From Our Files - 10 Years Ago

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Thirty Years Ago (1991)

The BP City Council was seeking input from residents on three city ordinances at public hearings on Wednesday night, Feb. 20. The first ordinance related to serving liquor on Sundays, which required a business to have seating capacity for at least 30 people, have an on-sale intoxicating liquor license, and sell liquor in conjunction with the sale of food between noon and midnight. The second ordinance was the under 21 ordinance which was written to keep people who were younger than 21 years old out of local bars, unless they were working in the establishment or eating at a state licensed restaurant, like Duffy’s and Borough Bowl. The third ordinance was the adult uses ordinance, which dealt with restricting businesses such as adult bookstores, adult motion picture theatres, and adult massage parlors, by controlling their location using zoning ordinances.

The BP FFA Chapter was celebrating its 51st year in BP during National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23, by recognizing members with outstanding accomplishments in the past year. In addition to giving special mention to teams which did well in competitions in 1990, the FFA chapter recognized David Entinger, Mark Krueger, and Scott Morrison for their work. David, son of Larry and Marion Entinger, was the president of the local chapter, was named the District 13 Star Farmer, and worked at his parents’ farm by feeding 225 cattle after school and helping with 87 milk cows. Mark, son of Ed and Phyllis Krueger, worked at Prairie Farm Supply in BP every afternoon as part of BPHS’s work program and at his parents’ farm by feeding 25 steers after school and helping with field work. Scott, son of Bill and Karen Morrison, worked with Clydesdale horses at his parents’ and uncle’s farms by grooming and keeping the horses in shape for shows.

Under Gov. Arne Carlson’s proposal, Scott County commissioners were dealing with the loss of $200,000 in transportation funding and up to $300,000 in local government aid from the budget payable in 1991. The City of BP was expected to lose over $16,000 in local government aid.

BP was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. It was the first year BP received the national recognition by meeting four standards: a tree board or dept., a city tree ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance. Ed Townsend brought the Tree City USA program to the city council’s attention in Dec.1989, and Cary Coop did the work necessary for the city to meet the requirements, with the help of Public Works Superintendent Pat Fogarty.

After leaving BP in June and taking a sabbatical leave for six months, Rev. Miro Wiese, former priest at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in BP, started serving as the priest at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska. Wiese left BP due to a serious shortage of Franciscan priests and was the last one to serve in BP, ending a 115-year tradition. Replacing Wiese was Rev. Richard Roedel of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur, who began serving OLP in July.

Eighth-grader Tony Kornder won the BP Junior High School Geography Bee, by answering oral questions for the school bee, which was the first round in the third annual National Geography Bee. Kornder’s winning question was “Hindi, English, Bengali, Punjabi, and Urdu are among the principal languages of which Asian country?” The answer was India. Dave Halquist came in second place. Kornder’s next step was to take a written test.

Sixth-grader Shane O’Reilly won the BP Spelling Bee for students in grades 5-8, by spelling the word which had been misspelled previously (incompetent) and then correctly spelling the next word (vagrancy), after the bee narrowed from 20 to two competitors. Seventh-grader Tonya Chevalier placed second. O’Reilly advanced to the regional competition scheduled for March 4 in Mankato.

Loretta and Gerald Sullivan were named Valentine’s Day King and Queen at the Lutheran Home’s Valentines’ Day Party on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The BPHS Girls’ Basketball Team beat Le Sueur in a competitive, physical game, 53-46, and then defeated Norwood-Young America, 50-37, for its seventh consecutive conference win.

The BPHS Boys’ Basketball Team traveled to Garden City on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to play Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial and managed to escape with a 66-64 victory. Two days later, BP traveled to Le Sueur to play the Giants and cruised their way to an 85-62 victory, bringing the Tigers’ overall record to 17-3 and 11-1 in the MRC.

The Scott West Wrestling Team competed in the strong 10-team South Sub-region Wrestling Tournament, placing third in team points and sending six individuals to the Region 4A Tournament. Jason Piche (135) was Scott West’s champion. Placing second were Lonnie Pauly (125) and Jason Allen (275). Shawn Buesgens (145) placed third for the Panthers. Placing fourth were Craig Wermerskirchen (103) and Ross Malin (189). In the team portion of the tournament, the Panthers placed third, losing to arch-rival Sibley East, 34-21.

