11-1-12 NYA Looking Back

10 years ago
Oct. 31, 2002
Two Central High School students were killed and three more were injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday, Oct. 28. Matthew Franck and Zachary Tracy, both 15 years old, died as a result of the crash. Three female students were injured, and two remained in the hospital at the time the paper went to press.

Catherine Meuleners, a junior at CHS in her first year of cross country, finished seventh in the section and earned a trip to the Class A state meet at St. Olaf College.

This year’s election includes four questions from School District 108 for per-pupil funding increases and $4 million to purchase land for a future school building site.

20 years ago
Nov. 5, 1992

Snow blanketed the area Sunday, just one day and one year after last year’s record snowfall on Halloween. Snow continued Monday and is forecasted for most of the week.

Darby Opsahl, 23, formerly of Young America, was given a mandatory life sentence last week in the murder of Margaret Rehmann of Lester Prairie in 1986. Rehmann was killed in her home after apparently surprising Opsahl and an accomplice during a burglary.

Diane Mackenthun won a four-way race to become the mayor of Hamburg by earning 165 votes in the recent election. Richard Malz was close behind with 150 votes. Two other candidates earned 70 votes and 20 votes.

30 years ago
Nov. 4, 1982
Don Richter was reelected mayor of Norwood, but incumbent Young America mayor Harvey Bachmann lost to challenger Jim Rossbach by a vote margin of 370 to 270. Council members elected in Norwood were Connie Haarstad and Don Schmitz, and in Young America were Lowell Schrupp and Patricia Clark.

Jack Hendrickson is the unofficial winner in the Carver County Sheriff’s Race. He secured 9,132 votes against 7,734 for Al Wallin.

Over 300 people, including 100 from Carver County, demonstrated at the Capitol on Saturday in protest against the hazardous waste siting process. One proposed site is located in the Benton-Hancock area.

40 years ago
Nov. 2, 1972
About 700 high school girls, all members of the Future Homemakers of America, gathered at Central High School for the district convention last week. Included at the convention were a fashion display from J.C. Penny and workshops on drunk driving, changing a tire, adoption and more.

During the general election this fall voters in Norwood and Young America will answer the following question: “Do you favor merger of the villages of Norwood and Young America in the near future as a solution of the problem of running the municipalities and paying for services and improvements that are becoming more and more costly?” A positive vote will not necessarily mean a merger will take place.

An armed robbery occurred at the Lloyd Lobitz residence on County Road 10 north of Highway 7 when Mrs. Lobitz was held at gunpoint by an unidentified man who took $1,371 worth of guns, jewelry and cash. She was home alone at the time.