By Elsie Machtemes
10 Years Ago – March 25, 2004
The 2004 Waconia High School Show Choir Spectacular was a huge success. Natalie Maiser, Lauren Krukowski and Ashley Iacona opened with their version of “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” Kaley Peters offered a stunning rendition of “At Last.” Katie Hedstrom and Adam Fisel sang “Hear My Song.”
Jim Gilbert’s Nature Notes: The first bluebirds have arrived. Then you know it’s spring. Crocuses have begun blooming in protected outdoor spots.
Waconia High School students had the chance to have their art viewed by hundreds of visitors to the school last Thursday through Saturday. Akayla Stevens had a series of evening gown drawings on display. Landon Rochat-Boeser displayed a water color of an old man. Erin Ostlund’s depiction of a soldier captured the attention of most onlookers.
St. Bonifacius – The Westonka Jaycees presented a check for $1,000 to St. Boni council member Terrill Anderson to be used for the St. Bonifacius Centennial celebration in August. The money was raised through charitable gambling at Tommy’s Tavern in St. Boni.
St. Joseph Catholic School HONOR ROLL “A” Grade 8: Becca Dummer, Eryn Evander, Shalini Fernandez, David Leonard, Hanna Savaryn and Jessie Schonhardt. HONOR ROLL “B” Grade 8: Ryan Buetow, David Fischer, Mitchell Meuleners, Sam Mock, Tyler Pouliot, Nick Sinnen, Hannah Swift, Justine Widmer and Cat Zimmermann.
Three Waconia Wildcat Girl’s Basketball players were named All-Conference. They are: Kaylee Rasmussen, Jenny VanKirk and Chelsea Honebrink.
25 Years Ago – March 23, 1989
A sock hop is coming back to Waconia High School. Rock ‘n’ rollers from the 50s and 60s are invited to don their poodle skirts and white t-shirts and come and dance to the best music from the 50s, 60s and 70s played by disk jockey Scott Klohn of KOOL 108 radio. The fun is planned for Saturday, April 1. Serving as honorary chaperones for the evening will be Waconia staff members who have been at Waconia for at least 20 years. They include Al Blanshan, Milo Burandt, Ken Gerding, Phyllis Lehrke, Lois Lien, George Oftelie, Sue Melichar, Leo Schlumpberger, Sharon Singsaas, Tom Triplett, Ken Trnka and Donald Westermann.
Three people have filed for two open District 110 school board seats as of this writing. They are: Incumbents Gail Berger and Dave Grandy of Waconia and Darrell Gramms of St. Bonifacius.
BUSINESS: Larry Plocher of Central Insulation in rural Waconia returned from the annual “Blow In Blanket Contractors Convention” in Denver, Colo. He was recognized as “Contractor of the Year” for the Minnesota region.
Bonnie K. Delaney of Waconia has graduated with honors from the masters of business taxation program at the University of Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Moorhead State University and is a certified public accountant.
ON CAMPUS: Waconia High School senior Shelley Hilgers will receive a performing arts scholarship through Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Elaine Foss has been accepted admission to St. Olaf College in Northfield, as a freshman for the fall semester. Robert R. Roeser has been accepted for fall quarter at Southwest State University, Marshall, Minn. Lynn Wessale has been accepted for fall quarter at Southwest State University, Marshall, Minn.
Dusty Froyum, 13, raises rabbits. His special pets are named Schwartzenegger, Whiskers, Cory, Himi, Tar Baby, Cocoa Sassy and Snuggles. They are more than animals in a cage. He cuddles them, trains them and enters them in contests. “I have three breeds right now,” he said. “Polish, Netherland Dwarf and one Dutch.” Dusty belongs to the American Rabbit Breeders Association, the Minnesota State Rabbit Breeders and 4-H in Carver County. He has been recognized as junior champion in showmanship for the pets at the Carver County Fair and placed second at the “Rabbit Bowl” in Wright County last year.
Kenneth and Marie Kirsch of Waconia announce the engagement of their daughter Michelle to Gerald Sullivan, son of Mitch and Zola Sullivan of Cologne. An April 22, 1989 wedding is planned.
50 Years Ago – March 26. 1964
Ground breaking services were held following Palm Sunday services in the Waconia Moravian Church. A new Christian Education building will be erected. At the site of the new building Rev. Spliess and the former pastor, Rev. Lewis held a brief service.
