By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – Feb. 6, 2003
The Waconia High School Show Choir group captured the grand champion award at Eau Claire, Wis., last Saturday.
Waconia schools started classes two hours late on Monday due to a winter storm. Prior to this snow, most of the landscape was brown and exposed. We’ve now received an estimated 17 inches so far this season. In a typical year, this area receives roughly 52 inches of snow.
St. Bonifacius – The St. Boni Pet Hospital located at 8801 Partridge Road is now open.
New Germany – St. Mark-St. John Lutheran School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll: “A”- Joshua Mielke, Allie Reich, David Mielke, Andrew Carlson and Ashlei Wood. “B”- Stephanie Aurich, Justin Grossinger, Koty Hensel, Paige Aldrich, Kristy Carlson, Amanda Edmison, Jason Hafemann, Abby Hensel, Brittany Hensel and Amanda Wood.
The Waconia High School Wildcat boys basketball team had a late win against Becker. Corey Erickson got two points with a buzzer beater to give WHS the 55-53 win. Erickson scored 16 of his 24 total points in the final period, according to Coach Pat Hayes.
Cologne – WINKLER CROSSING: Model Now Open Novak –Fleck Builder.
ISLAND VIEW DINING: Enjoy Our World Famous (West of Hwy 41) Hamburger Tuesdays Only coupon: “Buy one hamburger. Get one Free!”
25 Years Ago – Feb. 4, 1988
Ed Strahota of Waconia, and his 6-year old son, Russell were among an estimated 1,000 anglers at the annual Lake Waconia Ice Fishing Contest. The top prize of a color television went to Chris Joos of Waconia. Warm weather made for a huge turnout.
The Waconia Kids’ Wrestling Tournament was held at Waconia High School on Saturday. Fifty-nine Waconia wrestlers participated and 13 brought home first place wins. Firsts went to Matt Schwichtenberg, Nick Wischnack, Chris Ess, Mark Long, Troy Wagener, David Perrill, Mike Rademacher, Chad Scott, Steve Marsden, Randy Rager, Shawn Wagener, Jeff Ziermann and Cody Schultz.
Waconia’s planning commission will take on a new look this year. On Monday the Waconia City Council voted to cut the number of planning commission members from seven to five; change the length of terms from five years to three years; and limit the number of consecutive terms to two. Mayor Larry Bodahl favored the change. Other council members such as Hubie Kelzer agreed. “I don’t think they should be on there for life,” he commented. “Other communities have three year terms.”
A new dance studio will be opening in Waconia this month. Sue Warren Gunness will open Carver County Academy of Dance.
A 3 year old sitting on an idling snowmobile on Lake Waconia was injured when the machine took off. According to the Waconia fire report, the snowmobile hit a parked car, glanced off and hit an individual late Saturday afternoon. The youngster of the snowmobile was treated at the scene and then taken to Waconia Ridgeview Hospital with a bump on the head. The individual struck by the snowmobile was also taken to the hospital.
Dean Rademacher, son of Adrian and Mary Ann Rademacher, was among 32 students from St. John’s University, Collegeville that left for a five-month stay in London to continue their education.
Today’s teenagers fashion their own, bold statements. Waconia High Schoolers Jill Grey and Sarah Johnson, both sophomores, wear the popular holes in the knees jeans. The traditional calf-length dress is worn by eighth grader Shauna Waldera. Freshman Jeff Hafemann models black military boots. Junior Nate Lindner wears a coiffer that is short around the ears and shoulder length on the back. His friend, Paul Jacobson prefers a “flat top,” with an inch all around. The proverbial letter jacket is displayed by Katy Winter, Jason Theis and Sandy Smetana.
50 Years Ago – Feb. 7, 1963
The largest fish caught during the Izaak Walton League annual Ice Fishing Contest on Lake Waconia was by Steve Elling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Elling. For his catch he received a complete Camping Outfit. The oldest man attending was Math Grausam. He won an Old Spice Shave Kit from Fritz Rexall Drug. The oldest lady attending was Mrs. Ed. Vogel of Victoria. She won a case of corn from Mackenthun’s. Yetzers’s Furniture gave away a smoker set to Howard Grobau, who came from Rochester, the farthest away. Larry Stahlke and T. J. Fischer were co-chairmen of the contest.
Mary Ann Ertl will represent Carver County in the District Radio Speaking Contest at the University of Minnesota. Mary Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Ertl, Mayer, and is an active 4-H member.
