10 Years Ago, 2010
McKenzie Kloeckl, a student at Pine City Elementary School, was touched by the scenes of the terrible aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12. She wanted to do something about it so she organized a fundraiser at school. “When I saw on TV and heard on the radio what was happening to the people in Haiti, I thought that each of us could give a dollar or two,” Kloeckl commented. “Some friends and I decorated buckets and stood at the school entrance for a week before school to collect donations. Word got around and more money came in as the week went on.” During this one-week fundraiser, the students and teachers of Pine City Elementary School donated $452.87, which will be sent to the Red Cross.
In the final game of the Beau Berglund Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Pine City skating rinks on Feb. 6-7, the Wings North team beat the Rydberg – Lees Pro Shop/“Monster”/DPR Builders team to become tournament champions.
25 Years Ago, 1995
The top fundraiser in the annual ski-a-thon for cancer, held at Banning State Park on Sunday, was Phil Diers, of Willow River, who brought in $1,000 in pledges. T&M Athletics donated 60 pairs of skis for use by ski-a-thon participants. There were 212 skiers in the event, and they raised a record $16,980 for the Pine County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Loren Brabec, Braham, was second highest fundraiser with $915.50. His father, George Brabec, Sturgeon Lake, was third highest with $442.
Miss Pine City Joell Werner was one of 83 queens to attend the St. Paul Winter Carnival festivities Jan. 26-29. Young women from Wisconsin and Minnesota attended the coronation dinner where King Boreus Rex LIX and the Queen of the Snow were chosen. They visited the 3M and Gillette companies, marched in the Grand Day Parade and enjoyed a Minnesota Moose hockey game. Joell said she received royal treatment and is grateful to the Pine City Chamber of Commerce for making the experience possible.
50 Years Ago, 1970
According to the annual report issued this week by George E. Sausen, Pine County juvenile judge, juvenile court cases showed an increase in 1969. During the year, 80 delinquency petitions were filed, up 30 from 1968.
Florian Chmielewski, 42, Sturgeon Lake, in Pine County, this week announced his candidacy for state senator in District 25.
75 Years Ago, 1945
Mrs. Trullson of Sandstone was honored on the Breakfast at Sardis radio program for being a good neighbor. She was nominated in a letter written by Mr. Sheridan Greig. Mrs. Trullson has made several delinquent tax lots in Sandstone into a playground for the children. With the help of her garden club they have raised money to buy equipment for the playground.
The Pokegama Grange is sponsoring a Free Hard Time costume party, Feb. 15 at the Pokegama Town Hall. A small fine will be assessed if not in costume.
As the United Nations move forward to victory, programs such as Scouting step forward to do their part in insuring the peace. The theme of the 35th anniversary celebration of the Boy Scouts of America from Feb. 8-14, is “Scouts of the World-Brothers together.”
100 Years Ago, 1920
C.C. Ives has purchased the Hurley barn and is moving it to lots in the southeast part of town where he will remodel it for residence purposes.
Rev. F.O. Carlson of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, will hold services at the Mission Church on the St. Croix Road, 7 miles east of Pine City Feb. 8, at 11 o’clock a.m. Everybody welcome, come and bring your friends.
G.R. Christopher has sold his house on 8th Street to Adolph Blazek who has sold his farm some seven miles east of town and expects to move to town about March 15. Mr. Christopher is as yet uncertain as to where he will move.
125 Years Ago, 1895
A genuine blizzard raged in this village on Wednesday of this week, snow and wind was the order of the day.
This week Wm. Tierney disposed of his fine driving mare together with his cutter, buggy, robes and blankets to Walter Smith who will keep her for a family horse. There is no better family horse in the county than this beautiful gray and Mr. Smith has secured a prize that we are sure he will appreciate. Mr. Tierney will as soon as the weather permits turn his stable into a dwelling house and his niece will arrive from Ottowa, Canada to keep house for him. Mr. Tierney says that he has boarded his hotels and boarding houses and he is going to try a change.