6-20-13 Down Memory Lane

10 Years Ago – June 19, 2003

The Waconia Marching Band will perform at this Saturday’s Lake Waconia Band Festival. High school bands participating are Winona, Dassel-Cokato, Litchfield, Osseo, Albert Lea, Henry Sibley, Monticello, Mankato, Lutheran Vanguard, Park Center and the Minnesota Marching M’s.

The boys’ baseball team from Waconia returned home from the State Championships with runner-up in the consolation game, played in St. Cloud. Catcher Jim Berg was named to the All-tournament team.

St. Bonifacius – Erik Smesstad has been awarded the high honor of Eagle Scout. He has been involved in scouting since he began Tiger Cubs in 1991. He graduated from Waconia High School this year and will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in the fall.

Auburn West Nursing Home gained a high rating from the Minnesota Department of Health. It received no deficiencies.

Minnesota has a number of bars and restaurants that could potentially seek a later closing time. In Waconia 10 could request the change. The closing would be 2 a.m. instead of the current 1 a.m. So far, only one has asked for the change.

Cologne – Cologne Lion member Roger Storms was named District 5M2 Zone Lion of the Year.

JoAnna Meuwissen was named to the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, spring semester 2003 dean’s list. She is a 1999 graduate of Waconia High School.


25 Years Ago – June 16, 1988

Waconia High School’s 122 graduates received their diplomas in ceremonies held on Meuwissen Field where the sun beat down on graduates and spectators alike, keeping everyone warm and the program moving.

Gopher Volleyball senior Rochele Goetz of Waconia received the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, the highest award given to a university athlete.

Michelle Giesen, daughter of Dennis and Lois Giesen, has been awarded a $500 United Telephone System scholarship for the upcoming academic year. She will be a junior at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis this fall.

New Germany – Kevin Pevestorf, son of Duane and Bonnie Pevestorf, has been accepted for fall enrollment at Mankato State University. He graduated from Lutheran High School in Mayer this year. He plans to major in social work.

PATRIOT FORUM: What quality in your father has influenced you the most in your life? “Honesty and hard work.”-John Scheuble-Waconia. “I can’t remember my father really being mad.”-Gladys Siegle-Waconia. “His sense of humor and his ability to catch the elusive walleye.”-Dave Philp-Waconia.

Waconia High School’s 110m hurdler Tracy Johnson received second at state competition.

Members of the Waconia High School boys’ golf team this season included Matt Kohls, David Harms, Brian Dueber, Kyle Berger, Ryan Berger and Mike Nelson. Kyle Berger, Ryan Berger and Dave Harms earned All-conference honors. Jim Tisel was their coach. He will not be the coach next year. He will be teaching in West Germany.


50 Years Ago – June 20, 1963

An experienced management team heads up Brinktun, Inc. that will move its production of table tennis tables, pool tables and marine specialty items into a Waconia plant this summer. The 10,000 sq. ft. factory will be located on a 10-acre plot, south of Highway 5 across from the new municipal hospital. It will employ 200 persons. Table tennis started in Hungary in 1900. Today it is played by more people in the United States than any other game except bowling, according to the president and vice president of the new company.

One hundred and four students have registered for lessons in the band summer program at the Waconia High School. All lessons and rehearsals are under the personal instruction and direction of Mr. Komarek, WHS band instructor.

The officers for the coming year of the Waconia Lions Club are: President-Will Yetzer, 1st Vice President-Patrick Waldner, 2nd Vice President-John Devins, 3rd Vice President-Merlin Gatz, Secy.Treas.-Kenneth Larson. Directors will be Denver Baldwin, Paul Melchert, Ben Hartmann, Reuben Weinzierl, and Dr. Chas. Bean. Lion Tamer will be Wallace Stahlke and Tail Twister will be Orville Schwalbe.

Our five-digit zip code is 55387, Postmaster Bernard J. Rauen announced today. He stressed the importance of citizens of Waconia learning this city’s ZIP Code and using it in their return address. Mr. Rauen said that when ZIP Code is in full swing, the United States will have the most modern system of mail distribution and delivery in existence.


75 Years Ago – June 16, 1938

The Chaska baseball team will face Waconia on the Waconia baseball park next Sunday afternoon. For two-bits you will be able to see one of the outstanding games of the season. Gene Trow will occupy the mound for Waconia this season. Watch his fast ball whiz across the plate.

A five-day carnival is being held at the Lakeside club pavilion and picnic grounds. Little Slim Jim and the Vagabond kid will entertain at the picnic grounds. The Waconia Troubadour Orchestra will furnish music for free dances Saturday and Sunday evening.

GOING FISHING? See Johnson’s Low Priced Twin Model 210 for only $92.50 delivered. Braunwarth Motor Co.

Cologne- Six hundred people enjoyed a chicken dinner at St. Bernard’s School in honor of Rev. Father Harold Hesse who read his first Mass at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

LOST: One gallon paint, between the public cemetery and Scandia. Please return to Hartman’s Wallpaper & Paint Store, Waconia for reward. Telephone 72.

100 Years Ago – June 20, 1913

A man from Hamburg was arrested by Chief of Police Ed. Radde Tuesday evening for speeding on the streets of this village. He pleaded guilty before Judge Harvey who warned him to be more cautious hereafter and imposed a suspension fine of $5.00 and costs, which amounted to $2.30. People are warned speeding is exceedingly dangerous.

The police have been provided with a stop watch which will give the exact speed a machine is traveling and it will be much easier to convict violators. Now, scorchers, beware for the Waconia council and police mean business.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kucera and Mr. and Mrs. John Chermak spent Sunday last with the John Stamberg family at Victoria.

Little Miss Nora Weinzierl, daughter of Mrs. Andrew Weinzierl had the misfortune of breaking her left arm. She attempted to climb a tree but missed it.