30 years ago: Professor doodles greeted kids at the Belle Plaine Library last week.

Professor doodles greeted kids at the Belle Plaine Library last week. Pictured with the Professor are (top) Molly Witt, Jaclyn Bailey, and Laura Busse; (middle) Amy Heitkamp and Pam Schuette; (bottom) Megan Jensen, Jill Bailey, Sara Witt, Satina Osterkamp, and Peter Busse. Professor Doodles appeared in each Sunday Star Tribune’s comic section on the Sunday Fun Page. His appearance at last week’s party recognizing kids who are wild about reading was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

From Our Files - 10 Years Ago

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Thirty Years Ago (1991)

BP’s Public Schools expected 919 in kindergarten through grade 12, an increase of five students from last year’s enrollment. A total of 191 students were expected to register at the senior high, compared to 189 last year, 190 in 1989-90, and 216 in 1988-89. There were 55 in 12th grade, 70 in 11th grade, and 66 in 10th grade. At the junior high, there were 69 in 9th grade, 62 in 8th grade, and 88 in 7th grade. There were no new staff members; however, Diane Genelin from Le Sueur was hired as the bookkeeper to replace Gerry Schmidt who retired. The number of elementary students was expected to decrease from last year, from 536 to 509, with 69 in kindergarten, 80 in 1st grade, 69 in 2nd grade, 64 in 3rd grade, 79 in 4th grade, 79 in 5th grade, and 69 in 6th grade. There were a few faculty changes at the elementary school, including Valerie Edberg in special education replacing Kristen LaJeunesse who was on childcare leave, Andrew Lane replacing Nancy Wittman as a 6th grade teacher, and Andrew Grover replacing Kevin Sullivan as a social worker.

The BP School Board set the proposed levy of $1,842,895 for the 1992-93 school year, an 11% increase, which represented the maximum amount allotted. It was an increase of $188,176.24 over last year. The levy was divided in four major funds: general, transportation, community service, and capital expenditures. “Historically, we have been levying the maximum,” said Superintendent Tom Lubovich. “That’s fairly typical.”

After teaching at a Lutheran primary school in Milwaukee for nine years, Lyle Strehler accepted his first position as a principal at Trinity Lutheran School in BP. Strehler planned to encourage the school to continue providing a solid Christian education, and as a guitarist in a six-piece contemporary band, he also hoped to interest students in Christian rock music. He and his wife, Lori, and their 11-month-old son, Zachary, were looking for a home in BP.

Forty-year-old BP resident Dave Wagner reminisced about playing baseball with the BP Tigers in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. “I still like playing the game,” he said. “There’s more to it than running, throwing, and hitting the ball; it’s kind of like chess.”

Beginning his 30th year of teaching at Trinity Lutheran School, Winfred Vatthauer was looking forward to teaching the three Rs to his grandson, Brian Schmidt, the fifth-grade son of Bob and Beth Schmidt. Vatthauer had taught each of his four children at Trinity, but this was the first time he’d have a grandchild in his classroom.

The BPHS Tennis Team had its first meet of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 20, against Brooklyn Center and played strong winning 6-1 and then defeated New Prague 5-2 on Thursday, Aug. 22. The team consisted of 28 girls in grades 7-12, and for the first time, there were three teams – varsity, junior varsity, and junior high. Assisting head coach Pam Gilchrist was Ron Hennen. According to Gilchrist, “The team has a lot of experience, and if they can stay mentally tough, they should see a lot of success.”

Week number two of the 68th annual MN State Amateur Baseball Tournament looked much like the opening weekend to Tiger fans as they witnessed another shortened game as BP blasted the New Ulm Brewers 14-0 in seven innings. The showstopper in this one for New Ulm was the overpowering pitching of Barry Wohler, throwing a one hitter at the Brew crew while notching 11 strikeouts as he rolled to his 13th consecutive win of the ’91 season, raising the team record to 30 wins and two losses. One of the bells and whistles provided by the tourney committee at Cannon Falls was a professional model radar gun placed directly behind home plate to measure the speed of the pitches coming in at the hitter. This detection system was topped out for the day by several of Wohler’s offerings clocked at 91 mph on the fan display monitor.

