10 Years Ago, 2009
The Pine County Dairy Association has announced the winners of the 2009 dairy princess pageant. This year the Pine County Junior Dairy Princess is Kayti Jo Lyseth, daughter of Alaina and Joe Lyseth. Her court includes Julia Westman, first runner-up and Caitlin Westman, second runner-up, both daughters of Donna and Jim Westman. The Little Miss Dairy Princesses include Audrey Harris, who was crowned Miss Strawberry Swirl, and JayLynn Peterson, who was crowned Miss Milky Way, both daughters of Sara and Nick Harris. Miss Vanilla Yogurt is Leah Nelson, daughter of Suzanna and Nathan Nelson. Miss Rocky Road went to Shelby Harris and Miss Cheddar Cheese is Grace Watrin, daughter of Anne and Mark Watrin.
Struss Plumbing softball team held their annual early bird softball tournament over the past weekend. This tournament brought 20 mens’ teams from throughout Minnesota to Pine City on Saturday and Sunday. Teams from as far away as Grand Rapids came to play. Local team, Lee’s Pro Shop, took home the hardware and first-place money.
A special guest was invited to this year’s Senior High Band Pops Concert on May 4. A highlight of the concert was a performance by trumpeter and composer Dr. Steven Wright. Wright performs with orchestras and jazz bands around the world. Wright spent a day in Pine City working with students in a series of rehearsals, master classes and private lessons.
25 Years Ago, 1994
The Pine City girls golf team participated in the Mora Scramble on Friday, May 13 and as a team finished eighth out of 12 teams. The team of Ranee Henschel, Elena Teich and Annette Baker finished in a third place tie with rounds of 38 and 40. The team of Sarah Kiel, Carrie Eberhart and Jocelyn Stephan had rounds of 49 and 51. On Monday, May 16 the girls were involved in the Rum River Conference Tournament, which was held at the Milaca Golf Club. Princeton took the team honors with a combined 391. The Dragons had a combined 480. Henschel finished 11th in the meet on rounds of 50 and 51, enough to earn her an all-conference.
Sarah Skinner, student at the Pine City Area Learning Center, shared her service learning experiences with regional teachers, educators and principals at the University of St. Thomas on Friday, March 25. “My favorite service activities have been helping kids in Mrs. Osterdyke’s class and bowling with the D.A.C. and A.L.P.” Skinner and three other students participated in the workshop, “Exploring the Connection between Service-Learning and At-Risk Youth,” sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council.
50 Years Ago, 1969
A small twister touched down at Thorn’s Trailer Sales late last Thursday afternoon at about 5:30 and extensively damaged two large 60 foot mobile homes, leveled a small horse shed and puffed out the walls of a nearby garage building. The trailer firm is located about four miles south of Pine City at the junction of highways 61 and 70.
The proposed closing of the Pine City depot other than for short periods of the day was given a hearing by the Public Service Commission at the village hall last week. For the greater part of two hours the railway representatives presented testimony in the form of statistics compiled from their records. These statistics were aimed at proving the railway would save money by eliminating a resident depot agent.
75 Years Ago, 1944
Beginning with this issue, we will publish the column so popular throughout the county, that of Ernie Pyle, roving reporter on the war front in Europe.
A large number of citizens, particularly housewives, have confused the paper conservation program with the waste paper program, said WPB officials today. These are two separate programs which complement each other. The public is urged to use shopping bags and baskets wherever possible, and to voluntarily accept packages without requiring wrapping or containers. By using less of these critical materials at home, we will insure the armed forces of getting what they need.
Pine County poultrymen are asked by the government to produce more eggs in the Food for Victory program. Each of us can help by eating more eggs during this period. Remember they are a “whole” food, complete with proteins, essential vitamins, fats and minerals.
100 Years Ago, 1919
The Knights of Pithias of Pine City will give their fourth annual ball in the armory on Monday evening, next May 19. The Crescent orchestra will play and every arrangement is being made to make it one of the best dances held here in a long time.
At a special meeting, held in the court house yesterday, the board of county commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to issue bonds of the county for $100,000 for road purposes under the provisions of chapter 362 of the laws of the last legislature.
J.C. Fisher of Pine City has purchased the Commercial Hotel in Hinckley, the old Donohue place on the front street, north of the Odd Fellows Hall.
125 Years Ago, 1894
On Friday afternoon at about 2:30 fire broke out in John Griffith’s residence on the bank of Cross Lake, and completely destroyed the house. The loss will undoubtedly reach four or five hundred dollars, with no insurance.
By order of the board of health, of Pine City. All owners and occupants of property within the village are hereby notified that all filth, such as manure drain filth, night soil & etc. must be removed before June 1, 1894. All incombustible worthless filth may be buried on the premises or thrown into the river from the middle span of the bridge.
– E.E. Barnum, Health Officer