10 Years Ago, 2009
Pine City’s community garden, an idea that was sprouted by the anti-poverty Horizons program, is moving along smoothly. Mayor Jane Robbins said she is impressed that 16 plots have been planted in Challeen Park, and she said the Pine County Master Gardeners have thanked her for the work the city has done on the garden. Public Works Foreman Royce Johnson was pleased that Jones Construction donated use of a tiller so public works employees could till the garden. Public Works also put in a water tap from the water main and a drain with a holding tank that pumps rainwater. “If it ever rains,” Johnson added, wryly.
On Thursday, June 18, the Pine City Lions Club will host its first “Community Leadership Awards” dinner. Five Pine City leaders from outside the Club have been nominated and will be recognized: Mary Kay Sloan, Max Blaufuss, Julie Werner, Beth Iallonardo and Jane Robbins. Each will be given a prestigious Lions award. In addition to the “Leadership Award” recipients from outside the club, members of the Pine City Lions Club will be recognized as well: Lion Bill McQuillan, Lion Jim Dombrock and Lion Gene Pals.
A new laundry next to Nelson’s Grocery will replace the one in Pine Plaza that currently serves Pine City. Owner Bob Frandsen hopes to open the facility in late summer or early fall. Frandsen rents the building the current laundry is located in, and he said the old location will be closed and the owner of that building will be looking to sell it or rent it. The new laundry will have all brand new Maytag equipment, Frandsen said. “We will also accept credit cards so customers who are short on cash can still do their laundry.”
25 Years Ago, 1994
A fire last week in the paint room of Atscott manufacturing’s downtown Pine City plant was contained before it became a disaster. Employee Vince Bjorklund, who was working in the paint area, sustained burns on his hands and his left leg and was taken by ambulance to Rush City Hospital. He was transferred to St. Paul Ramsey and released within 12 hours. “The building sustained significant smoke damage,” Fire Chief Paul Miller said, “but all fire damage was contained to the paint area and an east wall of that room.” Atscott President John Norris estimated the damage at about $10,000. He praised employees Leon Rachey and Jaye Frets for helping to avert a major loss by immediately calling 911 and extinguishing the fire on Bjorklund.
Five Pine City Elementary students placed and earned ribbons in a statewide competition sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administraton (NASA) Education Division and the National Science Teachers Association. Greg Waldron, Adam Cihak, Travis LeMon and Levi Bodin won third place with their future aircraft design. Heather Cihak won second place for her interplanetary art project.
50 Years Ago, 1969
The Conservation department announced today it has accepted bids on two new fishery projects, one of the first of its kind, to be built in this area. The unusual structure will be located near the outlet of Grindstone Lake in Pine County and will discharge water out of the lake from a depth of about 40 feet. The purpose of the project is to provide the outlet stream, Grindstone River, with cold water from the lake in order to improve trout habitat. The other project, a northern pike spawning and rearing area, is scheduled to be built at Oscar Lake in Douglas County.
75 Years Ago, 1944
The unrelenting rain of the past few days spread havoc in many forms of this part of the county, as water levels rose to new heights and roads and fields were flooded. The worst spot in town was between the school house and Holetz garage, where water over the running board of the cars carried sand and dirt over the streets.
The Blanchard Bakery will be closed June 18-24 because of no sugar available.
Hoff and Hoff, clever cartoonist and writer for the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press, will be the guest speaker at a Pine City Commercial Club dinner at the armory on Wednesday evening.
100 Years Ago, 1919
NOTICE: I have moved out to my cottage. It is necessary that I get some vacation this summer on account of over taxing my strength. I will observe office hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sunday. No calls or other work attended to after leaving town in the late afternoon, except emergency calls. ~ R.L. Wiseman.
Adolph Hoffman came home last Sunday after nine months in France, about one month being in front line trenches from St. Mihiel to the Argonne.
Alderman Dudley, in charge of street repairs, began work yesterday and indications are that he will have the streets in first class shape soon. Fifth street, west of the park, has already been graded, the gutters cleaned and cinders from the power plant put on it, while other streets are being or will be put in equally good shape. Plainly, the worst street in the village is the Federal highway between the courthouse and Kowalke corners, and it was the best until the state took charge of it. We understand, however, that this street will possibly be repaired as an argument to the voters of the village why they should vote next year to bond the state for $100,000,000 for the state highway commission to spend.
125 Years Ago, 1894
Quite a number of houses are yet to be erected in this place during the season; there are four that are certainty, and more that are being talked about. The hard times do not seem to affect this place very much, although one hears a good deal of talk about it.
New sidewalks and fences have been all the rage in this village for the past few weeks which have made a vast improvement in the appearance of the town.
Mrs. Dr. Pratt formerly of Hinckley, but not of Hawley, this state, arrived in this village on Tuesday to fix up the graves of her departed children that are buried in Birchwood Cemetery.