By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – Jan. 30, 2003
The Waconia Marching Band Drumline performed in the St. Paul Winter Carnival Grand Day Parade on Saturday. It will be back as the final unit in the Torchlight Parade.
Victoria – Holy Family High School will bid farewell to its first ever president. Paul Stauffacher has announced his retirement.
St. Bonifacius- The St. Bonifacius City Council has organized for the new year. Larry Harris from Melchert, Hubert and Sjodin will be the city attorney.
PATRIOT FORUM: What is the best thing about Clearwater Middle School? “Safari Island,”-Joey Sandholm-Mound. “Switching classes,”-April Daley-Waconia. “Gym,”-Jake Belpold-Waconia. “Industrial Tech,”-Tyler Gunnufson-Waconia.
LOCAL BUSINESSMAN TURNS 40! Unidentified sources have reported that a local business owner turned 40 on Jan. 29, 2003. While unable to find this man, we do want to wish him a happy 40th and remind him that in just a few years he’ll be the same age as the basketball jersey he’s wearing … 55!
Mayer – Scott Hoese was recently elected as the president for the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
The Waconia Lakettes dance team put on one of its best shows of the year for the home crowd last Saturday, jumping into second place in high kick and fourth in jazz funk. The team is coached by Sherri Weiland.
Mayer – The Mayer Lutheran High School girls’ basketball team beat Lester Prairie and Montgomery. They beat the Bulldogs 85-38. Tricia Stuewe led Mayer’s hot hands with seven field goals and six baskets in as many trips to the line to total 20 points. Sister Christy followed with 15, Laura Tewes had 13 and Erin Bierstedt and Amanda Jones had 12 points each to round out the five Mayer players who scored in double digits. Against Montgomery, Tewes led in scoring. Katie Lane, Steph Young, Tricia Stuewe and Amanda Jones each added points. The score was 61-51.
25 Years Ago – Jan. 28, 1988
The Victoria Fire Department assisted the Waconia Fire Department at a fire at the Gaylen Harms home at the intersection of Island View Road and County Road 30 in Laketown Township. Water pipes in the ceiling of a burning kitchen saved the house.
Former Waconia business owner Earl Orlip died. He was one of the founders of one of Waconia’s first major manufacturing firms, Waconia Manufacturing, and later as founder of Orty’s & Co., an aerial photography firm. He was 58. He is survived by his wife Darlene, two children, Stephen and Rebecca, two grandchildren and his mother, Elvira.
The Waconia Post Office is moving from its current location on Main St. to the corner of Elm and Second streets.
Fve new Carver County sheriff’s cars will be painted a darker color than the rest of the fleet. The new cars will be sandalwood, while the rest of the fleet is light tan. The county may be switching over to white in the future to save painting costs.
Local band “The Roadrunners” feel so strongly about the World Series champions that it has recorded its tribute to the Minnesota Twins baseball team. The cassette is available at Sports Korner in Waconia, Hilger’s Hardware in Watertown and Norwood, at Tipka’s in Norwood and at True Value in Chaska. The songs are entitled “87 Twins Memory” and “Thanks, Twins and Fans.” Members of the area group include: Derald Feltmann, Jerry Feltmann, Gordon Boelke and Hillard Kreclau. The are noted for 1950s, country and pop music.
Prior to Christmas Alta Hansen, Nancy Kranz, Delores Schmakel and Judy Schindler of the Waconia Legion Auxiliary delivered Christmas gifts to all the residents of Waconia Health Care Center.
Waconia State Bank celebrated its fifth anniversary. One of the many prizes awarded went to Carl Radtke of Cologne. He guessed that there was $81.60 in nickels in a jar. He was off by 40 cents but close enough to win the jar of nickels. Other prizes given away were $50 in Waconia bucks to David Sorrentino, Irene Wessbecker, Richard Odell, Virginia Miller, and Kelly Adams. Bernie Scheuble won $250 in Waconia bucks.
Cologne – Happy Birthday to Roxy Kroells, Jan. 27. She will be 6.
