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20 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM OCT. 18, 2001
Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two so-called McGuyver bombs which destroyed two mailboxes in rural Litchfield on October 8th. The bombs, which are made from household chemicals and aluminum foil inside a 2-liter soda bottle, were left in mailboxes belonging to County Commissioner Dave Gabrielson and Keith Nelson. Sheriff Mike Hirman said investigators did not believe the bomb in Gabrielson’s mailbox was related to the latest Meeker County Hospital board meeting where administrator Ron Johnson presented his resignation. The bombs destroyed Gabrielson and Nelson’s mailboxes, but no one was injured.
Pat Klapotz repaired the hair at Emmaus Place for 13 years. The average age of its customers is 94 years old. Klapotz is one of the many hairdressers and manicurists who visit Emmaus Place, Gloria Dei, Bethany Home and Emmanuel Home to ensure residents have perfectly groomed hairstyles and brightly painted nails. Klapotz visits Emmaus Place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, then ends her week on Saturdays at Dee’s Family Hairstyling in downtown Litchfield. âI ride and put 18 to 22 heads a day,â Klapotz said. âIt’s a good deal for them. They are all spoiled.
Describing Litchfield High School vocal music program, director Joel Green often falls into sports analogies. The habit may never be as appropriate as this year, when the Litchfield Concert Choir – full of experience and young talent – perform at two state conventions. âThis is our state tournament; this is the championship game for the choir, âGreen said of the choir chosen to perform at the American Choral Directors Association state convention on November 16 and the Minnesota Music Teachers’ Convention. February 16. Choir members like Kristina Hein are excited about the opportunity and their growth as a choir. âIf I hadn’t been in a choir, I wouldn’t be near where I am now as a musician,â Hein said. “Sir. The green has helped us to improve so much.
50 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE OCT. 20, 1971
A girl from Litchfield appears as a model in several images that are part of an advertisement for McCall’s models in the current issue of âIngenue,â a nationally distributed magazine aimed at all teens. This is Elaine Dale, 19-year-old daughter of Mardette Dale and a 1970 Litchfield High School graduate. Elaine hitchhiked to New York City, leaving Minneapolis on May 30. A couple from New York, vacationing in Chicago, drove her almost to the big city. She first inquired about modeling jobs and had almost given up when she applied for a job at a health food restaurant in Woodstock, New York. The owner was a former photographer and his wife was a former model. The model material recognized in Litchfield’s slim and attractive girl and made an appointment for her with a professional photographer they knew. Thanks to photos taken by photographer Art Kane, who works for Life magazine, Elaine landed a modeling job at the Fashion and Film Agency, which has offices just off famous Fifth Avenue in New York City. Elaine, who was home this week visiting her mother, said she wasn’t planning a modeling career, but “just wanted to make some money.”
A petition with the signatures of 564 inhabitants, Calling for Litchfield City Council to reverse its decision to issue a private garbage collection concession for the city, will be submitted to City Council at its November 1 meeting. If the council does not reverse the action, the city’s charter states that a referendum on the issue must be held between 30 and 45 days after receiving the petition. The petition needed 15% of those who voted in the last election, or 381 signatories, to force the referendum.
A few new industries are operating in Litchfield. New “companies” have no payroll. Their capitalization is not high. What they have is a lot of enthusiasm. One of the companies, Bear Industries, makes candle holders. The company Holley Paper Rack makes a paper towel rack with an attached shelf. Under the direction of metal shop instructor Ed Meyer and carpentry shop instructor Ed “Bear” Tvrdik, students at Litchfield High School mass-produce two products: an exquisite set of candle holders in cherry wood, wrought iron or brass, and a practical paper towel rack with attached shelf. The purpose of organizing businesses, said Meyer, is “to teach students what we want them to learn about metal and woodworking, and also to allow them to experience a bit of the business world. “. In addition to in-store classes, students in James Swanson’s Distributive Education class are also part of the operation, writing product ads and helping with merchandising. Greg Paul and Greg Gilbertson are sales managers for “Bear Industries” and Steve Johanneck and Steve Scott take care of the towel bar work.
