30 Years Ago HASTINGS STAR-GAZETTE October 3, 1991 The Staff! Team Excellence: The Hastings Star-Gazette requires the combined effort of these 25 gifted people, dedicating over 736 hours a week: Pat Bauer, Distribution; Audrey Bennetsen, Advertising; Val Busked, Customer Service; Sharon Carrol, Distribution; Julie Crane, Composition; Terry Crisp, Distribution; Andrea Fasbender, Classified Ad Director; Stan Huber, Distribution; Donna Janssen, Distribution; Betty Kieffer, News & Darkroom; Mike Koehler, Staff Writer; Marianne Koivuluoma, Composition; Jan Langenfeld, Tradewinds Coordinator; Jane Lightbourn, Staff Writer; Marge Lincowski, Distribution; Jane Messick, Composition; Steve Messick, Publisher; Maureen Northrup, Customer Service; Jeanne Pauletti, News & Columnist; Chad Richardson, Staff Writer; Doug Schultz, Editor; Sandy Sommers, Business Manager; Joni Theodorson, Customer Service; Peggy Tupper, Advertising; Ross Ulrich, Advertising Director Plans under way to improve signs near Ramsey Mill ruins SUMMARY: The ruins of the Ramsey Mill along the Vermillion River continue to crumble as “artists” paint graffiti there, but the city does have plans to improve signage (Story with photo by Jane Lightbourn at City Hall Pioneer Room) 45 Years Ago THE HASTINGS GAZETTE October 28, 1976 Halloween Dance at Cott. Grove Sat.,9 - 1 The Trail Riders Saddle Club are sponsoring a Halloween Dance on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Cottage Grove Community Hall, East (Old) Cottage Grove. Dancing with Dale Allen and his Band will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Advance tickets may be ordered by calling 739-**** See ad elsewhere in the Gazette for discount on tickets purchased at the door. Swine Flu Clinic in Hastings Nov. 4, 9; Hampton Nov. 11 Swine Flu Clinics will beheld in Hastings on Thursday, Nov. 4th from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. in the Hastings National Guard Armory, Highway 316, and again on Tuesday, Nov. 9th 12 Noon to 8 p.m. at the Dakota County Government Center, Highway 55. For further information, call Climic Chairman Lorelee Stegman, 437-****. Hastings news as the Civil War transitioned THE HASTINGS CONSERVER October 24, 1865 TEACHER’S ASSOCIATION.—We are glad to learnthat the teachers of Hastings and Prescott have determined to hold monthly teacher’s association’s, the first to come off in this city on Saturday, Nov. 4th, 1865. This is a move in the right direction, and every teacher in Dakota County should endeavor to be present. The program will be announced in our next issue.October 17, 1865 TO THE PUBLIC Any person knowing of the whereabouts of Mr. Alwis Fritz, lately of the First Minn. Regiment, and last heard from at Toledo, O., will confer a favor by addressing a line to the undersigned, his wife, who is left with three small children to support and care for. Any information concerning him for his address will be thankfully received. Walburga Fritz, Hastings Minn. 25—1m* *Eastern and German papers please copy. (According to genealogy trails.com, Alvis Fritz enlisted May 22, 1861 and was 39 years old, a member of Company H in the First Minnesota Regiment. No death date or other information is available). Territorial Dispatch 164 Years Ago EMIGRANT AID AND JOURNAL City of Nininger, Dakota County, Minnesota Territory October 10, 1857 Winnebago Reservation Some one has been hoaxing the eastern papers into the belief that the U.S. government has recently sold the Winnebago Reservation in this Territory. The story doubtless originated at the sale by private hands of the ‘Long Prairie,’ and ‘WaterPrairie’ farms, formerly occupied by the Winnebago missionaries, teachers, and traders, and which were sold at auction over two years since for about $12,000, and have subsequently, doubtless, been sold to eastern speculators for about $40,000, who will probably make a good ‘spec’ out of it. The farms alluded to are about 60 miles north west from St. Cloud. While the Reservation to which the Winnebagos were removed in ’55 lies in Townships 106, 107, North, Ranges 24, 25, 26, and 57 west, in Blue Earth and Waseca counties, and contains some 200,000 acres of as valuable land as exists in southern Minnesota. If brought to the hammer, it would bring $2.50 to $3.00 per acre. The Government has not given any such speculation to any one, as has been reported in the eastern papers. On this Reservation there are about 3,000 Winnebagos, engaged in peaceable pursuits, some of them learning the art of civilization thought their missionaries and teachers, and we are assured that in case any difficult arises with the Sioux on the borders they will assist the whites in defending their homes. Indeed one of their braves aided in capturing the famous ‘Black Hawk,’ and it is gratifying to know that their intentions are at least peaceable.—Winona Republican Western Cities Like Jonah’s gourd, cities spring up in the West in a single night. On some of the far Western rivers the passengers a boat going to observe a couple of men cutting down trees, and when the boat returns they find a city and a post office and a busy population there. We have among our exchange papers one called the Pacific City Enterprise, published in Pacific City, Mills county, Iowa. It is a great sheet and has reached its eighth number. In it we find the following item of domestic news:- STILL PROGRESSING— Over seventy buildings are now completed in our city, yet the click of the hammer rings out as incessantly and as cheerily as when the first house was built here six weeks ago. Pacific just now is a bad place for persons with nervous headache to live in, as the constant din andclamor of mechanical operations are really deafening. We know fo contracts existing for the completion of nearly thirty more buildings before October. The cry is onward, upward, and “still they come.” According to this the editor must have published the first number of his paper before the first house was built six weeks ago.’ He sends us the eighth number dated August 6th. Will he please tell us where and how he ‘camped his printing office’ before the first house was built. We have no doubt he did publish his nice little paper before the ‘city was begun,’ but we have a curiosity to know how.—[Pittsburgh Post. How? Why the ‘proprietors of the place took out the press and types, and issued the first number right in the woods. We have the pleasure of knowing the proprietors of a ‘city’ in Dakota County, Minnesota— Nininger—in which twelve months ago there was not a house. Now they have a large, well-printed newspaper—The Emigrant Aid Journal—edited by A. W. MacDonald, Esq. formerly of the Scientific American. There are over one hundred and fifty houses in the town, factories, saw-mills, stores and other go-ahead enterprises, all gathered within the year and all in a state of real, genuine prosperity. So much for one city in the West.—Phil Bulletin. That’s so, Mr. Bulletin. We are all that and more, too, with expectations of still greater progress when we get into our walking years. We have seen more than the half you have stated grow up before us the past summer. Even now, with all the drawbacks of Eastern panics and Eastern jealousies, we are doing more than at any previous period. It will improve the education and renovate the bodies of your doubting fogies to come out and witness what is going on here not build up the destiny of the mighty West. (Nininger was then rising next to what is today Spring Lake Regional Park north of Hastings. Pacific City also appears to be a ghost town, done in through historical circumstances).