From Our Files - 10 Years Ago

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Thirty Years Ago (1990)

BP ranked sixth highest in property tax burden in a Citizens League comparison of 95 metro area cities with population of 2,500 or more. The report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune said the average estimated market value was $62,142. The estimated 1990 tax on the average home was $683 – representing an 8.4% increase in taxes since 1989. The Scott County Assessor’s office could not answer why BP’s taxes were high than other cities in the county. Cities that topped BP were Little Canada, St. Paul, Excelsior, Maple Grove, and Osseo.

The Fina Gas Station on Hwy. 169 in BP invested $1 million to rebuild its convenience store, add a car wash, a truck parking lot, and new pumps. According to a Fina spokesman, “It was in the master concept plan to work with Hardees,” which was built next to Fina in November 1989, because the businesses complement each other.

A barn on the Julian Miller farm on German Road, southwest of BP, burned to the ground Thursday morning, July 25, causing about $20,000 worth of damage. Miller was able to get four horses out of the barn right away, and then he tried to call 911 three times but couldn’t get through, so he called the operator and finally reached the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Dept. Some straw, firewood, machinery, and horse equipment were destroyed in the blaze.

Scott County Fair goers had a surprise Saturday afternoon, July 27, as several small funnel clouds were spotted to the southwest. The sirens were sounded in BP but luckily the finger-like clouds stayed high in the sky. According to the Sibley County Sheriff’s office, one funnel touched down at 5:52 p.m. in a cornfield west of Gaylord. No damage was reported.

A combination of wind and rain caused scattered reports of oats down throughout Scott County, but other crops were looking good. Heavy rains (3.19 inches) had fallen, making the July total (6.32 inches) almost equal to the June total (6.59 inches). However, Scott County Agriculture Agent Dave Hart said, “I’d take rain over the dry weather any day.”

A steering committee met with a program development officer with the national affiliate for the Dollars for Scholars program, which raised funds for local scholarships to award to deserving local students. The committee was made up of Les Buesgens, Dan Dressen, Dale Stier, Mike Cote, Sue Halloran, Pat O’Laughlin, John Ploetz, Bob Miller, Marty Grotberg, and Tim O’Laughlin.

The City of BP and the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation (MnDOT) were working together to improve the 1½ mile stretch from Hwy. 160 through town to the railroad bridge, by patching the road, applying a two-inch overlay from curb to curb and adjusting the manholes to meet the new road’s specifications. MnDOT paid the $77,717 bill to the contractor, Bury Carlson, of Minnetonka. 

The BPHS Class of 1980 held its 10-year reunion June 16 at the Riverview Schalet outside of BP. Of the 118 class members, 62 attended.

In a half-page ad, the family of Tom and Ethel Lynch invited everyone to stop by their home on Saturday afternoon, August 4, in celebration of their 65th wedding anniversary. Readers were encouraged to keep it a surprise since the ad had been removed from the Lynches’ copy of the Herald.

Local FFA members who attended the FFA Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders at the Deep Portage Conservation Center near Hackensack, MN were Brad Karnitz, Brian Traxler, Clay Kamman, Chris Kiewel, Denise May, Aimee Anderson, and Becky Glisczinski.

The Tigers Town Baseball Team became the Carver Central – Class C champions for the second straight year, by winning three playoff games in a week. The Tigers defeated the Carver Black Sox, 6-2, in the first round; Le Sueur, 7-4, in the second round; and Le Sueur again, 12-10, in the championship game. The Tiger “dynamic duo” of Jeff Bruder and Jeff Miller combined fine pitching performances for the win. The team’s season record was 21-4.

60 Years Ago (1960)

The Scott County Fair in Jordan was to begin that week. Special events included a parade, tug-of-war, a livestock auction, horse show, and baton twirling contest.

Three local Boy Scouts - Tim Melchior, Art Hahn, and Bud Hart - and Scout Leader Wayne Hagerman returned home from Colorado Springs where they spent two weeks at the National Boy Scout Jamboree. On the trip, they visited Williston, N.D.; Havre, Montana; Glacier National Park, and Yellowstone Park.

