9-20-12 NYA Times Looking Back

10 years ago
Sept. 19, 2002
Julianne Ortman, the Republican endorsed candidate for the new State Senate District 34, defeated challenger John P. Fahey in a close primary contest on Sept. 10. Ortman, a current county commissioner, received 2,535 or 51 percent of the vote, while Fahey had 2,431 or 48 percent of the vote.

Cadet Ryan Kroells of Norwood Young America has graduated from the Army’s National Advanced Leadership Camp in August. The 32-day program assesses the leadership skills of 4,700 cadets each summer who have aspirations of becoming a second lieutenant in the Army.

Amanda Zimmer and Daniel Meier were crowned as queen and king at Mayer Lutheran High School’s homecoming ceremony earlier this week.

20 years ago
Sept. 17, 1992
After more than a year of hard work by volunteers, and contributions by many local patrons, the “Old Town in the Park” project at Young America’s Willkommen Park is completed, paid for, and will be dedicated this week. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place along with a full day of festivities including a softball tournament, dance and more.

Crew members of the movie “And The Earth Did Not Swallow Him,” an American Playhouse production, filmed several scenes last week on the Virgil and Marilyn Vollbrecht farm, at Emanuel Lutheran Church and in the city of Hamburg. They also spent several hours preparing a field on the Vollbrecht property to represent a beet farm where the star spends a summer working.

Alf Wikstrom, city administrator of Young America, has left the city to take a similar job with the City of Afton. He closes his tenure with a letter to the editor thanking the city for the opportunity to serve.

30 years ago
Sept. 16, 1982
Wendy Brum, a Young America daycare provider, is on a personal campaign to encourage parents to use identification bracelets on young children who could wander from home and become lost. The spark for that initiative came from when Brum discovered a two-year-old child traveling down the middle of Faxon Road toward Highway 212 after leaving her residential street.

Mayer is withdrawing from a city administrator program, under which Brant Ball serves as the administrator for Mayer, Young America, Norwood, Carver and Hamburg. That change has left the remaining cities to examine whether or not they can continue to afford the service. Cologne was approached to join the group, but declined due to lack of budget for the cost sharing.

Young America Boy Scouts held a Court of Honor earlier this week for Barry Clark, who has reached the rank of Eagle Scout. There hasn’t been an Eagle Scout in the local group since 1967.

40 years ago
Sept. 21, 1972
A 16-year-old boy from New Germany received minor injuries when he was hit in the face and shoulder with shotgun pellets while hunting. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the boy was hunting with two brothers near County Road 33 when a car drove up with three or four youths inside, who shot at the boy and drove off.

About 30 students from Central are being bussed to Hutchinson Vocational School for schooling in auto mechanics, model office, health careers, child day care, building trades and small engines under the Crow River Vocational Coop Program.

Edwin Wacholz of Cologne took fifth place in the state horse plowing contest at Farmfest USA on Sept. 17.