25 years ago - 1994
In a first for area residents, Ron and Judy Peterson of Princeton won a $100,000 Powerball prize. Ron had bought $20 worth of Powerball tickets (only a dollar then instead of the two that is now). They drove to Roseville the next day, went through a two-and-a-half hour process, and came home with the money.
About two years after a Princeton firefighter filed a suit against the Princeton Fire Department, charging sex discrimination and pregnancy discrimination, a trial date was set for Annette Dewar’s suit.
Land O’ Lakes announced it was closing its plant in Dalbo, ending jobs for the 65 employees who worked at the cheese plant. The plant had been open since 1973.
50 years ago - 1969
The Princeton State Bank intends to build a new building and has entered into negotiations with Robert Dunn, owner of the Inland Lumber Co, for the purchase of that property (where Bremer Bank is in 2019), it was revealed by bank president C. J. Erickson. Under the terms of the negotiations Inland Lumber will have to vacate the property located on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue South and South Second Street by the first of November. Erickson indicated the lumber firm would not be going out of business and was expected to relocate on the south edge of Princeton.
Two Onamia men and a Princeton man were fined $100, or serve 90 days in jail last Friday in connection with the theft of a school bell from the schoolhouse in Baldwin Township.
75 years ago - 1944
Members of the Commercial club at their meeting Monday evening had the matter of a youth recreational program brought forcibly to their attention when a committee of eight boys 12 years of age waited on them. David Johnson, the spokesman of the group, made such a favorable impression that a motion was passed requesting C.S. Morton to appoint a committee to attempt to work out a recreational program for both boys and girls. David Johnson stated that he hoped some recreational center could be maintained where they would have a shuffleboard court, darts and other games. He explained that such a program would help to keep the boys off the streets. He stated they were also interested in having a Scout group organized and to have John Slaymaker as their leader.
100 years ago - 1919
The cold inclement weather has been keeping Manager Hofflander’s Colts indoors of late and about all they can do is gather around the steam radiators and tell how they are going to perform prodigious feats on the diamond this coming season.
Scott Bruce tells us that as a result of a small ad in the Union, he sold all his clover seed, letting the farmers have it for $20 a bushel.
Wallie Berg returned last Thursday from France, where for a year and a half he was in the ambulance service. He was in front positions, removing wounded to his ambulance under rank of shot and shell when many a bloody battle was in progress.
125 years ago - 1894
Landlord Newbert of the Commercial hotel has tired of hauling people to and from the depot in his bus free of charge and hereafter passengers who do not stop as his hotel will be taxed 25 cents each.
The rear drive of about 30 million feet of logs is below the mouth of Bogus Brook about six miles above Princeton. Every log is being taken. It is the quickest drive on record. There are about six or eight million feet of logs on the lake which the owners did not expect to drive through the boom this year, but there is nothing to prevent their coming right along.