Joe Berger, 19, was seriously injured in a car accident and was hospitalized with a fractured pelvis and leg pulled out of his hip socket. The accident happened when the lights went out and the car rammed into the bridge abutment over High Island Creek between Blakeley and Henderson.

Leo Halloran and Jack Halloran left for a trip to Ireland. They planned to spend three weeks touring the country, visiting relatives, and learning about their ancestors.

Second district DFL-endorsed congressional candidate Russell Schwandt was honored Aug. 3 at a fundraising dinner in Jordan. Senator Eugene J. McCarthy was the guest speaker, and State Representative John Fitzgerald of New Prague was the master of ceremonies.

The remains of Mrs. Magdalene Schmidt, formerly Mrs. George Kahle of BP, were brought to BP for burial to the Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Anna Winterfeldt had one of the more impressive summer vacations, as she traveled to Jamaica.

BP’s public library was moved to new quarters, as the council rented the building formerly housing the Standard Oil Station. The property was owned by Keup Chevrolet Company and the platform was used as a used car lot. The building had been vacant for some time. The town was required to pay $25 per month rent. The Regional Library took charge of decorating, installing shelving and furnishing a librarian.

Ernest Kusserow, 55, well-known Carver County farmer, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 26.

Cletus Riesgraf of BP left for Quincy, Illinois, to attend an old-fashioned campout education meeting on one of the Moorman Research farms.

A posse of six armed police hunted in a local corn field for burglars who attempted to break in the BP Block and Tile Yard. For two hours, the men combed the corn field, even firing a few shotgun blasts in the air to frighten the burglars if they were still hiding.

BP residents enjoyed watching “People and Places” all week. The programs were filmed in BP during Bar-B-Q Days the week before.

The borough road which passed near the Mrs. Harvey Ische farm at the east edge of town was being repaired. It had been washed out during the May flood when Brewery Creek overflowed.

Mrs. Agnes O’Connell, 52, of St. Thomas died July 27 of a heart attack.

John F. Wolpern, lifelong resident of this community, died Aug. 1 at his home in BP of a stroke.

A double garage owned by Nobel Lockrem started burning and caused about $75 damage before it was extinguished by the local fire dept. A trash barrel placed too closely to the rear of the garage was believed to have started the blaze.

Grace Townsend, 67, lifelong resident of BP, died at Valleyview Hospital.

 90 Years Ago (1930)

The price of wheat in the local market had dropped to 69 cents, lowest since 1913.

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Kahn announced the marriage of their daughter, Esther, to William Gottlieb in St. Paul.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the granary and machine shed on the Mrs. Margaret Barten farm near Union Hill.

A Le Sueur farmer, B.B. Zimmerman, was described as owner of one of the largest turkey ranches in the area. He was raising 559 birds.

Marie Hauer and Fred Wolpern were married at Trinity Lutheran Church. After a wedding trip to Canada, the couple took up residence on the Wolpern farm.

Rev. P.J. Haupt was in Toledo, Ohio, in attendance at a meeting to consider merger of three Lutheran synods, with the merged group to be known as the American Lutheran Church.

Ray Albrecht, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Albrecht, was married in St. Paul to Helen Kimmel, in which city the couple made their home.

Quite a number of BP people were interested in the conviction of six persons involved in the fraudulent sale of St. Paul Volkszeitung stock that had been peddled and sold in this area. They all received sentences of 10 to 20 years in Leavenworth Federal Prison.

120 Years Ago (1900)

It was an extremely hot week, as 100-degree temperatures prevailed.

William Fitzgerald, who has served in numerous civic offices in the borough and was township clerk for 28 years, died at age 58.

John T. Krieger returned to his home in BP after a powder explosion in a Montana mine in which he lost his left eye.

Thresherman Michal Miller advertised that he would put up $500 to prove that his threshing machine would do more and better work than any other machine in this part of the county.

The town was investigating the cost of an artesian well. Its was costing $2 a day to keep the gasoline engine running at the town well.

Twenty-six men working here with a track-laying crew of the Omaha Railroad quit work when the company refused their demand to raise their pay from $1.60 to $1.75 a day. They claimed the extra compensation was needed for time lost in getting to the job each day.

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