‘From the Forest of the South Field’ in 1994

A large cast is involved in the Pine City High School play this fall. “From the Forest of the South Field,” which is based on events surrounding the Great Hinckley Fire, will open Thursday, Nov. 17 in the elementary auditorium. The Hinckley mayor, played by Peter Neinstadt, addresses his fellow residents in the photo above.

10 Years Ago, 2009

Several Pine City High School choir students recently attended the 20th Annual ACDA Men’s and Women’s Choir Festival at St. John’s University in St. Joseph. Students rehearsed all day with conductors from several colleges, and also heard several college choirs perform. A total of 900 singers were in attendance for the festival, with everyone singing the final piece, “Homeland,” conducted by ACDA president Brian Stubbs, choir director at Brainerd High School. Pine City students who attended were Sean Kehren, Renee Schminkey, Baylyn Pangerl, Laurel Anderson, Thad Hedtke, Andrea Smith, Joe Wolf and David Kleppe.

25 Years Ago, 1994

Regina Reiser, Pine City, was inducted into the Order of The Sword at the American Cancer Society annual meeting held in Brooklyn Park. Reiser earned the honor by being an active American Cancer Society volunteer for at least five years and plans to continue being an active volunteer in the association. She serves as the nominating chairman of the Pine County Unit, and she also works with the in-service unit. Ruth Brabec also received the Honor Of The Sword. She works with the Willow River-Sturgeon Lake area of the Pine Unit. Loretta Stratton, Rita Best and Rita Bible also attended the American Cancer Society annual meeting, representing the Pine Unit.

Hunters in the Pine City area can work to improve wildlife habitat by donating their deer hides to the Hides for Habitat program. The program is sponsored by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, which works closely with the Department of Natural Resources on habitat projects. The MDHA has collected 142,094 hides since 1985. Hide sales have generated $842,562 to help fund projects that benefit deer, small game and non-game species. Most of the money is matched by the state’s Reinvest in Minnesota program, thereby creating a million-dollar-plus wildlife effort. “Hides for Habitat is actually a recycling program,” said John Kvasnicka, executive director of the MDHA. “These hides are recycled into apparel, and the dollars generated by the sale of hides are recycled into the land.” Habitat funds are typically used to acquire land, establish winter food plots, build access trails, plant cover and create openings.

50 Years Ago, 1969

The 1969 school census which was just completed showed a substantial increase in the number of children in the school district, reports Supt. C. M. Espeseth. The 1968 school census showed 1,934 children, the 1969 census lists 2,144 children or an increase of 210.

At its November meeting held last Thursday evening, the Pine City Board of Educators voted to purchase land for use as a site for future school expansion. A minimum of 40 acres will be required. Various parcels are now being considered and no decision as to which land will be bought have been reached as yet.

75 Years Ago, 1944

The Roosevelt Administration was given a resounding vote of confidence in Tuesday’s election when the nation’s voters returned President Roosevelt to the White House for the fourth time. Governor Thye was returned to office as were all of the present state officials.

George W. Staacke, a resident of Pine City since 1910, and for many years a well known jeweler, received his final summons about 7:00 Tuesday evening, in the car of Dr. Nethercott, as he was to be taken to the hospital.    

100 Years Ago, 1919

Those who do not wish the work of preparing a Sunday dinner at home are invited to the Hotel Agnes for a special Sunday dinner for the price of seventy-five cents.

Word from Hon. Thomas Schall, member of Congress at Washington, says that he would like to hear from any young man who would like to enter the navy officers’ school in Annapolis, Maryland. It is a fine opportunity and one which The Pine Poker would like to see fall to some young Pine County man. One Pine Citian obtained this opportunity when Hon. J. Adam Bede was in congress, Wm. J. Lahodney, who is now an inspector in the Bethlehem steel plant.

125 Years Ago, 1894

A Republican year, New York gives 150,000 plurality to the Republican ticket. The county ticket goes about half and half. The state ticket goes straight Republican. The first, third and fifth districts of this county elected Republican commissioners.

Look at Erik Heden, the merchant tailor, has a new ad in this issue. He will make you a first class Prince Albert suit for $26 and up, other suits for $16 and up, boys suits $4 and up. Call and look at his stock before buying elsewhere.

Weddings are all the rage in this burg at present, one more next week and then they will rest for a short time.

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