3/28/2018 2:45:00 PM 35 years ago -- Carbon monoxide fills room during meeting
FIVE YEARS AGO March 12, 2013 Stewartville residents gave a decisive thumbs up to the construction of a new Fire Hall on Tuesday, March 5. In all, 557 residents voted "yes" and 120 said "no" to the city of Stewartville's request for $1.8 million in general obligation bonds to demolish the city's current Fire Station and build a new structure at the same Main Street location. Stewartville resident Theresa Hornberg has been recognized by Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota as an Employee of the Year for 2012. She received the Living our Values award, based on several nominations by her coworkers. The Racine Ramblers 4-H Club recently made cozy fleece tie blankets and presented them to four residents at the Stewartville Care Center. Delivering one of the blankets to resident Helen Guritz was Makayla, Carter and Taylor Morgan and Layne Vaupel, representing the 4-H club. A 17-year-old Stewartville boy, Austin Atkinson, was injured in a snowmobile accident near Bear Cave Park March 6. Stewartville's eighth-grade Academic Triathlon team qualified for the state meet by winning the regional meet at Byron March 1. Team members include Morgan Wildeman, Graham Mueller, Candi Quandt, Jessica Pedelty, Emily Majerus and Julia Lanzel. Todd Johnson is coach/advisor. TEN YEARS AGO March 11, 2008 Effective this fall, parents will pay a minimum of $100 per week to send their children to Tiger Time, up from the current $75 minimum, according to a measure approved by the Stewartville School Board at its Feb. 25 meeting. The Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Stewie Motors to the local business community with an official ambassador visit last week. Stacy Savoy, Chamber vice president, presented the "first dollar earned" plaque to Glen Parrett, vice president of Stewie Motors. Other Chamber members in attendance included Gene Peters, Chris Dahle, Monte Beck, Lloyd Anderson, Jodi Beck, Rick Jaacks, Stephanie Fossum and Bill Schimmel. For the first time since the 1995-96 season, the Stewartville boys basketball team recorded a victory in the first round of the state playoffs. The Tigers advance to the subsection semifinal game against number four-seeded Kingsland March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Arena. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO March 18, 2003 The Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new Family Dollar store to the community last week during an official Ambassador visit. Chamber representatives include Ken Howe, Jan Lubahn, Connie Grisim, Roger Matz, Tom Quackenbush, Jarret Jones, Clair Mrotek, Margaret Nelson, and Chamber Administrator Jodi Beck. Welcoming another new business to the Stewartville community were Chamber Ambassadors Roger Matz, Tom Quackenbush, Jarett Jones, Clair Mrotek, Jan Lubahn, Margaret Nelson, Ken Howe and Jodi Beck, Chamber Administrator. The business, Jenni's Bridal Boutique & Alterations, accepted its "first dollar earned" plaque from the group. Street Beat question: What does living in a free country mean to you? Ruth Hines, "Freedom means a lot to me, but responsibility goes along with freedom. That means responsibility to your family, community and country and sometimes that infringes on your personal freedom...." Charles Bredesen, "I feel very fortunate. I actually feel privileged. I've got the right to do what I want to do when I want to do it. I have freedom of choice...." Don Kolbert, "I feel fortunate, absolutely. Our lives are free - our spiritual lives, and our employment, for the most part - unless there's a recession...." Tanya Edgar, "It means a lot. Both my grandpa and dad served in the military. I'm proud to say that I live in America. It's important to me that my children realize what our independence is all about...." Achieving victory over four strong tournament opponents, the members of Stewartville's eighth grade girls traveling basketball team can now call themselves state champions. They won the 2003 MYSA State Class B tournament in Fridley March 7-9. First, second and third-graders in Bonner Elementary School's Horizon Gifted and Talented program completed a castle for a recent art project. Those participating included Matthew Welter, Samuel Edge, Amanda Watters, Cheyenne Hanson, Jason Robey, Katie Baumann, Marie Edland and Chloe Kidd. Students of the Month at Stewartville Middle School are seventh and eighth graders, Nikki Geerdes, Andrea Venzke, Garrett Roberts and Paul Gehling. TWENTY YEARS AGO March 17, 1998 The Stewartville High School Speech Team, under the coaching of Dave Honsey, Marlene Delfs and Margaret Smith, took third at the Chatfield Invitational on Saturday, March 7. Three Stewartville Junior High School band members participated in the Tri-State Middle School Honor Band, held March 7 in Decorah, Iowa. Participants included Molly Ness, Kirsten Fryer and Lance Moen. Director is John Dzubay. Eastwood Bank donated about $3,000 worth of used computer equipment to the Chamber of Commerce and the Stewartville Care Center. The equipment was not needed due to upgrades at the bank, but will be put to good use by the Chamber and Center. Chamber Ambassadors officially welcomed Fauver Pharmacy to the business community last week. Welcoming pharmacy owner Bob Fauver were Chamber members Ann Sand, Connie Grisim, Larry Gray, Jim Mack, Pam Waugh, Russ Hoeffner, Kari Koenigs and Greg House. Four lucky guys! Paul Kidwell, Jim Wilson and Darrell Oviatt shared a $10,000 prize on a $1 scratch ticket. Another "partner" in the winnings preferred to stay anonymous. