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30 years ago -- Co-op begins building new office complex

FIVE YEARS AGO
May 7, 2013
The two finalists to become the new principal at Bonner Elementary School include Randy Juhl, elementary principal in the Southland School District, and Matt Phelps, the positive behavior intervention specialist in the Robbinsdale School District.
Stewartville businesses that sell alcohol have passed their most recent compliance checks with flying colors. The businesses include Ambassador Liquor, Skip-N-Dales, the DownUnder, Kwik Trip North, Kwik Trip South, Strikers Corner, the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 and Fareway.
Stewartville's 29th annual citywide garage sales has 137 registered participants.
Street Beat question: What do you think about Stewartville having a snow day on May 2? David Schmuck, "I got up at 6, and the upstairs window was white, so I said, "Well, we got a little snow." Then I looked outside and said, "Whoa!" I was shocked. I'm flabbergasted...." Todd Hansen, "I think it's perfect timing, since two days ago we put away everything that had to do with winter. I woke up this morning and the kids were running around saying that they wanted to go out and play in the snow...." Jim Kath, "When the phone rang bright and early at 5 o'clock this morning, I knew right away that it was a show day. I heard the phone ring, realized it was a snow day and went back to bed. I just put the snowblower and the snow shovels away...." Kendra Seavey, "This Norwegian loves snow. I love the beauty it brings - the white. It covers up the doldrums of winter, although I didn't want it on May 2. I took my daughter to work at the clinic at 6:15 in the morning. That went slow and easy...."
Mother Nature dumped 14 inches of snow on Stewartville and the area. Schools closed all day May 2 and part of May 3.
Hundreds of guests attended the benefit for Cheryl Campbell and her family on Saturday April 27. Campbell is paralyzed from the chest down after she fell from her horse during a pole-racing competition last Nov. 9. The event was sponsored by the Stewartville Morning Lions.
Evie Hintz began volunteering in Louise Sorenson's classroom at Bonner in 1991. Hintz was presented with a Tiger Token to thank her for her service at last week's Stewartville School Board meeting.
Marilyn Nash accepts the Community Service Advisory Council's Community Service Recognition Award.
TEN YEARS AGO
May 6, 2008
Finding treasures in garages is what hundreds of visitors to Stewartville do when they make their way to the 135 homes registered for the citywide garage sales.
George and Florence Reinhart have been named the recipients of the Stewartville Community Services Advisory Council's Community Service Award for 2008.
A small group of Stewartville High School students, led by Andrew Langseth, associate pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church, gathered around the school's flag pole to pray during the National Day of Prayer on Friday morning, May 1.
Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed Jason Geving of Edward Jones to the business community with an official visit last week. Chamber members included Stacy Savoy, Larry Gray, Margaret Nelson, Mark Rusciano, Chris Dahle, Stephanie Fossum, Lloyd Anderson, Chris Stafford, Bill Schimmel Jr., Monte Beck, Chris Gray and Beth Schmidt.
Dean Westfall of Dexter was rewarded for getting out of bed early during the first annual turkey hunt for the disabled near Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch on Saturday, April 26. Westfall was waiting in his wheelchair when two toms strutted up to a decoy at 6:22 that morning. There was only one that survived, he commented!
FFA chapter officers for 2008-09 include Theresa Twohey president; Nicole Vrieze, treasurer; Stephanie Solberg, assistant officer; Emily Deters, secretary; Linzie Schunke, assistant officer; Kevin Welter, reporter; Zach Heeren, vice president; Brady Goetz, sentinel, and Emily Reinhart, assistant officer.
Stewartville Morning Lions Club scheduled a May 31 dinner to raise money for Angie Kraetsch of Racine. Kraetsch recently underwent surgery and received a new kidney and pancreas at Rochester Methodist Hospital. The benefit will help with the family's medical expenses.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
May 13, 2003
Laura Hoover, president of the Stewartville Middle School Builders Club, presented a $100 check to Loretta Verbout of Rochester Area Disabled Athletics and Recreation. The check represented part of the proceeds from a wheelchair basketball game recently held at the Stewartville schools.
Street Beat question: Do you like garage sales? Why or why not? Edna Bernard, "I like garage sales. I get bargains for the great-grandchildren. If I see an item I know my friends are collecting, I'll buy it...." Kathy Foster, "I just came from one. I bought some pots and pans. You bet I like garage sales. I like the people even more than the good deals...." Kenton Derr, "Yeah, I do. You can find some good deals. I haven't gone to one yet this year. I look for tools, mowers, fishing poles, things like that...." Madge Axtell, "Yeah, I do. They're just fun to go to and find some little treasure that other people don't think is a treasure...."
During National BAP Conference competition, the Financial Analyst Team of Laura English, Sarah Rainey, Heidi Severtson and Jenny Mach, earned a first place. They are the first team for Stewartville BPA chapter to earn a first place at the national level. The team event is extremely difficult and prestigious.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
May 12, 1998
Just a few old signs and some faded tinsel is all that was left last week as reminders of the former Glover Roller Rink. Firemen, yesterday, began practice burns on the structure. The area will be the site of a new bus garage being built by Curt and Connie Grisim of Grisim Bus.
