.
The Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Relax Inn to the local business community with an official ambassador visit last week. Dr. Stephanie Lillis presented a "first dollar earned" plaque to Nila Patel, owner of Relax Inn and her husband Shailesh. Chamber members on hand for the welcome included Chris Dahle, Stacy Savoy, Stephanie Fossum, Jodi Beck, Chamber administrator; Frank Hough, Kurt Jorgenson, Lloyd Anderson and Jarett Jones.
Chamber Ambassadors also welcomed new Dairy Queen owner Jeff Bagniewski to the business community last week. Bruce and Paulette Teigen, Dairy Queen's previous owners, were there to hand over the keys to Bagniewski.
Steve Nosbisch signs a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the University of Minnesota-Crookston beginning in 2008-09.
Gladys Carroll and Howard Sloneker are grateful for having earned a place on the Stewartville High School National Honor Society Wall of Honor.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
April 29, 2003
The Stewartville Lions Club celebrated Arbor Day last week by donating a tree to the city of Stewartville. Lions Club members who helped plant the tree at the northwest corner of Florence Park were William Hoffman, Gordy Koehn, Darrel Jaeger and Vern Hillesland.
Diane Schultz was named poppy queen, Matthew Welter was declared poppy prince, and Chloe Billings, the poppy princess, at a ceremony held during the regular meeting of the Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 28, 1998
For all the destruction that has resulted from this El Nino year - tornadoes, rain, warmer-than-usual weather - there seems to be a benefit for Midwest farmers: an early planting season. All-American Co-op manager Ron Nelson confirmed that last week's ranking up for corn planting "was an excellent start - just perfect."
During the annual meeting of the Stewartville Area Historical Society, its Preservation Award was given to Katherine Skyhawk and her home on Lakeshore Drive.
1998-99 FFA officers include Amy Robinson, Kelly Predmore, Stacy Lichty, Brian Larson, Josh Harris and Ryan Griffin.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 27, 1993
The smiles were wide Friday at the Stewartville Nursing Home, after Department of Health surveyors told staff that all 34 deficiencies charged against the home last month had been cleared up, and the home was in compliance with all state and federal regulations.
Stewartville High School senior Kelly Schrandt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Schrandt, was inducted into the Eagle Scout rank Sunday during ceremonies held at the Stewartville Civic Center.
Ivan Stringer Unit #164 of the Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary chose Charlotte Kath as its local Poppy Queen for 1993 to preside over its poppy sales that begin next week. This years' Poppy Princesses were Katie Hughes and Hannah Garry.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
April 26, 1988
Stewartville High School German and Latin instructor John Diffley was asked to present a paper at the Classical Association of the Midwest and the South. The national gathering was held this year at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Oliver Renken, a fixture in Stewartville-Racine real estate for the past 20 years, has announced his retirement effective April 1, 1988.
Stewartville wheelchair racer Bob "Bart" Bardwell achieved one of his goals last week after placing 10th overall in the Boston Marathon wheelchair competition.
The Stewartville High School Office Education Association members are headed for national competition in Louisville this week. They are Heidi Morlock, Wendy Schmidt, Brenda Koster, Ken Salchow, Sue Kiehne and Mitch Thompson.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
April 17, 1983
The dedication of the Ivan Stringer Post #164 of the American Legion building will take place Sunday. Master of Ceremonies will be William Russell and dedication will be by Post Commander Richard Halvorson.
The Stewartville Lions Club donated $330 to the city for purchasing shrubbery.
Jan Boese of Stewartville is a member of Wartburg College's 1983 softball team.
FORTY YEARS AGO
April 17, 1978
Diane Severson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Severson of Stewartville, was crowned Mower County Dairy Princess during coronation ceremonies April 18 in LeRoy.
Eleven citizens have filed for posts on the Stewartville School Board. They are Harlan Wickre, Oliver Renken, Diana Lynn Brugh, Michael Carson, Dave Arneson, Janet Quandt, Laurence Kuisle, Avery Vrieze, Darrel Splittstoesser, Paul Gerber and Hayden Light.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
April 25, 1968
The heavy rainstorms of the past few days have brought several inches of badly needed moisture to the area, but Saturday's storm also brought a tornado funnel which touched down on the Earl and George Ballinger farm east of Racine. The funnel, which dipped into the farmyard during the forenoon, destroyed several feed racks, connecting conveyor belts, and all of the electrical equipment in the feeders. No damage estimate was given. There were no injuries.
Stewartville school district voters turned out in near-record numbers Monday with an overwhelming majority supporting the $1,650,000 proposed bond issue for elementary and secondary school building facilities. A total of 1,318 ballots were cast.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
April 29, 1948
At the regular meeting of the VFW this week, the following officers were installed: C. R. Fauver, Lyle Janssen, William Russell, M. E. Fauver, H. A. Schumann, Leonard Egen, Norbert Rud, Hayden Light, Roger Griffin, Oscar Kuhle, Clinton Stapleton, John Myhre, Leo Ringey, Clark Stensrud, High Littlefield, Don Skyhawk and William Logan.
A fire call Tuesday brought firemen to the Ford garage, where an overheated welding unit had caught fire. No damage was reported inside the building.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
April 28, 1938
With all lockers and freezing equipment in place and ready for patrons, Ronny Stoyke announced a formal opening of the modern refrigerated locker system at the Stoyke store Saturday.
A special cachet designed by Sidney Wheeler will be used on all outgoing airmail from Stewartville during National Airmail Week, May 15-21. Airmail will be dispatched daily from the local post office during that week by special service. An airplane from Austin will probably stop here and pick up the mail and take it to Rochester, where it will be transferred to the regular mail plane to the Twin Cities, Chicago and other eastern cities.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO
April 28, 1898
A. F. Stiles has ordered new cornets for W. A. Wilson and James Martin, who will make very acceptable additions to the Racine band.








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