30 Years Ago: Local Snowmobile trails groomed

Local Snowmobile trails groomed - The Minnesota River Valley Park staff was grooming snowmobile trails with this grooming equipment which scraped up the snow and packed the trails down.

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10 Years Ago

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More military personnel with local ties were serving in Desert Shield. CPT Martin Kiewel, a 1974 graduate of BPHS, son of Robert and Barbara Kiewel, and member of the Army Reserve, was serving in Saudi Arabia as a procurement officer for the command post as part of the supply division. SPC Curtis Seaver was a paratrooper and engineer in the Army, working with heavy equipment and running a loader and dozer to build roads and dig tank ditches.

During an all-day session on Saturday, Jan. 5, the Strategic Planning Committee for the BP Public Schools discussed values, a mission statement, and goals, which were approved by the BP School Board at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 14. Three major goals and strategies were set: to develop a comprehensive facilities plan that addressed student population growth, accessibility, environmental health concerns, and curriculum for the 21st century, to provide students with the means to cope with present and future psychological and emotional problems or situations by exploring and expanding curriculums to meet the needs of at risk students, and to provide the technological resources and curriculum to meet the educational needs of students and staff.

1991 marked Bill Koniarski’s 31st year on the Scott County Board of Commissioners and his 17th year as chairman. One of his goals for his tenure as chairman was staying within the 6-10-6 budget plan, with a 6% growth in the operating levy, 10% growth in the annual levy, and 6% growth in assessed values, despite cutbacks from the state. A second goal was to stay on top of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge project by seeking federal funding as well as continuing the work on the Shakopee Bypass and mini bypass in Shakopee. A third goal was to save money for a new justice center through the capital outlay and purchase the land, as well as to continue preparing for the construction of a new composting facility scheduled to open in late 1992.

Vern Nyblom and Manley Stier were selected as the 1990 Firemen of the Year for their contributions to the dept. during their long tenures. As of 1991, Nyblom had served 31 years and Stier contributed 25 years to the BP Fire Dept.

The BPHS Girls Basketball Team lost two post-holiday games by less than six points, losing to Christ Household of Faith, 43-41, and to Le Sueur, 52-46. Pam Aufderhar was named player of the game against CHOF with a season high 15 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Michelle Murphy was named player of the game against Le Sueur for her renewed aggressiveness and confidence, scoring nine points. Amy Haedike had become the most aggressive, dependable rebounder on the team and Kim Dressen scored her first three-point field goals of the year.

The BPHS Boys Basketball Team traveled to Montgomery on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and came away with a big win, 64-62, in their game with the Redbirds. According to Coach Randy Carlson, it was a team win with many players making outstanding plays to get the win. With the game tied 62-62, the Tigers came down the court and scored with one second to play on a lay-up by David Spellman off of a great pass from Trace Selly. On Friday, Jan. 11, the Tigers played the Le Sueur Giants and cruised to an 86-45 victory, which brought the Tigers’ record to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference. Erik Einertson led the team with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Chad Behnke and Shannon Keohane each finished with 12 points. According to Carlson, “The game was over in the first quarter.”

The Scott West Panthers Wrestling Team won two more matches, increasing its season record to 11-1. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Panthers devoured the Redbirds of Montgomery, 54-12, with 10 of the 13 team members winning their individual contacts and only two of the matches lasting for a full six minutes. On Friday, Jan. 11, the Panthers mutilated the Le Sueur Giants, 36-22, winning in five of the first six matches with two forfeits. On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Panthers turned in a strong performance in the strong Norwood tournament. Unfortunately, the team had to settle for third place in the eight-team tournament, losing to wrestling powerhouses Robbinsdale Cooper and Cannon Falls. A scant seven points separated the top three teams in a blanket photo finish that was not decided until the heavyweight match. Three Panthers won individual championships in their weight classes: Lonnie Pauly at 125, Shawn Buesgens at 140, and Jason Allen at 275.

60 Years Ago


The following members of the barrow show committee were busy setting up the annual event for hog raisers: Charles Woehler, Wayne Bohnsack, Richard O’Brien, John Januschka, Bob Wayne, Bill Koniarski Ed Deutsch, Maynard Harms, Walter David, Walter Buszmann, Connie Denzer, Karl Lieske, Wilmer Woestehoff, and Marty Morrison. The show was set for Feb. 21 at the BP Commission Co.

With an increase of $44,787 in assessed valuation a year earlier, most BP Borough taxpayers found a slightly lower personal property tax listing.

Will Bailey, 89, son of Mrs. and Mrs. John Bailey, pioneer settlers in Faxon Township, died Jan. 15 at his home following a stroke the previous October. He was a charter member of the BP Knights of Columbus. He grew up on a farm, but his interests turned to business. He owned the general store in what was known as the Bailey building, where Hahn’s Store used to be. In partnership with J.A. Mohrbacher, he established the Model Clothing Store. Bailey also served as mayor.