George Durken Farm – an attractive and well-maintained location – is nestled in a grove of trees off Highway 24 about two miles northeast of Litchfield in Darwin Township. The Durkens maintain a diverse farming operation. George milks 22 cows and feeds around 250 pigs each year, most of which are calved in Durken Square. Despite being a small farm by modern standards, Place Durken provides all the necessary feed for the dairy and hog operation on its 167 acres. George has a refreshing take on the size of his farm. âIt allows us to live well,â he said. âWhen the area increases, the headaches also increase. “
75 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE OCT. 17, 1946
Gene Anderson is the first of the ex-GIs to complete the government-approved training program at Litchfield Airport and received his private license on Tuesday. The course spanned a two-month period and included eight hours of dual instruction and cross-country flying. In total, 30 hours were spent in solo and 20 in double flight. Eight other GIs are taking courses and are in various stages. They are DE Peipus, Don Nordlie, Willard Allen, Emmert Lundstrom, Fred Berke, Thomas McCann and Vern Sederstrom.
100 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE OCT. 15, 1921
The Acton Telephone Co. applied to the Railroad & Warehouse Commission for authorization to increase its fares. The requested rate is $ 1.50 per month, gross, with a reduction of 25 cents per month if paid in April or October of each year.
Carney Koerner succeeded this year to dig sweet potatoes. He owned a small plot from which he collected three bushels. The potatoes were large in size, some weighing up to a pound and three quarters.
EX-FOOTBALL PLAYERS, BE CAREFUL! There will be indoor football practice at the Noreen Pavilion on Tuesday evening. Anyone interested in an independent football team is welcome to attend. Please bring shoes. Several neighboring villages have started to train and it is in Litchfield and the surrounding area to take care of it.
The Litchfield Ice Co. lifts the main body of the cooler to provide additional storage capacity. The structure is raised and completed from below.
125 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE OCT. 15, 1896
The new steam boiler at the water plant has been steamed for about a week and Engineer Miller says they save almost half a cord of wood every night.
A man who can’t go to a political meeting and be respectable must be roosted with the chickens early in the evening.
Already the reports are starting to arrive that populist orators in country schools have started throwing the nastiest dirt. We hope that the reports are baseless and that the campaign will be conducted in a courteous and honorable manner.
Some indiscreet and not too truthful individuals started the report that Professor Diamond failed to write his annual report and that as a result Meeker County will lose his appointment in the state. The report is false and without any foundation. Professor Diamond made his timely comeback and the Sweet County will receive $ 10,667.50, which is its fair share of the public school fund. Resorting to such tactics is an extreme basis.
131 YEARS: NEWS FROM THE OCT. 18, 1890
Mr. BW Wilson with the May Louise Algen Theater company at town hall on Tuesday night, gave the thugs who had made so much noise during the play a piece of their mind in a few appropriate words. A talk like the one Mr. Wilson gave them was just what they needed and the rest of the week they kept quiet.
A dinner in New England will be served to Litchfield voters on Election Day, consisting of roast pork, chicken pie, baked beans, apple pumpkin pie, apple sass and more. Breakfasts served at any time of the day. An oyster supper, with ice cream and cake, until late at night. Next to the town hall.
Democrats had prepared a meeting in Forest City last night, and Henry Ames and SW Leavett should have been the speakers. MM. JM Howard, OH Campbell, JW Wright and CH Strobeck from that town came by with the intention of hearing a Democratic speech. Arriving there, they found a large crowd, but the Democratic speakers did not show up. The crowd was crazy to hear a speech and insisted that potential Republican listeners give speeches. Finally, Colonel Howard took off his coat and for almost an hour spoke of republicanism, after which the speech of Mr. Howard, MM. Campbell and Strobeck gave short speeches, turning what was meant for a Democratic rally into a really good Republican meeting. Tally one for the Republicans.