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Days Gone by

10 YEARS AGO, FEB. 5, 1998

River Falls native Karyn Bye was set to be part of Olympic history when women's ice hockey becomes an Olympic sport for the first time in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games beginning this week in Japan.

The seeds of her dream to play in the Olympics were sowed when she watched the U.S. men's team take home the gold in 1980.

The new River Falls Public Library was showcasing works by artists Douglas Johnson, Anne Kerfoot and Charles Keenan.

A list-minute pin by Joe Cudd won the match for the Wildcats over a fourth-ranked Minnesota team, and pins won by the team over rival Menomonie set them on the Big Rivers Conference road.

20 YEARS AGO, FEB. 11, 1988

Dr. Alan Stewart was awarded the Barbershopper of the Year by the St. Croix Chordsmen chorus for his 35 years of continuous membership.

The dangers of pornography were being discussed as the City Council grappled with possible legislation in regard to x-rated video rentals and nude dancing.

"For your special Valentine ... Garfield Valentine briefs by Jockey. He'll love them!" advertised Kulstad's clothing at 102 S. Main St.

H&F Furniture offered a free loveseat with purchase of queen sleeper sofas during its President's Day sale.

30 YEARS AGO, FEB. 9, 1978

The FBI commended James O. Cave of Roberts for finding checks stolen from several businesses in the area which led to the arrest and sentencing of the burglar.

Jackie Lange was serving as volunteer coordinator and store manager of the new FISH Thrift Store here.

High school gymnasts Joanne Johnson, Shelly Kahut, Latona Bishop and Denise Harrison were at 15-5 so far this season.

The Spielhaus was the place to learn Old Tyme, Modern, Swing and Polish Hop dance lessons.

40 YEARS AGO, FEB. 9, 1968

Orville Meland was appointed building inspector for the city.

Dick Sievert, 6'5", 240-lb. WSU-RF senior, was drafted by the Cleveland Browns football team on the 16th round draft pick.

Randy Baar and Dwight Nelson won the Middle Border wrestling championship in the 95 and 180 pound divisions.

Grocery specials included Folger's coffee at $1.80/3 lbs., pork roast, 29 cents/lb., lettuce 15 cents/head, and Jell-O, 29 cents/3 pkgs.

50 YEARS AGO, FEB. 6, 1958

The first African Violet Club in River Falls was formed with Mrs. Glen TeHennepe serving as president, Mrs. H.L. Wilmot, vice president; Mrs. Carroll Grubb, secretary; and Mrs. Glen Martin, treasurer.

Delbert and Paul Johnson announced they would be selling Ramblers along with Oldsmobiles at their business.

Nancy Murray of the law firm of Murray & Murray dropped the Journal a note reporting that her work in Sen. Proxmire's office in Washington, D. C., was very interesting.

60 YEARS AGO, FEB. 12, 1948

Mary Andrle, Fire Queen from River Falls, was back at her desk in the River Falls Medical Clinic, after spending from Wednesday through Sunday evening as a guest of the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Tousleys Home Furnishings advertised the latest popular records to arrive: "Because" by Perry Como, "In a Little Bookshop" by Vaughn Monroe, "Your Red Wagon" by the Andrews Sisters, and "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" by the Three Suns now available.

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