Times Past MT

50 years ago:

Sept. 25, 1969

• Bids were let on the addition to the Wright County Courthouse.

• Andrew Zahn installed four new washers at his Monticello Laundromat.

• The Monticello High School class of 1921 had a get-together at Vivians in Big Lake.

• The Wright County Red Cross was soliciting donations for victims of Hurricane Camille, which made landfall in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

• The Monticello High School marching band marched at Band Day at the University of Minnesota’s Memorial Stadium prior to the Gopher-Ohio State game.

• For the first time in the history of Monticello athletics, cross country was a participation sport at Monticello High School.

• ADS- Baker Rambler & Equipment at 313 Walnut Street was selling the brand new car, the Hornet, manufactured by American Motors; Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Peterson sold the Ranchero Drive-Inn to Willis Allgood; Curls that bounce were available at Adelines Beauty Shop, 236 W. Broadway.

• At the Monticello Theater: Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif and Telly Savalas in Mackenna’s Gold.

25 years ago:

SEPT. 29, 1994

• The City Council cleared the way for the River Mill housing development between County Road 75 and County Road 39 on the east side of Monticello. The 71-acre housing development and adjoining park with 68 homes, 48 duplexes, was to be built on the site of the former gravel pit owned by Robert and Betty Krautbauer.

• The help wanted section of the Monticello Times was “beefy” as job numbers reached an all-time high in the city. The state department of economic security reported Monticello had an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent, below the state average of 3.3 percent and the national average of 5.9 percent.

• What can you do with 40 cans of Spam. That’s what a youth group at Riverside Alliance Church set out to find out. Among uses the youth discovered was bobbing for Spam and Spam sculpturing.

• State Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson addressed members of the Monticello Rotary Club.

• An open house at H-Window highlighted the company’s expansion from 25,000 to 50,000 square feet of production space. H-Window was a Monticello-based manufacturer of Norwegian-designed windows located in the Oakwood Industrial Park.

• ADS- The Chancellor’s Quartet was performing in concert at Rivercrest Christian School; Doritos were on sale for $1.29 per bag at Tom Thumb; KMart was hosting a deer hunting seminar; Joyner Lanes was looking for bowlers for the Fall leagues..

• At the Monticello Theater: River Wild, Forrest Gump, Time Cop, and Terminal Velocity.

10 years ago:

SEPT. 24, 2009

• A flu outbreak was reported to be widespread in Monticello.

• Monticello took on Becker in the home opener of the football season. The Bulldogs won the game.

• The first graduating class of the decade (the 2010 graduates) were welcoming back alum during homecoming week.

• Monticello had five exchange students whose homes spanned the globe. They were: Tien Nguyen of Vietnam, Jacob Spacek of the Czech Republic, Emma Boening of Germany, Judith Wulhorst of Germany, and Mariana Leite of Brazil.


Jeff Hage is the managing editor of the Monticello Times. He majored in journalism at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.

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