40 Years Ago THE HASTINGS STAR-GAZETTE December 17, 1981 Some headlines at the Hastings City Hall Pioneer Room School Cuts: Board to cut 10 positions next year NRRC recommends ban on snowmobiles at Roadside Park Proposed rules for Lake Rebecca area sent to council Modern Cottage Grove begins to rise Almost 61 Years Ago THE REPORTER Serving St. Paul Park, Newport, Thompson Grove, Woodbury Heights.
January 20, 1961 Split Concerns Planning Group ST. PAUL PARK—Holding the South Washington Planning commission together was an item of concern to commission members at their meeting in St. Paul Park high school Tuesday night.
Late in the meeting they turned their attention to the hesitancy to continue support of the commission expressed by some town board members in Cottage Grove and Woodbury.
William J. Fastner, mayor of St. Paul Park, said he wished to discuss the future of the commission—whether there would be five or only three South Washington communities taking part in commission activities.
Basil Loveland, mayor of Newport, said that at a recent Newport council meeting there was also some question that the village could continue to finance representation on the commission.
One commission member said the Woodbury and Cottage Grove town boards “want some definitive statement from the commission before they vote in or out of commission activities.”
The implied question is whether or not the communities are getting their money’s worth from the commission. It was said that some residents and members of governing bodies would like to see the commission work toward solutions of local problems before giving further support to the commission.
One commission member said that federal aid, which has partially supported the commission for the past two year, is “not conducive to problem solving, and this is an area that needs problems solved.” It was pointed out that the federal aid helped the commission to assemble “tools” and lay the groundwork for solution of problems on the local level.
The commission’s financial support from the five communities in the area is divided this way in the commission’s recently compiled budget: St. Paul Park, $1,110, or 18 percent of the total; Cottage Grove, $3,238 (52 percent); Newport, $840 (13 percent); Grey Cloud $150 (two percent); and Woodbury, $820 (15 percent).
An outline of the commission’s 1961 program was expected to be presented at Tuesday’s meeting but was postponed pending action by the Woodbury and Cottage Grove town boards.
VFW Post To Burn Mortgage PARK-PORT AREA— Spilker-Speiss VFW Post 4450 will burn its mortgage this Saturday, after 16 long years. The clubhouse is all paid for. To celebrate the event, the VFW will sponsor a mortgage burning party Saturday, Jan. 21.
Post Commander Wally Schmidt will do the flaming honors at the gala event and invites all members, past and present to partake of the free food, music, and refreshments.
According to Jim Bova and John Coleman, co-chairing the affair, al previous members and those wishing to join the VFW for the first time or to transfer from another post, are welcome with their families.
The Spilker-Speiss post was chartered in 1945. Last year, it won top honors as the fastest growing post in Minnesota, complete with trophy. According to Coleman, the post is out to win the championship award again in 1961.
Members interested in attending the mortgage burning celebration are asked to contact either Bova or Coleman or Commander Schmidt for details.
Farming and small town items 120 Years Ago Washington County Journal November 29, 1901 GUARDING THE CHICKS Run and Coop Covered with Wire Netting to Protect Helpless Birds from Hawks.
Where hawks abound young chicks must be closely guarded. If shut up closely in pens, growth will be greatly retarded. A good plan under such circumstances is shown in the accompanying cut. Plow two furrows parallel to each other and just far enough apart so that the distance from the outside of each shall be just six feet. Make the furrows 150 feet long. Stretch a roll of six-feet wire netting along the furrows, fastening the edges down with loose stones. This gives a long run on both grass ground and plowed land for the chicks and the hawks cannot harm them. The coop can be set at one end, the other end being stopped with sod. The plan is shown in the cut.—Orange Judd Farmer.
NOTES FOR BEEKEEPERS Windbreaks in winter are beneficial.
Be sure that each colony has a good fertile queen.
Arrange so that no stock shall run in the apiary.
It will not do to confine bees on combs of pollen.
Bees must be kept very quiet if they are to winter well.
Do not leave on the hive any upper stories or boxes of any kind.
You can feed sirup only on warm days before cold weather sets in.
Division boards should be used in all weak colonies, thus contracting the space.
Chaff cushion divisions are preferable to boards along, as they are warmer.
Bees may readily be wintered in a cellar if an even temperature can be kept up.
The cheapest and best way to protect the bees in winter is by using good chaff hives.
A good way to keep the extra combs is to hand them in a rack in a dry room.— Toronto (Ont.) Mail.
BRIEF AND BREEZY No one would suspect Ohio boys or men of being shy, but, nevertheless, a country editor in that state has found it advisable to announce that he knows several young ladies who are looking for husbands and that he will arrange matters for bashful swains for a small fee.
Upriver at the Stillwater Prison 134 Years Ago THE PRISON MIRROR Published by the inmates of the Minnesota State Prison at Stillwater Minnesota Vol. 1, No. 5 September 7, 1887 Motto: “It is never too late to mend.”
BEHIND THE BARS (Completed this week) In consequence of this (kind and humane treatment of prisoners), the usher informed us the dark cells have but very few occupants.
At every turn one is struck with the neatness and cleanliness that exists. Many of the cell interiors are quite elaborately fitted up with furniture, painting, decorating, bric-a-brac, etc., showing that the poor unfortunates, although temporarily beyond the pale of society, yet they are not forgotten by some loving heart, who furnish them with the means and material to make their darkened lives as bright as possible.
There are at present about 400 convicts within the walls, of which only seven are women. The library, which through the means of liberal contributions, now consists of about 1,000 volumes of standard works, is a feature of the institution of which it may well feel proud, and no person who visits the penitentiary should fail to leave their mite towards its support and maintenance.
