10 Years Ago, 2010
The mark on the thermometer that indicates monies raised to expand the Pine City Public Library got a boost on Wednesday when the Pine City Lions Club presented Christy Koch and the Pine City Library with a check for $10,000. Funds raised since November are right around $300,000. “The Pine City Lions Club is pleased to be able to support the program,” commented Lion president, Jim Zaun, on the donation. “The Pine City Library Expansion program is one that will serve the population, young and old, for generations to come.”
Pine City Administrator Don Howard said on March 1 that city offices will officially move into the old county courthouse at 315 Main Street in Pine City by Monday, March 8. “We are officially informing the citizens of Pine City that as of 8 a.m. we will be operating and performing our services to the citizens out of our new location, the old courthouse,” said Howard. The city will rent the ground floor of the building for $35,000 per year from Pine County, which owns the structure.
25 Years Ago, 1995
Two Willow River emergency medical personnel received the Minnesota Stork Pin on Monday, Feb. 2 for their assistance in the delivery of a baby in July 1994. First Responder Veronica Borchardt and Emergency Medical Technician Cindy Olson were recognized by Pine County Ambulance representative Marge Fagerstrom. Willow River Fire Department First Responders were paged to the City of Willow River Fire Hall by the sheriff’s department in July for a report of a woman in labor. Responding with Borchardt and Olson were First Responders Bruce Bohaty, Phil Diers and Firefighters Tom Brabec and Frank Magdziarz. They found a woman in the last stages of labor in an automobile parked at the fire hall. The personnel assisted in delivering a healthy baby. Mother and baby were transported to Mercy Hospital shortly after delivery.
Roberta Shermer is a senior captain of the wrestling cheerleading squad. She’s been a great leader for her own squad as well as for the whole cheerleading team. She’s always willing to jump in and do whatever has to be done, whether it’s teaching someone new cheers, making signs for the wrestlers, or planning a pep fest. She’s a great motivator with spunk and determination, the epitome of a great cheerleader and this week’s Athlete of the Week.
50 Years Ago, 1970
The Pine County Sheriff’s Office has issued its report for 1969 which lists 673 complaints as compared to 451 in the year before. The adult report breakdown is as follows: burglary and break-ins, 15; larceny, theft and car theft, 9; fraud, 8; vandalism, 1; dope, 1; liquor law violations, 6; disorderly conduct, 15; DWI, 28; drunkenness, 19; assault, 3; rape, 1; careless use of firearms, 1; minor offenses, 23; bad checks, 80; traffic violations, 188. Total offenses cleared 496.
Following several negotiation sessions, the Pine City Education Association and the local board of education came to agreement last Thursday night on a new salary schedule for the 1970-71 school year.
75 Years Ago, 1945
Pine City High School Cagers finally won a basketball game over their traditional rivals from the south. It’s been so long since a Pine City team has defeated Rush City at basketball that most of the gray beards in town have forgotten when the last win was posted over the neighboring school.
A total of $11,058.25 was spent by Pine County residents in 1944 for fishing, trapping and hunting licenses. Included in this amount is $450 for nine non-resident licenses.
This week at the Family Theatre: “The Keys of the Kingdom,” one of the most widely read novels in modern times, becomes one of the outstanding motion pictures of the year. The author, A.J. Cronin, who is prone to best sellers, spent three years compiling his material before attempting to write the masterpiece, which has sold more than 800,000 copies. Gregory Peck portrays Francis Chisholm in the 20th Century-Fox picture.
100 Years Ago, 1920
Ed Galles unloaded a car load of silos last week, which were hauled to the farms of the different purchasers. Ed is on the job and reports most all the farmers not having silos are planning on buying this year.
Clinton Boo, one of the members of the association baseball committee has called a meeting of the committee including A.G. Yost and Earl Garbush to be held in the club rooms next Sunday at 2 o’clock to take up the question of putting Pine City on the baseball map this year.
Miss Ruth Greenley is spending the week at home on account of the Kerrick School, where she is teaching, being closing until the flu subsides.
125 Years Ago, 1895
Log hauling is at a standstill owing to the disappearance of the snow.
There has been upwards of 5,000 cakes of ice cut in this place since Jan. 1.
Rev. Wm. Wilkinson of Minneapolis was in this village looking up facts for the complete work he is about to publish of the forest fires which swept over the county on September 1. He expects to have it ready for circulation about April 15. It will no doubt be a good book and a credit to the author as he is not sparing money, time or labor to secure all facts connected with the great disaster.