Looking Back

15 YEARS AGO

John Pozniak’s photo was featured in the 2005 Make-A-Wish calendar. Pozniak has a face that will be seen across the state, and even the nation, but most will probably not be able to recognize him in the picture of a slightly younger and hairless man. Pozniak was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and received a boat, motor, and trailer through Make-A-Wish Minnesota in the summer of 2001. He works full time Rainy Lake One Stop and will attend Rainy River Community College in the fall.

25 YEARS AGO

Bronco Boys Track Coach Dick Ostroot will take his last team to state this weekend. Ostroot, one of the most successful track coaches in the state, hasn’t missed a state meet in the last 22 years. During his 19 years as head boys coach, his teams have won eight region/section titles, 14 subregion/subsection championships and 11 Iron Range Conference titles. He was named Minnesota’s Track Coach of the Year in 1991. Ostroot announced his retirement from both teaching and coaching at an awards ceremony earlier this year.

40 YEARS AGO

Jim’s Café 12, Snyder Drug 8: Cheryl Cassibo and Linda Robertson tagged three singles each leading Jim’s Café over Snyder Drug 12-8 in women’s slow-pitch action. Aided by nine walks and a 12-hit attack, Jim’s stormed into an early lead and held on to win in a time-shortened contest. Jim’s scored five runs in the first inning and six in the second behind hits from Robertson and Cassibo. Patti Janssen scattered 10 hits as the winning pitcher while Julie Melstrom suffered the loss.

50 YEARS AGO

J.T. Einarson, 65, father of Francis and James Einarson of Einarson Brothers Flying Service, died unexpectedly at his home on Airport Road. Throughout the years, he had been active with the flying service, especially after his retirement from Boise Cascade. He was born Sept. 27, 1903, in Isafjordur, Iceland, and he left home at the age of 17 to go to Montreal. Einarson lived for a time at Lake Winnipeg; Gimley, Manitoba; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Middle River, Minn. In 1947, the family came to the Falls.

60 YEARS AGO

Born in the Falls Memorial Hospital: to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Averill of South International Falls, a girl weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces; to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nelson of Ranier, a girl weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces. The Falls Memorial Hospital celebrated its 11th anniversary by giving an ice cream social at which 350 were present. The cash prize for the oldest child present who was born in the hospital was given to Margaret Hillstead, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Hillstead, Ninth Street. Margaret was the first child born in the hospital.

70 YEARS AGO

Final arrangements for the annual shortstop golf tournament of the International Falls Golf Country Club are just about completed, Jim Stone, tournament chairman, announced today. Tee-off time is 9 a.m. for the match play tourney in which players will be assigned eight to a flight, according to their average score for last season. All contestants will play at least 18 holes. Two rounds will be played in the morning and then the golfers will take time out for lunch at the clubhouse. A championship round will be run off after lunch. Assisting Stone at the tourney will be William Skrief Jr., John Kalstad and Hugh Pavek.

Compiled by Catherine Crawford

and Marge Veeder

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