Remember When


10 Years Ago

Three persons were arrested and a number of weapons were seized in connection with the bust of a meth lab in Weaver. Sheriff Rodney Bartsh said the three had been in Weaver for less than two months and he was glad the Sheriff’s Department was able to shut down the operation as quickly as they did.

K-9 Ringo took the spotlight this week as he participated in a search for two fleeing felons in the city of Zumbro Falls.  

National radio personality, humorist and award-winning author Garrison Keillor will be the special guest at an old-time Patriot rally and Bean Feed as part of a DFL fund raising rally on Main Street in Wabasha on Monday, October 25. Keillor will be joined by Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch and candidates running for area offices, including Sandy Wollschlager in 28A, Scott Metcalf in 28B, and Andy Welti in 30B  Also on hand will be a couple of party animals, Derby the donkey and Harriet, the American bald eagle.    

Area births this week included Alexander John LaRocque, on October 12, 2004 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to Aaron and Libby LaRocque. He has a big sister, Savannah.

Abigail came from behind to win the annual Pumpkin challenge between Pepin Manor and the St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. For awhile this summer, it seemed that St. Elizabeth’s entry, Ignatius, would be the winner this year. But Abigail rallied around and grew to a whopping 575 pounds. She was declared the winner. There have been allegations, of course, that Abigail was on steroids, but lab tests haven’t confirmed that as yet. Pepin Manor residents dined with St. Elizabeth residents, music was provided, and a good time was had by all.

Tara Schellhammer has been named the W-K Student of the Week. She is a senior and the daughter of Steve and Diane Schellhammer of Kellogg. Her future plans are to fulfill a career in the Army and eventually get her pilot’s license.

Jessica Jensen is the new Youth Link Coordinator in Wabasha, assuming the duties of Kat Swanson. She has been a Youthlink mentor for the past year before becoming a coordinator.

The Wabasha-Kellogg High School Bowling team is a member of the Southeast Conference of the Minnesota High School Bowling Program.  Team members are: Katje Schultz, Corey Patrow, Carrie Hager, Sadie Sletten, David Smith, Josh Martinson, Izak Walgrave, and Matthew Dick. Becky Kruger is the Coach.

25 Years Ago

The new Interstate Bridge is now officially one year old, having celebrated its first birthday on Sunday, October 22nd. Just a year ago, 5,000 onlookers were in town for the opening of the bridge. Wabasha Mayor Dan Losinski and Nelson Village President Elroy Averbeck cut the ribbon that dedicated and opened the $14 million span that connects Minnesota and Wisconsin. Four-and-a-half hours later the first of a long stream of cars crossed the bridge when Minnesota and Wisconsin Department of Transportation workers officially opened the bridge to vehicular traffic. Within minutes of that, the 58-year old structure along side it was closed. It is scheduled to be taken down soon.

Airman Tracy Fitzgerald has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. She is the daughter of James and Sandy Fitzgerald and a 1989 graduate of Wabasha-Kellogg High School.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Madison on October 22, 1989, the only birth at St. Elizabeth Hospital this week.

Mrs. Jack (Emma) Fitzgerald attended the 25th wedding anniversary of Bill and Louise Klas of St. Paul. The reception was held at the University Club on Sunday, October 22nd. 

J. P. Doffing was presented with the Student of the Month award for W-K High School for the month of September. The award was presented from the Business Ed Department. Carol Knabe made the presentation. J.P.’s parents are John and Rrose Doffing.

The W-K Volleyball Cheerleaders were pictured this week as they completed one of their maneuvers. Pictured were Amy Heins, Bobbie Passe, Alexia Schuth, Tina Cox and Angela Jones.

Wabasha Fire Chief Gary Kennebeck was pictured this week with the winners from the Fire Prevention Week Open House drawing. Melissa Evers and Jodi Sanderson were winners of Tonka hook and ladder sets. Bonnie Blim and Teresa Hetrick were winners of fire extinguishers.

Jim and Lee Barry were the winners of the $100 Shopping Spree sponsored by Andy’s Hardware during their Anniversary Sale. The Lees said they were “thrilled” to be chosen.

Bus driver Melvin Magnuson was shown this week as he was helping a St, Elizabeth Nursing Home resident into the mini-bus provided by Schmit’s Bus service that has been transporting local nursing home residents on fall tours of the Hiawatha Valley. Funds were donated by the American Legion and VFW Posts

Local firefighters returned twice this past Sunday to extinguish a fire at the same place, the bluffs overlooking the Dumfries Bottoms in Glasgow Township. The first call was at 1:30 p.m., and then again at 6:00 to almost the same location. 10-20 acres were destroyed.

50 Years Ago

Hopes for a Wabasha Golf Course were resurrected on Monday evening as an enthusiastic group of 40 local men met to discuss plans for an immediate drive. A group of local men, headed by Dr. John Flatt, offered to acquire the August Koopman farm and make it available for a golf course. Once title to the land is acquired by the golfers, their job of selling memberships for the development of the course would be simplified. The organization is off to a good start with the election of officers and committeemen. Those officers are: President, Ken Nelson; Vice President, Bryce Carlson; Secretary, Ed Drury; Treasurer, Joe Halverson. Norm Scheel, Norb Flicek and George Gilmore were named to a finance committee. Joe Halverson and Dean Plank will prepare an estimated operating statement. A supply of water will be a major undertaking, and Harry Schmit and Andy Theisman will explore the possibilities. Course layout will be determined by James Abbott, Matt Marx and Dr. Dave Martin. On the clubhouse committee are: Harold Buckman, Ben Kreofsky, Duane Stroot and Al Cox. A drive is underway to enlist 150 stockholders at $100 in order to raise the first capital needed for the course.

St. Felix Homecoming festivities began lst Thursday with a pepfest and bonfire. Highlight of the festivities was the crowning of the prince and princess, which resulted in a brother-sister selection, Richard Lidberg, 18, and his sister, Rachel, 17. Both are seniors at St. Felix High School. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Taylor. On Friday night, the Rivermen from Alma defeated the local boys 24-0.

All women of this area are invited to the Wabasha Herald Cooking School to be held in the Wabasha High School Auditorium on November 6th.  A fall style show by Kathryn’s will open the program. The cooking school will feature Miss Fran Kemm, home economist with Rural Gravure, a farm and home magazine that comes out once a month in the Herald. She will show the girls how to plan new meals and cook them, from breads to desserts.

The St. Elizabeth Hospital Record shows two births this week: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Murphy of Kellogg on October 17; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Melvin of Plainview on October 18th.

Three calls were made by city hostess Mrs. James Morley this week. Newcomers to Wabasha are presented with gift certificates from 20 businesses as a get-acquainted gesture. Mr. and Mrs. William Fiedler, 906 Milligan Avenue, came from Tyler. He is a teacher at the Public School. They have three children, David who is four, Dennis who is three and Danaca who is 1-1/2. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kalishek came from Jefferson, Iowa and live at 405 Third Street East. Mr. Kalishek is employed in the Insurance Agency at First State Bank. They have two daughters, Kelly who is six and Mary Heather, who is six months old. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Evers reside at 923 5th Grant Boulevard West in the Lester Funk home. He is in the construction business, Binner and Evers. They were married this summer.

“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” is the upcoming Junior Class Play.   


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