30 Years Ago: It was hot and muggy Sunday as the 65 graduates, their friends, and relatives packed the school auditorium for commencement exercises

It was hot and muggy Sunday as the 65 graduates, their friends, and relatives packed the school auditorium for commencement exercises.

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Thirty Years Ago (1991)

After the BP area received nine inches of rain in May, which exceeded the normal range of precipitation by six inches, local farmers were waiting for the faucet to be turned off for a while. About 80% of the corn was planted, but in a normal year, practically all corn would be planted by May 20. Some farmers mudded in corn seed during the past week, but conditions were far from favorable. About 75% of the area soybean fields, normally planted in late May and early June, were waiting to be planted. Another problem was the hay crop. With all the rain, the alfalfa was growing rapidly, so the first crop should be taken out now, but farmers couldn’t get in to cut it and those who had couldn’t get the hay to dry.

Sixty-five members of the BPHS Class of 1991 received diplomas at graduation exercises on the hot and muggy afternoon of Sunday, June 2. This was the first year that Dollars for Scholars, a new organization in BP, participated in presenting scholarship funds to the graduating seniors; a total of $11,500 was awarded. Becky Perkins, high school librarian, was the guest speaker who explained that the library was the hot bed for school gossip, so she was able to keep up on the students’ social activities by listening to conversations the following morning. Orville Heitkamp, who taught science at BPHS for many years, was presented the “Friend of Education” award by Phoebe Einertson.

Local officials in Scott and Carver counties were warning residents that traffic would be unusually heavy during the seven days of the U.S. Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska on June 10-16, since 40,000 spectators a day were expected to attend the event. To avoid traffic delays that week, U.S. Open officials suggested using a variety of alternative routes. In case local area residents were feeling the U.S. Open would cause more pain than gain, officials predicted that the economic impact of the U.S. Open would reach $50 million for the Twin Cities and local communities.

With the Valley View Golf Course under construction just south of BP and expected to open in the spring of 1992, only 100 memberships were offered for the first year. The charter members were promised relaxed golfing with easy to schedule tee times and other special benefits for a $100 deposit. Single memberships were $320 per year, and a couple’s membership was $440 per year. For senior memberships, a single paid $288/year and a couple paid $396/year, but senior members could not play mornings on weekends or holidays.

The first-ever Le Sueur-Henderson High School Commencement Program was held outdoors at the Bruce Frank Field in Le Sueur on Thursday evening, June 6, for 92 graduating seniors. Before 1991, 109 classes had graduated from Le Sueur High School and 108 classes had graduated from Henderson.

Sibley East’s first commencement exercises took place at Sibley East Senior High School in Arlington on Sunday, June 2. The Class of 1991’s 99 seniors included students from Gaylord, Arlington, and Green Isle.

Fifteen students at BP Elementary School read 309 books and raised $806 for the Multiple Sclerosis Read-a-thon. Angela Glisczinski and Jesse Hughes received trophies for raising the most money, $130 each. Lindsey Zellman was second with $125. Tara Deutsch read the most books with 52.

The following BP students graduated from their respective colleges as follows: Jill Fogarty, daughter of Len and Pat Fogarty, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse; Paul Murphy, son of Pat and Marilyn Murphy, St. Mary’s College, Winona; Jay Denny, son of Bob and Rose Denny, University of MN, Institute of Technology; Gretchen Koenig, daughter of Lawrence and Ann Koenig, College of St. Benedict; and Jenny Hallgren, daughter of Dr. and Shirley Hallgren, University of MN, Duluth.

The BP Sr. Men’s Baseball Team, the Grey Tigers, opened the 1991 season with a win over Eden Prairie 1-0 and then lost to Le Center 2-1. The Grey Tigers included Gary Anderly, Dan Driscoll, Dwight Gerdes, Marty Grotberg, Greg Harris, Tom Herrmann, Steve Klehr, Randy Kruger, Orin Kruschke, George Ladd, Nelson Ladd, Bob Malz, Richard Martin, Dave Otto, Marlin Pint, Steve Rost, Tom Schuneman, Dave Traxler, and Ken Tritz.

The BP Tiger Baseball Team upped their 1991 season record to 5 wins, 0 losses as they dropped the Le Sueur Braves, 5-1. In a well-played Saturday night game, pitcher Mike “Zip” Zellman gave up only two hits and struck out ten batters in a very impressive first start. On offense, Pete Fogarty was a one-man wrecking crew as he went 4 for 5, driving in all 5 of the BP tallies.

The Scott West Panthers placed in five events on Saturday, June 1, at the Region 4A Track and Field Meet at Winthrop. The Panthers were represented in 15 events during the competition. “The 1991 track season is over for the newly-formed Scott West Panthers,” remarked Coach Mike Shaw. “We had an excellent season with many positive results and our team members represented their schools well.”


