From Our Files - 10 Years Ago
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Thirty Years Ago (1990)
After 50 Years Red Owl Coming Down - Mark Huber sadly watches as the Red Owl signs on Huber’s store were taken down Tuesday. It was 50 years ago this month that his father, Frank Huber, decided to take on the Red Owl Food Franchise. Super Value Stores purchased Red Owl last year and Hubers have decided to use Super Value as their wholesaler.The Belle Plaine City Council approved a $1.1 million budget, a nine percent increase over last year’s budget. The total budget for 1990 was $1,160,165, which was $95,398 over 1989’s budget of $1,064,767. The budget was divided into seven basic categories: general fund (65%), ambulance fund water (10%), sewer (8 %), ambulance (7%), recreation (5%), capital projects (4%), and cable television (1%).
Belle Plaine School District administrators received a 5.4 percent average salary increase for the 1989-90 school year and a 5.1 percent average increase for 1990-91, with the school board approving similar salary increases for clerical staff and custodians as well.
Rural fire assessments were expected to increase due to the purchase of a new truck, which was being purchased jointly by the Belle Plaine Farm Fire Association, the Belle Plaine Fire Department and the City of Belle Plaine, which was the first time the groups combined to purchase a truck with each group paying about $60,000 of the cost. The association decided to sell the 1946 fire engine.
The Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce and Development Corporation were teaming up for a gala fundraising banquet planned for March at the Riverview Schalet. Tickets were $37.50 per person but the committee softened the price by assuring everyone who attended the big social fling at least one prize. Some of the more unusual prizes included a round trip for two by private plane to Duluth with lunch at Grandma’ Restaurant, legal services for drawing up a will, weekend on Lake Minnetonka including the use of a cabin and boats, computer lessons, one hog, trees, tanning sessions, chiropractic services, furnace cleanings, firewood, and weekly loaf of bread for one year.
The Economic Development Coordinator Committee recommended that the Belle Plaine City Council establish an economic Development Authority (EDA), but the council tabled the matter to obtain more information on the issue.
Fifty years after Frank Huber decided to take on the Red Owl Food Franchise, the Red Owl signs on Huber’s Store were taken down Tuesday, Feb. 8. The Hubers decided to use SuperValu as their wholesaler after SuperValu Stores had purchased Red Owl in 1989.
Bob Ruehling announced plans to sell Bob’s Bar, which he had operated for the past ten years, to Jeff and Ann Miller. The transfer of ownership was expected to take place March 1. Ruehling had purchased the bar in April of 1980 from Don Bergs. Since then he had doubled the size and remodeled the facility. Ruehling planned to continue to own the building, including the four upstairs apartments.
The local VFW Auxiliary 6202 sponsored the Americianism poster and essay contests. Winners of the poster contest at Trinity Lutheran School included first graders Benjamin Erickon and Krystal Manthe and second graders Jessica Mantey and Cassie Shaughnessy; fourth graders Amy Bratsch and Jodi Fahrenkamp won the essay contest. Winners of the poster contest at Our Lady of the Prairie School were first graders Ginger Krings and Carl Gansen and third graders James Fogarty and Matt Gansen.
In a busy week with three games, the Belle Plaine Girls Basketball Team won one game and lost two. The cagers beat Montgomery in overtime, 46-42, with the help of Amy Haedike’s four free throws in the extra period, which increased her game total to 14 points. The girls team lost to Le Center, 56-38, and to Nicollet, 47-38; Sophomore Kelly Behnke was the leader scorer in both of those games, with 12 and 13 points, respectively.
The Belle Plaine Boys Basketball Team played two games and came away with a split, beating Waterville, 65-54, and losing to Jordan by an identical score, but in reverse, bringing the Tigers’ record to 13-2 overall and 7-2 in the conference, which was good for second place. Leading scorers in the Waterville game were Brandt Vinkemeier with 14 points and Shannon Keohane with 13. In the Tigers’ game with Jordan, Jeff Trost led the team with 11 points and 10 rebounds; Chad Behnke and Vinkemeier each had 10 points.
60 Years Ago (1960)
In conjunction with that year’s barrow show, a meat institute was held at Lee’s Lounge. The new show feature was aimed primarily at women. While the Central Minnesota Spring Barrow Show was in progress at the sales barn, the women attended the meat institute downtown to learn ho to select meat cuts at the butcher shop.
The Belle Plaine Parent Teacher Association celebrated it 10th anniversary with a lunch for members and past presidents.
John E. Casey, 84, editor and publisher of the Jordan Independent for 54 years, died in the New Prague Hospital where he had been a patient for more than three weeks, following a heart attack.
