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June 18, 2019

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30 years ago -- Sykes celebrate 20 years at Coast to Coast

FIVE YEARS AGO
June 3, 2014
Now that local and area residents have approved the construction of a new elementary school in northwest Stewartville, city officials are planning ahead for the utility improvements that will accompany the project.
Members of the Stewartville High School class of 2014 will receive their diplomas at the annual commencement ceremony at SHS gym this Friday, June 6 beginning at 7 p.m. Class speakers who will address their fellow graduates include Nathan Lange, Riley Paulson, Stephanie Schmidt and Jason Danielson.
Street Beat question: SHS grads, what did you enjoy about high school, and what are your future plans? Ashley Eberle, "The friendships I've made from the sports teams I was on. I played basketball and volleyball.... I'm going to UW-Eau Claire for nursing. I'm excited. It's a new chapter in my life...." Beth Westfall, "Probably our friends. The class is so small, and it's easy to be close to all the people.... I'm going to North Dakota State University for marketing and managerial psychology. I'm excited about being on my own...." Evan Doty, "I liked hanging out with my friends and trying to get to know everybody.... I'm going to attend Central Lakes College in Staples for heavy equipment operation and maintenance. I'm looking forward to being independent and also to learning some new skills...." Grant Brass, "I liked the ag classes a lot. It's kind of unique to school. None of the Rochester schools have it, so I got to do things here that I wouldn't have done if I would have gone to Mayo for example....I will attend South Dakota State University for ag business. I'm a little worried, but I think it'll be kind of fun to try something new...."
Four sixth graders were honored for their essays about their favorite older person. They include Ireland Broadwater (grandmother Sue Klein), Noah VandeLoo (grandmother, Midge Block), Haylee Weightman (Les Thomann, grandfather), and Savannah Davis (Ruth Reese, grandmother).
Three students at Central Intermediate School won bicycles in a drawing sponsored by the Stewartville Masonic Lodge and the Olmsted County Deputy Sheriff's Association. Students earn the chance to enter in the drawing by reading books and writing book reports. The students include, Katelyn McClellan, Caden King and Stormie Mullenbach.
Stewartville School District retirees include Bruce Hoff, Susan Bartels, Bev Nelson, Cindy Berger and John Dzubay.
Staff earning special awards include Maryan Gisler, Support Staff Person of the Year; Dawn Clark, Friend of Education; Kelly Manley, Teacher of the Year, grades 7-12, and Krystal Peterson, Teacher of the Year, grades pre-K through 6.
TEN YEARS AGO
June 2, 2009
Speakers for the Stewartville High School class of 2009 include Theresa Twohey, Rob Vaupel, Derek Robey, Abby Holst, Olivia Skic Miller and Brandon Lecy.
Street Beat question: To parents of graduating seniors, what are your thoughts as your child finishes high school? Brenda Bell (mother of Eric Bell), "I have mixed emotions. I'm happy he moving on to the next phase of his life, but I'm sad that he's leaving the nest.... We're very proud of him...." Susan Gisler (mother of Tom Gisler), "I will miss him, but I'm looking forward to the next phase of his life. I'm excited form him to start college....I'm very proud of him...." Mark Vaupel (father of Rob Vaupel), "I'm personally very excited about it. Graduation is a great accomplishment, and in one sense he's reaching the finish line, but in another sense he's beginning the next step of his life...." Scott Christian (father of Karyn Christian), "As any parent would say, I'm proud of her accomplishments. It has been amazing to raise a child who has been so easy to raise...."
Byron Meline is grateful for the warm reception he has received as the new pastor at Stewartville's Zion Lutheran Church.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
June 1, 2004
Ben Sass was commissioned an officer on May 21 during a ceremony at Coffman Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Minnesota. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army.
The Stewartville Lions Club honored its Students of the Month at a luncheon held at the 7th Rib in Racine May 20. They are Marissa Torgerson, Brianne Lawson, Colleen Hammond, Emily Bisbee, Katie Carlson, Josh Mann, Marcus Daniels, Kelli Beck and Emily Wagner.
