By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – Feb. 27, 2003
The new Mackenthun’s County Market will open for business this Friday, Feb. 28. The new store is located at the intersection of County Road 32 and Highway 5. The store includes a pharmacy, bank and medical clinic, all under the same roof.
Ridgeview Medical Center nurse Terry Hoelz was recently honored for her work in patient care with an award that has never before been presented. She was named as recipient of the Minnesota Oncology and Hematology Professional Association Foundation’s Star Award presented in recognition of outstanding service to cancer patients and families in Minnesota.
Gerald H. Lenzen died. He was 69. Lenzen was a former part owner of Waconia Ford Mercury Inc. He was active in the Waconia Lions Club, the Waconia Hunt Club and was a member of the Waconia American Legion.
The Waconia fifth grade boys basketball team finished the season 21-0. The undefeated team includes: Michael Brown, Mark Bullis, Jacob Hilk, Matt Thomas, Tyler Gunnufson, Thomas Morimoto, Logan Sohns, Danny Fischbach, Evan Graff, Tim Fischbach, Paul Brown and Ryan Lane.
The Waconia Wildcats wrestling team will be sending several grapplers to state competition. Head coach Kelly Wagener will be sending Aaron Cook, David Fleming, Jon Priess, Dennis Westlund, Dan Hoernemann, Andrew Fredericksen, Mike Groschen, Jared Duske and Dan Pohl. Other Region IV place winners were: Josh Artmann, Chris Bullis, Joe Nord and Brad Weinzierl.
Waconia High School girl’s head coach Tom Doyscher says his team secured second in the Wright County Conference this season. They had a 15-8 overall record. Helping that effort were: E. VanKirk, J. Brandenburg, Williams, Buesgens, Lano, J. VanKirk, Stuewe, Tevis, Rasmussen, and Honebrink.
REMAX: The Donna Mason Team serving you family style: Susan Solem, Donna Mason and Mark Solem.
25 Years Ago – Feb. 25, 1988
Cologne-Brad and Jesse Schmitt and Tim Schepers, ages 8 and 7, were honored by County Sheriff Al Wallin for finding and returning a bag full of money they found on their way home from St. Bernard’s Catholic School. The bag was found behind the former Cologne Post Office. Upon further investigation, they discovered the bag contained several hundred dollars. Not knowing what to do with the bag, they ran to the Schmitt home and informed Yvonne Schmitt of their find. After contacting the Sheriff’s Department it turned out the money was stolen from the InnTown Bar in Cologne. “We need more little heros like these three boys,” Wallin commented. The boys were presented with cash awards and a cake for their honesty on Monday at the InnTown Bar.
Waconia schools will go smoke free this coming fall.
The Class of “1968” at Waconia High School reminisced on WCCO television Wednesday on the 10 p.m. news. WCCO reporter Tom Steward did the interviews, which concentrated on small town high school classes. Reunion committee members who participated from their class of 134 were: Dennis Buesgens, Linee (Kratzke) Moldenhauer, Bonnie (Zellman) Schwrtz, Daniel Schelitzche, Dick Ertl, Geri (Schmitt) Ripplinger and Lee Erhard.
Science projects lined the halls and activity room at Trinity Lutheran School in Waconia last week. Projects displayed ranged from Shannon Schmidtke’s butterfly and moth project to projects on plant growth, chemical reactions and more.
The unemployment rate is low in Carver County but still affects some, according to Jim Broucek, the employment and training supervisor for Carver County. “The worst unemployment years in recent history were in 1982 and 1983. In my recollection it has not been that severe since the Depression of the 30s,” he said. The average unemployment rate in Carver County in 1987 was 4.1 percent.
Pack 327 Cub Scouts and Webelos annual Pinewood Derby was held a few weeks ago at the Waconia American Legion Hall. Forty-four cars were entered. This years winners are: Matt Orn-best design voted on by the boys, Wade Hedegard-best work done by a boy, Mike Leen-4th place, Brian Hedtke-1st place, Rich Bierlein-3rd place and Jathen Glommen-2nd place.
