6-26-14 Down Memory Lane

By Elsie Machtemes

10 Years Ago – June 24, 2004

The Waconia Regional Park officially opens this Saturday. The grand opening will feature free activities and entertainment by Bob the Beachcomber as he plays beach music and 50s dance tunes.

Jenny Gustafson, Mallory Kling, Rachel Horner, and Sammy Forsythe, students at the Waconia Performing Arts Center, were accepted for a summer ballet camp in Chattanooga, Tenn. This camp is for students who are intermediate or advanced in dance.

St. Bonifacius – Heavy rainfall in the past few weeks in the area has caused widespread damage and aggravated existing problems with the city’s stormwater infrastructure.

Robert Dunn, 43, of Waconia died last week as a result of a fork lift accident at his place of employment.

The Waconia Wildcats baseball team is the 2004 Class 3A State Consolation Champion. They rallied over Rosemount with a 6-5 victory in the AAA consolation final game. Wildcat seniors on the team are: Chris Bullis, Ben Smothers, Brant Douville, Jeff Chrest, Patrick Timmers, Jim Berg and Andy Bongard.

Mayer –Lutheran High School named Ron Ketcher, a 1978 graduate of and former football player for LHS, as its new head football coach. Ketcher replaced Dean Aurich, who led the Crusaders for 22 years.

Waconia council member was presented with a check for $75,000 from Waconia Lions member Mike Leivermann. The money will be used for a new skate park.


25 Years Ago – June 22, 1989

The top priority for the recently formed Lake Waconia Association is to monitor Lake Waconia for the presence of Eurasian water milfoil. Persons working on the project include: Marilyn Proulx, Gene Geller, Fred Hawkins, Bob Berger, Jim Gilbert, Bill Glaeser, Scott Jensen, Kim Mackenthun, Cindy Mase, Greg Proulx, Greg Sicheneder and Charlie Stone. Gary Meuwissen acts as the group’s accountant and Keith Sjodin as the legal counsel.

Heritage Day was celebrated on Saturday in Waconia. Infant twins Melissa and Laura Kahmeyer were part of the kiddie parade. Jerry Delaney read a proclamation naming Waconia’s community park west of town Brook Peterson Community Park. Peterson was a teacher and principal at Waconia High School. He made considerable contributions to the youth of the city.

Mary Devins and Paul Kunze, both of Waconia, received bachelor of science degrees in business administration from Mankato State University. Scott Stangret received a bachelor of science degree in accounting.

Shelly Hilgers, a 1989 graduate of Waconia High School, is one of 11 students from across Minnesota who have been nominated for the 1989 Alexandria Vikingland Band Festival “Chairman’s Award” Scholarship.

The Rev. Dean Mahlum will be installed as associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church of Waconia.

PEOPLE’S FORUM: Experts say that in most cases of marriages that fail it is the woman who initiates the termination. Why do you think that seems to be the case? “Because a woman has more emotional feelings than a man does. A man doesn’t realize when there is a problem. A woman is more picky; but she’s also more perceptive.”-Jan Heuer-Waconia. “Women do not like to be tied down in a bad situation and it’s easier for them to get out of that situation now. Women are more financially independent. –Alyce Schmakel-Waconia. “Because women are not afraid to take the first step. The woman probably feels she will gain more independence than the man feels he would.”-Julie Kroells-Cologne. “Maybe the guys are afraid to call it quits. They are afraid to come out of a commitment.”-Dave Stickler-Waconia.


50 Years Ago – June 25, 1964

Miss Mary Ann Kirsch graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Othmar Kirsch. Mary Ann graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in Waconia and from St. Benedict’s High School at St. Joseph, Minn.

New Germany – Raechel Gutzmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gutzmann was named the ADA Region VI Dairy Princess. She was sponsored by Fritz Drug of Waconia.

Cologne – Voters of Cologne School District No. 246 will vote on the dissolution of Common School District 246 (Cologne) and to annex to Bongards School District 104, to become effective June 30, 1965, according to Willard Sauter, School District Clerk.

A petition is currently being circulated by a group of tennis enthusiasts, Ann Ament, David Tauschick and Maxine Stenger, to incorporate the playing of tennis into the summertime recreational program here in Waconia. Parents complain that their youngsters simply do not have anything constructive to do. So welcome these volunteers when they call on you to sign a petition. Remember they are not working for themselves, but for a better Waconia.

Mrs. Roy Luhring of Waconia caught a 4 lb 8 oz bass on the lake this week.

Seventeen head of Holstein cattle that strayed into the Wm. Peltz pasture early this week have been returned to their rightful owner. The cattle had evidently crossed Parley Lake to get to the Peltz pasture where they no doubt thought the grass was greener.


75 Years Ago – June 22, 1939

New Germany – The brooder house on the Ruben Stender farm near here was raided Saturday night, and about 60 pullets were removed. The theft was reported to Sheriff Thul. It may be that a gang of chicken thieves have invaded western Carver County.

St. Bonifacius – The St. Boni girls diamond ball team scored a decisive victory over Excelsior Tuesday evening. Fifteen home runs were scored by the local girls, these being accounted for by. C. Wartman, M. Ess, C. Segner, M. Fink, M. Geyen, M. Klein and M. Logelin.