10 Years Ago – Jan. 9, 2003
Carol Molnau, a 1967 graduate of Waconia High School, was sworn in as Lt. Gov. of Minnesota along with Tim Pawlenty who was sworn in as Governor.
Fish houses dot the ice on Lake Waconia once again this year. Thanks to a second straight winter of unusually warm weather, the number of shanties of the lake are down. The largest group can be found between Lakeview Terrance and Coney Island.
Ridgview Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2003 on Friday, Jan. 3. Brevon Rose is the new son of Kari and Justen Rose of Gaylord. Brevon received a large gift basket from Ridgeview. A total of 1,134 babies were born at the hospital in 2002.
PATRIOT FORUM: How will you remember Governor Jesse Ventura? “Jesse the Brain”.-Wendy Grundhofer. “Probably his anti-media.”-Shelly Hesse-Chaska. “As a good governor.”-Logan Sohns-St. Boni. “He has poor grammar skills.”-Alec Johnson-Waconia.
ON CAMPUS: Meghan Foley of St. Bonifacius received a bachelors degree in English from the University of Wisconisin-Eau Claire. Sarah Flies of Waconia received her degree in biology.
The Waconia Wildcats boys’ basketball team had a three game winning streak. Against Rockford they won 62 to 51. Scoring standings are: Wilhelm 18, Erickson 17, Young 12, Johnson 7, Schieffer 6, Keefe 2.
The Waconia Wildcats gymnasts got a big boost at Big Lake. Molly Anquist and Ali Klason took third and fifth places in the All-Around competition. Maddy Sims also broke into the top 10 at ninth place.
25 Years Ago – Jan. 7, 1988
The home of Dennis Goetz was destroyed in a fire in subzero weather. The home was located at the corner of Birch and E. First St. in Waconia. The thermometer at the bank on Main Street said 25 degrees below zero and the wind chill was estimated at 66 below. Goetz was not home at the time.
The first baby of the new year at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital was BABIES in 1988. Twins were born to Carol and Jim Mackenzie of Waconia. The twins, JoAnna and Danielle have an older brother and sister to welcome them home, Mary Bre and Peter.
Arnold Westphal, the former manager of the Waconia Creamery died. He led the Waconia Creamery Association for 27 years from 1939 to 1966.
St. Bonifacius- A truck rolled down the hill on Main Street and smashed into Martha Salden’s house. It happened in April and again Saturday, Dec. 19. The incident has unnerved her a bit. Having a truck roll into her house once was enough. Twice is incredible.
Two Southview Elementary School students won honors for their work. Second grader Carrie Casper won on the fire prevention poster contest sponsored by the Waconia Fire Department. Sixth grader Lisa Trout had a poem, “Grandpa’s Gift,” published in a state-wide student writing publication.
Cologne-Senior Citizen News: At the last get together for the year 22 came to play cards. Matt and Celia Hoen served the lunch. Prizes were won by Susan Willems and Juliana Meuwissen. The week before John Lay and Anna Schwartz won the 500 prizes.
50 Years Ago – Jan. 10, 1963
It was announced this week that Dr. Charles N. Bean would join Dr. John W. Clarke in a new partnership in the Lakeview Clinic here in Waconia. Doctor Bean officially began his work on Monday, following a three-day visit to his parents’ home in Des Moines, Iowa.
While making a routine check of the fairgrounds area Sunday evening, Police Officer Dennis Fahse noticed a car on the south side of the fair grounds fence, near the John Seltz farm. Investigating Fahse picked up four youths and a case of beer. Three of the youths were from Gaylord and one was from Norwood. The four young guzzlers of three-two refreshments will appear before Municipal Judge Fremont Radde.
Diane Wagener, formerly of Waconia, has been awarded her stewardess wings with Northwest Orient Airlines. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wagener of here. Miss Wagener attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from Waconia High School.
Cologne – Harry Luebke is to be commended for his interest in his fellow man. His contribution on last week Monday makes him a three-gallon contributor which necessitated 24 trips to the blood bank.
The Waconia Fire Department elected Norval Schmandke as their Fire Chief. Asst. Chief will be Ray Doyle. Chief Engineer will be Earl Lahr and Secy.-Treasurer will be Ronald Machtemes.
Waconia Community Hospital is the first hospital in the state of Minnesota to install Phonetrace Electrocardigrams. This device now makes it possible for Waconia Community Hospital to have the immediate services of a cardiologist.
Last week the Waconia Jaycees collected and burned 400 Christmas trees. Jaycee Dan Steinhagen, chairman of the pickup and Jerry O’Connor and Bob Wyttenhove lit the stack of trees which burned in less than 15 minutes.
75 Years Ago – Jan. 6, 1938
Numbers show that more boys and girls are seeking increased knowledge through the facilities offered by the county’s high schools. In 1917 the enrollment for Waconia was 111. Last year 246 attended the local school.
County pilots have closed the flying year. Hans Meyer folded his airplane for winter storage in the Sell’s Hangar and called it quits for this year. Ervin Stahlke flew two hours on Christmas afternoon and said goodbye to the Cub until this year. E. L. Sell took a farewell look at his new ship Christmas Day and called it quits for the year. Meyer logged about 25 hours of flying time. Some 35 hours were logged by Stahlke and Sell logged 156 hours. A winter ground school will be taught by Mr. Sell at Mayer, and the organization of the county flying club.
The state hires game wardens to protect deer, and then opens the season to sell licenses to hunters to kill the deer in order to pay the game wardens. It makes darn poor sense.
The old song used to say: “There is no place like home.” This surely can’t be the reason why so many people never stay at home but merely go home to get ready to go somewhere else.
100 Years Ago – Jan. 10, 1913
Miss Bertha Wostrel left for Norwood Saturday evening. She took up her teaching duties Monday morning at the Richter School.
There were 128 marriage licenses issued in this county during the year 1912. There were no divorces.
W. Scharmer, Chas. Klatt and T. H. Smeets were to St. Bonifacius Monday.
The gas collections for the month of December were the largest ever collected. Gas bills totaling $282 were collected.
MONEY MAKES MONEY if planted in our bank. Keep in mind that we are a bank that does things. Every man can’t get rich, but every man can save something. The only sure way of saving money is by depositing it. When it jingles in your pocket you want to spend it. Your name would look well on our books. Let us put it there today. Farmers State Bank of Waconia.
A number from here drove to Victoria where they visited with the Frank Pearson family.
W. P. Broyles made a successful escape after 15 years of suffering from kidney and bladder troubles. Foley Kidney Pills released him and will do just the same for others. Refuse substitutes. Sold by C. O. Diessner, Waconia.