Years Ago: Milkweed harvest in full swing in 1944

$7.1 million,

plus 50 cents for ribbon

Alex Wimmer cuts the ribbon for the Sept. 13, 2009, open house at Pine City Elementary School. His mother Amanda Wimmer was co-chair of the steering committee for the $7.1 million expansion project along with Betsy Carpenter. “The school looks fantastic,” Carpenter said. “I think the public needs to be aware that this brings us up to where we need to be, but it didn’t bring us up to where we need to go.”

10 Years Ago, 2009

Pine Center for the Arts hosted nationally acclaimed “Ball in the House,” an a capella group based out of Boston, on Saturday night. The group played a full Pine City Elementary Auditorium and sang original works as well as old R&B favorites. At the end of the performance, Ball in the House was joined on stage by 70 members of the Pine City High School Concert Choir for two songs. “We love Pine City. We were here just under a year ago and really loved the community. We were so welcomed and we got to work with the best choir, the Pine City High School Concert Choir,” said Dave Guisti, a tenor in the group. “I think they are the best choir we’ve ever worked with, and we’ve traveled a lot.”

On a beautiful and exhilarating morning, 72 motorcycles wound around Robinson Park and lined up in front of the Pine City Pizza Pub to begin the fifth annual Patrick Bombard Memorial Scholarship Ride. Rick Herzog started this ride in August of 2005 with about 40 participants, and this year there were 150 participants. The increase in participants and sponsors allows the group to present more scholarship money to graduating seniors this spring.

25 Years Ago, 1994

A rural Grasston man may be the next state record holder for bow-killed black bear. Larry Latourelle, 32, was bow hunting near Sandstone on the evening of Sept. 5 when he killed what may be the largest black bear ever taken in the state by a modern-day archer. “It’s pretty safe to say that it’s going to be in the top three,” said Latourelle. The remarkable male bruin he shot while it was standing a scant 12 yards away tipped the scales at 352 pounds. But weight’s not what counts in the record books; skull measurement is. “It green-scored 21-04/16 inches (unofficial measurement taken before mandatory drying time has elapsed). That’s the same as the current number-one bear.” said Brad Bakken, owner of Bakken’s Bait in Stanchfield. “It’s pretty exciting,” said Latourelle, whose previous largest bear weighed 231 pounds. “And yet it’s kind of different because I’ve never considered myself a trophy hunter. Actually, any deer or bear is a trophy.”

A 17-year-old golfer joins the elite list of those who have shot holes-in-one at the Pine City Country Club. Greg Schultz, son of Michael and Lori Schultz, Pine City, was golfing with his dad and his grandparents, Norm and Pat Schultz, on Sunday, Sept. 18 when he hit the lucky shot on hole no. 3.

50 Years Ago, 1969

Oscar Dahl of Hinckley has been selected to represent Pine County this year as a candidate for “Minnesota’s Outstanding Senior Citizen” award.

State Auditor Wm. J. O’Brien announced today that he will distribute $250,368 next year from sales tax receipts to Pine County in two equal installments, to help finance the operations of municipalities and school districts within the county.

75 Years Ago, 1944

The milkweed harvest is now in full swing in Pine County. Onion bags furnished by the government have been distributed to each town in the county. School teachers and 4-H leaders have received information on harvesting and drying of milkweed pods.

The parents of Mary Beth Gustafson and Delphia and Patricia Wenborg are proud to announce their daughters’ enlistment in the U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps. The girls left last Saturday for Hamline University, their church college.

100 Years Ago, 1919

The Leon Heath Post of the American Legion is out to get 150 members before November. They want every service man within a radius of five miles of Pine City to join.

A good band for Pine City is now an assured fact. The Band Committee, acting on authority given them by the development association, have engaged W.H. Bastien of Minneapolis to be the leader for Pine City’s new band.

Jos. Petschel’s new fireproof garage has been completed and opened for business this week with everything in place. The garage will be a big help for the village as there has been more work than the present shops could take care of.

125 Years Ago, 1894

There are still a large number of the fire sufferers in this village who are being cared for by the state relief commission, who are making it as comfortable for them as possible.

The trains are loaded each day with men for the woods. There will be more timber cut in this county this winter than ever before on account of the fires that ran through it.

The heating apparatus has been put in shape in the new schoolhouse and a crew of men has been at work grading the grounds around the building which makes a vast improvement in the looks of the property. This is no doubt the finest school building in the northwestern part of the state and has cost upwards of $10,000 as it now stands.

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