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Days Gone By

Editor's Note: How long ago was it that Snyder's closed? When did Earthworks begin business? Picturing a smoke-filled City Council chamber? Read on and remember when.

10 YEARS AGO, MARCH 19, 1998

In an unexpected announcement Wayne Nelson decided to sell his Snyder Drug store to ShopKo and close his store at the corner of Main and Walnut.

The River Falls Community Theatre was to present "Godspell" with cast members including Jesse Aarlyn-Crook, Shirley Lloyd, Brad Perrin, Richard Kuss, Beth Ray, Tory Vezina, Shannon Marr, Erin Kenney, Erik Johnson and Blane Huppert set to wow the public. Director is Phil Klacan and performances will be staged at Ezekiel Lutheran Church.

Miss River Falls Shalo Mrozek was joined by princesses Erin Johnston and Katie Murphy for the St. Patrick's Day parade on Main Street.

20 YEARS AGO, MARCH 24, 1988

A $50 million recreational complex, "Trumpeter Valley," proposed by a Twin Cities development group for the town of Oak Grove was to contain a golf course, hiking trails, recreational retreat and ranch and eventually encompass 2,600 acres.

Sarah Braasch won the citywide spelling bee and was heading to regional competition.

The AIDs threat may seem far removed from River Falls, but local health care workers weren't taking the problem lightly. Doctors, technicians, nurses and dentists were donning masks, goggles and gowns and using great care in handling sharp objects.

30 YEARS AGO, MARCH 23, 1978

In response to the latest energy crisis Physics Professor Dr. John Shepherd was presenting a workshop on how to cut heat loss 40% from homes. Participants will perform an analysis of their own homes with methods suggested to help reduce their heat loss.

Heidi Mueller, senior guard for the Wildcats' basketball team was named to all-conference.

Landscape architect Dennis Caliva and brother Sam Caliva, a Department of the Interior forester, were forming Earthworks, a landscape firm and nursery on Quarry Road.

Retiring assistant high school wrestling coach DeWayne "Benny" Benedict reddened a number of eyes in the crowd of over 200 when he announced his coaching resignation.

40 YEARS AGO, MARCH 21, 1968

Bergstrom Tire Center sponsored a life hog give-away. Anyone guessing the hog's weight won it.

The Monday night council meeting lasted a little under 90 minutes during which three cigars and one pipe full of tobacco was consumed while routine matters were acted on and several not so routine items were deferred. The not-so-route included discussion of re-organizing the municipal court set-up and discussion of an intercity bus.

Mary Ellen Stevens, daughter of Robert and Millie Stevens, 420 E. Cascade Ave., was selected by her classmates as the school's "Good Citizen" of the year for her community involvement, high scholastic work, church activities, yet still finding time to help out with her parents' business.

60 YEARS AGO, MARCH 25, 1948

Patsy Stafford, age 13, of Clayfield School near Ellsworth, was named winner in the statewide farm safety contest.

The Falcon basketball team took conference championship this year for the second straight year. Nate DeLong was the nation's leading scorer with 28.09 points, "Boots" Deiss rated second best in free throw and Harry Gibbs, at guard, was selected to the all-state team.

Grocery specials included picnic shoulders for 47 cents/lb., brown sugar 3 lbs./33 cents, lettuce 10 cents per head, and grapefruits 10/29 cents.

Munson's Department Store offered spring hats for $3.95 with new styles just in, flower bedecked, in straw, black, navy and colors.

80 YEARS AGO, MARCH 22, 1928

Behlmer Carisch of this city was elected captain off the 1929 Carleton College's basketball team.

Mrs. W.E. Tubbs was among the winners in a national essay contest.

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