EIGHTY YEARS AGO: There are 99 graduates at Decorah High School in the class of 1939. There are 54 girls and 45 boys.

…Children should be playing as much as possible outside these warm days to get their Vitamin D – that is a message from the state department of health this week. Dr. Hayek issued a warming, however, that the children should not be playing in the streets. “Let them have the sunlight, but not in public roadways,” he said in a talk to the local health professionals.

…The motor from the airplane purchased a few weeks ago by Les Cox was reportedly stolen last Tuesday. It is believed to have been taken from right off the plane itself. No trace of the thief has been found to date.

…Jack Still from over near Spillville, broke what is thought to be a record for early corn planting when he planted six acres of Iowa’s famous crop on April 26.

…Robert and Roberta Underbakke, the twin son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Underbakke from west of Burr Oak, must be good children indeed, because both of them have been presented with medals for seven years of perfect attendance at their Sunday school.

…Little Nancy Mae Brynsaas from the Canoe Ridge area is a very sick girl. She and her mother Mae are staying with her folks, Mr. and Mrs. Jens Rasmussen, presently.

…A two-hour limit on parking has been established by the City Council. Farmers have complained for some time of lack of parking here in Decorah. Strict enforcement is starting next week.


EVENTY YEARS AGO: Little Darlene Larson, age 5, was injured when she was struck by an auto the other afternoon in Glenwood Township. She is recovering from a severe cut on the forehead and a bruised nose.

…The Decorah Vikings came through a dust storm to beat the Calmar nine by a score of 4 to 3 at the county fairgrounds the other day. Roy Fulsaas, pitching for the Vikings, allowed six hits and Randy Russett, hurling for Calmar, also allowed six hits.  Longest hit on the wind-blown diamond was by Elwood Everson, who rapped out a double. Coach Al Hancer said he hoped more interest is shown in the games by both students and townsfolk in the coming weeks.

…Leonard Barth of Decorah won the Northeast Iowa Fox and Coon Club cash prize of $8 for the longest trout caught in the county up until noon last Saturday. His trout was measured at the Coast to Coast Store, and it was a German Brown of about 17 inches in length. He reportedly caught it over at Bear Creek.

…Carl Aschim and Bob McQueen motored to Minneapolis a few weeks ago with friends to attend the Ice Follies.

…Officials from Burr Oak are interested in the cause of sobriety. A guest speaker gave some insight into the issue, stressing the value of getting school children interested in temperance by sponsoring poster and essay contests.

…A petition is being circulated to prevent the construction of a proposed lime dust fertilizer plant on the south side of Decorah near the Milwaukee Railroad roundtable. More than 50 property owners adjacent to the property in question have signed the petition and voiced their objections.


IXTY YEARS AGO: East High of Waterloo will be the Decorah High School’s initial foe in the sub-state baseball tournament here next week. The schools will meet on the diamond at Elgin. Decorah advanced to sub-state with a 7-5 win over Dubuque earlier in the week.

…Edwin Arness of Decorah is recovering in the Rochester Hospital after he fell from scaffolding the other day. He was helping put on a barn roof.

…The Iowa State Highway Patrol is seeking applicants for 25 new job openings. Officials said 25 men will be chosen to attend a new patrolman school. The applicants must be men -- between 22 and 32 years of age, in good physical and mental health, have 20-20 vision without glasses, and be at least 5’9” tall, but not more than 6’2” tall. 

… The theme “With a Song in My Heart” was selected for the Junior-Senior banquet and prom at Waucoma High School. Pink streamers with silver hearts and musical notes were hung from the center basketball hoop in the gymnasium, to the sides of the gym. A silver banner with the chosen theme on it was strung along the stage. A picket fence with roses also was placed at the front of the gym. Toastmaster at the event was Mark Bodensteiner, and Shirley Croatt gave the senior response.

…The theme “An Evening in Paris” was picked for the junior-senior prom at Calmar High School. Toastmaster was Gary Frana, president of the junior class. Robert Martin sang a solo titled “Gigi” and an enjoyable “can-can” dance was presented by Betsy Meyer, Sandra Klimesh and Grace Kiel. More than 100 guests were in attendance.

…A nice crowd attended the 60th wedding anniversary open house for Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Grindeland at Big Canoe on May 3. The lunch was served by their four daughters and some of the granddaughters. Pastor Hexom led the prayer.


IFTY YEARS AGO: Preus Library, the newest building on the Luther College campus, was officially dedicated here in early May, making it one of the most functional and beautiful library buildings in use in the Midwest. The $2.2 million structure was named after the most distinguished family in Luther’s 108-ear history. Mrs. O.J.H. Preus, wife of the fourth president of Luther College, cut the ribbon to officially open the library.

