20 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE SEVEN. 12, 2002
Jim Swenson, Member of Litchfield City Council clinched a surprising first-place finish in the Meeker District County Commissioner’s 1st Primary on Tuesday, edging out both incumbent Dale Smolnisky and challenger Duane Henkelman. Swenson received 379 votes in Wards 1, 4 and 5 of Litchfield, almost half of the 799 votes cast in the district. “I’m very happy with this split,” said Swenson, who is in the middle of his second term on Litchfield City Council, having won re-election two years ago to his Ward 4 seat. didn’t really think about it; I was just hoping that I would be one of the two who would continue (in the general election in November). »
Dean Urdahl passed Dr. David Detert to become the Republican nominee for the state House of Representatives in District 18B in Tuesday’s primary election. Urdahl, who was endorsed by the Republican Party, garnered 1,406 votes to Detert’s 1,136 in Tuesday’s primary election. Urdahl will run in the November election against Democratic candidate Mari Urness Pokornowski, who won 787 unopposed votes, and Constitution Party candidate Phillip Jarman.
Doug Hughes’ studio is one any guy would call home in, right down to the Craftsman toolboxes and goofy pictures of dogs playing poker hanging on the wall. But if you’re expecting your car to be repaired or a home improvement project done at this shop, you’ll be disappointed. When Hughes rummages through his toolbox, it’s to retrieve scissors, an electric razor or a hair dryer. “I wanted it to feel like home, to keep it simple,” said Hughes, who transformed an old stable behind his house on Fifth Street East into Clipper World, a men’s lounge that opened. in August.
Litchfield scored on their first six possessions, including five touchdowns in the first half, as he defeated Waconia 46-13 in his Wright County Conference debut. “We wanted to come in and make a statement,” quarterback Hans Hoeg said. “We didn’t play very well last week. A lot of bad things happened. We wanted to come out and show the Wright County Conference that we could play, and I think we did.
Of all leisure as a way to relieve stress, Paul White chose beekeeping, spending time around a million bees. Bees have intrigued White and attracted people for hundreds of years. “There’s a saying, ‘More has been written about bees than about any other creature on Earth other than man himself.’ They fascinated people until the Stone Age,” White said, adding that honey has even been found in the tombs of 3,000-year-old pharaohs. White decided to try beekeeping in 1986, by buying four hives from a woman near Cosmos. Things didn’t go well at first, but after taking a short course at the University of Minnesota Extension, they got better. He now has 15 hives with about 50 000 worker bees in each hive.
50 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE SEVEN. 17, 1972
Ellsworth King was named chairman of Litchfield Industries at the organization’s annual meeting recently. Wayne Rick was elected Vice President, Dick Fenton was elected Secretary and Jerry Gloege was elected Treasurer.
Elsie Nelson left Friday for Tokyo, Japan, where she is a librarian at the American Air Force Base High School there. She had been in Litchfield for a month, due to the serious illness of her father, Edwin Nelson, who died on August 27.
Donald Burmeister, 50, Dassel, escaped injury-free when a lorry he was driving was struck by a fast Burlington Northern freight train at the Davis Avenue level crossing in Litchfield shortly before 10 a.m. Monday. Burmesister, who was carrying a load of corn on the cob from the Payco Seed Company factory in Dassel to the Sederstrom facility here, told police that as he crossed the tracks the automatic crossing arms were fell in front and behind his truck as the freight train approached. . The train hit the side of the truck body, resulting in a total loss. The cob load was scattered around the crossing area and the automatic signals at the crossing were uprooted by the accident. Police said the eastbound train was traveling at around 50mph before the crash. Train attendants told police they could see the crash was imminent and braked the train but were unable to stop in time.
75 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE SEVEN. 18, 1947
The result of long planning and discussions takes shape with the announcement by Litchfield Legion Post 104 that club rooms for the organization have been secured. It was originally planned to construct a building on the land to the north of the Litchfield Seed House, but due to cost these plans were abandoned. It was decided by the building committee to buy the Kopplin building where the Litchfield Supply is located.
The monument erected on Arthur G. Olson Square by the Meeker County Historical Society in honor of Andrew Olson, who was killed in the Indian epidemic of 1862, will be officially dedicated on Sunday. Mrs. Roy Crosby, a granddaughter of Andrew Olson, will read a report of the event. Sam Gandrud will speak and the Acton Brown Quartet will sing. It is hoped that a number of county pioneers will attend, including Gunder H. Sundahl, whose wife was a daughter of Andrew Olson.
95 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE SEVEN. 16, 1927
Guns started exploding everywhere around the county early this morning indicating that the hunting season has begun. Right now the focus is on prairie chickens and ducks. By all reports, prairie chickens will not be as plentiful as expected this spring. There were lots of old birds and they seemed to be hatching well. But they seem to be rare now. Ducks are plentiful, no doubt about it. The spring high waters resulted in many local nestings. There will be good shooting until the birds find their way to game reserves.
Litchfield baseball team wraps up season with a sizable balance on hand, some of which will be distributed to players for their loyal work this season. Management will report full expenditures in the review at a later date.
boys football and basketball team have been asked by me to be home no later than 9:45 p.m. each school night. To go out for a sports competition, you have to be physically fit, and high school students have everything they can do and have to go to bed early. Being out after 9:45 a.m. is breaking training rules, let’s not let that happen. Can I ask the parents to cooperate with me in this matter? – Coach Horton
134 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM ISSUE SEVEN. 15, 1888
At ten o’clock on the day of the old soldier at the fair the great procession of horses and cattle belonging to this county and adjoining counties will form in Central Park, led by the Litchfield band, and march to the fairgrounds. There will likely be more than fifty thousand dollars worth of animals on the shoe, and the display promises to deserve considerable attention. Let everyone be available and see what Meeker County can do. If you have a desirable animal, come join the procession. Governor Barto will deliver the agricultural address. Frank Daggett’s post is making a big effort to make this day a success. Every old soldier within a hundred miles is expected. A large fireworks display costing over three hundred and fifty dollars is planned.