By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – June 5, 2003
Despite a nursing home moratorium the local Good Smaritan center here gets state approval for expansion. An estimated 6,300 square feet of space will be added on the south end of the building. The top two floors will have new dining halls constructed. Up until now, since 1979, residents had to go down to the main level for dining.
An estimated 154 students graduated from Waconia High School.
History was made on Thursday, May 29. The first graduating class of Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria received their diplomas. Thirty-one students graduated. John Paul Savaryn of Waconia and Justin Evander of Victoria are among those who in their words, “paved the way of tradition for the school.” The communities of Victoria, Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver, Eden Prairie, Prior Lake, Excelsior, Deephaven, Minnetonka, Shorewood, Orono, Belle Plaine, Watertown, Loretto, Mound, Minnetrista and Waconia are currently represented in the school.
Doctors Joe VanKirk and Dr. Robert Heeter have been elected to the Ridgeview Board of Directors.
Mayer – Vanessa Schwanke cleared 5-6 for a first place and state tournament berth for the Crusaders track team at Mayer Lutheran High School. Mike Drew will advance to state for winning the 110 hurdles and the high jump.
This year’s Ridgeview Foundation Scholarship recipients are Melissa Lachermeier, Valarie Hill, Kari Lemke, Lucy Sue Gunness and Katie Benson.
Matthew Geiger, son of Dean and Audrey Geiger of Waconia, has accepted a position with CB Richard Ellis in Chicago, as a financial analyst. He is a 1998 graduate of Waconia High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The following students from the Waconia area are recipients of academic scholarships from the 2003-04 school year at Minnesota State University, Mankato: Jacob Goede, Jena Niesen and Jackie Olson.
25 Years Ago – June 2, 1988
Mayor Larry Bodahl addressed the public at Waconia City Park and cemeteries for the Memorial Day services.
She is called Waconia’s “Iris Lady.” She is 87 year old Anna Schwichtenberg, a good natured New Germany native who has lived in Waconia since 1940. As many as 50 kinds of iris touch the senses of many a neighbor or passerby on her 55-foot plot of land. The iris is one of her first loves. So much so, that a daughter born to her in late May was named none other than Iris May (Mrs. Earl Heinen).
The Waconia Lions inducted next year’s officers and presented awards. Paul Bantle was elected president. Mel Boehmke was elected first vice president. Other officers include: Tim Looby, Tom Plihal, Chuck Dueber, Norman Paul, Howard Lake, Louis Larson, Larry Harris, Tom Peitz, john Jacobson, Al Frazier, Lenny Peitz, Dave Hubert and Jeff Koenen. Attendance awards were given to Bantle, Boehmke, Dueber, Frazier, John Jacobson, Art Johnson, Kooenen, Lake, Larson, Ron Machtemes, Paul Melchert, Kermit Ohlsen, Paul, Timm, Roger Wichelmann and Will Yetzer.
Kim Stangret, daughter of Stephen and Wannetta Stangret, has been named the editor of Waconia High School’s 1989 senior yearbook by advisor Barbara Danger. Other editorial positions include Wendi Dressen, daughter of Larry and Sue Dressen and Shelly Johnson, daughter of Larry and Rita Johnson.
Two local pianists are winners in the 1988 Minnesota Music Teachers Association State Piano Contest. They are Gregory Provence and Erin Holtmeier, both of Waconia.
Cologne – The Benton Hilltoppers 4-H Club met at the City Hall. They will be making a float for the Hamburg parade June 11. They will put it together at the Dale Karnitz home. Lunch was served by the Klaustermeiers.
THANK YOU! Joyce Haering for 40 Years of quality customer service. You really are one of those PEOPLE WHO CARE! First National Bank of Waconia.
50 Years Ago – June 6, 1963
Waconia Boy Scouts attended the Court of Honor when Weblo Cub Scouts graduated and were inducted into the Waconia Scout Troop. Among those were: Brian Sorensen, Bruce Dalchow, Joel Gramith, Johnathan Thom, Roger Hedtke, Lyle Kratzke, Jason Gramith, Patrick Wagener, Joohn Wachholz, James Weinzierl, Charles Machtemes, Tom O’Connor, James Hartmann, Bob Lundgren, Jeff Whittaker, Wayne Wachholz, Ronnie Stenger, John Peura, and Oscar Savaryn. John Peura received the Eagle Scout Award, the highest award in Scouting. Frank Peura is the Waconia Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster and Robert Lundgren is the assistant Scoutmaster.