Telephone customers in Racine on a 378-exchange will be able to locally call Stewartville and Rochester in about a year, following a majority vote in April.
Stewartville High School instructor Brenda Radcliffe will be the featured speaker during the annual Senior Honor Banquet, to be held in the SHS cafeteria. Her talk will be entitled, "What Really Counts."
Mayor Chuck Murphy joins the VFW and Legion Auxiliary members in proclaiming May 14-15 and May 21-22 as Poppy Days in Stewartville. Members in attendance for the signing were Phyllis Sinn, Shirley Whitaker, Frances Janssen and Charlotte Kath.
Breanna Boyum won the best player honors in the Central Elementary Backgammon Club.
Five BPA students placed among the top 10 in national competition held in San Antonio. They include Tim Krueger, Aaron Meyer, Brenda Hopkins, Jake Morlock and Lindsay Garry.
The Stewartville United Educators have announced the winners of its 14th annual Creative Writing Contest. In poetry, Colleen Hammond, 5th-6th grade division; LeeAnna Stacy, 7th-9th grade division. In prose, Patricia Fredricksen, 5th-6th grade division; Kirsten Fryer, 7th-9th grade division. Honorable mention include Seth Denny Kelly Foley, Ashley Huber, Trista Jensen, Nikki Meyerhofer, Adam Mitchell and Marissa Torgerson, 5th-6th grade division; Megan Howes, Ashley Lawson and Jared Thompson, 7th-9th grade division.
Nearly New and More, a "gently used" children's clothing and maternity wear store, has moved to Main Street in Stewartville from its former location on County Road 8. Owner Sue Lindquist, who opened the business four years ago, opened in her new location at 301 North Main Street, the former location of the Flower Barn.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 11, 1993
Those with a hefty appetite for rummage sales will have their appetite satisfied this week, when 140 sales are offered in the annual Town-Wide Garage Sales on Friday and Saturday.
The Stewartville Jaycees elected new officers. They are Al Chihak, president; Lori Carlson, secretary; Gordy Ecklund, treasurer; Jay Carlson, pull-tab chair; Wendy Chihak, community development vice president; Clifton Feltis, management development vice president; Lisa Nelson, individual development vice president, and Bill Wannarka, membership development vice president. Jaycee of the Year was Dan Tweite.
Patrick Aldrich, Lyle Johnson, John King and Darrel Splittstoesser will square off for two seats on the Stewartville School Board next week during the annual election.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
May 10, 1988
A record number of garage sales - 114 - are registered for the 4th annual Town-Wide Garage Sales this Friday and Saturday project chairman Gary Oelkers reported.
All American Co-op in Stewartville will begin construction of a new 2-story office building by the end of the month, confirmed Jim Hunter, the co-op's controller.
Three incumbents are unchallenged in the May 17 school board election. They are Clayton Bliese, Gladys Carroll and Harlen Renken.
Stewartville High School senior Jeff Owen was named finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition in April.
The Stewartville American Legion Color Guard won first place in the Loyalty Days events held in Waseca May 1. Also taking top honors was the Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary Unit #164.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 11, 1983
David Jans, Steven Schwarz, Mary Kuisle and Darrel Splittstoesser will all have their names on the ballot during the annual school board election.
Andrea Salchow and Michelle Engel, both SHS seniors, garnered sixth place finishes in competition at the National Office Education Association convention held in Chicago.
FORTY YEARS AGO
May 11, 1978
Stewartville's population is now estimated to be 4,277 according to a report from the Minnesota State Planning Agency. The new figures show a 2,202 increase since 1970.
David Arneson, Diana Lyn Brugh, Michael Carson, Janet Quandt, Oliver Renken, Harlen Wickre, Paul Gerber, Lawrence Kuisle, Hayden Light, Darrel Splittstoesser, and Avery Vrieze have all filed for school board posts.
A concerned group of citizens has informally organized in Stewartville to study a traffic control problem.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
May 9, 1968
A fire, believed to have been caused by lightning, leveled a large barn on the Kenneth Bessingpas farm early Friday. An adjoining silo was also damaged and a hog house caught fire briefly. Some 200 bales of straw and 30 bales of hay were burned, as well as a tank heater and new lumber stored there.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
May 13, 1948
More than 150 guests gathered at the high school gym Wednesday to attend the annual mother-daughter reception sponsored by the Girls' Friendship Club.
The Stewartville Fire Laddies and their wives were guests on Thursday at a banquet tendered for them at the Community Hall by the Zion Lutheran Church.
George Baker will run for school board post in the May 18 election.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
May 12, 1938
A Staceyville, Iowa woman who recently moved to Stewartville, was arrested Friday here and taken to Osage, Iowa by officers who held a warrant charging her and others with conspiracy. It is alleged that she took $125.
A program conducted by grade school children, the annual school exhibit and election of officers of the Parent-Teacher Association will be featured in the final PTA meeting of the year.
The Norse American Society will meet for a meeting at the home of Mrs. Claude Bentley. A program of music and readings will be given and lantern slides of Norway will be shown.
ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 13, 1893
Chauncey Chamberlain started digging the cellar for the S. J. Sanborn building in Racine. This is to be a store building with the Odd Fellow Hall above.









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