10 Years Ago, 2010
Pine City author Michael Willert has won his third award for his children’s book “Long Neck,” a story which uses zebras and a giraffe to describe a familiar childhood predicament. “It’s all about teasing and getting along with all types of people,” he said. “The zebras tease the giraffe about his long neck. They don’t want the giraffe around because it’s different from them.” Mom’s Choice Awards announced on Jan. 28 that Willert would receive their award for being among the best in family-friendly books. The program recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.
Surrounded by friends, colleagues and well-wishers, Royce Johnson celebrated his retirement on Jan. 28 from the Pine City Public Works department, where he has worked for the past 37 years – and as foreman of that department for the past five.
25 Years Ago, 1995
The January Volunteer of the Month from the Pine City Area Learning Center Service Learning class is Christina Nitch. She has given over 200 hours of her time working on service projects in class, as well as volunteering her time at the Pines Family Resource Center. Nitch enjoys working on crafts, and her talents have been appreciated by her classmates as she contributes ideas for projects and patiently works with others. Since the Family Resource Center has closed, Christina has started working at the Pine City Elementary during her free time.
“This is going to be a real good thing for Hinckley,” said Hinckley Lions President Lawrence Mans about the new Hinckley Community Center. The Hinckley Community Center will “accommodate about 400 people for a wedding dance, etc. The facility is also being built with “a higher ceiling for school activities.” The Hinckley Lions wanted to “make a building that could be used for numerous purposes,” said Mans. While the building itself is near completion and is handicapped accessible, Mans expects the total project “to be done about April 1. It’s going to be nice... It’ll be a real nice place.”
50 Years Ago, 1970
The Pine City volunteer fire department was called to the trailer home of Ed Steele northeast of Pine City, at about 11:15 a.m., last Wednesday. An over heated oil furnace caused only minor damage to the ceiling around the chimney.
On Tuesday evening, the Pine City Dragons went up against the Askov Danes, who were ranked 3rd in the District. The Dragons played a great game and topped Askov 60-54.
Pine County statistics show there were 215 births, 159 marriage licenses were issued and 204 deaths in 1969.
75 Years Ago, 1945
John Nelson, well known Rock Creek blacksmith, and resident of that community for the past 57 years, passed away at the Lakeside Hospital here, Monday morning of January 27th, the victim of a hit-run driver Sunday morning just a few hundred yards north of Rock Creek.
The Pine Poker-Pioneer has installed a new newspaper press this week and this issue is the first printed on the new equipment.
Training in the Medical Department is being offered to women who have a sincere desire to become a part of the medical corps and have two years of high school, provided they meet other WAV requirements.
100 Years Ago, 1920
Some folks pretend to doubt Pine City’s chance to grow very much “because we haven’t any institution that gives employment to a large number of men.” They don’t stop to realize that those great institutions all grow from small beginnings. It is the man who starts under difficulties and in a small way, learning to succeed against obstacles, who demonstrates his ability and is able to get financial assistance when he needs it in branching out. Pine City has one institution, the Power Co., which employs quite a number of men, the outgrowth of a little beginning in the flour mill engine room, some 22 years ago.
125 Years Ago, 1895
The ice cutting was at a standstill for a couple of days this week on account of the cold weather.
Sheriff McLaughlin was called to Sandstone to arrest five men who had refused to assist the village marshall in making an arrest. The men were brought to this village and arraigned before Judge Veenhoven for trial. L.H. McKusick appeared for the state while the prisoners looked after their own interests. The prisoners tried to prove that the marshall was drunk but it was proven that he was perfectly sober at the time of the trouble. The prisoners were each fined $10.00 and costs, with the exception of one, who had a sore foot and was unable to assist the officer. This shows that there is a crowd of people who are trying to run the town but they will find out that they cannot do as they please with an officer of the law.