125 YEARS AGO
January 22, 1897
A STAR scribe this morning visited the new Knights of Labor Hall in this city, upon invitation of a member of the order, and when we say we were surprised, we but mildly express it. The order has rented the old courtroom in the Commerce Block and have it fitted up in fine shape. In fact we had no idea that paint, paper and water could be made to make the dingy old room look so bright and cheerful. Among the most attractive of the decorations is a large emblem of the order on the west wall between the windows. It is cut out of gilt and other colored paper and is indeed a creditable piece of work, and is the handiwork of a member of the order here. The Pipestone lodge now has over 100 members and is said to be in a flourishing condition. They certainly have reason to feel proud of their new home.
100 YEARS AGO
January 24, 1922
With the mercury hovering in sub-zero territory Sunday a majority of Pipestone people were content to remain indoors and few were aware of the fact that an outdoor job of considerable magnitude was being carried on in the city in spite of the cold weather which prevailed.
The scene of activity was at the Omaha roundhouse in the northeast part of the city where a large crew of men were engaged in removing the big turn table which for many years has stood at the entrance of the round house. The turn table was hoisted bodily from its position and placed on flat cars for removal to Currie, Minn., where it was taken and placed in position Monday, replacing an old one which had broken down.
75 YEARS AGO
January 23, 1947
A new law partnership has been formed in Pipestone and will be known Palmer & Houts, Attorneys at Law.
Robert L. Palmer and Marshall W. Houts announce the formation of a partnership for the general practice of law. The partnership will begin on Monday, January 27, and the offices are in the McKeown Building.
Attorney Houts has been located in the Dr. Brown building for the past few months.
50 YEARS AGO
January 24, 1972
Twenty-two Pipestone County 4-H boys and girls participated in the County 4-H Speaking Program, according to Roger Lind, Extension Agent.
LeAnn Baker, Trosky Peppy Pebbles, was champion in the Senior Division and Mary Jo Heyl, Pipestone Busy Bees was reserve champion. Miss Baker will represent Pipestone County at the District Contest in Marshall on February 19.
Kimberly Pritchett and Theresa Buhman, both members of the Troy Toilers 4-H Club, were champion and reserve champion in the Junior Division respectively.
25 YEARS AGO
January 23, 1997
Following in the footsteps of the area’s strong tradition for high finishes, the 1997 Pipestone County 4-H Livestock Judging Team copped the championship over 16 other teams at the National Western 4-H Livestock Judging Contest on January 11 in Denver, Colo.
This year’s team members are Pipestone-Jasper High School senior Bill Van Hoecke, juniors Erik Risa and Don Stangeland, and sophomore Neil Johnson — and they earned a third-place finish at the Minnesota State contest last summer that qualified them for the event. Coaching them to that finish was local livestock producer Mike Caskey.
In addition to taking first place overall, they also swept three of the four sub-categories — beef, sheep and oral reasons.