10-11-12 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – Oct. 10, 2002
Nearly 30 area teens participated in a night out in cardboard boxes this past Saturday, in an effort to understand the plight of homeless people. The event was held at Waconia Moravian Church.
Mary Klehr, school nurse for Waconia School District 110, has been a nurse for 36 years and a school nurse for 17. The School Nurse Organization has named Klehr as its 2002-03 Minnesota School Nurse of the Year.
Z’s Trees & Pumpkin Patch: Pick up your pumpkins, gourds and select and tag your tree for Christmas.
The Waconia Wildcat volleyball team won against Becker. Meghan Menssen scored 18 points against the Bulldogs, including four aces. She also assisted 30 kills. Emily Cousin led Waconia on defense, posting 22 digs, followed by Anna Jonas with 19. Both Chelsea Honebrink and Heidi Paulson stuffed four blocks, with Paulson adding 12 kills on offense.
The District 110 Community Education Advisory Council is in need of one new member. Current members are: Dawn Ascher-Johnson, Dean Dalen, Randy Debner, Shari Giesen, Joel Hentges, June Hilgers, Michael Klingelhutz, Nancy Parris, Peter Peitsch, Patty Polding, Linda Roebke, Janet Dupont, Jeannie Kating, Joan Iacona and Cheryl Sudheimer.
Waconia Girl Scout Troop 506 visited the Waconia Fire Department this past week. Touring were: Christina Rupp, Cassie Faust, Caty Geisen, Meryl Pogatchnik, Sarah Northrup, Cassy Norton, and Lucy Tongen.

25 Years Ago – Oct. 8, 1987
Maddy Molnau and Brian Reichenberger were crowned Waconia High School homecoming queen and king. The royal court also included Kristene Johnson, Missy Kelzer, Sara Kunze, Cris Kolb Lori Lizakowski, Paul Jacobson, Tim Devins, Steve Bredeson, Kyle Berger and Jeff Wagener.
BUSINESS NEWS; A new beauty shop opened. Ju-Mel’s Hair Studio began taking appointments this week. It is owned and operated by Judy Neisen and Melanie Ingalls. It is located at 44 W. First St. in Waconia.
Cologne – Bonnie Leikam was honored for her service on the Carver County Senior Service Advisory Committee.
Students in many area private schools were involved in last week’s Marathon for Non-Public Education at the Carver Park Reserve. The students biked or walked up to 20 miles and collected pledges for the number of miles they covered. Among locals making the trek were Matt Logelin, Clayton Goede, Cody Rausch, Pat Lemke, Sara Konerza, Kristi Kalkes, Stacy Steinhagen and St. Joseph School teachers Nadine Melting and Virginia Oelhar.
PATRIOT FORUM: What do you think the issues should be in this fall’s campaign for Waconia city offices? “I think they should question the spending of city funds. I have a concern for the ball park. I feel it’s a waste of money to have a park that far from town.”- Debbie Kelzer-Waconia. “To preserve downtown business and make the winter parking more understanding.”-Scott Bohn-Waconia. “Openness in government and co-operation between citizens, businessmen and others.”-Jim Maiser-Waconia. “How about a better solution to the odd-even parking in winter.”-Marilyn Hilgers-Waconia.

50 Years Ago – Oct. 11, 1962
The Waconia Chiefs football team whipped the Eden Prairie Eagles 26-0. Bob Laufenburger scored the Chiefs first touchdown on a 17 yard sweep to put the Waconia gridders ahead 6-0. “Keep the Injuns Running” was Eden Prairie’s Homecoming slogan and the Chiefs did exactly that in an amazing 371 yards in their best offensive effort of the year according to Coach Pat Waldner.
Colin Conner, David Sauerbrey and Richard Wrase, Carver County 4-Hers, all received blue ribbons on their beef, hog and sheep exhibits at the recent Junior Livestock Show which was held at South St. Paul.
Nickle Dickle Day was enjoyed by all. There were long lines of people lined up for Sloppy Joe Hamburgers, potato chips and beverages at the stands located in front of city hall and adjacent to the Family Shoe Store on Main Street. The ladies of the St. Joseph’s Parish took in $349 in nickel servings, meaning that nearly 7,000 servings were passed out at the two stands during a five hour period. The Rydels furnished entertainment for the day in front of the Waconia Theatre on Main Street. The block was roped off for dancing.
Mayer – About 25 guests were entertained for supper and the evening at the James Tesch home in honor of their daughter Jeanne’s 5th birthday anniversary on Sunday.

75 Years Ago – Oct. 7, 1937
In the opening encounter, the Waconia High School football team meets the St. Paul Academy at the latter’s football field this Friday afternoon at three o’clock. Football was inaugurated at the Waconia school this fall, and Coach Knutson, local athletic mentor, has been instructing the team in the game.
A drastic shortening of the pheasant season from nine half days to three half days from Oct. 16-18 inclusive was announced last week by Commissioner Herman C. Wenzel. The action was taken after a second survey by game wardens indicated a marked shortage of pheasants.
There will be an apron and rummage sale at the Legion rooms at the city hall on Friday and Saturday. Doughnuts and coffee will be served. Don’t fail to come in and see the articles on sale.
St. Bonifacius – Al Wendt saw a young deer in his corn patch on Sunday afternoon.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Minnesota Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA), an impressive opening ceremony is planned for the state convention to be held at the Lowry Hotel in St. Paul.

100 Years Ago – Oct. 11, 1912
Thursday morning a man who gives his address as St. Paul stopped at the North Star Hotel here for breakfast and when he left also took an overcoat belonging to George Leek, a salesman for the Watt Cigar Co. The man was arrested in Mayer by Constable W. Huckenpoehler and brought to Waconia where he was lodged in jail to sober up. He was fined $1 and costs amounting to $6.40 on a charge of larceny. The man is a victim of liquor and was a pitiful sight to witness. He stated that he had taken the Keeley cure twice and still his appetite for whiskey lingers.
An invention is needed for a non-skid apparatus for women who get off a car backwards.
The chief topic nowadays around these parts is the annual deer hunt. Preparations are being made. The members of the Waconia-Norwood Hunt Club are checking over the paraphernalia which will be shipped to Bovey, Minn., Nov. 5. From there the luggage will be loaded on wagons, and a drive of over 49 miles into the woods will be made to the camping grounds where is the home of the deer and moose.
Lillian Hildebrandt who has been staying here with her sister, Mrs. Wm. Ziemer, for some time left for her home at St. Bonifacius where she will attend school.
RAZORS—I have a complete line of new razors for sale. Also a lot of second hand razors at a reasonable price. Peter Weinzierl-Waconia.