By Elsie Machtemes, correspondent
10 Years Ago – August 1, 2002
Waconia Fire Department is entering a new era with the city’s first female firefighter. She is Angela Lafountain.
St. Bonifacius- The Highway 7 bridge in St. Bonifacius that was in need of repairs has been fully disassembled and a new bridge is being installed.
PATRIOT FORUM: What is your favorite quick snack? "A muffin.’-Cameron Munson-St. Boni. "Donuts."-Keaton Everett-Waconia. "Chocolate."-Stacy Christensen-Waconia. "Granola Bars."-Kelsy Andres-Waconia.
Melchert-Hubert-Sjodin congratulates R. Lawrence Harris who was selected by a jury of peers Minnesota’s "Super Lawyers" for 2002.
Dave Kuntz and Sarah Vanderlinde-Kuntz are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Elizabeth Anne. Welcoming her home is her big sister Gabrielle. Grandparents are Ben and Sharon Vanderlinde of St. Boni and Floyd and Betty Kuntz of Waconia.
The day after Andrew Walter caught a 48 inch, 27 pound muskie, he nabbed a 30 pound 50 inch muskie in Lake Waconia.
New Germany – Happy birthday wishes to Aleks Strehlke and Hilda Litfin.
25 Years Ago – July 30, 1987
Six Carver County senior citizens were nominated for recognition at the Carver County Fair next Thursday. They are Gilbert Melchert-Waconia, Arnold Notermann-Victoria, Gilbert Wischnack-New Germany, Mildred Wischnack-New Germany, Viola Gatz-Waconia, and Harriet Koschinska, Chaska.
A former department store in downtown Waconia is being transformed into an office building. The old Dueber’s Department Store at Olive and First Streets is being remodeled by Jim Maiser and his father Ray Maiser.
Victoria – Main Street Hair Company will be celebrating the grand opening of its newly expanded shop. The owner is Kathie Forbord. Peggy Olson and Dawn Shanahan will also provide services.
4-H demonstration winners from Carver County were announced. Champion for the individual went to Brian Willems, age 12, from the Busy Beavers 4-H Club, Cologne. His demonstration was on aerospace. J. Scot Heathman, age 12, won reserve champion from the Waconia Whiz Kids 4-H Club for his computer project. Champion demonstrator in the Cloverbud division was Jonathan Schaeffer, age 7, from the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club, Waconia.
With 90 degree humid temps and people flooding to the beaches, the Carver County lifeguards are a needed group. This year’s lifeguards include: Kathie Gliedon, Ann Mooney, Chris Kolb, Carmen Kolb, Michelle Straubmann, Laura Kraus, Dean Hoppe, Mark Hladly, Jill Melsha, Judy Brown, John Ernhart and Marlo Schmidt. Helping the guards are gatekeepers: Lisa Droskovich, Janel Lenzen, Julie Schultz, Scott Johnson and Ron Eder.
50 Years Ago – August 2, 1962
Trinity Lutheran School in Waconia is getting a new principal and music director. He is Mr. Elmer Fritz. He comes to Waconia with his wife Ella and their two children Lynn and Ronny. We bid them a cordial welcome.
Donald Lano, Jr. of Waconia, David Sauerbrey of Mayer and Harlan Menth of Young America have been chosen to attend the 1962 Farm Boys Camp at the Minnesota State Fair according to an announcement by Dale R. Smith, County Agent.
William Ehrenberg, Jr. participated in the Minnesota All-Star Bowling on Channel 4, TV on Sunday evening. In the first game Bill’s 227 was tops for the four man competition. His second game, a 187 was low. In the third game Bill again found the hole and was high with a total of 216 pins. His total three game pins was 630 which was third high for the evening. Mr. Ehrenberg’s partner in the three games was Glen Olson of Minneapolis. They won $75 each for being the top team in the three game match.
Steve Elling, Brian Melchert and Teresa Wagener passed the Swimmers Class at lessons here this summer. Steve York, Paul Rauen and Barb Rauen earned their Junior Life Savings certificate. Robert Wyttenhove was in charge of the Red Cross Swimming program at Lake Waconia this year. David Tester was his assistant.
JOHNSON’S WACONIA LUMBER CO. Highway 5 -Waconia. Bargains in Building Materials: Insulation Tile-8 cents per sq. foot. Windows and Doors as low a $6.95 each. Asphalt Shingles – $4.00 per square.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Klaseus of Waconia rejoice over the arrival of a baby girl born to them at the Waconia Community Hospital on July 28th.
Cologne – Marilyn Winker of Cologne and Lorraine Sicheneder of Waconia left Friday by train for a 10-day vacation trip to Seattle to attend the World’s Fair and visit friends.
75 Years Ago – July 29, 1937
A 33 year old man, calling Chicago as his place of residence, called on people around here and presented his card "Deaf-Mute Educational System". I am deaf-mute and I am selling cards for a living. Will you buy one? Thank you. The man forgot all about being deaf and dumb in denying accusations of attempting to pry open a door of a sedan that was parked near the hotel and retorted with vile language. He was turned over to the state criminal bureau. Clothing in the man’s grip was part of the loot taken in a $45 burglary at a home. It is alleged the man used the deaf-mute cards in order to spot places to burglarize.
The playoff series in the Crow River Valley League will start in August. This was decided by the managers of the league at a meeting at the office of Herbert Ellig, president of the league at Mayer. Kermit Lohmar, secretary of the league and Alphonse Hartman of Waconia attended the meeting.
Cologne -Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Dols motored to Winsted Sunday to partake of the chicken dinner served by that parish.
Mrs. Henry Wagener and twins left the Nagel Hospital Saturday last.
100 Years Ago – Aug. 2, 1912
A son of Ferd. Scheer of Wood Lake was kicked in the stomach by a horse one evening last week. He will recover.
The New Germany ball team challenges the St. Boni bunch to a game on neutral grounds and umpired by a disinterested party. The New Germany boys are putting up $50 as a side bet. Come over to Waconia and fight it out, boys.
The clanging of the fire bell Tuesday last in the afternoon brought out the fire apparatus in double quick time. The fire was at the extreme east end of town and one of the longest hauls for the department to make. A son of William Allmann while playing near a straw pile dropped a lighted match and the straw was soon in flames. A nearby chicken coop caught fire and threatened the large barn and granary, the latter containing many bushels of newly threshed grain. The fire was extinguished with about $50 worth of damage to the chicken coop.
A bouncing baby boy arrived at the home of Martin Aretz Sunday morning. The youngster tipped the beam at 14 pounds and promises to be a howling success. Mamma is doing nicely while papa is wearing a dyed in the wool smile.