Dr. Fogarty attended the Adult Farmer meeting to discuss livestock diseases. He talked about antibiotics in milk and discussed the new disease-free method of swine production.
Ed Moody of the Belle Plaine Poultry and Egg was in the process of installing a bulk feel set-up on the lot adjoining his building. Six 20-foot-high bulk bins were set in place on a 31x20-foot cement foundation around a building to house an electric scale. When it went into operation, they were able to deliver bulk loads of feed to area farmers with the loading and unloading done automatically.
The square dancing fad reached Belle Plaine, with lessons given each Monday at the elementary school auditorium. Seven local couples had been taking part in weekly square dances at Le Center, and enough other local people showed interest to organize a local club.
The BPHS basketball team defeated Jordan 67-48 in a game, which had large attendance from both towns. The Tigers also beat Norwood and Lakeville and stood in fifth place in the conference.
Allen Cayler, 49, a resident of the Miller Trailer Court near Shakopee, escaped with minor injuries after his car was hit by a train. His 1955 Hudson was completely demolished when a Chicago and Northwestern freight train hit his car on Hwy. 41 between Hwy. 169 and Chaska. The rear wheels and drive shaft were torn from the vehicle.
A. Herbert Bengtson, 65, of East Union, died Feb. 4 at the Veteran’s Hospital after ailing for several years with diabetes. He was a farmer and a World War I veteran.
Mary Jean Plonske, seventh grader, was the local winner in the Belle Plaine Pulbic School Spelling Contest and qualified for the county contest in March.
A St. Peter man was seriously injured in a two-car accident on Hwy. 169 in Belle Plaine. Fred Fraffas, 22, a passenger, was bleeding severely from cuts he received when his head went through the windshield of the car. The swift action of a number of Belle Plaine residents – Orlin Smith, Louie Lieske, Wayne Hagerman, and Gene Hayes – played a major role in helping save Fraffas’s life.
Vernon F. Thelemann was named Farmer of the Year in Scott County for his efforts as an outstanding soil and water conservationist. He had been a cooperator with the district for 12 years, and he used methods to prevent wind erosion and did contour strip cropping.
Raymond E. Beliveau, 75, lifetime resident of Jessenland Township died Jan. 27 after a long illness. He suffered a heart attack at the Arlington hospital.
William Pflegaar of Cologne died suddenly of a heart attack while ice fishing. He was chopping a hole in the ice when he was stricken. He was 70 years old.
90 Years Ago (1930)
The feature of that year’s meeting of the Belle Plaine Creamery Association was an announcement that all the notes on its fine building were now paid. Butter production the preceding year was 545,774 pounds.
Winners in the local declamatory contest were George Moriarty in oratory, Marvel Shaughnessy in dramatics, and Cyrilla Weldon in the humorous division. The three speakers qualified for the sub-district contest in Le Sueur.
To replace the snowplow wrecked by a train at the Blakeley crossing, Commissioner Wm. Witt was one of the committee members who went to St. Cloud and purchased a used tractor and plow from the state highway department.
Wm. G. McGuire, who was born in Carver County, died in Minneapolis at the age of 55. His wife was the former Elizabeth Graham of Jessenland.
At the annual meeting of the Blakeley Creamery Association, Chris Weldon was elected president and E.E. Schultz secretary-treasurer. A total of 400,000 pounds of butter was produced the preceding year. Funds for the new building reached $15,302.
The Silver Creek Farmers Club was organized with Emmons Olson named as president, Mrs. Paul Johnson as secretary, and Alfred Rolf as treasurer.
Miss Ella Riley, for 20 years the night telegraph operator at the Blakeley Depot, died at her home in that village. Following brief funeral services, her remains were taken to Minneapolis for burial.
A Carver County farmer discovered chicken thieves on his farm and was in so great a hurry to get downstairs to reach his trusty shotgun that he fell over a chair. The noise warned a lookout man stationed at the door and the thieves got off the farm before the owner could fire a shot.
120 Years Ago (1900)
Cold weather came with a temperature drop to 24 below.
The price of state prison binder twine for the ensuing year was set at 10 cents and 12 and one-half cents per pound according to grade.
The Erickson farm, located between Belle Plaine and Jordan, was sold to the Oak Farm Co. The farm comprised of 540 acres. It was the largest tract ever conveyed under one title in this county, and the sum involved was the largest in a real estate deal in the county.
A double-headed calf was born on the William Fickling farm in Lexington Township. The two heads were perfectly formed with two necks branching from the shoulders.
The daily mail service between Le Sueur and Le Center was discontinued, and there were vigorous protests going to Washington about it.