30 Years Ago: The Fina Station on Highway 169 was demolished

Construction to start next Wednesday - The Fina Station on Highway 169 was demolished Tuesday morning as construction is planned for a new convenience store, gas pumps and car wash.

From Our Files - 10 Years Ago

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Thirty Years Ago (1990)

Waste Management of MN, Inc. started shredding tires at the BP burn site on State Street during the first week of Sept. to dispose of at least 250,000 tires. The MN Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board had ordered in Dec. of 1989 that the tire dump, located on the salvage yard owned by Marvin Voss, must be cleaned up, so the tires had to be moved from the salvage yard on the flood plain near the MN River to the burn site. The one-inch shredded chips were then hauled to an electric utility company in SD which burned them for fuel. The process was expected to take about two months.

The State Bank of BP hired Randy Kruger, a Worthington native who had been working in Keewatin, as the new vice president, whose duties included being the senior loan officer and compliance officer. Also hired as a loan officer who was responsible for consumer loans was Brian Jay Letcher, a Truman native who had been working in Chaska.

The Fina Gas Station and Convenience Store at the east entrance to BP was demolished Tuesday, Sept. 11, in preparation for a new, larger building which was scheduled to open on the site in 2-3 months. The building had been built by Skelley Oil Company in 1966. It sat idle until April of 1967 when Eugene Nowak became the first tenant opening the gas station. The restaurant opened later and was called the ‘Big Steer.’ Over the years, the building had several tenants, including Al Telschow who operated the Belleview Restaurant. When Fina purchased the property, they discontinued the restaurant.

Three incumbents and two newcomers filed for election to the BP City Council as the filing period for the Nov.6 city elections closed on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Incumbent council members Dick Peterson, Dan Zurn, and Ed Townsend filed for re-election. Paul Chard and Karl Keup were two newcomers who filed for one of three city council positions. The mayor position was open, but only incumbent John Ploetz filed.

Jim Daly, the endorsed DFL candidate to replace State Senator Bob Schmitz, overcame a challenge from Marion Fogarty, of rural BP, in the primary election race on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Governor Rudy Perpich appointed Joyce Bailey as a delegate to the Governor’s Conference on Library and Information Services on Sept. 16-17 at the Radisson South Hotel in Bloomington. The 160 delegates represented citizens, government officials, and library workers from all around the state, who recommended improvements in library services for the 1990s and beyond.

The BP Public Library’s collection of BPHS yearbooks was completed with most of them since 1953 donated by Elizabeth Albrecht and recent volumes donated by the State Bank of BP.

A total of 11,991 people attended the pool that summer, which was a decrease of 834 swimmers from the summer of 1989, when 12,825 people attended. July 3 was the best day of the summer with 404 swimmers, and the pool had six days with more than 300 swimmers attending. A total of 162 season passes were sold which was consistent with the previous year. The number of family passes increased six to 72, while 48 double passes and 42 single passes were sold. Four sessions of swimming lessons were available throughout the summer. A total of 455 took lessons in 1990, compared to 485 in 1989. The new 16x32 foot shelter made of treated redwood by the public works crew with a slatted roof designed by city council member David Edberg was a popular addition. The shelter, originally suggested by Jack Schuneman, provided shade for portions of both the wading pool and the large pool.

Mayor John Ploetz declared Thursday, Sept. 13, as D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Day in BP, joining together with thousands of communities in 50 states to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the largest and most successful drug education program in the country.

According to Superintendent Tom Lubovich, the most successful students and staff members set well defined goals for themselves which were written, shared, attainable, and measured. In the BP School District, principals, head custodians, supervisors, unit leaders, board members, and others were expected to set goals at the start of each school year. Lubovich’s goals were to focus on long range planning, improve instruction and curriculum, update district policies, and encourage community participation and input.  

Scott County Transportation Dept. provided a van to take BP residents to do some local shopping every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Starting Sept. 19, there was a van going to Burnsville every third Wednesday of each month. Riders were picked up at the BP Civic Center around 9:30 a.m. with a stop at Target and then over to the Burnsville Mall. Return trip was at 4:00 p.m. The cost of the trip was $4.

60 Years Ago (1960)

The primary election was not a big factor throughout the state, but it was important in the BP commissioner district. William Koniarski and Martin Neisen were voted as top representatives, with 370 and 315 votes, respectively. A total of 725 voters turned out in the borough and 300 in the township, both a record for a primary.

Ten new teachers joined the staff at the public schools, one of the biggest turnovers of staff.

Harvey Anderson, who farmed three and a half miles northeast of BP, discontinued dairying and was selling his herd of 23 Holstein cows at an auction. Anderson took a job operating one of the trucks of the Scott-Dakota Traveling Libraries.

