Years Ago: New community skating rink planned in 1919

First graders learn fire dangers from volunteers

Firefighters Royce Johnson, Dave Hill and John Stahlke are shown with one of the fire trucks and first grade students from Teri Gospodarek and Mrs. Madison’s classes in 1994.

10 Years Ago, 2009

A five-foot tall seagull stolen from the Grand Marais sign on I-35 outside of Pine City has been recovered from a Pine County basement. The bird, affectionately known as “Flip Marais,” was discovered by the Pine County Sheriff’s Department during a burglary investigation, according to Chief Deputy Steve Ovick. The bird was driven back to Grand Marais for a homecoming celebration. “All we wanted was for someone to give us the bird back, and now it’s happened,” said Diane Brostrom, executive director of the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association. “We’re so happy he’s okay, and that he can get back to work welcoming folks to Grand Marais.”

This is the second year of the Pine City Girls’ tennis teams Big Sister/Little Sister program. Girls in grades 4-6 are matched up with varsity girls. The varsity girls help coach their little sisters and keep in touch with them throughout the year. The goal is to teach the fundamentals of tennis as well as the enjoyment of the game. There were 63 “Little Sisters” and 15 “Big Sisters.”

25 Years Ago, 1994

A Pine City resident and Army Reservist was awarded a medal for meritorious service to the 88th Army Reserve (ARCOM) during a ceremony held at Fort Snelling, St. Paul. Master Sgt. Richard A. Redner received his second Meritorious Service Medal for service provided to the 88th ARCOM and for his work with Joint Task Force Timber Wolf. Redner retires from the Army Reserve at the end of October but will continue as a full-time civilian employee assigned to the joint task force. During his career, Redner has earned numerous awards including the two Meritorious Service Medals and awards for combat service in the Korean War.

Pine City native Michael Zemek is back in his hometown teaching vocal music at the junior and senior high level. Zemek graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College last year. “I became a teacher because I realized the importance education has in my life and specifically a music teacher because somewhere along the line, I knew it was music that made the difference in my life. I was inspired by the examples of my teachers and also by my father, who isn’t an educator himself but has been my greatest teacher.” Michael hopes to increase the awareness and involvement of Pine City High School students in choral music, while improving its quality. “I want to provide students with the experiences that foster personal and group growth and the joy of performing well.”

50 Years Ago, 1969

A 550 acre site preparation and reforestation project will soon get underway in Chengwatana State Forest, announced Wayne Golly, district forester. The purpose of the project will be to remove 470 acres of non-merchantable aspen timber and replace it with 325 acres of Norway pine and white spruce. The remaining 225 acres will be permitted to regenerate to native hardwoods and shrubs.

The Sandstone Lion’s club is planning to build a toboggan slide on Lion’s Hill. Construction is expected to begin shortly.

75 Years Ago, 1944

Pine City’s Dragons clinched the District 25 football championship Friday, when they whipped Barnum, 12-0 and snapped that team’s string of 25 games with a defeat.

Effective Nov. 1, 1944, new rates for money orders, insurance, C.O.D. and special delivery fees will be put in force by the Post Office Department.

100 Years Ago, 1919

The stock of the First State Bank was sold, last Saturday, by Fred A. Hodge and P.W. McAllen to John C. Carlson of Rush City representing the five men who recently applied for a charter for the First National Bank which is now being incorporated here.

The athletic committee of the Development Assn. have completed plans for the skating rink for the use of the village this winter. The rink will be located on the old wood yard site, south of the park. The ice will be flooded three times a week and will be free for the skaters.

125 Years Ago, 1894

Our residents are still laying in their stock of coal for the winter, five car loads having already arrived.

Houses to rent are at a premium in this town at present, there not being a house vacant in the town. Building is still going on in this burg, there having been three new houses started in the last two weeks.

It is only a matter of a few months when you will see a grist mill added to the business industries of this village. It is greatly needed and must come sooner or later.

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