60 Years Ago (1961)

Ideal weather, higher quality hogs, and large attendance highlighted the sixth annual Central Minnesota Spring Barrow Show at the BP Sales Pavilion. A total of 40 pens of hogs included 23 blue ribbon pens, 14 red ribbon pens, and only three white ribbons. Exhibitors in the top ten of the crossbred division included Larry Koniarski, Gary Schmidt, Howard Smith, Urban Hessian, Terry Ische, David Worm, Wilmer Woestehoff, and William Schroeder.

A snowfall of nearly a foot in depth fell Feb. 18. It was the first real snowfall of the winter.

A large crowd attended the annual meeting of the Blakeley Creamery Assoc. Elected to the board of directors were Jay Bailey, Clarence Doheny, Alfred Otto, and Mark Murphy.

Rev. Roger J. Hessian, son of Mr. and Mrs. Urban Hessian, was ordained a priest for the St. Paul Diocese on Feb. 19.

The two-month-old son of William Flannery Jr. of St. Paul died Feb. 19 in St. Paul, after being stricken with pneumonia. Funeral services were held at Assumption, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Laurence Burns, 54, died Feb. 21 at New Prague Hospital where he had been a patient the past few weeks. Funeral services were at St. John’s Catholic Church in Sibley County.

Three women and a two-year-old boy were rushed to Le Sueur Hospital and later transferred to Mankato Hospital following a one-car accident on Hwy. 169 eight miles south of BP. The vehicle hit the shoulder and rolled over and over about 100 feet down the bank. The car was demolished, and the passengers received cuts and other injuries.

BP Knights of Columbus Lenten Quiz Team won the district championship in the final round of competition.

Frank Nyblom of Le Sueur celebrated his 85th birthday at the Russell Slack home in Le Sueur. Many friends and relatives were present to help him celebrate.

Mr. and Mrs. Herb Reinke celebrated their silver wedding anniversary by entertaining a group of relatives and friends at their home.

Serving in the armed services from this area were Ralph Buetow, Allen Lenzen, Thomas Schroeder, LeRoy Lemke, and Floyd White.

The Tiger basketball team closed out its regular season with a 63-51 victory over Arlington; however, the Tigers fell to New Prague 81-57. They were scheduled to open district tournament play again Le Center.

“North to Alaska” was playing at the Le Sueur Theater, starring John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, and Fabian.

Keup Motors was advertising its service department and listed its staff as the following: Fred Keup Sr., Fred Keup Jr., Paul Keup, Violet Busch, R.N. “Coke” Grosser, A.J. “Al” Streitz, Loren Kruschke, L.J. “Sonny” Albrecht, Julian Claeys, and Gordon Kruschke.

 90 Years Ago (1931)

The E.F. Killians of Jordan were making ready to re-open their branch of the chicken hatchery in BP in the O’Connor Building.

Miss Ethel Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Johnson, and LeRoy Galles were married. Miss L. Johnson and Harvey Galles were the attendants.

Farewell parties were given for both the Edward Kahle family and the Leonard Kahle family, since both were moving from Blakeley Township onto farms in Sibley County – the former near Gaylord and the latter in Kelso Township.

Temperatures in the 50s continued to be the daily feature of that remarkable winter. A big crowd watched a baseball game at the ballpark in Shakopee on Feb. 22.

Fred Kruschke died at the hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 28. Death was caused by pneumonia following an operation for appendicitis.

Michael Terrio bought the old Albert Sass farm across the river from Blakeley village.

John Tierney died, and his funeral was held from the Jessenland Church. His wife, the former Hannah Fleming of St. Thomas, had preceded him in death.

The West Union Hall was crowded with friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Erickson who carried out a surprise party for them.

Mrs. Walter T. Ellis, nee Helen Weibeler, died at the hospital in Chicago after an illness with pneumonia. Her remains were brought to BP for burial.

Barbara Schmitz and Ray Soller were married at Sacred Heart Church in St. Paul. The couple established their home on the groom’s farm in BP Township.

Thomas Martin, well-known farmer of Washington Lake Township, died at age 69.

Mrs. A.P. Olson, a former resident of the West Union community, died at her home in Dogden, North Dakota, at age 75.

Myrtle Bom of Carver of Carver and Raymond A. Anderson, son of the D.F. Andersons of West Union, were married at the home of the bride’s parents.

120 Years Ago (1901)

Hogs reached the five-dollar mark, the highest attained in many years.

The William Bohligs began their long residence in BP when they bought the local bakery and moved here from St. Paul.

Fred Meierbachtol of Blakeley sold a beef to the McConnell brothers that weighed 1,900 lbs.

The Blume brothers were locating a sawmill on the Tom Dyer farm.

Stores in Montgomery were quarantined because smallpox had broken out there.

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