Years Ago: Kim David

10 Years Ago, 2009

Every year Pine City recognizes outstanding past achievements in athletics and coaching by inducting individuals to the Pine City Athletic Hall of Fame. This year three previous Pine City graduates are being inducted to the Hall of Fame: Jared Clementson who graduated in 2004, Sarah Althoff who graduated in 1989 and Brian Olson a 1998 graduate.

Corrections Commissioner Joan Fabian has announced the selection of Bruce Reiser as warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Rush City. Reiser, raised in Pine City, holds a B.A. in criminal justice studies with a minor in sociology from St. Cloud State University. “I am pleased to welcome Bruce to our warden team. His experience and demonstrated leadership make him exceptionally qualified for the challenges of being a Minnesota warden,” said Commissioner Fabian. Reiser’s appointment is effective Sept. 16. He succeeds Terry Carlson who was named assistant commissioner of the Facility Services Division.

25 Years Ago, 1994

The Pine County American Cancer Society’s Jail and Bail fundraiser held in Finlayson Sept. 28 and 29 raised a little over $14,000. According to the Pine County ACS Treasurer Helen Beck, there were 70 jailees. The top fundraisers were Ethelyn Kaeder, of Finlayson, with $855, Cathie Jensen, of Finlayson, with $675, and Linda Pfeifer, of Sandstone, with $673. “For the first time ever,” said Beck, the Pine County ACS “raised over $50,000 in one fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, more than double the county’s fair share under the division formula.”

Sarah Skinner is a hard worker at the Pine City Area Learning Center. She was elected Volunteer of the Month by her Service Learning classmates because she has done the most volunteer work. In the past three weeks she has volunteered 30 hours between the Pine City Elementary School and the Pines Family Resource Center. Sarah enjoys working with kids. She lives in Hinckley with her parents, Robert and Rita Skinner, and her brother, James.

The Dragons have been raising their school spirit all week with a variety of Homecoming activities. Tonight, the biggest event of all, the coronation of the king and queen, will be held in the high school gym. Hoping to win the king’s crown are Russell Gilliam, John Norring, Joe Rysdam, Brad Bombard and Tim Hambly. Queen candidates are Joell Werner, Rita Sparks, Lara Greden, Katie Sloan and Heather Cummings.

50 Years Ago, 1969

Benjamin T. Kozak of Pine City is one of 24 businessmen and educators in the region who have volunteered to serve in the Small Business Administration’s new Active Corp of Executives.

Grand Rapids won first place in the Governor’s Statewide competition to promote tourism. Pine County came in with honorable mention, which, in essence, ranks it second in the state.

Letters of commendation honoring them for their high performance on the 1969 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test have been awarded to four students in Pine City High School: Lenore Caroon, John Erhardt, Dorothy Sauser and Mark Wurm.

75 Years Ago, 1944

Last Thursday night, at about 3 o’clock, Arnold Hinze, living south of Pine City, discovered and shot two black bear in the yard of his farm home. The first bear was about one year old and weighed about 75 pounds; the second, about four to five years old, was estimated at about 175 pounds. Both bears were black, with beautiful fur.

The Pine County AAA committee has been officially notified that rationing all farm machinery and equipment except corn pickers has been terminated. Anyone wishing to purchase farm machinery may now do so without applying for purchase certificates as was required in the past.

100 Years Ago, 1919

A well attended meeting of farmers from the north and west sides of Pokegama Lake as far as Henriette was held at the P.W. McAllen farm on the west side of the lake last evening to enter a protest against the condition of the bridge over Pokegama Creek at the north end of the lake and to urge the county commissioners to improve it so as to make it safe for present travel and to have the proposed new bridge put in as soon as possible.

Fire at Hinckley this morning destroyed all the buildings between the new theatre building at that place and the corner opposite the old village hall.

The country school teachers who were in attendance at the County Teachers’ Institute at Hinckley last week have grievances, but they did not form a union and go on a strike for bigger wages, but they did get out a signed petition asking that larger figures be put on their pay checks.

125 Years Ago, 1894

We have learned that the Catholic society of this place and Hinckley will erect a parsonage in this village near the church for Rev. Father Lawler who is recovering from the injuries received during the fire at Hinckley.

A common man is counted a good shot when he can kill one duck at a shot, but what do you think of a man that kills ten at one shot? Such was the case with one of our residents on Sunday afternoon last.

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