By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – Oct. 17, 2003
The city of Waconia, with a population of roughly 8,500 today in 2003, could reach 12,400 before 2015. According to city planner John Hilgers, there is no question the roadway links in and around Waconia are going to change significantly in the years ahead.
Fall colors have reached almost peak levels this week around Waconia, such as trees located along the north shore of Lake Waconia.
PATRIOT FORUM: If you could go anywhere, where would you go? “Disneyland.”-Rebecca Wiff-Cologne. “I’d go west.”-Giedeon Wiff-Cologne. “Probably Montana.”-Elias Wiff-Cologne. “Florida.”- Lydia Wiff-Cologne.
Nancy Sinnen was recently recognized for 30 years of service at Waconia Farm Supply. Ace Hardware Corporation recognized her for her hard work and dedication. She is one of only five winners of the award for the quarter.
Mayer – Lukas Radde from Cologne and Stephanie Limmel of Excelsior where chosen as Students of the Month of October at Mayer Lutheran High School.
The 1917 portion of Bayview Elementary School could be demolished if a $26 million building referendum is approved by voters. That referendum would allow Bayview to be remodeled with 12 new classrooms added.
The Waconia Wildcats girls’ soccer team advanced in the playoffs. In a game against #5 seed Holy Family, the Wildcats knew they had a challenging task in front of them. “It was a big win for us,” commented Coach Tom Erickson. He recognized players Brittany Bammert, Lindsey Rague and Ali Klason.
25 Years Ago – Oct. 13, 1988
Robert Schwichtenberg is the senior member of the Waconia Fire Department with 27 years experience. His son, Dale Schwichtenberg, is the department’s newest member. Firefighting is a way of life for this family.
Plans for sewer, water and streets for a 12-lot housing development were ordered by the Waconia City Council. They approved the preliminary plat for Ravenwood, which includes the land on the southeast corner of Highway 284 and County Road 32 and is being developed by Jasper Development.
ON CAMPUS: Sara Larson, daughter of Ron and Elaine Larson of Waconia, is among the students named as members of the 1988-89 concert band for Luther College in Iowa. Paula Karstens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Karstens of Waconia, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
St. Bonifacius –Fifty St. Boni Lions and their wives went on a mystery cruise down the St. Croix River. The trip started in the parking lot at the Norseman Café in St. Boni where the president Lloyd Grobel had the group board a bus. No one knew where they were going.
New Germany – The New Addition 4-H Club had its first meeting. Officers were elected. They are: President-Heidi Ertl, Vice president-Amy Wegener, Secretary-Renee Latzig, Treasurer-Michelle Wegener, Reporter-Tony Ertl and song and recreation leaders-Greg Kerkohoff and Angie Stender.
50 Years Ago – Oct. 17, 1963
One senior at Waconia High School has been honored for her high performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test given last spring. She is Karen Bartels.
The annual Punt, Pass and Kick Contest sponsored by Waconia Motor Company was held at the WHS football field. Thirty-seven boys ages 8-11 participated. Winners were, 11 year olds: Steve Knight, Lyle Kratzke, Pat Wagener and Craig Hershberger; 10 year olds: Dan Elling, Richard Elling, David Willemsen and Gary Heinen; 9 year olds: Bradley Melcher, Richard Weinzierl, Jeff Rudloff and Mary Barlau; 8 year olds: Bruce Zehnder, Mark Budahl, Thomas Peura and Ronny Fritz.
New Germany – The bridge club was entertained by Mrs. Merlyn Muelich. High score was held by Mrs. Lloyd Menth, second by Mrs. Roy Hartwig and traveling by Mrs. Elsie Kutzke.
CITY MEAT MARKET: A.A. Mackenthun and Son. Canned cream corn and pork and beans – 5 cents each. Hershey candy bars – 10 cents. Green peppers and radishes 5 cents a lb.
Waconia Chiefs Football Back of the Week: Jim Peters. Lineman of the Week: Jim Connors and Don Dressen.
The regular meeting of the VFW Auxiliary to Post 5462 was held with president Mrs. Earl Sorenson presiding.
75 Years Ago – Oct. 13, 1938
The Patriot subscription department last week registered an increase of eight new subscribers, all residing within Carver County.
Cologne – Fred Behnke of near here won the championship in Carver County’s inaugural corn husking contest. He placed first with 21.5 bushels of corn. Behnke will represent Carver County at the district meet. Nearly 1,200 interested spectators watched the rattle of ears.
Raymond and Elton Hasse, Carl Peltz, Douglas Bade, Jerome Widmer, Orville Koehler and Donald Johnson accompanied Mr. Schreiber of Waconia High School in the livestock judging contest at New Prague.
Waconia defeated Chaska in the homecoming game. Stan Radde was a powerhouse at guard. “Swede” Johnson was a powerhouse on offense. Benny Maiser pulled some nice runs. The lineup was as follows: Fischer, G. Radde, S. Radde, O’Reilly, Weinzierl, Kunze, Johnson, Gramith, Rauen, Maiser and Lenz.
One case of hog cholera is reported in Benton Township, south of Cologne. This is the only known outbreak of this malady in the county, according to Dr. A.C. Spannaus. Two weeks ago many cases of hog cholera were reported in McLeod County. Vaccination of hogs is the only protection that has proven successful according to veterinarians.
Mrs. John Beck of near here is the champion finder of four-leaf clovers. In her own back lawn she picked a bunch of 65 of the coveted, but often elusive, little good luck tokens. Mrs. Beck should have good luck all the rest of her life after such a find.
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111 Years Ago – Oct. 17, 1902
The Coon Club reconnoitered in Sutheimer’s woods on Tuesday night and bagged the largest animal which has been captured this season. Its bones will be polished sometime this week at a banquet. Roast coon and sweet potatoes make a mighty fine dish.
Waconia Council: The following bills were audited and allowed: F. Kunze, police-$2.50, G. Boettcher, street work-$3.00. H. Braun, marshal’s salary-$40.00.
August Johnson and Charley Klein were in Waconia on Monday visiting friends and talking over the political situation. Both these gentlemen are well known in Waconia and at all times receive a hearty welcome when they appear among us. No doubt exists in our mind that they will be re-elected sheriff and our next representative. They are both good fellows.
Uncle Fred DuToit has been suffering from appendicitis. He is convalescing. And Gustave Braun departed this life, the cause of death being tubercular laryngitis.
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