15 YEARS AGO

Almost 150 people turned out at a benefit dinner to support local residents Del and Joyce Peterson. The Petersons own J&D Family Foods in Littlefork, formerly the Littlefork IGA, which sustained fire, smoke, and water damage during a fire Nov. 30. “The people of this community are just wonderful people,” Del Peterson said of the turnout at the event.

25 YEARS AGO

National Park Service Director Roger Kennedy plans to attend the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener to be conducted in May on Rainy Lake. Kennedy will take part in the fishing opener on May 14 and is also expected to serve as guest speaker at the banquet that evening.

40 YEARS AGO

Dick Dobie and Leland Hiebert display checks won in the Koochiching Sportsmen’s club Big Buck Contest. Dobie took the $100 prize for his 220-pound trophy while Hiebert’s buck with a horn spread of 19 inches took the $100 prize in that category. Jo Mansen, Ron Nelson and Jim DeMuth all won cash prizes in the annual drawing.

50 YEARS AGO

Today, members of the International Falls Knights of Columbus Council erected a nativity scene at Smokey Bear Park. The scene went up under the direction of Gerald Goerts, Catholic Activities chairman of the council. Assisting him were Dale Ericson, John Alich, Joe Gust and Don Villalta.

60 YEARS AGO

A Christmas tree processing plant at Littlefork turns out thousands of trees for the midwest market. Mrs Hazel Horne and Mrs Alice Horne operate the dipping machine, which dips trees in sealer to keep their needles. Hazel’s husband, Alvin, is a nephew of Alice’s husband, Torger. Henry Bradburn, one of the partners in the venture, operates the doweling machine which cuts the stump ends to fit into metal or wooden stands.

70 YEARS AGO

Ranier voters turned out in record numbers to settle four contests – one of them created at the last minute by a sticker selection – in yesterday’s annual village election. Ranier chalked up a total vote of 140, one more than in the 1948 presidential election last month. In a contest between “sticker” candidate James Renford and the incumbent, Edith H. Fisher, Fisher won by 24 votes. John Sop topped Edmund Woods, former Ranier mayor, in the race for trustee. Winning over opponents, George Finstad was re-elected clerk and Fred Lessard was re-elected assessor.

Compiled by Marge Veeder and Catherine Crawford

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