Looking Back


With recent rainfall in the area – and recent years of high water conditions – Rainy Lake’s slow rise has caused some concern among shore-land owners. A lifetime on and along the shores of Rainy Lake has given Mike Williams a little insight into nature’s extremes. Williams at Thunderbird Lodge placed barrels on the crib docks at the end of May just in case the water continues to rise. Since May 31, a relieved Williams notes the lake level has risen just two inches.


The Falls High School Girls Golf Team set school history here yesterday, taking fifth place at the Class A Minnesota State Golf Meet. According to Coach Rod Max, that is the highest a Falls High team has ever placed at a state golf meet. Team members are: Rachel Dault, Tasha Peacock, Melanie Everett, Stephanie Fox, Andrea Milette and Regan Austin. Senior Rachel Dault finished her athletic career on a high note, taking low-score honors for the two-day tournament.


The Birchdale American Legion has named Christine Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Nelson, as delegate to Girl’s State, and Lori Erickson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Erickson, as alternate. Nelson, a student at Indus High School, is active in school activities including speech, volleyball, and the annual staff. She is organist at Birchdale Congregational Church. Erickson, also a student of Indus, participated in volleyball, cheerleading, and annual staff.


Students, parents, alumni and friends of Sister Conrada, OSB, a member of the faculty of St. Thomas Parochial School for 20 years, honored her at a reception today in the basement of St. Thomas Catholic Church. During her tenure, Sister Conrada engaged in summer missionary work, including in the Cingmars where she sang and spoke German to the residents in their native German language. Sister Conrada’s own parents came from Germany and settled in Pierz, Minn. Reflecting on her teaching career, Sister Conrada can say with pride that she has taught all of the children of several Borderland families, and parents and children in the same family.


International Falls sweltered in a record 91 degrees temperature Sunday when the mercury equaled the high recorded on that date in 1952. Humidity was 31 percent Sunday, a high percentage for the temperature, according to Richard Fox, meteorologist in charge of the Falls weather station. The previous high temperature for that date was 82 degrees in 1940. Highest temperature ever recorded here for June was 98 degrees on June 11, 1956.


Victorious after a 15-minute battle with a 15-pound, 12-ounce northern which pulled him into the Littlefork River, was Ted Olson, Jr., Loman Route. Olson was fishing from the river bank with a spinner and a minnow when he caught the giant fish last week.

A giant northern had his meal interrupted permanently because it was greedy. Although in the process of devouring a large walleye, the northern attempted to gobble up the spinner and minnow attached to Max Goulet’s fish line. Goulet, a resident of the Falls, landed the northern, which weighed 15 pounds, 10 ounces. The walleye was extricated and weighed 2 3/4 pounds. Goulet was fishing on Rainy Lake.

Compiled by Catherine Crawford

and Marge Veeder

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