6/6/2018 1:23:00 PM 15 years ago -- Seniors enjoy Swedish-style meal
FIVE YEARS AGO May 14, 2013 Matthew Phelps will be the new principal at Bonner Elementary School beginning with the 2013-14 school year. Stephanie Zabinski, a student at the Stewartville High School, has received a Science Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences. The award recognizes Zabinski's strong interest in science and the environment. Frank Bezdicek, a 1970 alumnus of the Agricultural Education Department received the 2013 Alumni Advocate Award from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences Alumni Society. Stewartville High School's highest honors graduates include, Audrey Steinman, Matthew Terhaar, Whitney Lloyd, Paul Trisko, Laura Louks, Abby Bardwell, Sarah Blomquist, Ashley Campbell, Rosie Hermans, Elizabeth Bardwell, Lydia Bardwell, Hannah Tapp, Paige Tapp, Stephanie Bussan, Melanie Bussan and Emily Ahart. Austin Kirtz, age 8, son of Matt and Lori Kirtz of Stewartville, helped his grandpa, Jeff (Liz) Podein shoot a 24-pound turkey with a nine-inch beard on April 24. The turkey was shot in rural Stewartville at the farm of Walter (Laura) Podein. Al and Peg Chihak are happy to welcome customers to Mystic Moon Designs, Antiques & Collectibles at the store's new location at the site of the former video store in the Johnson Building along Main Street. TEN YEARS AGO May 13, 2008 The Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Miss Stewartville contest will not be held this year after only two potential candidates expressed interest in participating. Eight teachers retire after putting in combined 274 years for the Stewartville district. The teachers include Stan Tordsen, 38 years; Frank Daniels, 38 years; John Howes, 35 years; Mary Kundson, 34 years; Laurel Braun, 34 years; Janet Hart, 33 years; Richard Toews, 32 years, and David Olson, 30 years. Barb Hill, who has taught physical education in Stewartville schools for 27 years, has completed a number of challenging steps to achieve national certification in adapted physical education. She is one of only five nationally certified physical education teachers in Minnesota. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO May 20, 2003 Once a month, senior citizens who eat lunch at the Stewartville Civic Center are treated to food that originated in other countries. Treating the seniors this month was Bev Noble, who prepared a Swedish meal, Polatiskow, a potato sausage bake. Also served was Swedish bread and a tossed salad. The Stewartville Masonic Lodge awarded college scholarships to Stewartville High School seniors Laurie Brick, Megan Meyer, Amy Seelbinder and Ben Boone. Tiger hurdlers Jess Lemanski and Mia King, had the early lead out of the blocks at the girls HVL championships hosted by Stewartville on May 13. King finished first and Lemanski third. Stewartville boys track and field team won the HVL Conference championships on May 12. Stewartville High School students earning a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the third quarter of the 2002-03 school year include Brianna Thicke, Brandon Nielsen, James Gisler, Valerie Steinman, Christa Robey, Laura Gisler, Emily Wagner, Holly Vaith, Marissa Torgerson, Kimberly Skuster, Brianne Lawson, Erin Davis, Jared Thompson, Bethany Thicke, Heidi Severtson, Alicia Robey, Anthony Heddlesten, Laura English, and Kelsey Ness. Stewartville Lions Students of the Month include Katy Hanson, Ginesa Dux, Beth Thicke, Jenny Mach, Jared Thompson, Karyn Plotz, Alicia Robey, Kelli Lassig and Anthony Heddlesten. Meghan Eggers, a Stewartville High School student, was honored in April at the 2003 Salute to Youth recognition event hosted by Degree of Honor. Sponsoring Eggers was OnWord Communications. TWENTY YEARS AGO May 19, 1998 The Stewartville Fire Department took the opportunity to burn down the Grisim storage shed, most famously known by the "locals" as Glover's Roller Rink. Curt and Connie Grisim will build a new bus garage on the site. Mike Bromberg, 29, a four-year member of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Department, will take over as the new COPS deputy in Stewartville this week. The Dan Garrison Award was presented to Stephanie Evenson. The award is presented annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship, both in athletics and everyday life. Senior Tom Lofgren left his mark on the HVL Conference Meet, winning the shot put and setting a new meet record in the discus, Tuesday in Kasson. Emily King won the 100-meter hurdles and placed third in the 300s at the HVL Meet in Kasson. Chase Tuseth cleared 5-10 in the high jump to place second at the HVL Meet. Bryan Theobald and his University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire teammates took home the second place trophy in the MIRSA men's volleyball Division II national championships, April 15-19 in Austin, Tex. St. John's Lutheran Church broke ground recently for its new education wing, just north of the church. Site preparation was in full swing last week. Roof remodeling is also underway at the church. Stewartville High School High Honor students include Andrew Byrne, Mike Fauver, Chad Kalstabakken, Heather White, Sara Lassig, Mike Strei and Angie Wood. