Academic excellence

In 1994 Pine City’s tennis team not only excelled on the court but in academic subjects as well. The Dragons were the top team scholastically among girls tennis teams in Section 7A. Pictured are back row, left to right: Ranee Henschel and Ali Mach. In the middle row are Marcie Dufresne, Heather Cummings, Christa Connaker and Allie Wiedeman. In front are Jamie Fedder, Katie Sloan, Danelle Peterson and Lara Greden.

10 Years Ago, 2009

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff, with help from the Minnesota Conservation Corps, harvested a 44-foot balsam fir from the Nemadji State Forest in northeastern Pine County on Nov. 20 that will grace the Governor’s official residence in St. Paul for the holiday season. The hunt for the Christmas tree begins in early fall when DNR foresters scout for potential candidates in Minnesota’s network of 58 state forests. “Finding a perfect specimen growing in the wild is not an easy task,” according to Tim Brault, a DNR forestry technician. Once felled, the tree is loaded on a trailer, bound in rope and tarp-covered for its journey to St. Paul. When the holiday season ends, the tree is removed, chipped and recycled.

Friday night at the North West Company Fur Post, Pine Citians were treated to an evening of food and wines thanks to the Pine Technical College (PTC) Foundation which organized a Taste of Pine County. Pine City Voyageur Bottle Shop hosted the wine tasting portion of the evening. Presentation was everything, and the food choices were many. More than 25 wines were available. Wagonmasters was given the People’s Choice Award based on voting of the evening’s guests. They won just by one vote. All were winners for taking part in such a worthwhile evening that benefits PTC students and the community.

25 Years Ago, 1994

The WCMP radio sports staff has announced its choices for its All Area High School Football Team. Pine City’s Pete Spychalla received honorable mention for his play on offense. Anthony Costello, Pine City, earned honorable mention for his defensive efforts. Jeff Eklund, of Braham, was named offensive player of the year. Cambridge’s Jason Yates was defensive player of the year and Ed Melcher, of Braham, coach of the year.

Deer and bear hunters in east central Minnesota had less success than last year, yet hunting was still quite good. Though numbers are incomplete at this time, it appears the firearms deer harvest is down 10 to 20 percent in the Hinckley, St. Cloud, Little Falls, Brainerd, Cambridge and Aitkin areas. The bear harvest is down about 37 percent from last year. “Though hunters took fewer deer and bear, the harvests are still high when measured against the yardstick of history,” said Henry Wulf, DNR regional wildlife supervisor. “This region’s bear harvest is the fourth largest on record and the deer harvest is also the fourth largest.” Wulf said this year’s lower harvest is a reflection of abundant acorn and berry crops, which provided bear with ample natural food. “Bear were less inclined to visit bait stations because they had food all around them,” said Wulf.

50 Years Ago, 1969

Mrs. Edward (Cary) Scharmer of rural Pine City recently had her first book printed. Carlton Press of New York released the publication during November, entitled “My Best Foot Forward.”

Funeral services for 13-year-old Joey Weis, who was killed in the train-car accident a week ago, were held in Hinckley, burial was in the Brook Park Catholic Cemetery.

The Pine City Chamber of Commerce has a pre-Christmas treat in store for youngsters and adults alike. It will be Santa Day, Appreciation Day and Town and Countrymen’s Smoker Day on Dec. 6.

75 Years Ago, 1944

Forty-six big game hunters were tagged by game wardens for violations of the hunting season. The majority of the cases were for not having their rifles properly cased, which drew a fine of $10.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Clementson of Pine City received a telegram that their son, Corporal Kenneth Clementson was slightly wounded in action on Nov. 10. This is the second time Kenneth has been wounded. The first wounds were received by him Aug. 5.

Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Thore received the “Purple Heart” medal from the war department last week, which was awarded them posthumously, due to the death of their son, Burton, which occurred in France last July.    

100 Years Ago, 1919

J.C. Hancock, living between Brook Park and Beroun, has purchased a couple more purebred shorthorn cattle giving him four animals which he says he will use as the nucleus of a herd of purebred on his farm, a sire and three cows.

In paying his subscription to the Pine Poker, Alex Thieman of Pine town stated that in one instance the Pine Poker had recently saved him ten times all that it has ever cost him. When the snow went off in his clover field, recently, one of his cows got too much of the wet clover and suffered from bloat. But his mind went back to an article published in the Poker this fall on that very thing, telling how to puncture the cow’s paunch to let the gas out and he saved the animal by acting on that advice which was quoted from Dr. McLaughlin, the Rush City veterinarian.

Under Notices – I leave today, Thursday, for a vacation. I simply am compelled to get myself into better physical condition to stand the strain of the winter’s work ahead of me. A country doctor must be tough and able to endure cold and hardship especially so where the whole burden practically falls on one man. I have tried to have a doctor here during my absence but could not secure one. There will be a doctor here regular on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday about 11 p.m. and probably every day. Call up my home or the Breckenridge Pharmacy for information. ~ R.L. Wiseman

125 Years Ago, 1894

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