By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – April 10, 2003
The former Mackenthun’s grocery store in downtown Waconia will soon be home to several new businesses. Among those already committed to opening in the new building are: Picture Perfect Memories, Hair For Today, Curves for Women, a saddle and western shop, Arbor Dental, Pizza Ranch, Artistic Impressions Photography, a nail salon, Edina Realty, Mathias Accounting, and Clearwater Development.
For the first time in the history of the Minnesota State High School League’s Triple A Award, a Waconia student came home with the coveted title. He is a graduating senior Philip Litfin.
Roger Wichelman, president of First National Bank in Waconia, has announced the appointment of Susan Johnson as marketing officer of the bank.
A 40th wedding anniversary gathering will be held at the Legion for Essene and Jerry Grote April 26.
Waconia Wildcats track team competed at the Becker Indoor Track Meet. Micah Young won the high jump by clearing 5-8. Joey Hiben added a first in the 55 meter high hurdles. Justin Reitsma won the 55-meter dash. As a team, the boys took second and the girls took third.
Former Chaska Mayor Bob Roepke has been named to the Ridgeview Foundation Board.
25 Years Ago – April 7, 1988
At Monday’s Waconia Council meeting, the council approved the final plat for Wagners Bay, a six-lot single family residential development west of Lakeview Terrace. Three lots will have lakeshore frontage. The final plat for Clearwater Shores, a five-townhouse development east of Carver Landing on Lake Waconia, was also approved Monday.
Mayer – Retired members of the Mayer Volunteer Fire Department were honored recently. They are: Hert Ernst, Milfred Dalchow, Austin Maetzold, Les Hahn, Pete Schmidt, Vern Raether, Ron Stieve, Curtis Honebrink, Floyd Block and John Grimm.
The Easter Bunny braved rain on Saturday for the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Waconia Girl Scouts. Waconia youngsters David Wabbe and Cory Tellers were among those who picked out treats offered by the long eared friend.
The Waconia Boy Scouts were the recipients of a video camera and accessories presented by the Waconia Lions Club. Accepting the camera at a recent Lions club meeting were: Jon Wiegert, Howard Lake, Allen Hasse, Mike Lubitz and Dale Lubitz.
Waconia High School students John Storms, Steve Buetow and Russel Storms placed well in a skills fair recently at the Technical Institute of Hutchinson. Russel won first in welding while John and Steve were second.
New Germany – Jessica Hart, a Mayer Lutheran High School junior and daughter of Curtis and Suzanne Hart, has been selected to represent the Post 601 American Legion Auxiliary at Girls State this June. Waconia student Kristi Baumann, daughter of Virgil and Shirley Baumann, was selected as an alternate.
50 Years Ago – April 11, 1963
The recent winds moved tons of ice to the North Shore of Lake Waconia. An accumulation of ice at Peterson Creek resembled giant icebergs. They protruded from the lake to heights of 10 feet or more. The fish trap there is used during the spawning season to catch game fish and carp and other undesirable fish.
Wilfred Yetzer is the new Waconia Lions Club president for the coming year. Other officers include: Patrick Waldner, John Devins, Merlin Gatz, Kenneth Larson, Wallace Stahke, Orville Schwalbe, Dr. Charles Bean, Denver Baldwin, Atty. Paul Melchert, Ben Hartmann and Ruben Weinzierl.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry O’Connor of Waconia have purchased the Satellite Drive In located on Highway No. 7 just east of St. Bonifacius and will open for the season on Friday. Mr. O’Connor is a member of the faculty of the Waconia Public High School. For the past few summers Mr. O’Connor has been employed at the Wa-Co Drive In at Waconia as a cook. He will be assisted in the operation of Satellite Drive In by his wife, Kay.
Cologne – The Benton Hilltoppers held its monthly meeting at the Werner Rolf home. James Mesenbring received his Dan Forth Citizenship Award. Bonita Rolf and Donald Koepp received Poultry Awards. The next meeting will be held at the Paul Koepp home.
75 Years Ago – April 7, 1938
Cologne – The Hollanders basketball team won the Minnesota Valley District Title. During the season the Hollanders participated in 18 games, scoring 749 points to the opposition’s 488 and winning 16 games. Friday night the Hollanders lost to the Bohemians 46-48 for the state title.
For this year’s baseball season, New Ulm of the Tomahawk baseball league, has signed Ruben Thom to pitch for that team. The deal for Thom’s services with the New Ulm club was concluded Sunday. Accompanying Mr. Thom to New Ulm Sunday were Omar Hill of Mayer and Gilbert Rehwaldt of Benton.
Dog licenses are due and may be obtained at the City Recorder’s office according to Recorder Everett Strong. Bicycle licenses are also due before May 1st. All owners of bicycles in Waconia City may secure licenses for this type of vehicle from Chief of Police Ed. Radde any afternoon after four o’clock at the city hall.
KELZER SHOE STORE: Francis V. Kelzer, Proprietor: For Easter purchase a smart color for Spring. Blue Suede shoes for women $2.98.
100 Years Ago – April 11, 1913
A man near here discovered the souse pole and when loading with various and sundry forms of booze tackled the village marshal. A rough and tumble fight resulted. The marshal grabbed his prisoner by the neck and pulled him down on top of his anatomy into a pool of mud a foot deep. The Justice of the Peace settled the matter by imposing a fine of $13.
An enterprising merchant of this town advertises “male or female umbrellas.” Probably a female umbrella is one that won’t shut up.