Remember 02/23/2022 – Clear Lake Mirror Reporter

(Top) Gymnastics Team 1972 – In 1972, this group of junior high and a ninth-grader came home from a gymnastics tournament in Waterloo with good results. Back row (LR): Jane Joslyn, third in floor exercise; Linda Radach, first in floor exercise; Sandy Hanes, fourth in uneven bars and second in floor exercise; Carol Garlock, third on balance beam; Jane Barracks, fifth in falls and sixth in vaulting. Front row (LR): Sue Faber, third in tumbling and fifth in vaulting; Jackie Maley, sixth in crash; Barb Wilder, honorable mention. James Hutchison is her instructor.

by Michelle Watson

25 years ago

February 1997

The City of Clear Lake hopes to have a paramedic-level emergency medical service stationed in Clear Lake by the summer. The addition of such a service will provide residents with an excellent level of service in a cost-effective manner for the city. According to City Administrator Tom Lincoln, an analysis by the Clear Lake Fire Department showed that the number of calls the fire department is responding to is steadily increasing. The vast majority of these calls are related to “emergency services” and can be attributed to the city’s aging population. A significant proportion of calls concern a cardiac or cardiovascular event.

The field of candidates hoping to become the new Superintendent for the Clear Lake Schools is being further narrowed down and the announcement of a successor to Dr. Steve Voelz could happen as early as April 1st.

The Clear Lake Police Department is warning citizens of a scam. The department has received reports from residents who received a letter in the mail saying they had won a large sum of money. The letter states that once her account number is faxed to the sender of the letter, the money will be transferred to her bank. These letters are said to have come from a company in Nigeria.

Clear Lake residents must begin recycling their household waste beginning Saturday, March 1st. The date also signals the start of a change in garbage collection from twice a week to once a week.

Kelly Marie Hudson and Shane William Cooney, both from Clear Lake, announce their engagement. Their wedding is scheduled for June 7, 1997 in Clinton, Iowa.

Rebecca Andrews and Don Pedelty, both from Clear Lake, announce their upcoming wedding. The couple will be married on May 3, 1997 at Zion Lutheran Church.

Mark and Deb Tesar welcomed a daughter, Christina (Crissy) Helen Tesar, on February 18, 1997 in Des Moines.

The Ventura FFA Chapter received funding for a safety program from Clear Lake’s Aerial Ag Service.

Andy Thompson, Josh Baker, Justin Washburn and Dustin DenHartog all placed first in District Wrestling and qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament. The team also finished first in the field of 12 teams for the first time since 1977. The lions scored a total of 90.5 points, Humboldts came second with 75 points. The entire wrestling team also qualified for the State Dual Meet Tournament. The team defeated Humboldt, 34-28, in the regional finals to qualify.

After a fairly satisfying regular season, the Clear Lake girls’ basketball team traveled to Algona to take on tournament action with the Bulldogs. The season ended abruptly for the Lions when they lost to the Bulldogs 61-47. Senior Erin Pleggenkuhle ended her career as a Lion with one of her best performances. She scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists. Rachel Handeland led the standings with 13 points, including three threes. Becky Avery capped off a great freshman season with five points and 11 rebounds.

The Ventura Girls exited the postseason tournaments through SC/MT. The Lady Vikes fell 56-35 in the first round. Junior Angie Avery led the team with 12 points. Alicia Peterson scored nine points.

50 years ago

February 1972

Clear Lake’s new chief of police is Robert Wagner, 35. Wagner was sworn in by Mayor Floyd (Nibbs) Nesbit Tuesday afternoon and will assume his duties immediately.

Marion Ice Rink in Clear Lake captured the atmosphere of Sunday’s Winter Olympics when an ice festival – the first to be held – was enjoyed by a large crowd. And judging by the performances of many of the 75 participants, Clear Lake has some potential for future ice skating champions.

The Clear Lake Lions boys basketball team is number one. The strong Laker team surprised the Algona Bulldogs on Friday night with 65-54. Dubbed “the nicest win of the season” by coach Jim Ahrens, Clear Lake went unbeaten in 1972 with nine wins. Four Lakers reached double digits. Chris Larsen at 16, Tom Hendricks at 14, and Brad Arends and Paul Schoneman at 12 each.

Marine Pvt. Kent A. Knorr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Knorr, completed basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

75 years ago

February 1947

Hans Engebretson, 87-year-old Clear Lake pioneer, died in a Mason City hospital after neighbors found him in critical condition at his home. His two nieces have quashed any rumors of buried treasure in the house. The two women who came here shortly after his death said they found neither money in the house nor a hidden dime. Hans left no will and as he had lost money in banks he was reluctant to deposit money.

Varian Barkhurst is recovering from a broken arm he sustained while starting a tractor.

Tom Hartin was made a member of the police force.

99 years ago

February 1923

Earl Williamson died at Park Hospital. He was married to Miss Gretchen Etzel on August 6, 1918. Three days later he left for foreign assignments. In addition to his wife and young daughter Patricia, the deceased leaves behind a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Willson.

Now that winter is here and you need horse blankets and coats, Patterson is offering a 25¢ discount.

The WRC hosts their annual Bean Dinner which features bean soup, baked beans, mashed potatoes, brown gravy, casserole steak, coleslaw, tossed pickles, brown bread, buns, apple pie and coffee for 50¢.

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