Days Gone By Week of March 4, 2024


March 10, 1899

William Timm and Charlie Kreisher, the Pipestone County prisoners en-route to Stillwater, spent last night in the jail at Willmar. It seems that yesterday morning Sheriff Shepherd had to hurry up a little in order to get to the depot on time and he forgot that the commitment papers for the two prisoners’ were safely locked up in his safe, and the fact did not dawn upon him until long after the train had left here. Then there was nothing to do but send jailor Ed. Shepherd back home after the papers, while the sheriff and the prisoners waited at Willmar.


March 7, 1924

The firemen will hold another Old Time Dance and Card Party at the City Hall Friday evening, March 7th. Cards at 8 o’clock, dancing at 10 o’clock. Coffee, cream and sugar served by committee. Chaney’s Orchestra will furnish music. 15 cent lunch served for those desiring it.


March 7, 1949

O. Hertsgaard of Ellsworth, Minn., and S. P. Nelson of Beresford, S.D., last week purchased the B. & F. Motor Sales in Pipestone from Robt. F. Bisson and Fred Ruud and will take over the business early this week, it is announced. The firm hereafter will be known as the Herts-Nelson Co. They will continue the Kalser-Frazer line of cars, which both of the new owners have been handling for some time and will occupy the same location.


March 7, 1974

The Pipestone Police Department received a call from one of the local businesses Tuesday afternoon complaining that a female had just come in and shortchanged them. Exactly one minute later the police received another call from a business on the other side of Main Street complaining that they had just been shortchanged by a male person.

The short changings were for the amount of $10 each and a call from another business verified the fact that the couple had hit at least three times.

It was later learned that the same couple had hit in the South Dakota area, working their way up from Yankton, S.D., and officially hitting Brookings, only one hour before they were in Pipestone.


March 11, 1999

District 21B lawmakers have gone to bat for rural families this session, but whether they get a hit – or whether they strike out – remains to be seen.

Sen. Arlene Lesewski of Marshall is hopeful that the state of Minnesota will step in and fix a system in need of repair. It is terribly unfair, she says, to expect rural folks to pay the “lion’s share” of the price for a new school.

Farmers, she said, are not against people who live in cities, and are not against education. They are frustrated by a system which unfairly puts the burden on rural land owners.

Lesewski indicated that rural property owners pay the equivalent of 20% of their income over a 20-year period when a new school is built. Her solution? Have the state take over virtually all funding of school districts, or $80 million worth, to be taken from the state’s general fund.