March 29, 2012
Starting out the week of March 29 from 10 years ago, an article reports that a man had called City Hall threatening police, the courts, and other institutions including in Wisconsin, later coming in with a complaint. Due to the state of the man’s mental health, no charges were reported as pending against him, while the man is transported to a Twin Cities hospital “for a mental health assessment.
Also in the news from 10 years ago, Hastings Fire Department personnel had recently been able to mitigate a diesel fuel spill on the Vermillion River by using a boom to absorb the fuel. The department was reportedly part of Wakota CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response), an organization that undertook to care for the environment.
Finally in the update from 10 years ago, the Hasting High School Choir was headed to a national meet in Missouri, with a front page photo showing Abbie Williams, Ariel Fuchs, and Nikki Beskau among those performing at a Sunday night show choir finale at Hastings High School prior to leaving for Missouri.
26 years ago PRESCOTT JOURNAL
April 24, 1997 Tragedy on the wing? Time running out on many native bird species If you’re privileged to hear the distinctive call of a Henslow’s sparrow – or perhaps the more “traditional” vocal stylings of a bobolink or eastern meadowlark – listen up. According to a sobering new report from the National Wildlife Federation, Americans may not be hearing or seeing these and other grassland nesting species in the notsodistant future.
The plight of these and 25 other birds dependent on North America’s disappearing grasslands for survival is detailed in the April/May issue of National Wildlife, a bimonthly publication of the National Wildlife Federation.
How serious is the situation? Statistics in the article, “Twilight of the America’s Grasslands” tell a grim story…(to be concluded next week)” 30 years ago THE HASTINGS STARGAZETTE April 30, 1992
Continuing the April run from 30 years ago, a bumper crop of potholes is reported, being explained by streets superintendent Cal Reudy.
“In a lot of the streets in the old parts of town, there’s no storm drains,” he says. “So the water just sits there. That causes potholes.”
Also coming in from three decades back in the approval of a theater by GTI with five to eight screens planned in the building once occupied by Top-DoIt.
Shifting to government news, Lee Erickson is appointed the parks maintenance superintendent, with an annual salary of $37,000 plus benefits. Made known in a memo from city administrator Dave Osberg, the goal of the position is to, “…be responsible for supervision of parks construction, maintenance, and repair work,” among other duties. The appointment passes with a vote of 6 – 1, with council member Ed Riveness the lone ‘no’ vote.
“I just think it’s time to say no to all these appointments,” Riveness shares as the rationale behind disapproving the matter before the Council.
100 years ago THE PRESCOTT JOURNAL April 27, 1922 Pioneer Settler Dies Peter Simon died at his home in Oak Grove, Saturday, April 15th, 1922 at 9:15 p.m., at the age of 71 years and 4 months, due to heart trouble after an illness of only three days. Peter Simon was born at St. Martin’s Wisconsin near Milwaukee on the 3rd day of October, 1850. At the age of 17 years he and his folks moved to the vicinity of Big River where he endured many hardships as a settler. In 1885. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Killian. The latter part of his life was spent on his farm in Oak Grove where he died.
115 Years Ago CANNON FALLS BEACON April 19, 1907 Prize in Journal Junior Contest Three Apple Trees A Blossomy Retreat, Where Peace and Happiness Come with a Hermit Life.
The boys all like to go barefoot fishing and hunting in the spring, but I like to climb our apple tree and read. There I can do as I please for no one bothers me. Sitting up among the dainty pink and white flowers, with a fresh spring breeze blowing upon me, makes me think I am in the land of fairies. Although the birds do not perch in the tree as they do in the stories of fairyland, I can hear them twittering in the neighboring trees. This is one of my spring delights. There are three appletrees in our yard, one in the rear, and one on either side of the house. In the morning I sit in the tree on the west side where it is shady and in the afternoon I sit in the tree on the east side. When the trees are in blossom the whole yard and house are filled with the delicious spring odor.
Gladys Bissell, Sixth Grade. Cannon Falls