Street Beat question: To Stewartville School District teachers, what are your plans for the summer? Roberta Lentz, "We live on a farm. I hope to enjoy the sunshine, mow hay and feed baby calves. I do farm work, I love it...." Kristine Rose, "I plan to read all the books that I haven't gotten the chance to read yet. I like to read mystery books...." Larry Raadt, "I plan to do the usual catch-up on things around the house - the lawn and the landscaping. I'm going to do some fishing...." David Olson, "I'm taking a trip to Oregon and California to visit my kids who live out there. I'm also going to take some classes and learn how to use a Smart Board...."
Tiger senior Tony Gehling signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Upper Iowa University.
Brian Ferson earned the Stewartville Area Historical Society 2003 Restoration and Preservation Award for his work to restore the former Tews Hotel.
Top band awards for 2003-04 went to SHS students Josh Mann, Caleb Case and Emily Bisbee.
Top choir honors were received by Mary Kellner, Luke Langseth and Jackie Hartzell.
Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed L & L Cabinets to the community with an official ambassador visit. Chamber representatives who presented owner Larry Laures with the business' first dollar were Connie Grisim, Jarett Jones, Mark Anderson, Beth Schmidt, Jan Lubahn, and Breanna Boyum, Miss Stewartville.
Welcoming Northside Radiator & Auto owners Mike Ilse and Lonnie Bergeson to the business community were Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce members Jan Lubahn, Beth Schmidt, Connie Grisim, Mark Anderson, Jarett Jones, and Miss Stewartville Breanna Boyum.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
June 1, 1999
Bonner Elementary principal Max Broadwater officially tendered his resignation to the Stewartville school board last week. Broadwater has been Bonner principal for nearly 30 years.
Graduation ceremonies for the class of 1999 will be held at 2 p.m. at Schaefer Field. Leading the class this year will be four high honor students, including Julie Grazier, Caleb Jobes, Zachary Knudson and Tracy Lange. All of them achieved a career grade point average at or above 3.95.
Stewartville Lions Club members Clair Mrotek, Vern Hillesland, Dick Wacholz, Cliff Walker, Dick Uptagrafft and Jerry Pingree, volunteered their time at Camp Winnebago Clean-Up Day May 18.
Emily King raced to a first place finish in Thursday's finals of the 100 meter high hurdles and also won the 300 meter low hurdles.
She will compete in the state meet in Blaine this Friday.
A formal ribbon cutting officially dedicating the new $76,000 civic center addition was held at city hall with senior citizen and community representatives taking part in the cutting.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 1, 1994
The class of 1994 will say goodbye to Stewartville High School during the 91st annual commencement exercises on Sunday, June 5 at Schaefer Field. In case of inclement weather, the exercises will be held in the high school gym.
Highest honor students for the 1994 graduating class (3.9 or above) included Laura Finley, Daniel Landherr, Tara Moen, Andrew Olson, Tessa Reiser, Katherine Sturm and Elizabeth Westby.
Saying goodbye to SHS were retiring teachers Gordy Koehn, Janice Heitman, Gary Aswegan and Clarice Wolf.
The Stewartville High School track squad captured the gold at Sub-Section 2A meet Thursday, and, in turn, will send 15 individuals to compete in the Section 1A meet Thursday and Saturday at SHS.
The Stewartville High School softball squad captured the Sub-Section 3A crown after beating two worthy competitors Thursday in Plainview. The girls beat both Plainview and Chatfield to now advance to Section 1A play Thursday at Todd's Park in Austin.