It’s St. Boni at Waconia for this Sunday’s Game. Each team has lost two games, and Sunday’s encounter will be the last game of the first round series of games. To the winner of Sunday’s encounter as Bob Leiverman for Waconia and the mighty Al Provo of St. Boni match strategy to produce the winning runs for their respective towns.
Eilef Ohlgren of Duluth will be the new owner of Lobitz Brothers Barber Shop in Waconia. Herman Lobitz has retired from the barber business after 44 years in partnership with his brother Henry. The latter will remain on at the barber shop assisting the new owner.
Dr. Harold D. Nagel, former Waconia physician and surgeon, died suddenly in his automobile while driving to his home on Highway 100. He did have the presence of mind to turn off the highway onto Dean Blvd. when illness overtook him. He died on the scene. He was 65 years old.
For the first time in the history of the Waconia Moravian Church , a “son” of the congregation will be ordained into the Holy Christian Ministry of the Moravian Church. He is Richard Ehrenberg. He is the son of Mrs. Lillian Ehrenberg and a graduate of Waconia High School.
Lori Dungey, Susan Buesgens, Cheryl Mauer, Signie Glaeser, Kristy Graff and Julie Gatz will perform in Kay’s Kiddie Kappers Dance Revue to be held in the Waconia High School Auditorium on Sunday.
75 Years Ago – June 2, 1938
Students from the seventh, eighth and high school classes of Waconia were given PTA scholastic awards. They are: Donald Honebrink, Angeline Rauen, Myrtle Smeets, Bernadette Schelitzche, Jean Schreiber, Maxine Moors, James Gentz, Ardell Diessner, Mary Peltz, George Moore, Inez Johnson, Raymond Louis, Raymond Hasse, Rosalie Brahee, Marilyn Rhea, Doris Maiser and Ralph Buelow.
Plans are being made for the Black and White Show to be held here Saturday. Seventy-seven head of Holsteins will be judged here and they include some of the best cattle in the state. Judges are from Hopkins, Mound and McLeod County. There will be a cattle parade, music by the Waconia Band, prize milking contests and junior judging contests. One dollar, 75 cent, and 25 cent prizes will be awarded.
Lightning tore the shoes off of Victor Peterson’s feet. He was carrying two pails of milk across the yard to the pig pen to feed the pigs when the storm reached its height. There was a sharp crash and he was seen to fall to the ground. Although not unconscious, he was unable to stand. Both shoes were torn from his feet and partly burned. It was found the burns were not serious, but he suffered somewhat from shock. Nothing else was struck on the farm and the pails which he carried were unscathed.
A report released by the Minnesota Safety Council shows Carver County to be one of the worst offenders in deaths caused by automobile accidents. There have been two deaths so far this year in the county as the result of automobile accidents. The three year average rate for Carver County is 15.7. There are 23 counties which have a perfect record and 12 in which only one death has occurred.
100 Years Ago – June 6, 1913
The first free open air concert will be given tonight on the pavilion in the public park.
The bass season was formally opened here by Sid Holmes and Gus. Braun. A few hours of fishing netted them 49 large black bass. Both gentlemen are veterans in the fishermen’s class and there is always danger among the finny inhabitants of our lake when they pile into a boat armed with rod and reel.
Marshal Radde has been instructed to strictly enforce the automobile ordinances in the village. Speeding and riding without head or tail lights are the more prominent violations. Speeding must be stopped before someone gets run over.
The old fence which surrounded the Catholic Cemetery south of town will be replaced by a more modern one. The walks will also be graveled.
Cologne – The ball tossers came over to Waconia Sunday to cross bats with them and were victorious after nine innings of “sod-grabbing,” “rooting and fighting” against a strong wind. The score was 9 to 8. Many from here, including a number of fair-faced fans, were over to assist along in rooting.
Harold, the 9-year-old son of Henry Neuman, was injured Sunday last when the carriage he was riding in tipped over at the Ernest Neuman residence in this village. The youngster was not seriously hurt.