10 Years Ago, 2009
A volunteer organization that has been a fixture in Pine City for the past 56 years is shutting down, and its members couldn’t be happier about it. The Pine City Development Corporation handed a $220,000 check over to the Pine City Economic Development Authority for use in its revolving loan fund on Sept. 29; and with that, the PCDC – which had existed since 1953 in Pine City – was no longer in existence. Howard Ledin, former Pine County Attorney and longtime member of the PCDC, explained that the members of the group felt the organization had run its course. “It seemed to us it was more sensible to dissolve and give that money to the EDA, which is much more capable of proceeding with loans. We would be woefully ill-prepared to service loans,” Ledin said. The $220,000 has come primarily from the sale of land on the northwest corner of Highway 61 and County Road 11 that the PCDC had sold to Kanabec County to build a health care facility at that location.
The cross-country coaches are proud to honor the following students as Athletes of the Week: returning letter winners Cody Hanson (11), Megan Miesner (10) and Sherry Rike (9), and newcomers Abby Cummins (9), Mike Chouanard (12) and John Dedic (11). Cody and Sherry have consistently finished as number one runners for our team this fall. They have both set high goals for themselves and work very hard to achieve them. Megan, Abby, Mike and John have made solid contributions to this year’s squad. They have great attitudes and good worth ethics.
25 Years Ago, 1994
Jamie Fedder, daughter of Ed and Margo Fedder of Pine City, is the highest ranked girl tennis player John Eberhart has ever coached for the Dragons. According to the latest statistics, she is No. 7 in singles in Class A tennis. This has been good enough to draw the attention of college coaches. Fedder expects to go to the University of Minnesota-Duluth on a tennis scholarship in 1995. She credits her parents in helping her get this far. “They have always supported my interests in tennis. I started in fifth grade playing with my cousin, and in seventh grade I joined organized tennis with the junior high. I’ve been playing varsity since eighth grade.” Fedder not only plays tennis but teaches too. She works with the summer recreation program in Pine City, helping younger kids learn about this game.
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the selection committee for the proposed prison met to hear presentations of communities interested in having the proposed 800-bed close custody correctional facility. Groups representing Isanti County, St. Cloud, Braham and Pine City-Rush City-Harris were each allowed one and one-half hours to present their information. Clark Joslin, member of the Isanti County Area Correctional Facility Task Force, said Monday, Oct. 10, the field has been further narrowed to Pine City-Rush City-Harris, Isanti County and Braham. Final recommendation is expected Monday, Oct. 31. Although any community within the state was originally allowed to submit a proposal, Joslin said preference was given to any sites within a 35-mile radius of the Cambridge Regional Treatment Center, which is downsizing.
50 Years Ago, 1969
At a meeting held at the Pine City Village Hall, plans were laid for the dedication of Interstate 35 to be held at Pine City on Nov. 25.
The first lost hunters of the season in Pine County were rescued Monday evening in the Chengwatana State Forest northeast of Pine City, reports Sheriff Adam Martinco.
PCHS Homecoming Queen Colette Christenson and her princesses reign after coronation last Friday night. Crowned princesses are Sue Youngbauer and Karen Grahn.
75 Years Ago, 1944
The Redemptorist Fathers Catholic Society with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, have purchased the Pokegama Sanatorium from the H. Longstreet Taylor Foundation. The buildings will be reconditioned, after which it is the intent of the Redemptorist Fathers to establish a Mission House, which will be used as a center for mission work. Later, a special training school will be established. It will also be used as a retreat for priests and catholic men.
The Pokegama Sanitorium was first established by Dr. Taylor in 1905, and up until the time of its closing, Aug. 1, 1943, was one of the northwest’s leading sanatoriums for the treatment of tuberculosis. In 1923, the new hospital addition was built, and under the guidance of Dr. Callahan, did much toward the treatment of this dreaded disease.
100 Years Ago, 1919
Thirteen residents of Pine City, Rock Creek and Hinckley were served with summons by a U.S. Deputy, Tuesday, in a suit by N.S. Randall to recover $100,000 from the said unlucky 13 for something or other not mentioned in the summons.
The county agent attended an enthusiastic cheese factory meeting at Henriette, last Saturday evening. The men had previously started proceedings and report considerable stock sold and only part of the farmers interviewed. The farmers intend to start with a cooperative cheese factory which later on can be converted into a cooperative creamery, if desirable. A cheese factory can be started with a little smaller equipment.
125 Years Ago, 1894
The fire sufferers are fast leaving town, there being but 25 to 30 of them left.
Miss Clara Hay left on Monday to take charge of the Barlett School at the head of Lake Pokegama.
HINCKLEY NEWS: A great many sightseers are still visiting this place and everything available has been taken as relics.
A.L. Craig’s barbershop is running in good shape, his being about the first business place to open up here.
Jos. Kroneneberg, commenced on his saloon building on Thursday of last week and began doing business on Monday of this week.
McLaren and Cox have their blacksmith shop running in full blast getting out logging sleds to supply those who lost theirs by fire. The firm also will have their grocery store running and are prepared to furnish you with anything in their line.