Years Ago: Raudabaughs named Pine County Farm Family of the Year

In 2009 just a few of the many people who help make Melon Vine Farm a success gathered together after a long day’s work last week. Bev and Lee Raudabaugh (third and fourth from left in back row) own Melon Vine Farm.

10 Years Ago, 2009

The annual academic awards ceremony for fifth graders at Pine City Elementary were held on May 19. At the ceremony Dick and Jeanette Zelenak of the Pokegama Lake Association (PLA) presented the awards for the environmental essay contest winners. This contest, held every year, asks all fifth grade students to prepare an essay and a poster on the material they have learned from the Minnesota Lake Ecology text books that the PLA has supplied to the school. The four-to-five week course is taught every spring and the essay contest winners are sent by the PLA to a week-long environmental summer camp at Long Lake in Palisade, Minnesota. The winners of this year’s contest are: Gunnar Nilsson, Nolen Vehlik, Monica Olson and Savannah Larson.

Village Inn and Airborne Assassin softball came face to face four times this season. The Assassins took games one and two (13-8, 8-7) and Village Inn returned the favor the last two times they met (13-8, 16-10). It all came down to a tie-breaker to determine league champions Monday, July 27. The Village’s Kris Moulton set the tone with an early three-run homer. Joe Danforth’s solo homerun helped their cause. The Village put together an additional three runs to make the score 7-1. Due to the win, E men’s slow pitch softball continues for the Village Inn at State, Aug. 21-23, at Centennial Park in Moorhead. Nick Johnson, the team’s manager, said, “This team believed we had it in us to go this far from the beginning of the season.”

25 Years Ago, 1994

It’s been 75 years since the Leon Heath American Legion Post was started in Pine City. Post No. 51 is unusual because its first meeting was organized in July 1919 by Henry Harte, a former partner in the local mercantile business. Harte was not a veteran, but he had a deep interest in veterans and their welfare. At that meeting it was decided to charter the post. The Legion and Auxiliary are planning a 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 20, where past presidents and commanders of the club will be recognized. Past Department Commander Ray Galazen and Auxiliary President Betty Manginen will be guest speakers, as well as the present District Commander, Vic Okerstrom, and Tenth District Auxiliary President Mary Dorf.

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the town site of Pine City, the Pine City Council recently established a Heritage Place Committee. It has been charged with developing criteria for naming future city streets, compiling a list of unnamed streets which could be re-named without any undue hardship and make a recommendation for the naming of these streets using names which take into consideration the city’s heritage, compiling a list of appropriate names recognizing the area’s heritage to be used by future developers and future city government for those areas of the city which have not been developed. The Heritage Place Committee members are Gertrude Kessler, Brian Scholin, Geri Mach, Chris McHugh, Dale Teich, Candy Ames, Marlene Engman, Walt Blanchard and Ann Vach.

50 Years Ago, 1969

Progress is being made on the fur post reconstruction. The very strenuous, yet delicate task of carefully positioning the big, heavy timbers in the building of the stockade wall falls upon Larry Auers and Anthony Wimmer, both of Pine City. Once completed the post will have an appearance resembling as closely as possible the original Connor post.

Real estate and personal property taxes totaling $2,150,493.60 were levied in Pine County in 1968, on an assessed valuation of $6,501,692, according to an abstract released this week by William O’Brien, state auditor.

75 Years Ago, 1944

Last Saturday morning a through freight train of the Great Northern line, running through Henriette, jumped the track at that town and four cars loaded with wheat overturned.

Due to the fact that Sunday is the busiest day of the week for the ministers and so many of them have taken on extra work because of the shortage of pastors, the undersigned have unanimously decided that they can no longer officiate at funeral services on Sundays: Ambrose Collins, Carl Steging, Alfred Martin and Charlie Blake.

100 Years Ago, 1919

Pasturage in Pine County for several thousand head of stock or 15,000 to 20,000 sheep has been listed through the Farm Bureau office at Hinckley and filed with the state bureaus of markets in Montana and Minnesota. Just when this stock will arrive is not definitely known.

The first steps are being taken to organize Society of American War Veterans. Plans are underway by veterans of Pine County to organize an auxiliary to the American Legion, the National Organization of World War Veterans. All soldiers, sailors and marines are eligible to membership, also any women commissioned in the army, navy or marines.

125 Years Ago, 1894

The petition which was presented to the County Board asking for a road from this place to Hinckley was granted at their last meeting.

A shameful affair took place in this village on Thursday last week. A farmer living at the head of Cross Lake, started for this village with his team and for some reason or other he ran the team all of the way, a distance of nine miles. When he arrived here his team was covered with blood, he having whipped them with a black snake whip. He was not satisfied with this but drove the team all over town and then finished up by hitting them with the neck-yoke. The man is no doubt insane and should be taken care of by the strong hand of the law.

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