By Elsie Machtemes, correspondent
10 Years Ago – May 30, 2002
Waconia High School has three valedictorians this year from the graduating class. They are: Alex Kranz, Sarah Gibbs and Justin Pawela.
Jeff Schnobrich was named Waconia’s top Business Person of the Year at the Waconia Chamber of Commerce annual awards meeting. He is a veterinarian at the Waconia Clinic. Tim Litfin received the Golden Apple Award for Community Education and David Falk received the Community Service Award.
PATRIOT FORUM: What makes you happy? "My dog, Diva."-Nick Selleck-Waconia. "My trampoline and basketball hoop."-Tyler Selleck-Waconia. "My family."-Sylvia Tristan-Waconia. "Playing."-Alex Tristan-Waconia.
Mary Joos was named to the dean’s list at the University of North Carolina. She is the daughter of Bernie and Bob Joos of Waconia.
BUSINESS: Darla Chafee and Lisa Rochat-Boeser are the owners of the newly opened Beadside the Bay at 144 West Main St. in Waconia.
Twenty-six Waconia Wildcat tracksters are advancing to the section finals at Gustavus Adolphus College. The boys relay team of Phil Litfin, Alex Krukowski and Eric and Marc Ellingson remained undefeated. Micah Young, Kaylee Rasmussen, Krista Anderson, Jen Bostic and Kerstin Palm all qualified in three events.
25 Years Ago – May 28, 1987
First grader Dustin Lubitz proudly held the United States flag at St. Joseph Catholic School as students sang a salute to the flag and our country for festivities of Memorial Day.
Burglaries have plagued downtown Waconia businesses recently. John’s Appliance and Waconia Ford-Mercury on Main St. and Weinzierl Jewelry on First Street were broken into. Several others were reported prior to that.
Incumbents of the Waconia School Board Dan Steinhagen and Frank Foss were reelected.
Candy Monroe, Paul Melchert, Babs Wagener and Dr. Jim Turner, members of the Ridgeview Foundation Bridge Tournament Committee, got in a game while planning the foundation’s second annual fundraiser.
Cologne – Happy birthday to Harriet Tellers, Sonny Bruesehoff and Adelaide Schneider who are celebrating this week.
Lake Waconia gave up yet another big fish this week. Jeff Bowen of Minneapolis caught a 1 lb. 12 oz. crappie on Kegs Reef using a Flu Flu Jig.
The Waconia High School girl’s golf team took third in regional competition Tuesday. The Chiefs district team includes Catherine Kirsch, Jenny Geiger, Vici Moonen, Sandy Smetana, Bobbi Jo Leivermann, and Nancy Geiger.
50 Years Ago – May 31, 1962
Mayer – Bonnie Jopp was crowned Carver County Dairy Princess. Constance Hoen of Cologne was one of the attendants.
David Plocher, Victor Schreiner, Mrs. Vincent Giesen, Alice Snicker, Mrs. Lester Burandt and Lois Seegert were present to receive $10 in the Waconia businesses Friday evening drawing.
The Cologne Hollanders invade Waconia this Sunday with blood in their eyes. The Hollanders won their first game in three years two weeks ago and scared the pants off of St. Bonifacius in their opening game before bowing 1-0. With young Tom Swanson doing some fine twirling for the Hollanders the Dutchmen are a real threat. According to Rich Aretz, the Cologne nine will be out to dump those Waconia "Cowboys." The game should be a dandy so get there early. Who knows, maybe the boys from down south will bring in another one of their "tan" Hollanders for this encounter?
FOR SALE: Used TV set in good operating condition.-$14.95 – Al’s Radio and TV Service – Waconia.
Relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kuntz of Mayer in honor of a bridal shower given for Miss Evan Mae Hilk. Miss Hilk and her fiance, Allen Lenzen, have chosen June 2 as their wedding date. The ceremony will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Now at Waconia Motors: A big savings on the Limited Edition of The 1962 Galaxie!
75 Years Ago – May 27, 1937
Waconia’s new authorized Gamble Store agency located in the former Wostrel building will be opened Saturday. F.J. Lenz, owner and manager, has been busily getting ready for the opening. This new Gamble store is one of the 1,578 Gamble stores now operating in the middlewest.
Leonard Bleichner of Cologne is spending two weeks with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bleichner of Waconia.
It has just been announced that the Braunwarth Motor Co., local Allis-Chalmers farm machinery dealer, is one of the sponsors of a new radio feature to be known as Pioneer Stories which will be on the air two times each week. The programs will be heard over WCCO and WNAX.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT! The latest method the Minneapolis anglers use to deplete the finny tribe in Lake Waconia is to come by airplane and fish right out of it. Sunday afternoon Dr. Young of Minneapolis flew out in his big silver seaplane and taxied around on the lake fishing out of his plane wherever the spot looked good. However, the winged angler flew back without any fish.
John Lindner and his crew last week Wednesday filled in the holes on Trunk Highway No. 5 with sand and tar. The repairs were made on the Highway through Waconia and west of town to Norwood.
In a litter of pigs born on the M. O’Connell farm west of here was one with two perfect lower jaws and two tongues. The animal was chloroformed and put into a jar of alcohol.
100 Years Ago – May 31, 1912
Waconia will be the mecca for Lutheran ministers from all parts of the United States and Canada during the week of June 4th to the 12th. The conference will be conducted by the Missouri Synod. More than 500 delegates are planning to attend. The meetings will be held at the Lutheran church here. The hotels of the town will be taxed to their utmost and many private families will take care of the overflow from the hotels. The last conference held here was in the year 1901.
"Topsy" the terrier belonging to Mrs. Carl Krause was run over and killed by an automobile Friday last. We have been warning autoists regarding the speed in the village. The streets are not speedways and the village authorities are going to put a damper on joy riding if they have to keep Justice Bradley busy day and night.
A slick looking hobo accumulated enough money to buy himself a good sized jag and then went to the Catholic Church where he appropriated a number of candles. He was caught in the act by the pastor of the church. He was given a good lecture and sent on his way.
The 3-penny piece will prove to be a great boon to the tight wad who has always been ashamed to give a penny tip and regarded a nickel as too extravagant.
All cedar hitching posts at Wood Lake are being replaced by iron ones.
You are cordially invited to attend the open air dance at the Lakeside Pavilion next Sunday evening.