50 Years Ago – Feb. 28, 1963
Minnesota Valley Conference basketball coaches announced their All-conference selections this week and Dave Dannewitz of the Waconia squad was honored by being placed on the All-Conference Basketball team. Other conference players honored came from U High, Chaska, Golden Valley, Orono, St. Anthony, Eden Prairie, Watertown and Shakopee.
Enforcement of the 90 minute parking regulations within the City of Waconia will be more strictly observed, according to the Waconia City Police Department. Ninety minute parking is posted in certain areas of the city especially in the vicinity of the grocery centers. Areas posted are primarily for the benefit of shoppers who are required to carry heavy packages a great distance to their automobiles. This is a reminder and a warning.
The year 1963 has been proclaimed “The Centennial of American Commercial Banking” by Mayor Tony P. Wagener of Waconia City. The proclamation throughout the country are observing the 100th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the National Currency Act on Feb. 25, 1863. Here in Carver County citizens may well be proud of the banks that have served them. There are 11.
NIGHTINGALE NEWS: Mrs. Harold Bollinger and Mrs. Wm. Mehelich were hostesses for a Valentine Party. Tray favors for Valentine’s Day and Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays were brought by 7th and 8th grade Girl Scouts.
With the basketball season winding down, baseball is the next thing on the agenda for the town. The Waconia Baseball Team Benefit “Beer Bust” will be held at the Izaak Walton league clubhouse on Friday, March 2nd. Come have a pleasant evening with friends. The donation is a dollar.
75 Years Ago – Feb. 24, 1938
Mrs. Mary Erhard and daughter Grace left for Father, Germany Sunday evening. They traveled by bus from Minneapolis to New York where they boarded the Steamship “Europa” for Hamburg, Germany. Mrs. Erhard will visit with her mother, brother and sisters. A brother of Mrs. Erhard’s died about three years ago and she will settle his estate which includes a riding academy. No money is permitted to leave Germany, and whatever Mrs. Erhard may inherit must be spent in Germany. They intend to be back in June or July.
The married men of St. Joseph’s Parish are sponsoring a card party to be given at the St. Joseph’s School tonight. Bridge, Five-hundred and Sheephead will be played and prizes given.
Benny Maiser and Billy Glaeser who won the local skating contest here last week went on to the five-county contest at Glencoe. They both received first place in their division. Benny was in the 14 to 16 year old division and Billy was in the 12 to 14 year old division. About 3,000 spectators witnessed the program of races. The program opened with a parade with people from the counties of Carver, McLeod, Scott, Renville and Sibley.
Four young clarinetists of the Waconia High School Band played for the Waconia PTA meeting Wednesday evening. They are: Geraldine Miller, Elmira Lindenberg, Myrtle Smeets and Jean Schreiber.
DANCE at Waconia City Hall, Sunday. Last dance until Lent. Music by Bill’s “Hoopee” Orchestra. Admission: Gents 25 cents, Ladies 15 cents.
If an accident occurs while your car is traveling under 40 miles an hour there is only one chance in 44 that someone will be killed. If an accident occurs while your car is traveling over 40 miles an hour there is one chance in 19 that someone will be killed. Death begins at 40 miles an hour, says a report on automobile traffic accidents.
100 Years Ago – Feb. 28, 1913
A Camden girl wrote us to know “how to prevent her feet from perspiring and giving off a noticeable odor.” Try soaking them in hot water a few times my dear, then rub with alum and garlic, put cold cream between the tootsies, and eat an onion, so your breath will counteract and the results will please you.
Tom Burfield, the photographer, says that most society ladies are over-exposed and under-developed. If you are a society woman be very careful.
Fred Ziemer, Herman Ehrenberg and Gus. Bender, were to Albert Lea last week where they purchased a number of registered Holstein cows.
Probably the happiest couple in the village today is Mr. and Mrs. Martin Jorgenson, who have adopted a six-week old baby girl. The new papa has purchased a manual on nursery jingles while mama is taking lessons on the proper care of infants. Congratulations are in from all parts of the county.
When drying stockings outside on the line and there is a high wind, it discloses the fact that lots of stockings are worn that look as if they were on their last legs.
Paul Schneider has won considerable fame for Waconia in that he captured first prize at the Jordan skat tournament Saturday last. Paul added 20 round simoleons to his bank roll. Many from here intended to take in the event but the inclemency of the weather prevented them.