By Elsie Machtemes, correspondent
10 Years Ago – June 6, 2002
One hundred thirty-one students graduated from Waconia High School this year. The smallest graduating class from here was in 1994 when just 83 students graduated. The largest so far was in 1977 and 1980 when 151 students graduated from Waconia High School.
PATRIOT FORUM: What qualitites identify a good friend? "That they’re nice." – Ashley Castaneda-Waconia. "They are fun and act nice to people."- Shelby Moats-St. Boni. "Friendly and nice to others."-Anthony Rupp-Waconia. "They are athletic and nice and friendly."-John Casaneda-Waconia.
Justin Pawela has accepted an offer to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He was a valedictorian of the class of 2002 of Waconia High School.
Crane operators removed the cupola from atop St. Joe’s School last Friday. The structure, estimated to be about 1,500 pounds, will be incorporated into the new education center that is being constructed just south of the existing school.
The Waconia Lakers baseball team began their season with a game against Victoria. Rob Wagener started on the mound and pitched for seven innings before relief.
Denver Baldwin died. He was 89. He owned and operated the Surge Dairy Farm Equipment business in Waconia for 15 years.
Mayer – Mayer Lutheran High School named award winners at the Academic Awards Night Banquet. Darren Braun, son of Tom and Colleen Braun of Waconia, was recognized as the John Philip Sousa Award recipient for the 2001-02 school year. Mark Schaefer of Victoria and Christina Tewes were recognized for being Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2002.
25 Years Ago – June 4, 1987
Two Waconia Hi-Flyers wrestlers are heading for nationals. Steve Marsden and Shawn Wagener placed high enough in the state free style wrestling tournament to advance to nationals. Kevin and Kelly Wagener placed second at the state tournament. Others at the regional were Brad Ess, Jason Wagener, Eric Wagener and Shawn Plocher.
New residents in Waconia will soon get an official welcome to the area from Darlene Roth, herself a new resident, who is starting Welcome Neighbor! as a new business.
Tricia Jones was the first place winner of a world peace essay contest sponsored by the Waconia Rotary Club.
Mary Jo Gothmann, daughter of Alan and Jo Ann Gothmann, received her master of music degree from New England Conservatory.
Victoria – Barbara Leuthner is celebrating her 90th birthday at the St.Victoria Parish on Sunday.
Cologne – The Hollanders Baseball squad split a doubleheader with Carver on Sunday. Rich Hoen started for Cologne. Craig Pexa blasted one over the fence.
Listen to the News from Carver County on KDUZ 1260 with Joann Sudheimer.
50 Years Ago – June 7, 1962
Herman (Orty) Ortloff landed a 16 lb. 10 oz., 41 inch Northern on Lake Waconia to get the Waconia Chamber of Commerce prize for a Northern for the local fishing contest. Wallace Goethke of Norwood caught an 8 1/2 oz. sunfish for that class.
One thousand sixty-eight children received Sabin Oral Polio Vaccines at the high school. Mrs. Leon Budahl, a registered nurse, administered them.
Renard Valenciano became the first Waconia High School baseball player in history to be chosen on the all district baseball squad.
New Germany – Mrs. Leland Stender attended the State Postmaster’s Convention. It was held in St. Paul.
Cologne – Relatives from here have been visiting with Mrs. Dahle Plocher who is a patient at the Waconia Hospital with rheumatic fever.
The Waconia High School paperback book store, which was opened last October, has just completed a highly successful first year. Over 2,000 books were sold to the students. This new project was inaugurated by the English Department chairman, Verlyn Anderson.
In a Nuptial High Mass double ring ceremony Jean Brown became the bride of Lloyd L. Laumann at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. The soloist was Miss Sharon Biersdorf.
St. Bonifacius – St. Boni Lumber Company: Sheet Rock – 5 cents per foot. Cedar Fence and Dock Posts- 35 cents.
75 Years Ago – June 3, 1937
Sixteen students will graduate from the new Waconia High School auditorium on Wednesday evening. Bernadette Hartmann is the Valedictorian. Clifford Westermann is the Salutatorian.
HINTS FOR THE HOME: Buttermilk is a gentle and effective bleach for freckles. Rinse your face in it at night after washing and let the buttermilk remain on the skin until morning.
Mrs. Frank Effertz and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Effertz were Minneapolis visitors on Tuesday.
‘NEW CONIA" Theatre: Friday and Saturday: Wm. Boyd in "Hopalong Cassidy Returns".
Local nimrods who have been after the finny tribe every day since the season opened report that Rueben Aretz, one of the hundreds of fishermen at Lake Waconia last Saturday, as usual landed the limit of bass.
100 Years Ago – June 7, 1912
Every citizen of Waconia who wishes to make the village a spot of beauty, is asked to be present at Elm Street on the lake shore on Friday afternoon with sickles, scythes, rakes, hoes and other instruments used to clean up. Strangers who come here will really say we have a beautiful little village. People of good will come and join your mayor.
Charles Wessale is no more. He died at the Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis.
Fred Mueller shingled the roof on his granary last week Saturday.
Roufs and Pfleghaar shipped a carload of horses to Midway last week Saturday.
CITY HALL MARKET: 2 boxes of strawberries -25 cents. Fine Summer Sausage per lb. – 18 cents.