Remember when 4-20-2022 – Clear Lake Mirror Reporter


by Michelle Watson

25 years ago

April 1997

The Western Home has abandoned plans to build a retirement complex at the former United Methodist camp at Clear Lake in favor of selling the entire seven-acre camp to developers Joe Minard and Kevan Cortright. Cortright said no specific plans have been drawn up for the area, but a condominium development, with units priced around $200,000, seems likely.

A Cole Sewell worker was immediately fired on Monday night after he admitted squirting pepper spray into the plant, sending 54 people to hospital Thursday night.

Clear Lake and Ventura firefighters were on scene for a barn fire on the Orval Spilman acreage south of Clear Lake on Sunday. The structure was completely destroyed.

Clear Lake will soon welcome visitors with distinctive signs at two eastern entry points and direct travel using kiosks. One of the signs will be located at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 35, at what is commonly referred to as the Fieldstone Entrance. A second welcome sign will be located just south of Team Quest at the intersection of Interstate 35 and 4th Ave. S.

Dean Oliver, a Mason City high school student who successfully combined school and athletics during a stellar four-year high school career, will be the guest speaker at Ventura High School’s honors banquet on May 4.

Dr. Korey Zweifel will join Dr. Lyle H. Abbas at the Abbas Chiropractic Clinic beginning May 1.

Ventura Lakeside FFA chapter member Andy Muff has been selected as the North Central District FFA’s “Star Farmer”. He will now compete with five other “Stars”, one of them being named “Star Farmer of Iowa”.

Farmers State Bank in Ventura is pleased to announce the addition of Deb Cash to its staff.

The Clear Lake women’s golf team got off to a great 4-0 start. Against Fort Dodge St. Edmond, Clear Lake pulverized the team, 213-277. Amber Wissler was the medalist. She fired the only sub-50 round of the encounter, with a 48. In a triangle against Hampton-Dumont and Newman, the Lions became champions again. Wissler shot the single round again in the 40s, this time it was a 46. Katie Hall finished second with a 50. Seniors Lani Grabinski and Erin Pleggenkuhle completed the scoring with 52 and 54 respectively.

The Clear Lake men’s track team competed in their first outdoor competition at the Lion Relays. The team finished second out of a field of eight teams. The 4×800 team of David Oelschlager, Leif Kennedy, Tom Zirbel and Casey Cooney finished first. Nick Iverson also won the 400 meter low hurdles.

The Ventura boys’ track and field team started the season with a bang by finishing easily atop a six-team field at the CWL Panther Relays. Brad Spilman and Aaron Rothrock have won first place twice. Spilman won the 800 and 1600 meter races. Rothrock won the first long jump and was a member of the winning 4×100 meter relay. Other relay members were Jared Ringus, TJ Hillburg and Isaac Larsen. The relay also qualified to run in the Drake Relays with her time of 45.70.

There are only a few days left to buy your tickets for “Three Dog Night”, which will take place on April 25 at the Surf Ballroom.

50 years ago

April 1972

The following teachers have resigned: Pat Gilles, Myrtle Olson, Lucille Franks, Rebecca Dearborn, Patricia Jacobson, Grace Anderson and Arlotte Carlson. According to Supt. RR Lashier, two jobs will be automatically cut due to two less freshman sections.

With the track and field season underway, coach Dave Suntken is looking forward to another successful season. Norm Theiss and Nick Gerhardt will serve as assistant coaches. Fifty-six male track enthusiasts make the team this year, including seven seniors.

Grocery specials at Red Owl include: Hawaiian punch, 3/$1; Nestles Quick, 2lb box, 79¢; Flavoree ice cream, 1/2 gal., 49¢; Chef Pierre frozen pies, 2 lb, 88¢; Harvest Queen applesauce, 3 lbs., 69¢; Holiday Wisconsin beer bottle, 12-pack, $1.69; chicken breast, lb., 69¢; charcoal steaks, 7-8 oz, 69¢; and fully cooked boneless ham, 5 lb can, $4.49

Playing at the Lake Theater is “Hot Rock”, starring Robert Redford and George Segal.

65 years ago

March 1957

A Sliver Boot “Kiddie Train” ice cream vending truck will be operated in Clear Lake this summer by Dale Hill. The vehicle will sell ice cream products on the streets during the summer.

The United States Navy Department announced the selection of Melville P. (Duke) Hughes II, of Clear Lake, for the 1957 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program, Hughes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. MW Hughes, 414 N. 4th St. He is a senior at Clear Lake High School.

The Shrimp Castle will open at 300 Main Ave. The business will offer counter service and will place orders for castle burgers, sandwiches of all kinds, shrimp and chicken.

Reconstruction of Nichols Body Shop, which was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon, will begin immediately according to owner Edwin H. Nichols. The building damaged by the fire will be completely demolished and a new one will be erected in the same place.

90 years ago

April 1932

Plans are underway to convert and upgrade the community building into a modern dance hall. Work will begin immediately. The interior will be remodeled and enlarged, the amphitheater on either side will be removed. The entire facade will be ripped out and replaced with a two-story enclosed porch for the comfort and enjoyment of the dancers. The floor will be equal in size to that of the white pier.

The Tom Gates Orchestra will provide the music for the next dance at Tom Tom Dance Hall.

Marvin Winnie will be one of 13 contestants in the final state declamatory pageant in Estherville. Clear Lake prophesies a victory for the local competitor. He is enrolled in the Oratory Division and his subject is “The Cost of War”.

Miss Marjorie Stork, who teaches at Grant No. 8, had the misfortune to crack both ankle bones when she slipped and fell in the school on Thursday. It will be immobilized for a few weeks.


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