10 Years Ago, 2009
A way of life comes to an end on Friday. The Pine City Mill, the last grain mill in Pine City, will shut down operations on Aug. 21 after running for longer than 85-year-old owner Ernie Broz can remember. He and his father Henry bought the mill together in 1948, but it had been around “way, way before that,” Broz said. The Pine City Mill has been losing money for several years, and Ernie and Randy made the decision to shut it down. “I’m going to miss coming here. I love to talk to the people,” Broz said. “You meet a lot of different kinds of people,” his son agreed. “Things could change,” he said. “If someone wants to take it over, I’ll let them have it for nothing, just to keep her going. I don’t need more money.”
Lloyd Young of Pine City set the state record for 86-year-old men for the 5K at Saturday’s Mora half marathon with a time of 32.50. He came in 49th overall.
25 Years Ago, 1994
Three farms in Pine County are among the 242 recognized statewide as 1994 Minnesota Century Farms. The Edwin and Verna Nordstrom farm, Pine City, founded in 1894, the Albina Saumer farm, Pine City, founded in 1882 and the Robert and Kathleen Larson farm, Sturgeon Lake, founded in 1894, are this year’s Century Farms. To qualify, the farms must have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and must be at least 50 acres in size.
Soloist Gary Louden, Pine City, will represent Pine County at the Minnesota State Fair Talent Competition. Louden will sing “Tears in Heaven” to his own guitar accompaniment on Monday, Aug. 29. He is competing in the open division. A member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Louden occasionally performs solos during services and has sung for some other local audiences. He works as a printer at Lee’s Pro Shop.
50 Years Ago, 1969
The Pine City Area Vocational-Technical School began its fourth year of operation with approximately 150 students enrolled.
When it comes to profits, Pine City’s municipal liquor store in 1968 again compared exceptionally well with other liquor stores of similar size around the state. The liquor store had a net income of 21.6 percent of sales.
75 Years Ago, 1944
Civil Service has announced Government employment opportunities in the position of Custodial Office, $2,482 a year, including overtime, for duty with the Federal Correctional Institute, Sandstone, Minnesota.
Another home has been saddened by the death of a son in service, Private First Class Vernon K. Nelson, U.S. Marine Corps, died of wounds received in action, according to a telegram which reached his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sophus Nelson of Royalton Township last Wednesday morning from the U.S.M.C. commandant.
Guy Hinshaw, living east of Pine City, entered the 15th annual Minnesota Gladiolus society show at the Northwestern National Bank, Minneapolis, and his “Vista Bonita” an orchid-shaded gladiola, topped 840 entries and was named grand champion by the judges.
100 Years Ago, 1919
The last legislature passed an act whereby the state is to pay the tuition of all returned servicemen who want to attend college. The amount of tuition that will be paid for each soldier is limited to $200.
Work on the much discussed road to the Pokegama Lake Sanitarium is to be started at once, the work to be done by day labor at an estimated cost of a little over $8,000.
125 Years Ago, 1894
Quite a number of Pine City’s prominent people have been camping on the east shore of beautiful Pokegama for the past week.
At a special school meeting on the 17th, it was decided to build a schoolhouse on what is known as Danielson’s Point near the Bartlette place on the bank of the lake. The contract will be let immediately and the first term of school will commence in October.