Years Ago: Schoolhouse gets new addition in 1894

Son saves his dad’s life after chainsaw accident in 1994

A proud and grateful father, Les Zastera is shown with son, Darrin, who came to his rescue after he cut his leg severely with a chainsaw. Daughter Nikki is glad to have her dad home from the hospital, as is the family dog, Dutchess, who played a role in the accident drama.

10 Years Ago, 2009

Vying for this year’s Homecoming King crown are: Derek Braatz, son of Lori Braatz and Jamie Rich; Mike Schmidt, son of Cindy and Steve Schmidt; Tyler Mans, son of Brenda Mans; Nathan Theisen, son of Kellie Theisen; and Jacob Haavisto, son of Steve and Sue Haavisto. Homecoming Queen candidates are: Kayla Weiss, daughter of Brent and Laura Weiss; Laura Linzmeier, daughter of Keith and Beth Linzmeier; Allie Brant, daughter of Deb and Randy Brant; Kerrie Hughes, daughter of Sheila and Jon Hughes; and Jenna Williamson, daughter of Rod and Rhonda Williamson.

It has been two long years since arsonists burned down Henriette’s historic town hall, but the town is finally ready to build itself a new city hall. “I think it’s great that we’re going to be able to have a home for our city hall once again,” said Henriette Mayor Paul Venhuizen. Kruse Construction of Hastings won the bid, and will be building the new structure for an estimated price of $86,000. Construction is set to begin this week. Venhuizen said that the city appreciates the Henriette Community Church and its pastor David Dwyer for allowing the town to use its space. “They did a lot for us,” Venhuizen said.

25 Years Ago, 1994

Majestic draft horses marched through the fields at Clarence Nordstrom’s farm, east of Pine City, on Saturday when the Northern Minnesota Draft Horse Association held its annual field day. Eleven hundred people turned out for the event, which featured horse teams of various sizes pulling one and two bottom plows and other implements no longer used on most farms today. Mrs. Jerry Knotch, of St. Joseph, won the drawing for the Belgian colt. According to Clarence, who has been working with the draft horses since he can remember, the field day aims to get more people interested in the big breeds and lets owners get together and talk horses.

The volunteer of the summer at the Pines Family Resource Center is Richard Klande, who showed up one day asking if the staff would like him to mow the grass. He brought his lawnmower to the Pines almost every Monday for three months. Richard has also done a number of cleaning and maintenance jobs prior to offering his lawn mowing service.

50 Years Ago, 1969

The Minnesota Horse Breeders Association will hold its fifth annual horse plowing contest this Saturday at Farmington with Clarence Nordstrom of Pine City entering each of the four contests: walking plow, sulky plow, two bottom gang plow and three bottom plow.

Roxanne Hoefler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hoefler of Pine City, was crowned the UMD Freshman Princess at Duluth.

75 Years Ago, 1944

Hubert H. Humphrey, State Campaign Manager of the Democrat Farmer Labor party will address a meeting of the Pine County DFL on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Madison Hotel Casino in Sandstone.

Carl M. Purdy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Purdy, living northeast of Pine City, was reported dead Sept. 20 from wounds received in action three weeks previous with the glider troops in France.

Jackie Roubinek, five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Roubinek, broke his leg at school last Monday morning while playing at recess. Jackie is in the University Hospital and will be there for about six weeks. He is in the first grade.

100 Years Ago, 1919

If the rate of speed of a motor vehicle, operated on any public highway in this state or in going around a corner or curve in a highway, where the operator’s view of the road traffic is obstructed, exceeds six (6) miles per hour, such rate of speed shall be prima facie evidence that the person operating such motor vehicle is running at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable and proper, having regard to the traffic and the use of the way, or so as to endanger the life or limb or injure the property of any person.

W.H. Bastien, the new band leader, was in the village Sunday and Monday, looking for a house, but has been unsuccessful, so far.

125 Years Ago, 1894

The village has purchased a new hand pump fire engine which we hope will be of some benefit to the town, the first trial was not very satisfactory on account of the second hand hose being too old to be of use and had to be returned.

The new addition to the schoolhouse is now completed and a very successful term is now in progress under the guidance of Prof. Cain and Miss Cain.

A. Richner of North Branch, but formerly of Hinckley, stopped over in this burg Monday while on his way home from the ruins. Mr. Richner is now the proprietor of the “Homestead” saloon at North Branch.

There has been some talk of a change in our judicial district. The people would consent to no change that would give us any other judges than those now on the bench of this district. As long as they live, Pine County wants Judges Crosby and Williston to preside over their district court.

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