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In grocery store news, (see Gert and Iner Isaacson below) Tim Engel (now of Dick's Fresh Market fame), then a 12-year-old, displays a big trout he caught while fishing on the Rush River in August 1969. "The whopper measured 24 inches and tipped the scales at 4 pounds, 2 ounces. He said he caught it using cut up chubs as bait. Tim is the son of the William Engels." 1969 Journal file photo

Days Gone By

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River Falls Journal
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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

10 YEARS AGO, JUNE 10, 1999

Many in the community were mourning the passing of Dr. Rollie Hammer, who began practicing medicine in River Falls in 1959. Besides being a skillful and caring physician, he was known as a community leader, industrious worker for many social programs, and a great friend to all.

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Local gas prices were sending drivers to Minnesota to fill up their tanks. Wisconsin's gas tax of 28.8-cents per gallon versus Minnesota's 20 cents was making a difference on whether folks were willing to pay up to $1.14 per gallon of gas in River Falls or 10 cents less per gallon in Bayport, Minn.

Wildcat senior Adam McKahan battled from third place with less than 100 meters left to win the state championship with a time of 48.76 in the boys 400 meter dash. The finish was one of the closest in state history.

20 YEARS AGO, JUNE 8, 1989

River Falls High School track star Beth Mayer became the first female athlete representing the school to win a state championship. She won the Class A high jump with a leap of 5'7", a new personal high and also a new school record.

Highlighting Roberts "Good Neighbor Days" were the new royalty -- Miss Roberts Amy Schultz, Junior Miss Roberts Tara Denucci, First Princess Heather Barnes, Second Princess Pam Sullwood, and Miss Congeniality Kim Weiss.

Grocery specials included Johnsonville brats $1.68/lb., cantaloupe 49 cents/each, rib eye steak $4.99/lb., and 12-packs of Coke $2.79/each.

30 YEARS AGO, JUNE 14, 1979

Iner and Gert Isaacson were featured in this week's Journal as two of the busiest store operators on Main Street with their SuperValue store.

"Iner has logged over 50 years as an employee and businessman on River Falls Main Street. He was born in the house on Lake Street the Isaacson's still live in, a house that reflects his father's profession, a cabinetmaker, the same that Mrs. Isaacson's father followed. Even during high school, Iner worked part-time in retail downtown, working at the Jensen Variety store, located a half block off Main Street on Elm Street."

During World War II he earned a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and a Presidential Citation for his unit's actions in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Isaacson returned and began with a Fairway grocery store, located in the building now housing Bo's 'N Mine.

In 1956, the Isaacsons purchased the Red Owl store, located at the corner of Main and Elm. In 1966 they switched franchises to SuperValu, and now operate the business along with son John.

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Pat Hunter
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