1/31/13 Looking Back

10 years ago
Jan. 30, 2003
For the third year in a row, District 108 is facing budget cuts. A failed referendum last fall is forcing the district to once again look at spending and ways to cut expenses. The district has cut about $400,000 over the last two years, and needs to cut another $400,000 to $500,000 to balance the 2004 budget and protect reserves.

District 108 has hired a consulting firm to help search for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent John Landgaard has accepted a position in the Worthington School District and will be leaving at the end of June.

Master Sgt. Darryl Haag of Norwood has retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service.

20 years ago
Jan. 28, 1993
After 25 years of service to the city of Norwood, Conrad Haarstad decided last fall to let the younger generation take over. The former mayor and council member didn’t file for re-election and vacated his seat at the beginning of the year. One decision he didn’t agree with while on the council was the moving of Highway 212 from downtown Norwood to its present location. Haarstad said he felt that change was like building a wall between Norwood and Young America.

An ice storm caused such bad road conditions around Carver County that County Road 10 between Waconia and Chaska was closed. Up to 60 vehicles went into ditches, including school busses, and another bus was delayed until 7:15 p.m. Many of the students on that bus were picked up by parents on snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

Ivan Kahle of Norwood took a five-member band to perform at the Clinton Inauguration. He reflects on the experience for readers of The Times.

30 years ago
Jan. 27, 1983
A tractor-trailer truck carrying 50,000 pounds of sunflower meal was struck by a train near downtown Norwood, sending a cloud of dust high into the air and leading some to think that an explosion had occurred. There were no injuries in the incident, though the truck trailer was completely destroyed.

Futurist Harold Pluimer, a former aide to General MacArthur in WWII and a worker at NASA and Walt Disney, addressed over 500 teachers at Central High School. Pluimer said that there have been more developments in the past 15 years than in the previous 10,000 years.

Two St. Paul men have been arraigned in Carver County Court after they were spotted burglarizing Lind’s Supper Club in Norwood late at night. Due to tips from a citizens, law enforcement arrested the men in Waconia as they attempted to make their escape.

40 years ago
Feb. 1, 1973
Jacie Knight, a senior at Central High School, was named “Best Actress” at the District 12 One-Act Play competition in Glencoe. Thirteen schools participated at the event. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Knight of Cologne.

Doctors expect to occupy the new clinic in Norwood on Feb. 15. Some interior construction remains, as 125 shareholders learned during a shareholders’ meeting last week. The entire cost of the project has been revised upward to $60,000.

A 46-year-old Shakopee man was found dead in his pickup camper near Bongards last week after a resident reported the camper and Sheriff’s deputies investigated and found the body. The county coroner said the man had been dead about eight days when he was discovered.