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10 YEARS AGO, APRIL 16, 1998

The Wildcat baseball team opened with a bang. Todd Peterson cracked a three-run homer in the first inning and Tony Bylander added a two-run shot in the fourth to lift the team to a 15-3 season opening win over Spring Valley.

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Pitcher Corry Forrest delivered nine strike-outs, allowing just four hits and walking three in the game.

In young actor news, Graham Ballou was appearing in the St. Paul's Park Square production of "The Cryptogram" and Tony Pechacek was playing "Pierre" in The Phipps Theater's production of "Stone Soup."

Grocery specials at Dick's IGA included pork chops at $1.49/lb., classic salad mix for 99 cents/bag, rotisserie style chicken $3.49/each, bath tissue 99 cents/4-roll package, and broccoli 69 cents/lb.

30 YEARS AGO, APRIL 20, 1978

Stan Davison was honored by the FFA for his continuous support of youth in the community.

In education news, junior high counselor Carol Robinson had an article featured in the Elementary School Guidance magazine, while UW-River Falls professor James DeMuth won a second Fulbright award to lecture and do research in Norway next year.

Grocery specials at Isaacson's Super Value included grapefruit 8/99 cents, ring bologna $1.59/lb., frozen tater tots 69 cents/2lb. pkg., and strawberry pie glaze 59 cents/16 oz. size.; Wallin's Red Owl store featured bananas 23 cents/lb., three-legged fryers 49 cents/lb., Folger's coffee 5.49/2-lb. tin, and Danish kolaches 79 cents/6; Erickson's grocery offered beef roast (blade cut) 88 cents/lb., jump oranges 98 cents/10 (with coupon), crisp cabbage 18 cents/lb., and russet potatoes 99 cents/20 lbs.; and Malmer's Red &White store had fry chickens for 45 cents/lb., rye bread 29 cents/lb. loaf, smoked picnics 69 cents/lb., and CJ's own Polish sausage $1.19/lb.

40 YEARS AGO, APRIL 18, 1968

Cashman-Segerstrom Mortuary (formerly Cashman-Davis McLaughlin Mortuary) moved into its newly remodeled building on the corner of Third and Locust streets.

500 youngsters attended the annual egg hung at Glen Park. Sponsored by the Jaycees, project chairman Gary Lenselink announced winners were Jim Zenk, Jeff Deiss, Randy Bostrom, Todd Francis, Gary Karras, Cathy Guise, Debbie Ducklow, Jackie Kahut and Mary Beth Sutton.

Rifle club instructor Orvin Finstad led his squad to a second place spot in state competition. The team included Terry Malmer, Guy Halverson, Steve York, and Randy Ziemer, David Phillips, Brad Finstad and Scott Hartenstein.

50 YEARS AGO, APRIL 24, 1958

Ben Bergsrud was said to have broadened the athletic program of the college here. Since his arrival intercollegiate wrestling had been introduced and the intra-mural program was expanded.

River Falls students named to the college "A" honor roll were Robert Ames, Dean Johnson, Lloyd Johnson, Harriet Kettelkamp, James Laue, Robert Miller and Annie Robbins.

The proposed Spring Valley dam is out -- for the time being anyhow. The $1,704,000 Rivers and Harbors bill which included the Spring Valley dam was vetoed last week by President Eisenhower.

70 YEARS AGO, APRIL 21, 1938

Grocery specials included a 1-lbs. can of Hershey's cocoa for 12 cents, beef pot roast at 19 cents/lb., and Colby cheese, 18 cents/lb.

Grade school children were presenting an operetta next week. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders at the training school were taking part, including Lois Ward, Howard Hanna, Vidella Smith, James Foster, Kelma Fuller, Harry Borner, Norris Crist, Analee Benson, Gail Crist, David Benson, Doris Jackman, Amy Anderson, Bill Wells, and James McJilton.

80 YEARS AGO, APRIL 19, 1928

Jensen Auto Co. was offering a Special Six 4-door Nash sedan for $1,295.

Lois Hunt received all "As" at the Teachers College, with Ruth Foley, Ruth Fuller, Alfred Goble, Myrtle Hart, Burton Karges, Lucille Malott, Marshall Norseng, Henrietta Simpson and Mildred Thomson on the "B" honor roll.

Submitted photos are always welcome for this column. Black and white or color photographs will be scanned and returned in original condition with photo credit given.

Call Pat Hunter at 425-1561, for more information or e-mail your photos to phunter@rivertowns.net.

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