A revolutionary invention

Pictured in the Pioneer in 1994: A McCormick-Deering cream separator holds a spot of honor in the basement of Sauser’s Hardware in Pine City, a leftover from the days when the hand-cranked models were making way for the motorized separators. Mike Sauser’s dad, the late William Sauser, sold the 1926 separator to someone about 15 years ago, but Mike adamantly insisted he buy it back. Mike and Albrecht Erhart, who remembers turning the crank on the family separator many a day, recently showed the unit for this picture.

10 Years Ago, 2009

Joseph Bombard, a Pine City native, will appear in the Minneapolis Musical Theatre production of Zanna, Don’t!, opening in downtown Minneapolis on June 5. Bombard is the son of Brian and Deb Bombard of Pine City. Joe Bombard, age 26, is now a resident of Minneapolis. He received his Bachelor of Arts in acting and directing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has appeared on stage in numerous plays and musicals in Minnesota and Massachusetts including productions of Cabaret, Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and others.

The Section 5A Track and Field Tournament at St. John’s University was on May 27 on a cool, breezy day. Highlighting the event for the Dragons were three new school records set: Holly Staples captured the 200-meter dash record after tying it earlier in the season; Erin Pangerl captured the 400-meter dash record after tying it earlier in the season and missed a chance at the State meet by two hundredths of a second; and Sherry Rike broke the 3200-meter run record previously set by Amy Johnson in 1996 of 12:34.04. “We had many personal bests despite the cold, windy conditions,” said Coach Jared Polzine.

25 Years Ago, 1994

Pine City High School recently announced the 1994 Athletes of the Year and Sportsman of the Year. For the first time since both awards have existed, an athlete won both honors. BJ Patzoldt was chosen by the coaches for the George Saunders Athlete of the Year. The Dragon Club also made him Sportsman of the Year for his character and personality during practice and sporting events. The girls Athlete of the Year was a tie, a first in the 15 years in which the award has been given. Chelsey Koppen and Carrie Eberhart were both given the Les Nell award. Dragon Club Sportsman of the Year award for girls went to Suzie Misel and Krista Orn.

Mark Hobson graduated cum laude from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks on May 15. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical studies. During his years at UND, Hobson was a member of the marching band, a member of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, holding many offices including president, and was on the UND Alumni Board. He is the son of Joe and Marge Hobson, Pine City.

50 Years Ago, 1969

Donna Feyma, Miss Pine City, left Tuesday of this week for Austin, where she will participate in a four-day schedule of events, climaxing with the Miss Minnesota competition finals on June 14.

The village council passed an ordinance at its June meeting Wednesday of last week granting an exclusive franchise to Pine City Cable TV, Inc., a subsidiary of Mid-Continent TV Company, a Florida based firm to operate and maintain a community antenna television system in the village of Pine City.

75 Years Ago, 1944

Since June 11 has been designated the Pine County Temperance Sunday, the United Temperance Movement of Minnesota has made arrangements to have a number of its speakers in the churches of the county on that Sunday.

Now more than ever before, help and time is needed for surgical dressings. The situation is serious. Anyone can learn to roll a bandage. You are needed at Red Cross headquarters twice each week.

Joan Huber, Mary Gustafson, Delphia Wenborg, Dorothy Lentz and Dorothy Lang of Pine City have been accepted into the Cadet Nurse Corps. These girls must now apply to individual hospitals.

100 Years Ago, 1919

Two brothers by the name of Erickson, who lived on a farm not far from Foxboro, were found dead last Monday. It is reported that they killed each other, but no definite information has been received.

About a score of interested ones from Rock Creek, Pine City, Hinckley, Sandstone, Askov and Willow River met in the high school at Hinckley, and organized the Pine County Health Association, as a branch of the state organization, with Mrs. Eugene H. Long of Pine City president, A.S. Dean of Sandstone, first vice and asst. scy.

125 Years Ago, 1894

Berg & Ihle have their new store building nearly completed and will be ready in a short time to occupy the same. It is a neat, tasty little store and will be a great improvement on their present quarters.

Prof. Collins and County Attorney Saudners came down from Hinckley on Monday and spent the day angling for the finny tribe, and by their appearance they had lots of bites; (but we are not prepared to say what it was that bit).

The Bear’s Ear Boom Company’s crew have finished their season’s work and on Sunday last they took their wagon up to the Swede bridge to the place where they keep it during the winter.

The park never looked better than it does at the present time and it is a credit to any town to have an ornament that calls forth the praise that this little spot does.

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