10 Years Ago, 2009
Four Pine City High School seniors who were difference makers on the 2008 Dragon football team have committed themselves to various Minnesota colleges. Billy Christianson, Haakon Hansen, Mark Odegard and Josh Skalicky will each build upon their football careers at the collegiate level, they say, thanks to head coach Bill Christianson bringing them to light. “Thanks to Coach ‘C’, everyone had more exposure than some of the Eden Prairie kids [a school known for their football program in Class AAAAA],” said Hansen. “He’s a saint for this.”
“Science of Sports,” a series of science sessions, was offered as an after school activity for fifth and sixth graders interested in science/math. Activities included students designing their own ski jumps with the goal of getting their ‘skier’ to go the greatest distance, as well as comparing the bounce of a ball at room temperature with a ball that has been chilled. Students determined that tennis would be a sport greatly affected by changes in temperature, while golf balls were the least affected by colder temperatures. Other sports, like hockey, want to reduce the bounce of their equipment, so pucks are often chilled to reduce the amount of bounce during a game. Jeff Adams, high school science teacher, was the instructor of the five “Science of Sports” sessions.
25 Years Ago, 1994
Grand Casino Hinckley has changed its plans for development adjacent to the casino. Instead of building two more hotels, an outdoor family park, a family entertainment center and a music theater, Grand Casino is proposing a 4,960 seat amphitheater. It would operate on Sundays from 2:30-7 p.m. and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 7-11:30 p.m., coinciding with “typical lowest patronage at the casino.” An 18-hole golf course remains in the plan, but the clubhouse will be half the size of the original proposal.
Music in Our Schools Month was noted in March with a poster contest at Pine City Elementary. Winners received gift certificates donated by Pine City Dairy Queen. Participants included: Melissa Thieman, Jennie Anderson, Andrea Miller, Nate Thieman, Bryanna Bloomquist, Ernie Pankonin, Kim Connaker, Megan Hughes, Sarah Whittaker, Jason Zastera, Lezlie Ballas and Steven Wagner.
50 Years Ago, 1969
The Snake River crested in Pine City Sunday afternoon at a level of five foot, two inches over 933.3 feet above sea level, according to Leonard Machart, who faithfully monitors the river’s levels here each spring. The level proved to be about a foot short of the high water level of 1965. Although flooding has not been nearly as bad as in ‘65, road damage has been far worse in the county, according to Kenneth G. Paulson, Pine County engineer. A rough estimate of $100,000 was arrived at for repairs to the county’s 700 mile system of roads.
A film “The Hippies” will be shown at the Pine City Evangelical Free Church this Sunday evening. The film explains the factors which lead youth to drugs and the hippie way of life; beat music is also explained and the communist connection.
75 Years Ago, 1944
Haldon K. Harrison, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. S.G.L. Roberts of this city, was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Army air forces last Saturday, April 8. Lt. Harrison is a graduate of Pine City High School and attended George Washington University at Washington, D.C.
The Family Theatre has just been equipped with new Super Simplex projection machines, a result of the fire in the projection booth some time ago. These machines are the latest on the market and were installed through permission of the WPB, due to the complete damage of the former machines. Playing this week, Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell in “I Dood It.”
100 Years Ago, 1919
A scarlet fever quarantine was raised at the R.E. Carlson home yesterday and Mrs. Carlson’s mother, Mrs. Porter, arrived the same day from St. Paul where she spent the winter, is expecting to remain here throughout the summer months.
The state senate, last Friday, passed a bill which would, if it became a law, allow the county commissioners of Pine County, for instance, to issue bonds against the property of our taxpayers in any amount up to about $1,100,000 for road purposes without submitting the matter to a vote of the people. It looks to us like extremely bad law. We have no fear as to the action of the commissioners of Pine County but we are opposed to the policy of putting the power to bond an entire county in the hands of any few men, no matter who they are.
125 Years Ago, 1894
Spring has again taken a very bad cold and about six inches of the beautiful fell Sunday night, but the warm sun has made it look rather sick and it is about gone.
Six German settlers took farms at the head of Cross Lake last week. There is now a large number up in that section and still more to follow this fall.
Rev. Able, the new German Lutheran minister, arrived in this village the beginning of the week and will hold services on Sunday for the first time. He was accompanied by his sister who will keep house for him.