60 Years Ago (1961)

Work began on BP’s $400,000 sewage treatment plant between the railroad tracks and the river.

The remains of the Sheldon H. Perry, 74, former resident of BP were brought here for funeral services and burial. He died of a heart attack at his lake home in Onamia.

Scott County Sheriff W.B. Schroeder appeared before the BP Borough Council and a plan in which the county sheriff would provide complete police protection for the borough. Under the plan, the sheriff’s office offered to provide deputies to patrol the town for as many hours as the council would see fit.

John L. Gannon, native of BP and long a resident here, died at the St. Michael’s Nursing Home where he had been a patient a considerable time. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Sacred Heart in BP.

Fred Trost died at the age of 87 years at the New Prague Hospital, where he had been hospitalized several times before his death. The funeral was held at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Schlicht officiating.

The 90-degree temperatures were just what farmers were looking for to help mature the corn and soybean crops. The corn was denting, and the soybeans were podding out.

Mr. and Mrs. George Effertz of Le Sueur announced the engagement of their daughter, Julie, to Greg Engfer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Engfer of BP.

Ronald C. Voss, 24, father of two, was killed instantly when the car he was driving left Hwy. 25 near Washington Lake and hit a tree. Voss and his brother owned a sod company near Green Isle.

Mr. and Mrs. George Bigaouette and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bigaouette returned for a week’s vacation to Richland, Washington.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Possin and Kevin spent a week in northern Michigan and Canada.

 90 Years Ago (1931)

A freak frost on Aug. 30 was severe enough to form ice on standing water in pans, and many farmers in our south area claimed severe damage to corn. North in Carver County no frost was reported.

R.A. Gielich, the jeweler, purchased the stock of electrical appliances of Joe Weibeler and consolidated both businesses under one roof.

Mrs. Elizabeth Tesch, widow of William Tesch, died at age 64; her funeral was held at Trinity Lutheran Church.

While Julius S. Effertz was with a fishing party at the lake near Pine River, he was pulling in a sunfish, and as he swung his catch into the boat, a hungry pickerel leaped after the sunfish and landed in the boat at the same time where it was held captive. The pickerel weighed seven pounds.

James S. O’Donnell, member of the well-known O’Donnell family of St. Thomas and St. Paul, died. Born at St. Thomas, he moved to St. Paul to become associated with the O’Donnell Shoe Company established by his brothers.

At Fish Lake Lutheran Church, near Lydia, took place the marriage of Miss Leona Will of that parish to Erwin Gruetzmacher of BP. The couple established their home on the groom’s farm in St. Lawrence Township.

Miss Ann Neubeiser departed to teach school at Winnett, Montana, and her sister, Teresa, went to Hancock, MN, to teach.

St. Thomas folks were at Le Center to attend the double funeral of Joe Zika and Ray Waznemunde, two young men who lost their lives in an auto accident on a fishing trip up north.

At Henderson took place the marriage of Miss Ann, daughter of the August Winterfeldts, to Theodore Lieske of Henderson.

Louis Cameron, pioneer farmer of Jessenland Township, died on the farm on which he was born in 1864.

Michael Glisczinski, father of Bernard Glisczinski of this community, died at St. Cloud at age 87. He was one of the pioneers in the Polish settlement in Le Sueur County. His remains were brought back for funeral services at the Lexington church.

An Arlington woman, Henrietta Schulenberg, celebrated her 102nd birthday. She was known as the oldest woman in Sibley County.

120 Years Ago (1901)

Postmaster J.C. Morrison received another political plum in his appointment as an assistant grain inspector.

The state fair was on and the railroad company was running crowded trains in many sections. The depot was thronged with people awaiting their chance to get a train.

The public school opened with teachers M.E. Bancroft, H.B. Conlon, Grace Brown, Rose McDevitt, and Katie Clark.

The American Grain Company took over the elevator long managed by Mr. Nichols. The old blind horse that had been supplying the power for many years was to be replaced by a 12-hp gas engine.

The Labor Day picnic at Assumption was a gala event. There was a tug-of-war between Assumption and Green Isle, a ball game, a dinner and supper by the ladies, an oration “Labor and Capital” by a Minneapolis speaker, and in the evening a play by the dramatic club of the parish.

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