10 Years Ago, 2009
City employees were hard at work from daybreak to nightfall on Thursday, Aug. 27 assembling the new playground in the northwest corner of Voyageur Park. Recreation Director Lara Smetana explained that the playground was purchased on a grant program through Minnesota-Wisconsin Playgrounds back in December 2007 and has been in storage since then. “We knew that eventually we were going to put a playground in here,” Smetana said. “We thought, ‘If we can get a playground for half-price, let’s order one.’ It was a $50,000 playground, and we bought it for $25,000. City officials waited until drainage issues for the park were resolved before installing the new equipment. “Now we finally get to put it up,” Smetana said, smiling. “It’s going to draw people to the park again,” she said.
Pine City Lions Club President Jim Zaun presented a check for $3,000 to Boy Scout Troop 188 treasurer Katrina Erickson this week to help send the scouts to a week of camp and other expenses. Troop 188 was started in 1911, and the Pine City Lions have been a chartered organization since 1969.
25 Years Ago, 1994
Several students from Pine City were honored by the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation at the Gathering of Champions ceremony at the Minnesota State Fair. Those recognized from Pine City were Alicia Boehner, Joell Werner, Jaci Werner, Nathan Johnson, Stephanie Skalicky, Susan Johnson, Mike Johnson, Natalie Weber, Leanne Haugrud and Sarah Koffler. The academic champions were nominated by a teacher, school administrator or academic activity coach for academic achievements. Students received certificates of commendation signed by Gov. Arne Carlson.
A cold, rainy Friday spent fishing on the Snake River produced big results for Russell Anderson and his fishing buddy, Mike Caza. Using a bamboo pole, the pair pulled in a 17.41 pound northern around noon. Mike, whose dad is Russell’s nephew, helped hold the pole while the big fish tired itself out.
Children laid flowers on the trenches of the Hinckley Fire Monument, where over 400 victims of the fire of 1894 were buried 100 years ago. A memorial service last Thursday afternoon recreated the first service held a year after the inferno destroyed all of Hinckley and several neighboring cities. The solemn and touching commemorative service opened a weekend of activities held to mark the 100th anniversary of the fire.
50 Years Ago, 1969
In Hinckley, twenty survivors of the great Hinckley fire were honored Sept. 1 at the Lutheran Memorial cemetery. About 350 people gathered to pay tribute to those who had perished in the fire of 1894.
The Pine City village council held its monthly meeting Wednesday evening and among a variety of matters, councilmen voted to raise the salaries of village trustees and the mayor. The salary of council members at $25 per meeting, mayor was set at $35. The new salary system will go into effect Jan. 1, 1970.
In Sandstone, H.H. Pryse, former associate warden at Leavenworth, Kansas, took over his duties as warden of the Federal Correctional Institution. He succeeds Warden John Norton, who has been transferred to Connecticut.
75 Years Ago, 1944
The Navy needs milkweed floss to replace kapok in life jackets. “Pick milkweed pods” is the appeal of Rear Admiral E.L. Cochrane, Chief of the Navy Department’s Bureau of Ships, to American boys and girls who want to save the lives of American fighting men. Twenty cents a bag will be paid for picking and drying the pods.
Cpl. Frank A. Wurm, brother of Mrs. Helen Fitzpatrick, St. Paul, and Joe and Nick Wurm of Pine City, were awarded the Bronze Star for valorous conduct in action against the enemy while serving with the Fifth Army in Italy. When battery wire communications were disrupted by enemy shell fire, Cpl. Wurm, despite a twenty-shell concentration which fell all around him, repaired them.
100 Years Ago, 1919
Pine County is feeling the scarcity of school teachers that prevails over the entire country and, at this writing, upward of 20 schools in the county remain unsupplied.
Five St. Paul revenue agents raided a “still” in Sandstone, late last Thursday, and arrested Alvin Workman, 45, and his brother Harry, 28, alleged moonshiners, taking them to St. Paul where they were arraigned before the U.S. Commissioner and held to the Federal Grand Jury which is in session now. This is the first raid of alleged moonshiners in Minnesota.
E.A. Leander arrived yesterday to take charge of the repair work at the new Petschel garage.
Pine City hasn’t a public alley in any of its blocks. In the residence section this probably isn’t so material but in the business blocks it may become a serious menace, both to development and to fire protection if it is not corrected.
School children are to be given the chance this summer to win as a war trophy an actual hand grenade, made for fighting purposes. At the same time they will receive a direct and practical lesson in thrift and prosperity under the place. They become the property of children who fill them and invest the contents in Thrift or War Savings Stamps.
125 Years Ago, 1894
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