The Waconia Community Hospital Association had its annual meeting. A. A. Segner was re-elected president of the board. Other officers re-elected were: Ervin Honebrink, Fritz Bost and John Kirsch. During 1962 Waconia Hospital again averaged over 100 percent of its licensed capacity with 27.13 adult bed patients per day. The daily average nursery census was 2.76. The total salaries and wages paid to 75 full and part time hospital and nursing home personnel amounted to $179,735.61 for the fiscal year ending December 31, 1962.
Mayer – A 50,000 gallon water tank is under construction for the municipal water supply. The water tank is 125 feet from the ground and a 100 feet to the bottom of the water tank.
Kathy Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hall was one of two top debaters in the St. Cloud State College’s third annual Debate and Public Speaking Conference. She attends St. Benedict at St. Joseph, Minn.
Dueber and Dannewitz were the high point men for the Waconia Purple and Gold basketeers in the Watertown-Waconia game played Friday. Waconia lost by only two points, 60 to 58.
75 Years Ago – Feb. 3, 1938
Skate races will be held this afternoon at the ice rink at the Waconia fair grounds, according to L. E. Schreiber, president of the Waconia Athletic Club. Competition is open to everyone. Winners of the local contest will compete for the county championship. Winners of the county contest will compete in the five-county contest. The contest also provides for hockey, broom ball, high jumping, broad jumping, figure skating, fancy skating, and many other special events to be held in the evening under colored lights.
Life Begins at 77, Thinks One. It has been said that “life begins at 40” or that “life begins in college,” but evidently life begins at 77 for some people. Taking the case of Mrs. Mary Picka, this saying contains more truth than poetry. She takes hikes to a distance of 20 miles in a day’s routine. When the ambitious woman is in a social mood and feels the urge to call on her rural neighbor it is not unusual for her to travel on foot distances up to 10 miles and return home the same day. Sawing wood also is a part of the day’s work for this youthful person.
Thieves stole 16 fresh sausages from a farm home in a vicinity near here. Sneak thieves entered the farm home shortly after supper one evening last week while the hired man was doing the chores. The family was out of town at the time.
Cologne – The Cologne Fire Department was called to the Sisters’ Home of the St. Bernard’s Parish Saturday morning where the roof was on fire. The flames had gained great headway but were soon under control due to the efficient services rendered by our volunteer firemen. The damage is covered by insurance.
The following helped Albert Stahlke celebrate his 6th birthday: Jimmy Haering, Helen Splettstoesser, Dorothy Brandenburg, Paul Strong, LaRue Lobitz, Doris Harloff, Mary Ann Mackenthun, Marlene Ehrenberg, Marilyn Hamre, Mary Jane Kistner, Neil Kuntz and Lona Rudloff.
The Boy Scouts of America Mark its 28th Birthday. There are now more than 1,000,000 active scouts in America. The making of canoes and archery are among the most popular activities being participated in many small towns across the nation.
Three hundred persons attended the free motion picture show sponsored by the Braunwarth Motor Company at the Conia Theatre Thursday last. In the distribution of gifts Ed. Leistiko was awarded five gallons of oil. William Graff got five gallons of oil and Fred Rudloff was awarded five gallons of oil and a greasing job.
100 Years Ago – Feb. 7, 1913
Eggs, butter, meat, in a town the size of this are always about one-fourth cheaper than in a city. Rent, too, has to be taken into account when one is figuring up the cost of living. While vacant houses are alarmingly scarce in this town, rent is moderately low — in fact, very low, $10 securing as good a dwelling as a banker or editor would care to live. The same house in a city would bring double that amount.
The school board has been attending to several complaints regarding truancy in the public school. The compulsory school law is being enforced and if parents continue neglecting sending their children to school legal steps will be taken in the matter. Parents and guardians can greatly assist in the matter by complying with the requirements of the law.
The new lighting system recently installed in the Lutheran church was inspected by the board of directors. All of the lights were tested and found to completely illuminate even the remotest corner of the building. The improvement is one of great importance and the board is to be commended for the furthering of the proposition.
A transient entered a saloon and removed $4.59 from the till. He is thinking over the matter during a 15 day stay in the county calaboose.
Dentist Hosterian is being kept busy at his local office correcting tooth troubles. The doctor also goes to Cologne every other week. He will be at our neighboring town on the 14th of this month.
Ed. Molnau who was injured in a runaway accident some time ago was in town for the first time Saturday since the accident. He is feeling fine again.
The month of February certainly brought with it a full fledged variety of frigid weather. All week the thermometer has been registering from 5 to 14 below zero, making it rather unpleasant for man and beast. The results is that business in town was rather slack.