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO March 16, 1993 The Minnesota State Department of Health, in preliminary findings, has cited the Stewartville Nursing Home for 33 deficiencies, three of which are considered serious infractions of federal regulations. The SHS girls' basketball team ended its season last week in the Section 1A semifinal when the Tigers fell to Goodhue 59-50 at the Mayo Civic Auditorium in Rochester. Stewartville boys basketball avenged last year's upset loss to Blooming Prairie, and came home with the third place Sub-section 2A trophy. The Tigers edged the Number 3 seed Blossoms, 57-55 in overtime, Friday at Riverside Arena. A four-inch water main servicing Bonner Elementary School broke over the weekend, reported Street Superintendent Ken Kraft. THIRTY YEARS AGO March 15, 1988 Community Education offered a six-week session designed to teach the language of sign. Jay Mitchell of Stewartville High School has been selected to participate in the 1988 Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation Minnesota Leadership Seminar June 9-12 at Hamline University in St. Paul. LaCrescent Ready-Mix of Stewartville has now become Ready-Mix Concrete Company of Stewartville. The business was purchased March 1 by the Dodge County Ready Mix Concrete Company, one of several companies owned by McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing of Dodge Center. The congregation of Zion Lutheran Church will welcome Pastor and Mrs. Perry Hanson as their new pastor on April 5. Hanson will preach his first sermon at both morning services April 10. The Stewartville Legionnaires were front and center again in the donation department last week, when a check for $800 was donated to the Brain Science Center, which will study neurological problems and is affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Stewartville girls' basketball was honored last week when senior Gina Rollie and junior Connie Koehn were chosen to the HVL All-Conference team. Receiving honorable mention were Michelle Robey and Stacy Schiltz. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO March 16, 1983 Pleasant Grove Township officials escaped near tragedy last week, when a faulty space heater caused carbon monoxide to fill the room, causing illness among some officers holding the annual meeting. Fortunately, the cause was found and all attending returned to good health. Stewartville will now have three rural mail routes, following action by the U. S. Postal Service; one more than the city had formerly. Bob's Cleaners has been sold to Ervin and Brad Erichsen. Bob and Lois Barthelme had opened the dry cleaning plant in 1960. FORTY YEARS AGO March 16, 1978 Pat Geerdes and Duane Loukom are compiling background information to help them with a feasibility study on the restoration of Lake Florence. The two University of Minnesota graduates were hired by the city through CETA to complete the study by the end of September. The Star reports that 551 housing units have been added to the city since 1970, according to figures released by City Coordinator Don Pauley. The figure includes 42 new apartment units, 309 mobile homes and 200 single family dwelling units. Al Rosin and Jenny Thompson placed high at the Mayo High School speech invitational, competing with 40 other students. Jenny placed second in extemporaneous reading and Al placed third in dramatic interpretation. FIFTY YEARS AGO March 14, 1968 Mrs. Jerome Stotko, local chairman for the Minnesota Society for Crippled Children fund drive, reported that $299 was collected by the volunteer workers in the Stewartville area. Ellen Bissen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bissen, Jr. was appointed by the Student Senate to the Student Activity Fund Committee at Winona State College. New FFA officers were elected at the high school. They are Richard Swanson, president; Gary Carlson, vice president; Glen Douglas, secretary; Mike Suess, treasurer; Kim Waltman, reporter; Rodney Edge, sentinel, and Ron Schultz, historian. SEVENTY YEARS AGO March 18, 1948 High school orator par excellence, Roger Kvam, made it a busy week of victories and honors this week, winning a superior rating in the District III Declamatory Tourney held in Rochester. Mrs. C. C. Lenton, local librarian, today extended a cordial invitation to all new comers and visitors in town to make use of the Stewartville Public Library. The Wabasha County Baseball League held its first meeting of the season Tuesday at Elgin, and laid preliminary plans for the eight-team league diamond session this year. Charles Heiser and Chris Prokasky were present as representatives of the Stewartville Club. EIGHTY YEARS AGO March 17, 1938 Faced with a record "crop" of grasshoppers this year, farmers of the area are urgently requested to report presence of eggs and hatching of eggs to the county agent as soon as possible in order that this part of the state, admittedly faced with serious infestation of grasshoppers, may battle the pests and keep them under control. Crisco is selling for 57 cents for a 3 lb. can, and three bunches of radishes for 10 cents at Stoyke's. NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO March 16, 1923 In an advertising contest of one of the Rochester papers last week, Mr. Robert Markham of Stewartville received a prize of $2. Sanford Dee, a former Stewartville resident won two prizes in the same contest, receiving a total of $4. The Farmer's Shipping Association shipped five cars of livestock to Chicago last Saturday night. The shipment was accompanied by Con Ringey and Manager Edward Hall. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY YEARS AGO March 17, 1898 Henry Ringey has been drawn on the petit jury list this term of court. Charles Tubbs' crack Irish setter took second prize at the St. Paul dog show last week. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO March 17, 1893 O. P. Shaffer is about to erect a new barn. A party of wolf hunters armed with snowshoes and Winchesters gave his wolfship a close call south of town one day last week.