60 Years Ago (1961)

Sharon Cress of Prior Lake was named Scott County Dairy Princess at the Dairy Day observance in BP. Lois Stier of BP and Patricia Busacker were named attendants. A large crowd turned out for the dairy observance. They heard an address by State Commissioner of Agriculture Dwain Wilson.

Funeral services were held for Arthur Andrew Johnson, 76, at West Union Lutheran Church. He was a life-long resident of Dahlgren Township.

Carol Stoppelmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoppelmann, graduated from the University of MN and took a position as librarian in the Lindstrom-Center school system.

Stan Orcutt, president of the BP Sportsmen’s Club, contacted Emil Schmidt, who was vacationing in CA, about the club purchasing 12 acres of his land near the river for a boat landing.

Pastor John Melchert announced he had decided to remain at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township. He was considering an attractive offer to go to Sirum-Gwinner parish in North Dakota.

Former Judge and Mrs. Joseph J. Moriarty observed their 50th wedding anniversary at the home of their son, Atty. Louis J. Moriarty.

The annual eight-week summer recreation program was scheduled to open. Twice-a-week trips to the Le Sueur Swimming Pool were scheduled with free swimming lessons. Program Director Jerry Miller planned to have three baseball teams competing with neighboring towns along with four inter-town clubs. Joyce Brenke was again supervising the girls and younger children.

A weather balloon was found by Sharon and Miriam Willson near their farm north of BP. Information on the balloon indicated it was scheduled to reach an altitude of 17 miles before descending. The instrument box was mailed to Joliet, Illinois, as requested.

Mrs. Mary Duffy and Joseph Ciminski were married at the Church of the Sacred Heart in BP with Father Patrick Curtis officiating.

Elverna Stier and Dick Tillquist were married at St. John Lutheran Church in BP. Rev. M.O. Herder, uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony.

A crowd of over 300 watched BP suffer its first town team baseball defeat of the season losing to Shakopee 7-1, which ended a four-game winning streak. Kevin O’Brien accounted for BP’s only RBI while his brother, Kieran, had two singles for Shakopee accounting for two of their RBI.

Jack Lemmon and Ricky Nelson were starring in the movie “The Wackiest Ship in the Army” which was showing at the State Theatre in BP.

 90 Years Ago (1931)

Creamery prices for butterfat were down to 23 cents, but farmers were trying to offset the low price with increased production. Both the BP and East Union creameries reported that the month of May was their biggest butter production of any month in history.

Arnold Stier purchased the corner lot in Henry Kahle’s block on South Meridian Street and started erection of an oil station.

While Arthur Kroells of Washington Lake Township was loading feed to take to BP for mixing, he fell while lifting a sack and had to be hospitalized with a spine injury.

Miss Mable Hurtig, formerly of West Union, and Clarence Bettinger of Minneapolis were married in the latter city.

The Chicago concern that was seeking heirs in this vicinity of the late Daniel Flynn reported that all heirs were found, including cousins in the local area and a niece in New Zealand.

Miss Marie Petrika, member of the BP School faculty for three years, was married in her hometown of Montgomery to Raymond Anderson of Minneapolis.

There was a gathering of all the Morrison and Duffy clans at St. John’s Hall, including relatives from Pueblo, Colorado; Mobridge, South Dakota; the Twin Cities; St. Cloud, MN; and all the nearby communities.

Dennis F. O’Neill, native of this community who had moved to St. Paul, died in that city and his remains were brought to Sacred Heart Church for funeral services.

Miss Ottilia Trost, daughter of the Fred Trosts, and Alvin Stier, son of the August Stiers, were married at the home of the bride’s parents.

The BP Farmers Cooperative Association, which was organized in 1917, was dissolved and a stock company formed.

In St. Paul took place the marriage of Miss Bertha Ische of Norwood and Albert Maus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Maus of BP.

120 Years Ago (1901)

A land party from BP and Union Hill went to Spink County, South Dakota, and four in the party made extensive purchases of land there.

The Plano Harvester Company scheduled a big celebration in BP with 40 Plano binders to be delivered. There was a parade, band concert, and free refreshments for everyone.

The Blakeley Brick and Terra Cotta Company was incorporated with M.S. Dean of Anaconda, Montana as president and I.N. Dean of Blakeley as secretary. The company was to engage in manufacture of all kinds of clay products at the yards in Blakeley.

The entire camp of BP Woodmen went in a body to the national convention of the order held in St. Paul.

Ed Greenbusch, 25, son of Jerome Greenbusch of Jessenland, met an accidental death near Billings, Montana, in the discharge of a gun while protecting sheep against wolves. Five years earlier, an older brother was killed while digging for wolf cubs in a Jessenland ravine.

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