The Boy Scouts, Waconia Troop 327 held a Court of Honor at the city hall. Seven boys advanced to second class scouts. They are: Bruce Dahlke, Pat Wagener, Joel Gramith, Jim Stenger, Chuck Machtemes, Lyle Kratzke and John Wachholz. A Bronze Palm to the Eagle was awarded to John Peura. This is the first time in the history of the Waconia Troop that this high honor has been awarded to a boy. Al Dahlke presented the awards during the candle light ceremony. Parents of the scouts were guests.
The Carver County Cancer Crusade will open in April. Mrs. Ray Maiser is the chairman of Waconia city. Mrs. Willard Sauter will chair Cologne. Mrs. Merlin Muelich is the chair for New Germany. Mrs. Loren Noeldner will chair Waconia Township. Mr. Rueben Thom of Waconia is the Special Gifts Chairman.
The Crippled Children’s Fund Drive was completed in Waconia last week according to Mrs. Arthur Willems, chairman of the local drive. The house-to-house envelope campaign resulted in a collection of $229.75 for the Crippled Children’s Fund.
Stanley Wolter, Waconia, a high school student and FFA chapter member, was elected first sentinel of the District 13 FFA. He will assume his duties at a banquet held in St. Peter in April.
House cleaning time is here and time to dispose of clothing and old rags. Don’t Burn them! Save Them! Sack Them! We will pick Them Up! In Waconia Call Bert Fottral, Mary Paal, or Gert Scheuble. In St. Boni call Gladys Baert. In Victoria call Marie Tschimperle.
WACONIA RIDGEVIEW BIRTHS: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leivermann, nee Hendricks, Waconia, a baby boy on Friday, March 20. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. VonHoltum, nee Price, Cologne, a baby girl on Friday, March 20.
75 Years Ago – March 23, 1939
Cologne – After defeating most of the teams representing Minnesota towns, the Cologne Hollanders stepped across the boundary into Wisconsin and won the championship in the Northwest Invitational Tournament held at the auditorium in St.Croix Falls, Wis. Rollie Johnson in his Monday night radio broadcast commented on the Hollanders victory and said that the Wisconsin teams just couldn’t get through the Cologne team’s baffling two-one defense and zone play. Al Vojtisek averaged six field goals per game. Taking part in the tournament for the Hollanders was: Pertz Radde, Armand Bahr, Franklin Bahr, Al Vojtisek, Mitchell, Howard Luebke, Raymond Effertz and Jess Schoen. Manager Willard Bongard accompanied the team to the tournament.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Diethelm of Victoria visited with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Haering Tuesday evening.
Thirty-five boys showed interest in vocal work, appearing for the first practice of the Waconia High School Male Chorus. Mr. Stenehjim will be the director.
The Conia Theatre, Waconia’s cinema house, has booked a super attraction in W. C. Fields in “You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man” with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. This show will hold for three days, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
The Waconia Girls bowling team lost three games to the Cologne girls bowling team Monday evening. High scorer for Cologne was Gisella Knotz with 124.2 and Verdella Remer of Waconia was high with 112.
Mayer – The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmar Guetzkow was christened Sunday morning in the Lutheran church. The name given was Duane Wilmar.
100 Years Ago – March 27, 1914
William Gust has received employment on the Robert Kramer farm at Norwood. Mr. Kramer also conducts an auto livery and William will also act in the capacity of a chauffeuer. Conrad Gust will be employed on the William Kramer farm, near Norwood. Conrad is a good farm hand and Mr. Kramer will pay him a salary of $40 per month.
Mayer – GERBER & HAHN: Boys long pants suits -$2.98. Men’s suits – $10. Boys knickerbocker suits – $3.39.
The stork visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Cleasgens Sunday and left a dandy little boy. Jos. is passing the havanas while ma and child are getting along nicely. The Patriot wafts its happy parents.
We have been informed that Edward Yetzer, who several weeks ago broke one of his legs, also Saturday last was seriously taken ill with an attack of appendicitis. At the present writing Mr. Yetzer is convalescing nicely.
March is a trying month for the very young and the elderly people. Croup, bronchial colds, lagrippe and pneumonia are to be feared and avoided. Foley’s Honey and Tar is a great family medicine that will quickly stop a cough, check the progress of a cold, and relieve inflammation and congested air passages. It is safe, pure and always reliable.—C. O. Diessner, Waconia.