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO May 18, 1993 Dorothy McIntyre, associate executive director of the Minnesota State High School League, will be the guest speaker for the 33rd annual Senior Honor Banquet at SHS on Wednesday. Russell Hoeffner, superintendent of schools in the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown School District, signed a contract with the district last Tuesday to become the new head of Stewartville schools. A town meeting to discuss the future of Lake Florence will be held Thursday at the Stewartville Civic Center. City officials are hosting the meeting to get input from residents and to discuss alternatives on repairing the dam, which was broke open by spring floods on March 31. THIRTY YEARS AGO May 17, 1988 The Holtan Plumbing team captured the $10,000 first place team title in the Cold Springs Kegle bowling tournament held in St. Cloud. The local team, consisting of members Randy Holtan, Wes Grant, Mike Lawson, Wayne Bamlet and Bill Reimers, competed against 60 other teams in the annual event which runs from January through May 1. City council members signed an engineering contract with Yaggy-Colby Associates, May 10, totaling $310,800 for work to be performed by that firm as party of the wastewater treatment plant project. FORTY YEARS AGO May 18, 1978 Four members of the junior class of Stewartville High School are National Merit Scholarship finalists. Jennifer Thomson, Karin Koehn, Terry Treder and Francis Langston received high ratings. Stewartville-Racine School board members reversed an earlier decision to rent space for housing students in two churches in Stewartville. The board voted four to three to not rent space at St. Bernard's and St. John's churches. Where the students will be housed is still to be decided. Ken Howe was elected the new Jaycee president at the annual awards banquet held May 12 at the Fish House. St. Bernard's Catholic parish is sponsoring a celebration for the Rev. Paul Halloran, pastor of the parish, in observance of his 25 years as an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church. FIFTY YEARS AGO May 16, 1968 Father Lawrence Gavin, pastor of St. Bridget's Catholic Church, will be the speaker for baccalaureate services which will kick off a busy pre-graduation week for the senior class of Stewartville High School. Christine King and Jerome Hess have been named co-valedictorians of the 1968 class, with Beverly Gunneson and Loranelle Tuttle being named co-salutatorians. Roger Hamer received the Region 8 Swine Proficiency Award at the State FFA Convention held last week in St. Paul. He also was awarded the State Farmer Degree. The Hamilton Birthday Club met Tuesday afternoon of last week with Mrs. Howard Chamberlain. The honored member was Mrs. Alden Marburger. SIXTY YEARS AGO May 15, 1958 Empty your car of any unnecessary tools, spare tires, etc. and head for Stewartville this weekend where many of the stores are staging a gigantic Dollar Days Sale-abration. Cyril Sackett, Stewartville, is one of three men selected by District Judge Arnold Hatfield to set values and cost of damages to property being condemned in the improvement of Highway 52 north of Rochester to Oronoco Township. Approximately 175 people gathered last night at the high school in honor of the school's athletes at the annual Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Athletic Banquet. The Rock Dell Indians 4-H Club met at the Juleson School House Monday evening, May 5. The meeting was called to order by President Clayton Larson. Demonstrations were given by Lowell Saterdalen, how to make a TV stool; Judy Marshall, how to buy plants carefully; Diane Golberg, how to make fudge brownies, and David Nelson and Bob Foss, how to set up a projector. SEVENTY YEARS AGO May 20, 1948 J. A. Streiff and Leslie Kinsley were re-elected for three year terms on the Board of fEducation at the annual school election. SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO May 20, 1943 The Jive Bombers made their first public appearance Wednesday evening when they played for a dance at Bailey's Hall in Racine for the benefit of the local high school band uniform fund. The personnel of the orchestra are Geraldine Griffin, John Sullivan, LeLoris Lenton, Wallace Slightam, Paul Sullivan, Leo Johnson and Jack Lenton.