Golfers goof off on Pokegama Lake

A fine February day for golf it turned out to be on this Saturday in 1995 when the second annual snow golf tournament was held on Lake Pokegama. Sixteen foursomes participated in the nine-hole event, which is sponsored by Bruce Cummings American Family Insurance, Muffie’s and the Pokegama Lake Assocation. Dick Kuzel’s putt gave him and partner Tom Gahler something to laugh about on the eighth hole..

10 Years Ago, 2010

The Pine City Squirt B1s were awarded second place this past weekend in Moose Lake. In the six-team tournament, the Dragons beat Moose Lake 4-3, beat Cloquet 3-2, but lost the championship game to a very good St. Louis Park team Sunday afternoon. Team member Mason Rutgers was also awarded a trophy for fastest skater.

Nine Pine City eighth-grade band members were recently accepted for a performance in the Annual Northeast Minnesota Band Directors Association Honors Band which was held at Denfield High School in Duluth on Jan. 30. Pine City’s students were chosen from a pool of over 450 students representing 25 participating junior high schools from ortheast Minnesota. The students chosen were Sarah Nisley, Rachel Krautbauer, Lydia Molberg, Alexis Cummings, Scott Kleppe, Bailey Ballou, Jonathan Cukla, Sondra Steele and Katie Downing.

25 Years Ago, 1995

Cross country skiers from the Pine City area competed in the Mora Vasaloppet race on Sunday, Feb. 12. Jeff Menigo, Pine City, placed 126th in the men’s division of the 35 kilometer race. He had a time of 2:04:54.2. Peter Langr, Hinckley, came in 160th with a time of 2:13:00.8. LeRoy Youngblom, Brook Park, finished in 225th place with a time of 2:24:19.5. In the men’s 13 kilometer event, two Brook Park youths, Mitch Denker and Matt Denker, finished. Mitch placed 21st. He is in the age 12-15 group, while Matt was 31st and was in the 11 and under age bracket.

50 Years Ago, 1970

According to figures released this week by the secretary of the Pine City Volunteer Fire Department, the department answered 57 calls during 1969. This is 15 less than the preceding year.

The village of Pine City finished the year 1969 in good shape with a clerk’s balance for all funds of $391,611.98, according to the annual financial statement.

The board of education met with the teachers’ salary committee last Thursday evening in the second of what is likely to be a series of meetings between the two groups. The board proposal to the teachers is $6,900 for a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree and would go to $10,200 in eleven steps. The Master’s degree schedule goes from $7,485 to $11,115 in eleven steps.

75 Years Ago, 1945

Word was received by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Thorson of Henriette, that their son, Ensign Orville Thorson, was killed when his plane crashed into the Atlantic off Cape May last Sunday.

The total beaver population in Minnesota is not yet high enough to allow an open trapping season this spring, Frank D. Blair, acting director of game and fish, stated today.

Operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license resulted in 103 arrests by the Minnesota Highway Patrol in January, compared to 22 in January, 1944.

Each pound of waste kitchen fat is worth four cents and two red ration points. Bring your salvaged fat to your grocer or meat dealer.

Vigorous follow up action will be taken against violators of the War production Board Brownout Order. A record is being maintained in the Minneapolis Compliance Office showing the names and addresses of violations, and continuing or repeated violations will result in the local electric supplier being ordered by the WPB to disconnect the violator’s service. Excellent cooperation is being received from the local police in connection with the reporting of all violations.

100 Years Ago, 1920

The percentage of absentees in the high school is running about 20% and in the grades about 10% with the flu. Many of these are out to help care for other sick members of their families.

125 Years Ago, 1895

Royal Knight has a commission from Governor Clough as a Notary Public and is now engaged as collector for the businessmen of Rush City, Harris and North Branch. Any of our businessmen having accounts to collect would do well to place them with Royal as he is a straightforward businessman and a good collector.

We are informed by good authority that A.E. Webber is going to have a steamboat on the lake and river during the coming summer, and that he is, at the present time, building a wharf on the north side of the river near his residence where he intends to keep the boat. It will be built so that it can run under the bridges by letting down the smoke stack, but will be powerful enough to tow barges for excursion and to tow logs.

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