Visitors are extended the most courteous treatment by all attaches, from the warden to the guards, who take great pride in explaining and showing the different departments and affairs, and it is an event in anybody’s life to pay a visit to the Minnesota State Penitentiary at Stillwater , which is probably the finest in all respects, of any similar institution in the United States.—The Lake Breeze, White Bear, Aug. 27 We are not in sympathy with the class of thinkers who are ever ready to see the “evil that men do.” There is some good in every living being, something divine, and the work of every true reformer is to find that spark, however small, and aid in stirring it into a glowing flame.—Ex.
“The Solution is Here”— Again* *(Note: The editorial referenced was in defense of the motto “God helps those who help themselves.”) Editor Mirror: It is not my intention to prolong the discussion, pro or con, of the merits or demerits of the editorial by your predecessor*, which my fellow convict “F.P.I.” criticizes with such bitter sarcasm in your issue of the 31 ult. The editor in question is not among us now to refute it, he has gone “over the prison wall” to join the great majority out of jail. He was self confident of accomplishing his own reformation unaided by any charitable influence; strong in his own conceit and “cheek,” and his peculiar ability to make susceptible people think the moon made of condensed milk. Let us wish him success, whether he enters free journalism again for a living, or another penitentiary. But, when “F. P. I.” In his phi-pick, directs his severe strictures and bitter invective against the humane and benevolent association known as the “Associated Charities and Corrections,” he displays either a lamentable ignorance of the birth, growth and character of this noble institution, or a willful perversion of true knowledge, and I for myself and fellows protest. It is, in fact, the grandest collection and organization of philanthropists and humanitarians that this our boasted enlightened nineteenth century, has produced, in this or in any other country… Next County Over THE ANOKA STAR Motto: Virtue, Intelligence, Order, Industry, Friendship, Unity, Happiness December 12, 1863 Items. Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.
December 5, 1863 The Peter Poplar Papers Number 1 A few words of preface. Uncle Timothy was once a member of the New Hampshire Legislature in its old fogy days, when the people in that state were opposed to Railroads. He sold out his farm for $20 per acre when a company got a charter to put a road through it—positive it was the best move he ever made. Item.—The same land has sold since for $100 per acre. Uncle Tim and I have frequent discussions upon many topics, and thinking some of them may be worth recording, I purpose reporting a few for your paper.
Fraternally yours, PETER POPLAR. —— I had just returned from town, and informed Uncle Tim that the cars would reach Coon Creek by Saturday. The old gent was cleaning out his pipe at the time; and having lit it, blew out a cirrus cloud of smoke, leaned back in his arm chair and placed his feet on a stool in front of him. It is a way he has when about to enter into a debate, and I knew something was coming.
“Now my boy,” said Uncle Tim, “you seem to feel very much interested in this road reaching Anoka— what good do you suppose it will ever do the place?”
“Make business brisk, to be sure,” said I.
“Yes, just so long as that is the end of it, but so soon as it gets past the town, then the place is gone up.”
Then he took several furious puffs so as to hold fire while he resumed. “It is only the towns at the end of the Railroad that’ll derive any permanent benefit—Anoka will be nothing but a way station, and will all joggle out in a month after the cars reach Itasca. Take my word for that, because I know all about these things.” This latter remark he always uses for a clincher, and I was determined to dispute him, right or wrong…(to be continued) SCANDALOUS The eastern part of Anoka County is swarming with deer hunters, and they prove very dear hunters to the settlers. They set fires,* as is supposed, to drive the deer from the tamarack swamps and thick bushes, and away rush the fires, licking up every combustible in their course, sweeping over the hay meadows, and in a few minutes destroying the labor of months in putting up hay, and the poor man’s entire supply for the coming winter. Where can be found greater rascality and meanness than such reckless acts as these?
James Cooper, Esq., Messrs. Strong & Newbert, of Bethel, have lost heavily by these villians. Mr. Cooper lost about thirty tons of superior hay—his entire dependence to winter a large stock of horses and cattle. It is hoped that the guilty parties may be found out, and the full penalty of the law meted out to them.
JUSTICE *Although many of the peat bogs in Minnesota are farther north, they do extend south to the northeast Twin Cities area. With soil that is high in organic matter, peat fires can burn and smolder underground, being difficult to put out.
Territorial Dispatch 170 Years Ago DAKOTA TAWAXITKU KIN or THE DAKOTA FRIEND February 1852 Dakota language notes: Conjugation of the Intransitive* Verb Ya.
Indicative Mood Present Tense.
Singular.—Ya, he or she goes. Mda. I go. Da, thou goest.
Plural.—Yapi, they go. Unyanpi, we go. Dapi, ye go *Intransitive verbs are those which do not transfer action from subject to direct object. “Is” is a classic example.
Possessive Voice Singular.—Hda, he goes home. Wahda, I go home. Yahda, thou goest home.
Plural.—Hdapi, they go home. Unhdapi, we go home, Yahdapi, ye go home.
The future tense is formed by kta or kte after the verb and changing the final a of the singular to e.
The common form of this and other verbs beginning in y seems destitute of pronouns, but the verb strictly speaking, perhaps like the eo, the latin verb of similar signification (“to go”), consists of a or e. The y may be the pronoun of the third person like the French it. It may be the pronoun of the second person, like the French tu or English thou (i.e. second person singular), the vowel being dropped as is usual when two vowels come together and md in like manner may be for ma, (which is equivalent to the English me) as this is generally used instead of wa before intransitive verbs.