30 Years ago: The Belle Plaine High School boys’ basketball team celebrated after winning the district championship

The Belle Plaine High School boys’ basketball team celebrated after winning the district championship trophy by beating Faribault Bethlehem Academy in overtime Saturday. The team advances to region play Thursday against Mayer Lutheran at Howard Lake High School.

From Our Files - 10 Years Ago

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Thirty Years Ago (1991)

Irishman Joe Fahey, Sr. and his wife, Blanche, were named the grand marshals for the 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 16. Joe’s heritage was rich with Irish ancestors. His paternal grandparents, John and Mary Fahey, were both originally from Ireland. John came to the U.S. in 1849. Joe’s maternal grandparents were Thomas Carney, who was born in the county of Mayo and the parish of Knoch in Ireland, and Margaret Skivington of Scotland. Joe’s parents were James and Margaret (Carney) Fahey. Blanche (Coghill) Fahey’s mother was German, and her father was Scotch and English.

Miss Shamrock candidates were Margie McCue, daughter of Bill and Lynette Mc Cue; Kari Fahey, daughter of Linda Fahey and Wally Fahey, Jr.; Karla Renne, daughter of William and Theresa Renne; and Jessie Fahey, daughter of Theresa Fahey and Dennis Fahey.

Since beginning to sponsor charitable gambling last year, the BP Chamber of Commerce made its first disbursement, totaling $34,650, to nine local groups as follows: $7,500 to Community Services for a youth recreation field, $6,000 to the BP Library for various media items, $8,000 to the City of BP for park improvements, $5,000 to pay off construction of the new baseball grandstand, $2,500 to BP’s Dollars for Scholars, $2,000 to the D.A.R.E. program, $1,500 to the BPHS Band, $1,250 to the BP Rotary Club for refurbishing the nativity scene, and $900 to the S.I.E.R.A.S. Women’s Club for various causes.

The under 21 ordinance, which had recently gone into effect, meant that people could not be in BP bars unless they were 21 years or older. According to Police Chief Steve Rost, there had been many complaints of minors drinking in the bars, but a police officer had to actually see a minor drinking before charging them with underage consumption. With the new ordinance, minors who are present in bars and bar owners could be charged with a misdemeanor violation. The only exceptions were 18-year-olds who were working in the establishment, children with their parents, people attending a social function in the non-bar part of an establishment, and people who were eating at a ‘state licensed’ restaurant, like the Borough Bowl and Duffy’s Pub and Pizza in BP.

Jonathan Nagel, a fourth grader at BP Elementary School, was chosen to have his poem published in a book of selected works from the COMPAS Writers and Artists in the School program. The book, My Heart is a Glowing Sunset, My Voice is a Warming Song, edited by Roy McBride, represented the inspired collaboration between two-dozen program writers, hundreds of teachers, and thousands of students across MN. Nagel’s poem, “To Grandma,” was submitted by John Caddy, last year’s Artist in Residence at BPES. Nagel had written his poem in memory of his grandmother, Lorraine Nagel, who had passed away seven years ago in March. Nagel and his parents, Gary and Noreen Nagel, attended a publication celebration and public reading at the Landmark Center in St. Paul on Dec. 15.

In honor of Youth Art Month in March, BP Schools were permitted to submit two works of art for display in the state capitol. As outstanding examples of good technique, Carol Hannon-Orr selected artwork done by second grader Ben Dressen and senior Cindy Berger. Dressen, son of Paul and Cynthia Dressen, made a collage with tempera paint entitled “New York City.” Berger, daughter of Jan Klasse and Robert Berger, did an acrylic painting entitled “Let it Begin with Me.”

BP Junior High Principal Dan Dressen requested that the BP School Board approve his proposal to require seventh graders to take a full year of science. The total additional cost of having a full year of science was $22,806 more than the cost of a trimester, which included $19,306 for teaching staff’s salary and benefits and $3,500 for additional textbooks and materials. The board did not act on the proposal.

The BPHS boys’ basketball team Tigers dominated Montgomery-Lonsdale in the semi-final game, 79-61, on Tuesday night, March 5, at Faribault, to reach the District 13 finals. Erik Einertson and Shannon Keohane led the Tigers with 18 points each.

The #1 seeded BPHS boys’ basketball team won the District 13A championship with a 50-42 overtime win over Faribault Bethlehem Academy on Saturday, March 9, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Leading the way for the Tigers on Saturday was Jeff Hillstrom with 12 points. That victory improved the Tigers’ record to 22-3 and was the second time in school history that BP had won the district championship; the first time was in 1973.

60 Years Ago (1961)

The Borough Council called a public hearing to discuss the construction of a sewage treatment plant. Total cost of the improvement was estimated at $401,080, and the federal government offered to pay $117.324.

After 45 years in men’s and boys’ clothing in BP, J.A. Mohrbacher announced he was quitting business to retire. He started in the retail clothing business as a clerk for W.H. Weibler at the age of 14. In 1916, Mohrbacher and Will Bailey started the Model Clothing Store.