…Vern Billiet, Al Wicks, Joe Keefe, Jim Weis, Dr. Jim Blodgett, Pat Maloney, Richard “Tip” Weis, Frank Holland, Roy Macal, Bob Rima and Gustav Zweibohmer are the new men on the St. Benedict’s Parish and School boards.

…New teachers at Decorah Schools for the coming year include Miss Nancy Sandberg, Mrs. Diane Bradley, Gary Williamson, Galen Bakken, Mrs. Lyle Sacquitne, Mrs. Joyce Huffman, Miss Linda Umland, 

…The Black Student Union is the name for that new social organization on the Luther College campus for black students. A house for black study has been established on campus. The Black Culture Center occupies what once was the Luther House located at 505 High street. Education is the main function for the house. The facilities include a library, study area and discussion room. Several Luther College students have penned articles in the newspaper recently about the concept of the “Black Power” movement and some of the misconceptions surrounding it.

…Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Hale and Maxine Decker of Hale’s Ready-to-Wear recently attended a market in Minneapolis.

…Don Peterson is the new owner of the North Terrace Mobile Home Park on Old Stage Road, Route 6, Decorah.

…The County Supervisors met recently and approved a motion to set the salary of Alice Oxley for extra help in the recorder’s office at $300 per month.

…Rolf Wulfsberg, a senior honor student at Luther College, has been named Outstanding Graduating Senior. He is a mathematics and economics major.


ORTY YEARS AGO: A fire on Easter Sunday destroyed three trailer homes and a car in Ossian. No injuries were reported.

…The Rev. Gerhard Brasse was recently installed as the new pastor at Hauge – St. John’s Lutheran Churches.

…Clyde Kramer was recently appointed as the new superintendent at Northeast Iowa Tech in Calmar.

…Three former Vikings sparked the Norse baseball team to a split with William Penn in a game last weekend: Craig Anderson, Phil Finanger and Scott Broghamer.


HIRTY YEARS AGO: A new type of degree may be offered next year at Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI) in Calmar. An associate of general studies degree is being discussed.

…The Decorah Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended the City Council approve a request from the county to rezone property along the Freeport Road from A-1 agricultural to M-3 general industrial. The county is considering construction of a 50x12 foot shop building on land along the Freeport Industrial Park.

…Turkey Valley School Board members have learned of an insurance rate increase of 39 percent. Monthly rates will go from $83 to $110 for single coverage and from $201 to $280 for family rates through the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Plan.

…Doli Lynch, a Decorah mother of nine, is featured this week in Roz Weis’s weekly cooking column. She shared her recipes for some popular treats as her popular orange fluff (a “must” in the Lynch household), her no-bake cereal bars, Mother’s White Rolled Cookies, rhubarb muffins, homemade rolls, Jello popcorn balls and rhubarb pink cloud dessert.

…Following the trail of the stork from 1989: A boy was born May 3 to Drew and Cheryl Pellett; a boy was born May 4 to Greg and Laura Vanney; A boy was born on May 5 to Alan and Connie Hauber; and a girl was born May 9 to Art and Beth Perry.


WENTY YEARS AGO: Luther College recently played host to opera legend Beverly Sills.

…Ozzie’s Outdoors is a new store in Decorah catering to area hunters and anglers. It will open soon on the south side of Highway 9, just west of the Decorah Airport in the Downing’s Commercial Subdivision.

…Lorraine Borowski, a 10-year staff veteran of the Decorah Public Library will serve as the library’s acting director for the next year.

…Twins Ryan and Randy Fulsaas, sons of Ron and Marilyn Fulsaas, have signed national letters of intent to wrestle at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. They are graduating from Decorah High School this month.

…Following the trail of the stork in 1999: A boy was born May 3 to Kristin and Michael Loney; a girl was born May 3 to Carol and Brian Lutkenhaus, and a girl was born May 8 to Michelle and Marvin Martinek.


EN YEARS AGO: The Decorah Historic Preservation Commission’s first annual Historic Preservation Recognition Award was presented recently to Kevin and Leslie and Dan and Carole and for the restoration and renovation of the Dr. Christian and Antonia Hoeg home on Center Avenue in Decorah.

…The Decorah Class of 1999 is holding a 10-year-reunion this summer. Among the committee members are Thomas Houdek and Julie Huinker.

…David Faldet will hold a book signing at the Luther College book shop this weekend. His “Oneota Flow – the Upper Iowa River and It’s People” was published this past February.