50 Years Ago – Jan. 31, 1963
The attractive 19-year old girl from Sweden that was a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Mackenthun, as part of the Lions Club Youth Exchange Program for three weeks last summer, has returned to the United States and enrolled in Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
St. Bonifacius- The new St. Boniface Catholic School will be blessed and dedicated on Sunday. The school has six classrooms, library, multipurpose room, parish hall and gymnasium, kitchen, room for small meetings and a garage. Sisters of the Benedictine Order are the teachers of the 190 children enrolled in the eight classes.
The Waconia High School wrestling squad took second place in the Conference Tournament at University High. They had 79 points surpassed only by St. Anthony with 103 points. Waconia had three individual champs: Steve Bleedorn, Tom Rademacher, and Leon Kirsch.
Denver Baldwin, Orville Schwalbe and M. B. Wilcox were inducted into the Waconia Lions Club.
Speakers of prominence from New England, Wisconsin and Minnesota representing the producer of maple sugar, those who handle supplies and others who conduct research, will be at the Waconia City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 7. Dale R. Smith, County Agent and Theodore “Ted” Niskanen of the Area Foresty Service are in charge of the event.
Waconia businessmen Orville Schwalbe, Tony Wessale and Rev. Robert Lewis of the Waconia Moravian Church were honored at a Waconia Jaycee banquet for their community service.
Vandals again invade Paradise Island, located in Lake Waconia. For a second time in less than a year, property belonging to Frank Dvorak and LeRoy Hedtke was vandalized. Windows, fixtures and dishes were among the items attacked. According to Sheriff Melchert the island has been somewhat of a target for vandals in recent years. If caught they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. A reward of $25 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible parties.
75 Years Ago – Jan. 27, 1938
Mr. C. H. Klein was re-elected president of the First National Bank.
Seven reels of interesting films will be shown at the Conia Theatre this afternoon. The free show is sponsored by the Braunwarth Motor Company, and some of the films will show the Allis-Chalmers line of farm machinery in actual operation. Free tickets for this show are available at the Ford garage. Coffee and doughnuts will be served free to all who attend.
The Waconia Girl Scouts were hosts to their fathers at a Dads and Daughters banquet given at the Home Economics room on Monday evening. Forty-nine three-course dinners were served. Margaret Mae Radde performed a piano solo. Marjorie Wollam gave a trumpet solo accompanied by Ruth Swavely, accompanied by Miss Kraker. June Luhring, Eileen Kunze and Lois Wagener gave the requirements necessary to become a tenderfoot Girl Scout.
The Rural Electrification Administration in Washington approved the specification for the first block of 85 miles of distribution lines to be built in the east part of Carver County.
Ice harvesting at Shady Oak Lake and Twin Lake was completed last week. Ten Waconia men were employed to go to Shady Oak Lake near Hopkins. About 125 tons of ice was harvested at each place.
St. Bonifacius – The skat and schafskoph tournament held at the St. Boni Tavern was attended by 68 players. 100 percent was paid out in prizes and free lunch was served to all players.
Cologne – Albert Schepers, Harold Bongard, John Meuwissen, Ray Pfleghaar and Ed. Schepers were entertained at cards at the Leonard Hilgers home.
The Waconia High School cagers turned in another victory Tuesday when they trimmed Miller Vocational of Minneapolis by a score of 28 to 15.
100 Years Ago – Jan. 31, 1913
Waconia will have a second tailor in Ernest Weise, a recent graduate of the best tailor shops of Germany. Mr. Weise will open a shop in the apartment above the new bank next week. We have our doubts as to the need of a second tailor for Waconia.
The members of the St. Antonius Benevolent Society enjoyed a smoke social at the St. Joseph Hall Thursday last.
Victoria – Contracts have been let for a new school building here. The structure will be built on modern lines and will be fire proof. A steam heating plant will heat the building. The specifications call for the best material and will cost, when completed, about $15,000. Eight grades will be taught by Sisters of St. Benedict.
A blizzard struck this region Wednesday night. A heavy snow put the roads in sleighing condition.
Fred Ziemer, one of the foremost scientific farmers in Carver County won most of the prizes offered in the Barred Plymouth Rock class at the poultry show held at Bird Island last week. He won nine ribbons.
Farmers are hauling logs to the local saw mill.
The netters on the lake had considerable trouble and expense Friday last when their net became mud-lodged in the lake under the ice. The 8,000 foot net had to be cut in twain in order to loosen it from its fastenings under the thick ice. It required two days to free the net.