30 Years Ago: Winners of the Fire Prevention Poster Contest

Winners of the Fire Prevention Poster Contest - The Fire Department Auxiliary presented certificates and prizes to winners of the poster contest during Fire Prevention Week on Friday at the Belle Plaine Fire Hall. (Back from left) Kristi Hiltz, honorable mention; Katie Henning, second place in the third and fourth grade division; Jose Boden, second place in the fifth grade division; Jeremy McConnell, third place in the fifth grade division; Stephanie Schmit, first place in the fifth grade division. (Middle) Tony Bessel, third place in the first and second grade division; Laura Fahey, honorable mention; Rachel Berger, second place in first and second grade; Michele Ladd, first place in first and second grade; and Molly Shields, honorable mention. (Front) Shea Albrecht, grand prize winner of the fire truck pictured; Dana Carney, third place in third and fourth grade; David Knish, honorable mention; and Celina Peterson, first place in third and fourth grade.

From Our Files - 10 Years Ago

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Thirty Years Ago (1990)

A miscalculation in a Scott County computer program was blamed for a foul up in the County Auditor’s Office, which collected excess real estate taxes. BP property owners paid $47,036 more than was levied. Plus, there was a possibility the city could be penalized by the Dept. of Revenue for levying more than the maximum allowed by law and have its local government aid cut by $10,849.  An angry BP City Council demanded an explanation of the excess levy from County Auditor Tom Hennen. The cause of the error was the failure to subtract an amount called the equalization aid from the levy. Hennen said it was difficult to find where the initial error took place but maintained it was a small percentage of error with only five mistakes in more than 1,000 entries. City council members were upset by the county’s actions.

Three flagpoles and a plaque were erected at the BP baseball field in memory of Jeff Trost, who died in a tragic car accident May 8. The plaque described Jeff, the son of Gary and Sandy Trost, as a true friend and Tiger. Memorials received by the family paid for the plaque and flagpoles, but the flags were donated. The BP Chamber of Commerce donated a city flag with the BP logo, State Senator Bob Schmitz donated the MN flag, and the BP V.F.W. and American Legion donated the American flag.

A story entitled “Jeff Trost’s Death Overshadows Dream Season” appeared in Minnesota’s basketball newspaper called “Full Court Press” and was reprinted in the BP Herald. The first paragraph read as follows: This was the season everybody had planned and looked forward to since freshman year. This was the season the BPHS boys’ basketball team was going to make it to the Class A state tournament.

John Hutton bought the former Family Kitchen Restaurant in Le Sueur’s Valleygreen Square Mall. Hutton’s Café off Hwy. 169 in BP was owned and managed by Norma Hutton.

Trinity Lutheran Church in BP celebrated its centennial for the third and final Sunday that week. The first two centennial worship services on Oct. 7 and 14 were both well attended. The Centennial Committee, which planned the liturgies, guest speakers and musicians, as well as the dinner following each service, was comprised of Ralph and Myra Kerkow, Ralph and Deb Malz, Win and Barb Vatthauer, and Wayne and Treone Larson.

The second annual Showcase was set for Saturday, Oct. 20, at the BP Elementary School. More than 70 businesses, industries and civic organizations were planning displays to promote BP and inform residents about what the city had to offer.

Skluzacek Oil Company of BP held an appreciation day and grand opening of its new, automatic car wash on Thursday, Oct. 18. Trying to keep as much as he could of the work local, owner Jerry Skluzacek spent more than $100,000 to add the car wash and remodel the convenience store, located on Hwy. 169 near Emma Krumbees Restaurant.

Mike Cote, BPHS counselor, was in the process of developing a program on Friday afternoons for small groups of juniors and seniors to meet with adults who volunteered to talk with the students about their careers and how they became interested in their work.

The BPHS girls’ tennis team finished the season first in the conference with five wins and one loss. The team had four entrants in the individual regional tournament: Katie Moriarty and Cathy Mahoney in singles and Jayme Bergs, Shannon Moriarty, Susie Simcox, and Heather Gregory in doubles.

The BPHS football team defeated Jordan, 33-14, on Friday, Oct. 12. According to Coach Barry Wohler, “This was the best all-around game we have played.”

BP Girl Scouts began their year with a Fall Kick Off at Kornders’ Vegetable Farm. About 45 girls, Daisies through Cadettes, went to the farm to pick and pile pumpkins.

60 Years Ago (1960)

The Borough Council had applied for a federal grant to help finance a sewage treatment plant in BP. The estimated total cost was $401,080. If accepted, the federal government would finance 30 percent, excluding land costs of $117,000. The State Board of Health was requiring all towns along the MN River to stop dumping their untreated sewage into the river.

