10 Years Ago – Dec. 19, 2002
Brandt’s gas and convenience store will be located at the corner of Oak Ave. and Highway 5, just east of Waconia High School. Also planned at that location is a Culver’s restaurant.
Southview Elementary second grade teacher Brenda Grams was selected as Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching for 21 years, most at the local school district.
Randy Sorensen, city public works director for Waconia, reached a milestone two weeks ago when he officially logged 25 years of service to the city.
Two toys were chosen as the noisiest in a recent study from the University of Minnesota. They are Cartoon Networks’s Scooby-Doo Telephone Book and The Home Depot Workman’s Chainsaw. The Sight and Hearing Association offers this advice to parents: Listen to a toy before you buy it. If it sounds loud to you, it’s too loud for your child.
The Waconia Chamber of Commerce elected three members to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors: Leslie Jensen, Lorri Ague and Steve Bakken.
Senior Waconia Wildcat wrestler “Westy” Dennis Westlund is on to pass Jeff Ziermann as Wildcat wrestling’s career win leader. Dennis currently has 136 wins and Jeff has 137, which is the WHS record.
New Germany- Virgil and Majel Wendorf have tripled their excitement this holiday season. Their two sons, Brett and Barry, and their daughter Joy, have all become engaged within three weeks of each other.
25 Year Ago – Dec. 17, 1987
Santa was in Waconia on Saturday. Zachary Findley, 3, son of John and Laurie Findley was among the children who spoke to the bearded fellow. Santa’s visit was made possible by the Waconia Lions Club and Mark Sauter.
Winners were named in the Waconia outdoor lighting contest. First place in residential went to the Ross and Jan Hanson home on Scandia Road. Second place went to the Ken Schmidt residence on Lakeview Terrace. Third place went to the Alfred Kuntz home on Highway 284. Fourth place went to the home of David Roberts on W. lst St.
Cologne – Cologne’s new fire hall/community center is well under construction. According to City Clerk Susan Johnson occupancy should be ready at the end of March.
Rev. Ken Kotzer, pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia since 1980, has accepted a call to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. His last Sunday in Waconia will be Sunday, Dec. 27.
The Waconia boys basketball team squeaked by Hutchinson in a nail-biter 43-42. Kevin Wessale led Waconia with 20 points, followed by Tim Devins 10, Steve Buetow 6, Andrew Gilbert with 3, and Paul Jacobson and Todd Bailey with 2 each.
POOL: Ladies Midnight Shooters 3 Game winners: Connie Johnson, Karen Elander, Dale Vaneck, Vonz Fendeen, Shelley Frey, Dianne Wenz and Judy Gatheridge, Cathy Carlson and Patty Wagener.
Former Waconia football player Ron Goetz was named an honorable mention Big Ten player by a United Press International poll of conference coaches. He finished third on the Minnesota football team this year in tackles, with 68 stops. He also broke up five passes and recovered one fumble on his way to making the Big Ten list.
50 Years Ago – Dec. 20, 1962
Mayer – The county Lutheran high school basketball team had 12 boys report for practice. William Ebel is coach. Team members include Davis Radde of Waconia, Fred Hill of Mayer, Kurt Mackenthun of Waconia, Clarence Honebrink of Cologne, Ron Stehr of Waconia, Rick Stehr of Waconia and Dan Maetzold of Mayer.
Marlin Meyer, Waconia High School audio-visual consultant and chairman of the Jaycee Christmas Music project, announced that the Christmas concert presented by the high school choir and band has been recorded and will be played over a public address system for downtown shoppers tonight and tomorrow.
There will be a meeting of stamp and coin collectors of this area at the Waconia city hall on Wednesday evening. There are about 25 stamp collectors in Waconia and probably as many coin collectors.
St. Bonifacius – Mr. and Mrs. John Ebert left on Monday for Florida where they will spend the holidays and maybe several months.
Thousands and thousands of tickets were deposited in the container at Waconia City Hall before the drawings for 36 turkeys which were given away by the Waconia Chamber of Commerce. Art Laufenburger, Reuben Aretz and Police Officer Dennis Fahse head up the project.
The Waconia Laker Baseball Club held their annual meeting. Following are the officers for the coming year: Merlin Burandt-president, George Nelson-Vice President, Secy.-Treasurer-Harvey Beneke, Directors-Gust Leivermann, Harold Kuntz and Kenneth Rolf. Hold over directors are Hubert Kelzer, Frank Slitzke and Orville Schwalbe.
75 Years Ago – Dec. 16, 1937
Three local hunters Dr. D. T. Ormond, Arlo Haering and Leo Fischer, returned from a caribou hunt in the Canadian wilds. Each of the hunters brought back a caribou, after a long strenuous hunt. The caribou were young, averaging about 180 pounds.
You may have heard of the Great Horned Spoon, and a horned owl, but did you ever hear of a horned rabbit? John, Edwin and Herbert Raether, Walter and Martin Luebke and Henry Groenke could not believe what they saw. It was normal cottontail rabbit that had five horns. Henry Groenke is having the head of the freak cottontail mounted just to prove it’s true.
The facilities and pupil-teacher attitude of the Waconia schools were highly praised by the director of the department of education T. J. Berning. “The practical arts course of home economics, industrial arts and agriculture are decided assets to your school,” he said. He suggested that the senior high school be separated from the 7th, 8th and 9th grades.
Letters to Santa are pouring in at the local North Pole branch: Dear Santa: I love to write to you. But I hope you will gave me those few things. But maybe I don’t know how to spell some of these words. I want a wrist watch and a doll that has a hat a mouf and coat, and the rest you wont to give me. This ant a long letter. Margaret Ann Schelitzche. Dear Santa Claus: I want a car and truck that has lights and a train with lights and a music box and a little merry-go-round. Dear Sante I love you. Robert Schultz. (Please note the spelling in the letters to Santa)
100 Years Ago – Dec. 20, 1912
Fred Goede of near here had a narrow escape from being ground to pieces under a Great Northern train. They were riding in their auto when it was struck. The machine was demolished, but the occupants escaped without injury.
The quickest and simplest way to rid the children of dangerous croupy coughs and wheezy, stuffy colds is to give them Foley’s Honey and Tar Compound. For sale by Chas. O. Diessner.
On Christmas night, if a maiden place a piece of the Yule-cake under her pillow she will dream of her future husband. Also a portion of the cake should be kept for the next year.
HOLIDAY BARGAINS: The Waconia Bargain Store: Chinaware, your choice- 9 cents. Flannel-yard – 6 cents. Children’s sweaters- 33 cents.