The long-debated issue of whether BP could afford a swimming pool came up for discussion at the BP Commercial Club meeting. After a lengthy discussion, the chair appointed a committee to gather pertinent data on the cost of various types of pools and maintenance.

A total of $2,258.68 was raised in the Scott County Cancer Fund Drive. Volunteers for the charity drive were Mrs. Kevin Gaffney, Mrs. Urban Hessian, LeRoy Moenke, Mrs. Ken Anderson, Francis Weldon, and Mrs. Harvey Anderson.

Clarence Wolfram, 68, well-known resident of this community, died Sept. 7 at the University Hospital. Funeral services were at the BP Presbyterian Church.

New officers were installed in the BP Chapter of the Future Farmers of America. They were Lyle Nagel, president; Roger Stier, vice president; Bob Walerius, secretary; Ed Bigaouette, treasurer; Ed Otto, reporter; and Mark Simcox and Roger Mueller, sentinels.

Patricia Ann Dumas, daughter of Mr. and Ms. Kenneth Dumas, of Hopkins, married Lt. LeRoy Joseph Schwartz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Schwartz, of Blakeley, on Sept. 9 at Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany.

The following candidates were nominated to represent their township at the ASC convention. BP: Ambrose Becker, Elmer Buszmann, Frank Dietz, Earl Gerdes, Lawrence Mueller, Albertus Neisen, Herbert Ruehling, John Schoenecker, Marvin Siemon, and Roman Wermerskirchen. Blakeley: Marvin Kahle, Merrill Kahle, Orville Kahle, Elmer Koepp, Ronald Lehnert, Eldon Moenke, Leo Schmidt, Mahlon Schwartz, Melvin Stier, and Francis Weldon. St. Lawrence: Herb Bohnsack, Melvin Carlson, Roy Chard, Art Dahlke, Vernon Gerdes, Peter Hesse, George Jackelin, Ed Kerkow, and Felix Klehr.

A total of 25 golfers took part in the annual BP Tournament at the New Prague Golf Course. Jerry Miller took top honors with a score of 85. He received a putter as a prize. George Kartak was second with an 88, and Bob Anderson was third with 90.

BPHS gridders, playing primarily a defensive game, lost their opening game of the season to Chaska, 12-0.


90 Years Ago (1930)

Open duck season started earlier in those years. As usual, Washington Lake in Sibley County was rimmed with hunters for the opening day.

Jason Dyer purchased the old O’Connell Blacksmith property on Church Street and was remodeling it for conversion of the upper floor into apartments and the main floor for business.

Traffic count on the main trunk highway showed an average daily count of 1,666 vehicles. The count was taken between BP and Jordan. Highway 25 had a traffic count of 233 near Norwood.

Jacob Dunn, one of the old-time settlers of BP, died at his home in Osakis at age 87, and his remains were brought to BP for burial in the family lot in Oakwood Cemetery. Born in Devonshire, England, he came to this community in his middle teens.

Louis H. Guth, of Cleveland, moved here and opened a shoe and harness repair shop.

Jerome Hahn, star athlete at BPHS during his four years there, enrolled at St. Thomas College.

Howard A. Engfer, who was employed at Sioux Falls, S.D., announced his marriage there to Dorothy Thompson of that city.

Making the early September market was the goal of hog raisers. Martin Meger, of Derrynane Township, made it nicely that year with a bunch of pigs that averaged 175 pounds in four days less than five months.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Sanquist celebrated their golden wedding at the West Union Hall with a large gathering of relatives and friends.

Ray Trimbo and George Madden, Jessenland Township boys, enlisted in the U.S. Army for service in the Philippines and left that week.

Adam Riesgraf, 66, father of John Riesgraf of Union Hill, died at his home in Chaska, to which city he had retired from the farm near Carver.

Rosella Felrath married Mr. Alwood of Le Center at St. Thomas Church.

Raymond Aune was installed as the new county agent for Scott County.

The lower Faxon Road that had been under construction for more than a year was completed. It was a costly road because of routing across ravines.

120 Years Ago (1900)

Peter Blau sold out his meat business and took his family on a vacation trip to Chicago.

Mrs. John Meade, who lived in the community since 1856, died.

Collections for the Galveston flood sufferers were taken up in all BP churches.

Matt Trinka, a young Montgomery farmer, was killed in a runaway accident. When his team came home without him, searching parties went out and found the body by the roadside.

The first automobile ever seen in BP stopped over in town that week. It was owned by a Minneapolis concern and oversaw the two men who gave everyone a chance to look it over. The car was run by steam generated by gasoline.

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