B & B Equipment, the local International Harvester Company dealer, was among 617 dealers throughout the nation who won five expenses-free days in New Orleans through the company’s retail tractor sales campaign. Bill Schuneman and his wife, Rosalie, took the trip.

U.S. Sen. Hubert Humphrey spoke to a large number of BP citizens at a street corner rally. Most of his message was about using America’s farm abundance as a positive instrument of American foreign policy.

Rexford Lenton, 38, died Oct. 16 from a heart attack. He was survived by his wife, Ethyl (Krueger) Lenton, formerly of BP, and five children.

The voting members of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church were considering construction of a new school building. They delayed approval of the proposed plans pending further exploration and a satisfactory solution of some of the financing problems.

Three people were killed in a Le Sueur County traffic accident when the body of a heavily laden beer delivery truck slid over their car and crushed it. The impact of the car hitting the truck knocked the body of the truck loose from the frame and sent it sliding over the car.

The delightful, mild, fall weather came to an abrupt end. After enjoying 60- and 70-degree temperatures throughout Sept. and Oct., the high dropped to 38 degrees and the overnight low was 18 degrees.

Henry Rannow, 69, died unexpectedly Oct. 16 at his home in BP. He had been afflicted with a heart ailment, which had not been considered serious.

BP merchants were offering big savings to area consumers; Hahn’s Fairway Store was celebrating its 74th anniversary.

The smorgasbord sponsored by the ladies of Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church was exceedingly successful. Between 900 and 1,000 dinners were served.

Funeral services for John Perry, a former BP resident who died Oct. 11, were held at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church.

Seven Scott County 4Hers participated in the 42nd annual Junior Livestock Show in South St. Paul. Purple ribbon awards went to Rodney Morlock of Jordan and Robert Koenig of BP. Blue ribbons went to Sharon Krautkremer of Jordan and Claude and Kenneth Witt of BP.

Company D, 3rd Battle Group of the Army Reserve who meet periodically at Le Sueur held a pancake supper and display of army equipment. A few men from BP were attached to this unit.

Joe Koenig, chairman of the Republican Farm Council, presided at the “Farmers for Nelsen” rally with nearly 300 people in attendance.

Paul F. Tillquist, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Tillquist, was elected president of the Gustavus Young Republican Club in St. Peter.

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna (Steven) Duane were held Oct. 14 at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in Montgomery. Interment was in St. Thomas Cemetery.

The Tiger football team lost a thriller to Norwood, 24-13. The lead changed hands twice before Norwood finally emerged victorious. Jim Glynn rushed for 125 yards and passed for 110.


90 Years Ago (1930)

Pheasants were so numerous that season and for some no gun was needed to catch them. Tom Lynch saw one lordly rooster strutting across the main business street. He chased after it and caught it alive behind one of the stores.

Veteran Bernard Stradcutter, 92, journeyed across the country to California. He planned to stay the winter with his son, Will, at Monterey, CA.

John Olson Bratt announced his retirement from the farm and farming to move onto a smaller acreage.

Arthur A. Otto, 19, suffered a hunting accident when a discharge from a gun resulted in a pellet hitting him in the eye.

Mrs. John Shea, mother of Mrs. Urban Hessian, died at the hospital in St. Paul. Following funeral services at Le Center, interment was in her native parish of St. Thomas.

Ray Chase, candidate for governor, stopped in BP for an address, speaking from an enclosed automobile with loudspeaker equipment.

Hunters reported that not in years was there so much to shoot at in this area. Ponds and lakes were alive with ducks, and pheasants abounded everywhere.

An automobile accident five miles south of BP took the life of Joe Labin. He was driving out from town with his brother, Ben, when the steering gear failed and the car upset, with both men caught underneath. Discovery of the accident was made by Mrs. John Murphy and son, Mark, who lifted the car and pulled the men out. Ben quickly revived, but Joe died. His funeral was held at St. Thomas Church.

An aged Shakopee man, William Mesenbrink, 74, was walking along the highway when killed by a hit and run driver.

120 Years Ago (1900)

Mrs. Franz Henry Woestehoff, who located in the first German Settlement in 1855, died at age 74.

The amount of sugar beets raised in the BP area attracted wide attention. Of the two largest contractors, Christ Albrecht had finished his beet harvest, but W. H. Weibeler, who was employing 30 persons on the job, was only halfway through.

A school report gave the salaries of town schools in the area at $345 for teachers and $630 for principals.

George J. Milton, who had been in the Klondike for three years, arrived home to stay the winter here with his family and then return to the Yukon in the spring. He said the boom had subsided, but there was still gold to be found and that living in Dawson was as comfortable as living in BP. Two BP men, M.S. Wherley and Ed Duffy, were still there.

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