10 Years Ago, 2012
Every August in Pine City, summer goes out with a mighty bang when the Pine County Fair hits town. The annual celebration now in its 120th year. No fair would be complete without Midway rides and attractions, and the Pine County Fair is no different, providing the brightly lit spinning and whirling contraptions that make fair afternoons and nights come alive with noise and laughter.
Visitors to the Pine County Fair demolition derby are used to seeing interesting and unusual vehicles out on the course, but when Jason Zastera hits the arena in a 1954 Packard Clipper, he knows some classic car enthusiasts will be cringing more than cheering. There’s a lot of old car folks out there who don’t like seeing something like this happen to a car like this, but the big deal of it is, this car is pretty much beyond restoration, Zastera said. There is a half inch of bondo in the fenders and the floors were pretty rested. Being part of the Derby is a Zastera family tradition, and is part of the belt gang, whose colors are white and blue.
25 Years Ago, 1997
With help from Hinckley businesses, Pine County deputies were able to arrest two suspects in connection with forgery, attempted forgery and possession of narcotics. Several businesses aided the investigation by conducting thorough background checks on individuals before taking business checks.
We’ve Got the Beat! The Pine City High School marching band has been moving to the beat this summer, preforming nearly every weekend in area parades, including Corn and Clover in Hinckley and the Chisago County Fair Parade in Rush City.
On Saturday, July 12, juvenile zebra mussels were found in a monitoring sampler in the St. Croix River. This is the first time zebra mussels have been found in the St. Croix River north of Stillwater. A National Park Service employee made the discovery while conducting routine inspection of samplers. It was located two miles north of the northern states power day at Taylor’s Falls, in the Indian Head Flowage section of the river.
50 Years Ago, 1972
The Pine City High School marching band, directed by Paul Bacigalupi, won a second place trophy for their performance at the Chisago County Fair Parade held last Friday at Rush City. Six or seven bands were represented in the parade, with Milaca’s high school band winning first place.
Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson, of Finlayson, found a new colored television in their living room when they returned from an all-day family reunion in Wisconsin recently. They found out later that it was a gift from their son, Lyle, who lives in Los Angeles and he had arranged for delivery of the set while they were gone.
75 Years Ago, 1947
The building committee of the Presbyterian Church has made plans for the building of a basement and enlarging facilities of the church school.
A business deal was completed Monday of this week in which Fred McNeal sold his market to Arnold Driver of Mora, who took possession that day. The deal does not include the purchase of the building, which Mr. McNeil retains. Mr. McNeil has operated the market since 1930, coming here from Minneapolis, where he had been in business.
4-H club news: Saint Croix Pioneers. Much rivalry of good sportsman was in evidence at the 4-H club tour conducted July 31, by members of the Saint Croix Pioneers Club when animals were led fourth by their proud owners, and the visitors oohed and awed at the animals sleek coats and well-groomed appearance. Dallas Madison had his purebred Poland China Guilt on exhibition, while Liddell Nordrum’s Angus steer and heifer provoked threats of being kidnapped by the visitors of the tour.
Henriette: an imperial electric hot water heater was installed at the Nelson and Bohn home last week.
100 Years Ago, 1922
In a fast and thrilling game of baseball held at the local grounds last Sunday, Rock Creek defeated the Pokegama Lake team by a score of 11 to 6. Leonard McNeal did the pitching for the locals and Otis Schmidt the receiving.
David Karsky is working at Cloverton, where he is giving the schoolhouse a new coat of paint, both inside and out.
Lester Wilcox and Bill Johnson returned home Sunday from the naval cruise on the Great Lakes.
125 Years Ago, 1897
The bugle of Wild Bill the chimney sweep was heard in town on Thursday.
The St. Paul and Duluth Railroad Company will transport free of charge all donations to the flood sufferers at Sturgeon Lake.
A new school house is being built near Pokegama Park for the new school district. Miss Maggie Heywood will have the honor of teaching during the first term, commencing about October 1.