Remember when 12-1-2021 – Clear Lake Mirror Reporter


by Michelle Watson

25 years ago

November 1996

Just about anything that could go wrong happened on Wednesday as firefighters fought a losing battle against smoke, flames, location and weather. In the end, they resigned themselves to seeing the main pavilion of the Open Bible Camp, located in Ventura Heights, burnt down.

Five unique Clear Lake homes will be fully decorated for the holidays and ready to welcome visitors for “A Vacation Home Tour… A Showcase of Festive Christmas Designs.” The event is sponsored by French and Spanish students from Clear Lake High School. Tickets cost $ 10. Homes shown include Scott and Julie Stauffacher House, 304 3rd Ave. NOT.; Larry and Becky Weakland’s home, 44 Four Winds Drive; Dr. Rob and Judy Gross Home, 927 N. Shore Drive; Dr. Fred and Edna Oakley’s Home, 1817 N. Shore Drive; and Charlie and Kathy MacNider’s house, 441 N. Shore Drive.

The stamping craze is all around us, and people are personalizing greeting cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, gift tags and more by decorating with stamps. Kim Larson, owner of the Ben Franklin store in Clear Lake, said she has plenty of stamps.

The Christmas season kicks off in a unique style on Saturday as Clear Lake holds its second annual lakeside Christmas celebration. Last year, the idea of ​​having an open house weekend and lighted parade exceeded even the expectations of first-year organizers. The enthusiasm for the event was so high that planning began almost immediately for an even bigger celebration in 1996.

Clear Lake wrestlers will be cheered on this season by college cheerleaders Danielle Roper, Holly Melhus, Ali Secory, Laura Maring and Angie Doebel.

Former Clear Lake football coaches Ben Gustafson, Kris Lamond, JR Korenberg and Chris Treloar were all freshmen on the Waldorf Warrior football team.

A few years have now passed since the switch from six-on-six to five-on-five and the Clear Lake women’s basketball team are looking to capitalize on the progress they have made in recent years. Last season, the Lions finished with a 4-16 overall record under head coach Lynne Campbell. Returnees include Erin Pleggenkuhle, Jess Rechkemmer, Rachel Handeland, Lani Grabinski and Steph Eliasen.

After a successful 15-6 basketball season, the Ventura girls are entering a year of rebuilding, according to sophomore coach Tim Larson. The Lady Vikes have the daunting task of replacing their entire starting lineup compared to last year’s squad. The team has a senior, Danielle Hughes, who was not on the team last season. Juniors Angie Avery, Margo Kresin, Jami Sonney and Michaela Schoning will lead the way. Second-year students Emily Hiscocks and Tiffany Larsen should also have some play time.

Wilcox Furniture is offering 35% storewide off Saturday, December 7th for the Lakeside Christmas celebration. Also, sign up to receive a free grandfather clock.

Just in time for Christmas presents, a new shipment of Afghans from Clear Lake arrived. The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Retiree and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) together offer unique, loom-woven and custom-designed Afghani landmarks and attractions in Clear Lake.

50 years ago

November 1971

The island, now known as ‘Woodford Island’, was ceded to the state last week by Ms LE (Esther) Ashland. The 2.9-acre property has been in the Woodford family since 1897 and will be maintained in its natural state by the State Conservation Commission.

“Meals on Wheels,” a non-profit community food service for people with disabilities and the elderly, kicked off Monday in Clear Lake. Ten elderly people received hot midday meals from female volunteers.

The Clear Lake boys’ basketball team opened the season with a victory over Belmond, 76-43. Brad Arends was Clear Lake’s top scorer with 24 points. Chris Larsen added 15.

University of Iowa basketball coach Dick Schultz is looking for a lot of leadership from senior forward Ken Grabinski of Clear Lake. The 6’6 “210 pounds has 233 points and 153 rebounds in 38 college games for the Hawkeyes.

75 years ago

November 1946

CE Mosher, director of the Lake Theater, has announced that there will be a special children’s show on Saturday. “The Hoosier Schoolboy”, starring Mickey Rooney, will be screened, along with a Walt Disney cartoon, “Chicken Little”.

Hunters in northern Iowa have found the cost of an early start to the pheasant season quite high. A hunter who shot a bird from his car was fined $ 25. If he had touched it, the charge would have been $ 100.

The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Festival committee purchased 1,500 feet of Christmas ropes to decorate the streets.

Mrs. Jack Barnes received the award for Best Old Time Costume at the Today’s Club reunion. Ms. Earl Mack gave a lesson on the history of Clear Lake.

100 years ago

November 1921

In Lincoln Township, a number of farmers are complaining about stolen chickens. There appears to be an organized gang prone to this type of theft.

The corn market is at a point where burning the crop for fuel can become a pressing necessity. Twenty-five-cent corn will only be a short distance away buying charcoal from companies that have yet to learn the war is over.

NE Kendall, Governor of Iowa, proclaimed Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day.

Careless or indifferent hunters on John Sherf’s farm slaughtered one of his cows. John is in the arms and we don’t blame him. Anyone found hunting on their farm will be prosecuted with all the rigors of the law.

On Thursday there will be a meeting at Town Hall to review plans to protect resort properties around the lake. The owners are tired of break-ins and looting of summer cottages during the winter months.

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