10 Years Ago, 2009
Last Thursday the Lions Club hosted its first ever Community Leadership Awards dinner at the Pine City Country Club. Nine local people received awards. Lion Gene Pals received a Leadership medallion – a national Lions recognition. Four people received Melvin Jones Fellow awards: Lion Bill McQuillan; Max Blaufuss, who owns and operates Lakeside Nursing Home; Mary Kay Sloan, chair of the Pine City Planning Commission; and Beth Iallonardo, former manager of the Pine City Walmart. Three received Helen Keller awards: Lion Jim Dombrock; Julie Werner, manager of Pine City Food Shelf; and Jane Robbins, mayor of Pine City. One additional award was presented to Lion Howard Ledin from the Diabetes Foundation for 20 years of managing the bell ringing program.
Last weekend 36 students from the area brought the stories of Dr. Seuss to life on stage. “Seussical Jr.” is Pine City Community Education’s second annual summer theater workshop. The musical is an abbreviated version of the successful Broadway musical based on the Dr. Seuss books “Horton Hears a Who” and “Horton Hatches the Egg.” Director Brad Mariska reported the event had excellent audiences – over 600 people attended the two performances in Rush City.
25 Years Ago, 1994
The Pine Area Lions Club spearheaded a project to install new playground equipment in the neighborhood park on Woodpecker Ridge. Saturday was the final work day, and volunteers from the club, as well as many families from the neighborhood, chipped in to get the job done. The new, safer playground has a sandy base and features baby swings, a merry-go-round, scoop diggers and other toys kids love. Contributions were received from several local organizations and private citizens to make the improvements possible. Shelly Smetana was chairman for the project.
Two Pine City runners placed in their categories in Grandma’s Marathon and Half Marathon in Duluth June 18. Lloyd “Forever” Young claimed first place in the age 70 and over category. He ran the full marathon, 26.2 miles. Stu Clem took second place in the 50-54 age group in the 13.1 mile half marathon. Four thousand eighty-seven runners finished the marathon, while 1,884 completed the half marathon. They ran in 71 degree weather with 90 percent humidity.
50 Years Ago, 1969
The first commercial structures to be built at the Pine City interchange on Interstate Highway 35, a Phillips 66 gas station, coffee shop and cafe complex, are about to see completion and will go into operation very shortly. The cafe, to be called “Fred’s Red Shed,” will seat about 117 patrons.
A one car accident on Saturday evening claimed the life of Robert Gray, 16, of rural Pine City.
Twenty-one former members of the Saints Drum and Bugle Corps attended a reunion at the Heath Perkins Post Club. During the course of the reunion, a number of those in attendance formed a committee to reactivate the corps and are making plans for some appearances in 1970.
75 Years Ago, 1944
Beginning July 1, all future hiring of men and boys, except for agriculture, must be done through or by arrangement with United States Employment Service of the War Manpower Commission, under the new priority referral program announced in Washington.
On display in the window of Telstad Jewelry is a captured German sub-machine gun which was brought to this country from Italy. The caliber is 9 mm. And the workmanship is notably poor.
100 Years Ago, 1919
All parts of the county are preparing to come to Pine City for the “Homecoming” for our soldiers, sailors and marines to be held on July 4 with a parade of the military in uniform, followed by the Red Cross, YMCA, Knights of Columbus, Salvation Army and other patriotic floats, including two brass bands and headed by the marshal of the day.
There will be special programs and events throughout the day. In connection with these there will be a number of water sports in the river immediately adjoining the fairgrounds, boat races, swimming contests, log rolling and diving contests. Immediately following supper there will be a ten round sparring contest between Charles McCarthy and Sammy Terrin at the Fairgrounds. In the evening there will be a short musical in Robinson Park.
Those having cases and bottles belonging to the Pine City Bottling Works are requested to return same at once as we need all we can get for July 4. We all want to give “the boys” plenty of good Pine City pop on the Fourth.
125 Years Ago, 1894
The work of unloading the brick for the new school building goes on, there has already been eighteen cars unloaded.
The steamer Cumberland is now in readiness and is making daily trips to Pokegama Lake and will be run every day anyone wants to go. Parties of ten and over 25 cents, for the return trip, single fare 50 cents. Barge dances will be held three times a week making the trip to Pokegama and return. Special rates to Rush City and Hinckley parties.
NATIONAL NEWS IN BRIEF: August Kessel, a farmer of Warsaw, Rice County, took strychnine in the presence of his wife and then ran into a grove. Before Mrs. Kessel could reach him with aid he was dead.
John Adberg entered the home of a neighbor, named Astradson, at St. Cloud, with whom he has had some difficulties. Finding Mrs. Astradson alone at the time drew a revolver and fired several shots at her. He was drunk and missed her. He was arrested.
Mrs. D. Frisk, a Swedish woman, five miles east of New Richalan, committed suicide one night by eating the heads of 40 matches. She had been an invalid for two years.