Recognize these guys?

Local teachers let their hair down every spring when they present their Blackboard Review, a fundraiser which nets scholarship money for graduating seniors. Disguised as the Village People, Jim Sloan, Mark Anderson, Paul Jackson, Curt Wagner and Jeff Adams hammed it up for the crowd in 1994. The show draws a standing-room-only audience because it’s not only hilarious but a way for the community to support a great cause.

10 Years Ago, 2009

The North West Company Fur Post will, for the time being at least, remain open. A bill passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor earlier this week spares the Minnesota Historical Society widespread funding cuts, but the long-time Pine County historical site may not be out of the woods just yet. “The governor can still unallot funding,” Representative Tim Faust said. Approximately 20 people would lose their jobs if the North West Company Fur Post closes – three full-time employees and 17 seasonal. The North West Company Fur Post is on the list of potential closing sites because it is in the bottom third in attendance for state historical sites; about 14,000 visitors come each year to the Fur Post.

Pine City High School hosted the 2009 Senior Athletic Banquet on Sunday, May 17, honoring the student athletes who are graduating next week. Jim Hanson was awarded the Lenny Gray Fan Appreciation Award at the Senior Athletic Banquet by senior letter winners Kristi Stolt and Brian Shuey. Hanson commented after he won the award, that he “bleeds Dragon green.” The Bill Harter Memorial Sportsmanship Award is traditionally given to a male and female athlete, as voted by their classmates, who best represents good sportsmanship. This year there was a tie. Joe Menigo and Jarad Reiser were awarded together along with Brietta Clementson.

25 Years Ago, 1994

A bill which will expand emergency telephone 911 service into all rural areas of Minnesota passed the Minnesota Legislature this session. “This allows us to create a statewide emergency telephone communication network, a service which will significantly improve public safety in rural areas,” said Sen. Florian Chmielewski, one of the bill’s sponsors. Once fully implemented, the service will allow all Minnesotans to pick up the phone and dial 911 in order to immediately report emergencies. Most rural Minnesota areas do not have such a service.

A variety of programs, aimed at improving the lives of children, have received funding from the University of Minnesota Extension Service. A pilot project in Rush City called Rush City Responds, was one of the 14 projects funded. It received $4,165 of the $54,550 total made available by the University. The Rush City Responds initiative is aimed at youth 10-16 years old who have been wandering the streets during the day. “We plan to go where the youth are at and develop a caring community atmosphere to help older youth gain skills to care for younger youth and to increase life skills,” the grant application said.

50 Years Ago, 1969

Diplomas were awarded to a near record size class of 120 seniors at Pine City High School Monday evening. Over 1,000 viewed and participated in the commencement exercise which graduated the sixty-seventh class in the community’s history.

The rough grading of the fairways of Pine City’s new golf course is well underway at the course site southwest of the village. Completion of the course is scheduled this fall.

The Dragons won the District 25 track championship held at Forest Lake last Saturday. The Dragons garnered 60 points to win, Forest Lake followed with 38.

75 Years Ago, 1944

Following is a list of Pine City men who reported for their pre-induction physical examination: Everett Klicker, Robert Turner, Chester Johnson, Clarence Stransky, Joseph Kryzer, Wallace Nelson, Robert Mohr, Luverne Hancock and Ambrose Lappe.

Mr. and Mrs. Myrl Carpenter are the proud parents of a nine pound boy, Dallas Myrl, born May 11 at the Lakeside Hospital.

100 Years Ago, 1919

Sixteen cans of pike fry were received here last Thursday morning and at once taken to Norway Point at the head of Cross Lake where they were released.

School children and others are requested by the G.A.R. Circle Ladies to bring flowers to the village hall, next Friday morning, Decoration Day, to be made into wreaths and bouquets for the decorating of soldiers’ graves. Don’t forget the dead, they did their best for you.

125 Years Ago, 1894

The new engine for the steamer “Cumberland” arrived here on Tuesday of this week, and is being put in place.

The bonds for the erection of the new school house were given to the Savings Bank of St. Paul at par with interest at six percent. This being the best offer made out of a large number of bids received. The bids for the erection of the new building will be opened in a few days and the contract awarded.

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