Science by mail in 1993

A group of high ability Pine City Elementary students quizzed two scientists from the Twin Cities over lunch last week. The kids participated in a program called Science by Mail. They divided into teams and worked on activities involving photography or simple machines. For example, they could make a mechanical toy, do a test of turning strength, make a projector or a pinhole camera. Then they wrote to designated professional scientists to share their experiences. Scientist Lynn Wilson and James Elrod, a father-daughter team, decided they wanted to meet the Pine City students who corresponded with them as part of the project. Elrod, a retired engineer from Honeywell, is pictured with some of the curious kids.

10 Years Ago, 2008

Union employees at the Pine County Courthouse filed an intent to strike notice on May 19 after rejecting the county’s offer and negotiating their 2008 contracts since July 2007.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), along with families, met to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new addition to the Pine City Elementary School which is planned to be the future home of the Early Childhood program. The two classrooms will be completed in time for the 2008-2009 school year for use by the elementary grades. ECFE will move into the classrooms in 2009-2010.

Minnesota eighth graders from more than 50 schools submitted a total of 481 500-word essays answering the question of how to prevent violence in schools in a contest sponsored by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. Of the 18 winning essays statewide, two were from Pine City Junior High School. Joey Pangerl and Jaclyn Martini wrote passionate, convincing papers with solutions to preventing violence in schools.

Vincent Pavlak of Brook Park won a $100,000 prize by playing the Minnesota State Lottery’s Cash Explosion scratch game. The winning scratch game was purchased at Holiday on 13th Street in Pine City.

25 Years Ago, 1993

The annual Senior Award Breakfast was held Friday, June 4 at Pine City High School and awards were presented to Valedictorian Patrick Jarvis, Salutatorian Brandon Stephan, as well as A and B Honor students.

When Levi Reynolds takes action, he gets noticed. Levi is an eighth grader at Pine City Junior High School and will attend the Summer Mathematics Institute this summer. He is one of 32 students in Minnesota selected for the program. SMI, as he calls it, is sponsored by the Unisys Corporation and will be held from June 13 through July 2 at Macalester College in St. Paul. During the camp, Levi will live in a dorm on campus.

A belated 90th birthday celebration for Rose Nelson, Pine City, was held recently. Eighty-five relatives and friends enjoyed the afternoon with Rose. The party was given by her three daughters, two sons and their spouses. Each great-grandchild, 25 in all, brought her a long-stemmed rose. Daughter Marianne Tribelhorn and family came from Denver, Colorado to surprise her. Rose turned 90 on Feb. 3 and celebrated in New Port Richey, Florida.

Brandy Hoy, 10, will perform sixth solos with Jolene’s School of Dance on June 16 and 17 at the North Branch High School. Hoy is the daughter of Roger and Sally Hoy, Pine City, and has been dancing with Jolene’s School of Dance for seven years. Performances start at 6:45 p.m.  The theme of this year’s recital is “Great American Past Time.” The public is invited to attend.

50 Years Ago, 1968

Construction began last week on the First National Bank’s drive-up tellers window and parking lot.

On Saturday, May 25 voters of school district No. 1571 voted to consolidate with Independent District No. 578. The vote was all but unanimous, with one vote out of 23 cast in opposition to consolidate.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brown, Pine City, on the birth of their son, Bradley Donald, on May 25.


75 Years Ago, 1943

Dale Kacourek, 10-year-old son of Mrs. Rose Kacourek, living north of the river, was caught in the swift current of the river under the highway bridge in town where he and eight other boys had been swimming. A rescue was daringly affected by Jerry Hoefler, age 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hoefler, who, seeing the younger boy’s predicament, took a dive from the rail of the highway bridge, some ten feet above the water, and helped the Kacourek boy to safety.

Marcus Halling, director of music in the Pine City High School for the past four years, has resigned his position here and taken a new one in the school system in Coleraine, Minnesota.

The Pine City Gardens completed its organization this week and is now incorporated. The main object of forming this company is to encourage and promote the growing of vegetable crops that will eventually lead to the establishment of a canning factory in Pine City.

100 Years Ago, 1918

The armory was crowded at the high school commencement exercises when a class of 31 graduated.

Someone used yellow paint, last Wednesday night, on the Glasow store, the Wm. Busselmeier place, the Frank Cort and Otto Becher homes and the Ausmus boat livery.

The council met last Saturday evening and an ordinance regulating the speed of automobiles was passed and is being published to please the whims of the city attorney, without regard to the best interests of the farmers of this region who are the ones who will be expected to comply with its requirements.

Louis Volenec and Miss Josephine Vojta were united in marriage by Father Leo in St. Mary’s church on Tuesday morning (June 4).

125 Years Ago, 1893

The rear of the Ann River log drive was sluiced Wednesday morning. The boom is being taken up as rapidly as possible and boating will soon commence with all its sport. The anglers from the cities will soon be here to try and catch some of the numerous fish that are about in our beautiful lakes and river.

Pirate is the name given the tow boat belonging to the Wisdom & Connor Lumber Company.

At the village council meeting June 1, it was ordered to engage Olie Colbjornson to paint the park fence which he had offered to do in workman-like manner for the sum of $12.00.

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