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In Days Gone By

Kittson County Enterprise

20 August 2003

1903 - 100 years ago

Mr. John R. Mitchell and Judge D. E. Tawney of Winona were in Hallock Friday and Saturday and completed the organization of the First National Bank of Hallock which will commence business about Sept. 1 and will occupy the rear room in C. J. McCollom's store until the bank building will be constructed.

Another "dollar wheat" dream has come true and last Saturday cash wheat sold at $1 a bushel in the Minneapolis market. A hundred messages flashed out dollar wheat in Minneapolis and was the sensation of the day in the speculative markets of the world. Later, a $1.01 was bid and $1.02 was asked for No. 1 Northern, until it again took a fall to 84 cents today!

Jack Clark, who formerly farmed near Kennedy and who enlisted to go to the Philippines during the Spanish-American war, was in town a few days this week. He went to Kennedy Monday.

The crop for the three states Minnesota, North and South Dakota is estimated at 147,000,000 bushels.

1953 - 50 years ago

Clarice Larson of the Lancaster Blue Ribbon 4-H Club has been named as Kittson County's 4-H Health Queen. She will represent this county in the State 4-H Health Contest at the State Fair on September 2.

The officers and directors of the local Lions Club last week signed a contract with the Thomas K. Buchanann Productions of Sarasota, FL to present their All Star Circus at the local fair grounds for an evening performance next Wednesday, Aug. 29. The circus carries 23 top-flight acts, consisting of several acrobatick, aerialist, death defying stunt acts and a good number of small animal acts.

Oak Ridge Club held one of its most successful golf tournaments last Sunday which attracted 68 entries. William Krumholtz won the championship flight by defeating Orville Wilson, both are Oak Ridge members.

Sale of state park sticker permits is approaching the 50,000 mark and may reach 100,000 when all the returns are made by the county auditors and agents at the end of the year. The number of visitors in the state parks was around 900,000 which is greater than last year.

1978 - 25 years ago

The Hallock city council decided Monday night to wait on the decision to put Douglas Avenue back on the street project. Mayor Lowell Anderson said there is not enough money to take care of that portion. He requested the council wait and see what happens before they make a decision.

Mervin Milsten of Middle River has been named the new instructor at the Lancaster Veteran' Farm School. Classes at the school are held Monday and Thursday evening. To be eligible, one has to be a veteran discharged less than 10 years ago and involved in farming.

A team of flour millers from Taiwan, Republic of China, were in the Hallock area Aug. 18 to look at spring wheat, how it is grown and how it is shipped. They were impressed at the caliber of wheat that comes from the combine and how clean it was. Taiwan is the sixth largest agricultural purchaser of the United States.

1993 - 10 years ago

Agriculturally speaking, things are looking kind of grim in this area because of summer flooding. U.S. Representative Collin Peterson was in Karlstad last week for a public meeting, scheduled by State Representative Jim Tunheim. State Senator LeRoy Stumpf was also there. The 1993 disaster aid bill, which Peterson said wouldn't please everyone, was signed into law by Thursday, Aug. 12 for $5.7 billion and 100 percent of formulas reimbursed in a disaster area.

Despite heavy rains and summer flooding which have taken their toll on the area's sugar beets, American Crystal Sugar Co., is still optimistic about the future of the crop.

Independent School District #354 in Kennedy will open Tuesday, Sept. 7. The school day for elementary students begiins at 8:20 a.m. with the middle school grades beginning at 8:30. The school day ends at 3:10 p.m.

1998 - 5 years ago

The filing period for city council elections will open Tuesday, Aug. 25 and close Sept. 8. City Council members up for re-election in Hallock are Shirley Rydberg and Harlen Iverson. In Kennedy, Jay Larson and Shannon Mortenson, council members and mayor Leroy Hoekstra's term is also up. Lancaster mayor Galen Nordin is up for re-election as well as council members Jody Peterson and Debbie Groves. Lake Bronson mayor Pat Nerguson is up for re-election, as well as council members Patti Jo Schmiedeberg and Roger Davis.

Jay Tescher will present and Evening of Cowboy Poetry entitled "A Night on the Prairie," Saturday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. at the shelter building, Lake Bronson State Park.

This year, Kittson County received $119,133 in payments from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under the state's in-lieu-of-tax payment program.