Mrs. John L. O’Leary, nee Bridget Donovan, died at her home in BP on Jan. 18 at the age of 78. The funeral was held at Sacred Heart Church.

A prominent Shakopee woman, Mrs. Mary Murphy, 45, was killed in Shakopee on Jan. 12 when she was hit by a car as she crossed a street.

Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Daly left Jan. 17 for Washington D.C. where they were invited to attend the inaugural events for President John F. Kennedy, including the ceremonies, parade, and ball.

The contested commissionership elections continued more confused than ever, with the latest development as the disappearance of the disputed ballots. In a close election between Stepka and Marshall, a state supreme court judge was studying the appeal.

Earl Casey, veteran custodian of the BP Public School, died Jan. 17 at the Le Sueur Hospital where he had been a patient for seven days. School was closed all day on the day of his funeral in respect for the man who served as head janitor for about 30 years.

Mrs. William Kelly, nee McKenna, 51, died at her home in Superior, Wisconsin, on Jan. 14. The funeral was at Sacred Heart Church, with burial in the parish cemetery.

New officers at the L.A.A.O.H. Club were installed Jan. 11: president, Mrs. Emmett McCue; vice president Mrs. Harold Madden; recording secretary, Mrs. Urban Hessian; treasurer, Mrs. Thomas Fogarty; financial secretary, Mrs. Stephen Mahoney; mistress-at-arms, Mrs. Emmett Devine; sentinel, Mrs. James Connolly, St. Thomas; Irish history chairman, Mrs. Thomas Cemensky, Montgomery; and standing committee chairman, Mrs. Frank Huber.

For the fourth time in a little more than four years, rural Jordan voters cast their ballots against reorganizing into a consolidated school district. The town and rural district both needed to agree to the reorganization.

Rev. L.F. Brandes, for 38 years pastor of the Jordan Lutheran Church and for the past 27 years superintendent of the Lutheran Home in BP, resigned from both offices. He and his wife moved to Peoria, Illinois to live near their son.

George Carlson, 76, died Dec. 29 at Swedish Hospital. His funeral was Jan. 1 at the East Union Lutheran Church.

BPHS’s basketball team suffered two defeats in five days, losing to Le Center, 70-48, and to New Prague, 57-44. The losses brought the teams losing streak to five.

 90 Years Ago


The depression continued to worsen. Butterfat was down to 28 cents, no. 1 wheat was 60 cents, and hogs were $5.75 at South St. Paul.

The ice harvest got off to a late start but finally was in full swing, with 14 inches of ice and no snow.

Mrs. John Julicher, nee Theresa Schilz, died at the hospital in Minneapolis. She was born in BP, the daughter of John Schilz, and Minneapolis was her home since her marriage.

St. Thomas Parish was presenting a home talent play. In the cast were John Sullivan, Monica Connelly, James Regan, Dennis Halloran, Mary Halloran, Patrick Connelly, Bernice Sullivan, and Catherine Halloran.

Carl Buckingham, 31, brother of Mrs. J.F. Schmidt of BP, died when his truck upset near Prior Lake. A resident of Bloomington, he was engaged as a milk hauler.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Cottier, who were married in BP 50 years earlier, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at New Underwood, South Dakota. He was manager of the BP grain elevator for many years.

Mrs. Vincent Becker, a former resident of BP, died at her home in Jordan. She was the mother of Mrs. Frank Weibeler.

Relatives and friends of Charles Hillstrom gathered to give him a big surprise party on his 71st birthday.

Ford Motor Co. announced a reduction in prices. Cheaper models were $475 to $625 for the deluxe sedan. f.o.b. Detroit.

John Traynor, pioneer railroad man of the Minnesota Valley, died in St. Paul to which city he had moved on retirement. He was fireman on the first locomotive used on this road. From that date in 1866 to his retirement, a greater part of his career was as section foreman at BP.

Sixteen days after the death of her husband, Mrs. A.H. Anderson died at her home in Eden Prairie. She was the daughter of Philander Bills of Blakeley Township.

120 Years Ago


W.A. Bieder and J.O. Cragun left on a trip to Florida with a view to purchase land if impressed with the country.

The borough council was advertising for bids for an eight-inch town well.

Theodore and Alfred Johnson were taking an inventory of the mercantile stock of J.C. Morrison with a view to purchase it.

Dennis and Maurice Connelly brought in 9,000 pounds of hogs which they sold to Thos. Baldwin for $450.

P.H. Anderson, the Gotha blacksmith, reported a busy season in horseshoeing and repairing.

Queen Victoria died after a reign since 1837, and it was said her career had never been equaled by any women in English history.

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