The ninth-grade social studies class sat in on a day of District Court in Chaska. Instructors Joe Ott and Maynard Harms accompanied the class.

The Scott County Board approved the use of federal aid funds totaling $36,000 for the improvement of roads.

Joe M Flaschenriem had rented his 160-acre farm, located five miles east of BP, to Roman Wermerskirchen, whose son, Bob, operated it. Flaschenriem moved to Jordan.

Regina Hottinger, high school junior, was selected as the 1961 Girls’ State representative from BP by the American Legion Auxiliary. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Hottinger.

Kevin Gaffney, of the State Bank of BP, received a certificate for completing a course in negotiable instruments.

Mrs. W.J. Gatz, BP Chairman of the 1961 Easter Seal committee, announced that neighbor to neighbor envelopes would be circulated through the country for the fundraiser.

BP Girl Scouts, Brownies, and their leaders observed Girl Scout Day on Sunday, March 12, by attending the church of their choice. March 18-25 was Girl Scout Cookie Week.

A race for mayor had developed as incumbent Fred Tillquist and Fredrick Schultz had both filed. Other councilmen who filed were incumbent Paul Keup and Gene O’Brien.

More than 450 people were served at the annual Sportsmen’s Club fish dinner.

To finance their trip to Chicago, high school seniors were seeking any kind of work for 75 cents an hour.

Urban Hessian retired from the dairy business on his farm southeast of BP and had an auction to sell all his equipment and livestock.

Mrs. Robert Dallmann, 70, a former resident of BP, died March 5 at her home in New Prague.

James E. Wherley died at his home in Chaska on March 12 after a brief illness. He farmed in Faxon Township for many years.

In area township elections, the following officials were elected. Faxon: Clarence Doheny, supervisor; Art Buesgens, treasurer; Howard Smith, assessor; and William Vinkemeier, constable. BP Township: Joseph Giesen and Earl Gerdes, supervisors; Tony Schultz, treasurer; and William Lucy, assessor. San Francisco Township: H.C. Dahlke, supervisor; Gerald Scott, treasurer; Ray Schultz, assessor; Ed Corcoran, constable; Reuben Lund, justice of the peace; and Ray Heckel, soil conservation supervisor.

 90 Years Ago (1931)

The area was in the middles of the depression. Butterfat prices ranged from 28 cents to 30 cents, hogs ranged from $5.50 to $7.60, and corn was 41 cents.

Henry Krumrey sold his 160-acre farm six miles south of BP to his neighbor, W.F. Kruschke, for $150 an acre.

Mrs. Mahlmann’s 80-acre farm in Blakeley Township was bought by William Ernst for $132.50 an acre.

West Union pastor Rev. P.S. Miller and his wife were slightly injured, and their car was wrecked when trying to avoid a fast-driven car. Their auto went out too far and over a 12-foot embankment north of Gotha.

John Reintges, a resident of Union Hill for many years, died of a heart attack at his home in St. John, North Dakota.

The BPHS Basketball Team went to the semi-finals in the district tournament at St. Peter where the Tigers were defeated by Montgomery, which, in turn, lost to New Prague in the finals. BP defeated St. Peter in the consolation game and attained third place in the tournament.

A Scott County Tax Reduction Association was formed to agitate for lower tax levies in townships, municipalities, and the county.

August Kahle rented his farm in Blakeley Township to Howard Crosby.

Mr. and Mrs. James Scully turned over operation of their farm in Jessenland to Thomas Scully and moved into BP.

Mrs. Langhoff, widow of the late Ferdinand Langhoff, died at the home of her son, Herman, and the funeral was held from the German Settlement Church.

Peter Olson, former resident of West Union, died at his home in Dawson, and the funeral was held there.

Peter Kroells, Sr., the oldest person in the Assumption community, died at the home of his son, Peter Kroells, Jr.

Hancock Township elected C.F. Anderson, supervisor; William Lueders, clerk; Edward Melcher, treasurer; and Jon Anderson, assessor.

In BP Township, Peter Neisen was elected supervisor; Joe Witt, treasurer, and Walter Siemon, assessor.

120 Years Ago (1901)

St. Patrick’s Day was observed in BP with a parade, headed by a band. Merchant Will Bailey had the front of his store decorated in green draperies.

Sam Bowler announced his intention to move to Colorado and offered for sale all his real estate holdings here, including two residences, many lots, and four farms.

Hancock Township elected William Conlin, Herman Anderson, and H.F. Rolf, supervisors; Tom Downs, clerk; James Conlin, treasurer; and James Kival, assessor.

Derrynane Township elected Peter Klinkhammer, Ed Halloran, and Richard Retka supervisors; Patrick Clifford, clerk; Dick Byrne, treasurer; and Thomas Shaughnessy, assessor.

When contractor Swenson was served with an injunction on his waterworks job, he shipped his equipment back to Minneapolis. The borough’s legal advisor held that the council acted legally and should contest the injunction.

The whole northwest was covered with the heaviest snowfall of the winter.

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