Jan. 17 NYA Looking Back

10 years ago
Jan. 23, 2003
On a 3-2 vote, the Carver County Board of Commissioners took action to buy out the contract of county administrator Dick Stolz, who was under contract until 2004. Newly elected commissioner Tom Workman said the change was part of an effort not to have “business as usual at the county,” and said there was no personality conflict with Stolz, who received a sizable severance package.

Commissioner Jim Ische, along with newly elected Gayle Degler, voted against the measure. Ische said he had not been informed about efforts by some commissioners to buy out Stolz’s contract, and was shocked by the move. Assistant administrator Dave Hemsey has stepped in to oversee county operations.

1st Sgt. Ron Smith was awarded the Minnesota Medal for Merit (the state’s third highest award) and the Meritorious Service Medal for his service during Operation Caregiver in Oct. of 2001. During the operation, National Guard members checked the welfare of vulnerable residents in group homes after state employees went on strike.

20 years ago
Jan. 21, 1993
The local Ivan Kahle Band performed at the Clinton Inaugural on Jan. 17 and 18 after receiving an invitation from the Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington, D.C. The five-man band includes Ivan Kahle of Norwood and Jerry Kahle of Waconia.

Young America council members gave guarded approval of a resolution to cooperate in a U of M study of possibilities for the cities of Norwood and Young America. Council members said they would not contribute funds to the project, and one said he would not have supported the study if the word “merger” had been used.

30 years ago
Jan. 20, 1983
State budget woes are now having an impact on schools. Central Schools are coping with the cutback of $89,000 in aid for the month of December, and are trying to find ways to plan for budgeting if even more aids are withheld. No “pleasant news” is in sight for schools in 1983, according state Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe.

The group MnPOWER (Minnesotans Opposed to Wasting the Earth’s Resources) held its first major fundraiser at Lakeside Ballroom in Waconia, and raised about $8,000. The Cologne Lions were specifically thanked by organizers for donating $500. The evening included a presentation on hazardous waste disposal sites.

Futurist Harold Pluimer will speak at Central Schools next week. The expert will discuss ways that subtle changes in the way we live now will affect our society years from now.

40 years ago
Jan. 18, 1973
An apparent flu “epidemic” has struck Central High School, where a total of 142 students and seven teachers were absent on Monday and 137 students and two teachers were absent on Tuesday. The impact has been less noticeable in the elementary school, where 27 children were reported absent on Monday and 38 were absent on Tuesday.

The Central High School Drama Club is performing a pair of one-act plays. The first is “The Uncertain Samaritan,” under the direction of Mrs. Martha Geyen. The second is “I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow,” under the direction of Mr. Dennis Stanek.