Luck shines on local couple in 1994

The lottery paid off in a big way for Ted and Betty Hollan, Pine City, who won $100,000 in the Powerball drawing last Wednesday. Ted, 56, a sheet metal inspector at Atscott Manufacturing, was sound asleep when Betty watched the drawing and saw that their Quick Pick ticket had all the right numbers except the Powerball. Hollans received $64,000 after federal and state taxes were subtracted. They plan to use some of the money to help a son pay off a college loan and give their 18-year-old daughter, Jessica, a deal on their car while they buy a new one. The remainder, Ted said, will be invested for the couples’ retirement. He bought the winning ticket at Mr. G’s in Pine City.

10 Years Ago, 2009

Local residents flocked to the Pine City Elementary Auditorium this weekend, where the high school’s fall musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” did frighteningly well drawing record crowds. Both Friday and Saturday evenings performances were near sellouts and attendance soared at Sunday’s matinee, which featured a special backstage tour for families. According to director Bradley Mariska, over 1,100 tickets were sold to the weekend’s performances. “How exciting for the students to be able to perform in front of packed houses,” said Mariska. “And what a great community that comes out to support these talented students.”

A new series of license plates designed by Pine City native Amie Dahl, a Technical Sergeant in United States Air Force National Air Guard, was recently unveiled at the State Capitol. The plates commemorate “Gold Star” families who have lost a family member serving on active military duty. At the unveiling ceremony, which was attended by Governor Pawlenty, First Lady Mary Pawlenty and Major General Larry Shellito, Amie was presented with an engraved award and roses. Amie is a 1998 graduate of Pine City High School. Her parents, Jon and Carole Dahl of Pine City, said they were proud of their daughter. “We are humbled by Amie’s dedication and accomplishments,” said Carole Dahl. “She proudly serves her country and has done two tours in Iraq herself.”

25 Years Ago, 1994

Twelve year-old-Peter “Two Bucks” Gustafson, a seventh grader at Pine City High School, shot two bucks on opening day of the Minnesota deer season. Hunting east of Hinckley, on his grandfather Virgil Gustafson’s land, Peter was the only hunter in his party of nine to take a deer on opening weekend. He shot the first one from the stand his dad was using when he shot his first deer 27 years ago. Peter’s parents, Keith and Mary Gustafson, own and operate the Dairy Queen in Pine City.

“All of the characters are based on fact or a cumulation of factual people,” said Karlajean Becvar about Hinckley-Finlayson High School’s upcoming play, “Christmas ‘94.” Becvar teaches seventh and ninth grade English, acting, speech and creative writing at the Hinckley-Finlayson High School. She lives in Pine City with her husband, Jay, and three collie dogs. “I spent most of the summer writing this [play],” said Becvar, after a year of research. “I’d be up at three in the morning just plugging away at my computer … One section of the play has been rewritten 25 times … My kids (students) have really helped with the editing process...I think it’s a wonderful learning experience for them.” “Christmas ‘94” is about the first Christmas in Hinckley after the Great Hinckley Fire of 1894. Becvar’s primary source of information was the book “From the Ashes,” written by Grace Swenson.

50 Years Ago, 1969

Hundreds were on hand for the log cutting ceremony for the dedication of the opening of Interstate Highway 35. Mayor Tom Burns of St. Paul and Ben Boo of Duluth, with saw in hand, parted the pines in a ribbon cutting event using a pine log instead of ribbon.

The Pine City FFA Dairy Products team placed first in the district Dairy Products Contest held at the University of Minnesota. The team members are Paul Wagner, Mark Koberdahl and John Peters. Alternates were Tom LaPage, Tony Lindahl and Carl Kent.

The Howard Anderson farm home and all its contents were completely destroyed by fire last Sunday. The Andersons, who live nine miles southwest of Pine City, were not at home when a passerby noticed the blaze and turned in the alarm.

75 Years Ago, 1944

The skeleton of the body of a man found near the James Rydl farm, northeast of Beroun last week, has been identified as that of Kenneth L. Seedorf, 16, Olewein, Iowa. Young Seedorf disappeared March 7, 1943, while visiting his grandparents near Brook Park. Identification of the remains was made by relatives through a .410 gauge gun he had been carrying, his glasses, dental work, and bits of clothing that he had been wearing on the day of his disappearance.

Elmer Anderson, 31, farmer living east of Duxbury, died from the effects of a gunshot wound received while hunting last Sunday. Mr. Anderson was well-known throughout the county, as he was a Triple A committeeman and assessor of his town.

100 Years Ago, 1919

Several large deer have been killed by some of the hunters in this vicinity. Mr. Fisher brought home  a nice buck. Howard Blankenship is also the proud slayer of a two hundred pounder.

Miss Joyce Sheils and Arthur Halverson of Sandstone were united in marriage by Rev. Young at the Methodist parsonage at Pine City. The bride has been a popular dentist at Sandstone for a few years and the groom, recently returned from France where he won the rank of Sergeant, is employed at the Cooperative Store.

125 Years Ago, 1894

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