Stewartville area Jaycees recently elected new officers for the year. They include Patricia Hamilton, public relations vice president; Lori Carlson, management development vice president; Tammy Ecklund, secretary; Heidi Schmitz, co-president; Tom Sinn, state delegate; Pat Malone, treasurer, and Dale Schmitz, co-president.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
May 30, 1989
Central Elementary principal, David R. Ruzek, will begin a two-year term as president of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association on July 1. Ruzek has served the 800 member organization on its Board of Directors for six years, most recently as president-elect.
To hear Harry and Evelyn Sykes tell it, it "seems like only yesterday" when they purchased the Coast-to-Coast Store in Stewartville. But the truth will be more than known this week, when the Sykeses celebrate their 20th anniversary as owners of the business. An anniversary celebration will be held during most of the week at the store.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 30, 1984
Paul and Jan Durbahn have been awarded the Friend of Education Award for 1984 from the Stewartville Education Association. The award is bestowed upon any person, who through leadership acts and support on the local scene, has proven to be a true friend of education, educators or students.
FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 30, 1974
In surprise action last week, the Stewartville City Council voted to hire Phillip Nereson, 26, as the new city clerk to replace Dale Malcomson, who has resigned the position.
Stewartville will acquire its first one-way street beginning Aug. 1, after action taken Tuesday night by city council members. It was voted to limit the flow of traffic on Second Street NW to one westerly direction.
FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
May 28, 1964
Connie Haack and Stanton Benson of Stewartville are among a group of 84 high ability students from high schools in 10 states who have been awarded full tuition scholarships to a special five-week summer science program at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
The recipient of the Mrs. Jaycees Scholarship for this year was Rozanne Drewes of Stewartville. She and her mother, Mrs. Lorraine Drewes, were guests at a luncheon where Miss Drewes was presented the award.
SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 3, 1954
The proposed one-story Junior-Senior High School building to accommodate 500 students will be accepted or rejected by the voters of the Stewartville Consolidated School District Tuesday. The proposed site, which includes the present athletic fields owned by the village, the Tubbs land and the Weinzettel land, will also be voted on. The building would be erected on the area now occupied by the baseball field and will face south. The gymnasium will be on the north with the main entrance to the west.
SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 1, 1944
Miss Betty Bernard has resigned as helper at the Stewartville National Bank. Her place has been taken by Miss Maxine Hanson.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO
June 1, 1939
Rev. R. J. Woods formally took over his duties last Sunday as pastor of the St. Bernard's Church. Father Woods took the place left vacant by Father William Gorman, who was transferred to the pastorate of St. Luke's Catholic Church at Sherbourne. Father Woods came here from Jasper, Minn.
Seventeen Stewartville High School pupils missed not one day of school. The "Perfect 17" are Marjorie Brownell, John Dubbels, Lawrence Kilmer, DeLores Buchholz, Wilma Clement, Marcella Kendall, Robert Wood, Lornice Bernard, Lorraine Bernard, LaVonne Jones, Elaine Stoltenberg, Charles Woodworth, Bernadine Bernard, Isabel Buchholz, Milton Janssen, Shirley McMoran and Dorothy Swenson.
EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 7, 1934
Thirteen high school pupils had a perfect attendance in school last year. Those so honored were Eleene Collins, Evelyn Howe, Marion Sackett, Paul Swygman, Lucile Wood, Frances Bartholomew, Anita Becker, Mildred Betcher, Marjorie Eppard, Alta Mae Erickson, Alvin Flint, Eleanor Kuisle and Harold Prescher.
Hiram Griffith, a graduate of the Stewartville High School class of 1928, graduated from the Winona State Teachers College Wednesday evening.
NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO
June 5, 1924
The flag display on our business street known as the Shenandoah system of flag decorations was used for the first time on Decoration Day.
The gas mask and steel helmet worn by Ernest Johns while in action on the battlefields of France is on display at the Stoddard Drug Store.
June 18, Stewartville will put on one of the biggest celebrations ever witnessed here. The event is in honor of the soldier boys of Stewartville, High Forest, Pleasant Grove and Rock Dell, who have come home from the battlefronts and camps.






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