15 years ago
The Rainy River Community College Men’s and Women’s basketball teams each split a pair of games at the Vermillion tournament this past weekend. The women defeated host Vermillion in an 82-83 thriller with Rita Harrington hitting the winning shot, a three pointer with three seconds left. Michelle Cheney had 25 points with 27 rebounds while Jamie Exner had 22 points. “We had 65 rebounds total in the game, which was the real key to our victory,” said longtime Voyageur coach Dieter Humbert. Meanwhile the men opened with a 92-85 win over Vermillion with Phillip Homere’s 23 points followed by 22 from Steve Williams leading the way. “We played pretty well,” said coach Don Rolando.
25 years ago
The Salvation Army has raised more than two-thirds of the money it needs to buy and refurbish its new headquarters in International Falls. According to Captain Carolyn Moore, the Army has collected $187,573 and has pledges for another $15,515 from the community. Its goal is to raise $272,476. It has enough money to move ahead with the purchase of the former Cudmore Funeral Home along Highway 53, she said. If all goes according to plan, the Army soon will put out bids for renovating the building’s interior with an eye toward moving into its new headquarters by January.
40 years ago
George F. Brown, 72, International Falls, died following a brief illness. He was born July 1, 1909, at Loman. He resided his entire life in the area with the exception of a few years that he farmed near Blackduck. He was a retired employee at MD&W Railroad. He began work with the M and O Company in 1929 on the railroad that served the logging camps in the Craigville and Dentaybow areas until those tracks were torn up. He then farmed for a time before returning to the MD&W where he worked until his retirement in August of 1974. In addition to his wife, Grace Adee, he survived by one daughter, Rose, one son, Ivan, and three stepsons, Francis, Leo, and Lee.
50 years ago
Mike Thiele and Judy Dahlvang play the lead roles the Falls High School Drama Department production of “Bus Stop,” which has two performances remaining. Thiele’s character is a wealthy ranch owner; Dahlvang plays a nightclub entertainer. Alan Chute is in the role of a professor and Karen Eskola is a waitress. The scene of the play is a café where bus passengers are stranded due to bad weather. Darrell Schmidt is the director.
60 years ago
Forty-six members of the North Star Publishing company family were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Davey at a 6:30 o’clock dinner in the North Wind dining room. Corsages of mums were given to each woman present. A centerpiece of fall flowers graced the head table and was later presented to Michael Museta, staff member who is a patient at LaVerendrye hospital. Brief remarks by Mr. Davey preceded the informal singing interlude.
70 years ago
Members of the Falls Library Board entertained the library staff and husbands and wives at a potluck dinner Monday evening in the main library room. The event was in honor of Miss Alice Thompson, who has worked in the library for 30 years, and Mrs. M.E. Withrow, one of the original board members. The public library is observing its 40th anniversary. L.P. Blomholm described the completion of plans for the building of the new library and how it was the only time on record that a community was allowed two buildings in one project under the PWA.
80 years ago
Helen Museta, the 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Museta and a student at St. Thomas School, “broke into print” yesterday when a question she wrote in the Noah Numbskull feature appeared in The Daily Journal and hundreds of other newspapers across the United States. Helen wrote: “Dear Noah, Is it mower fun to mow a big lawn than a little one?”
Compiled by Catherine Crawford and Marge Veeder from past editions of the previous newspaper, The International Falls Journal. Courtesy of the International Falls Public Library.