By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

From Our Files

1997: First H-M-S wrestlers qualify for state tourney


February 24, 2022

• Feb. 27, 1947

Firefighting equipment and a large crowd of spectators were drawn to Lage’s D-X station, just east of the Hartley Creamery, by a small fire in a storage building adjacent to the station. Large quantities of smoke billowed from the structure but damage was very minor.

The Hartley Chamber of Commerce donated $50 to the Melvin girls’ basketball team to help defray their expenses to the state tournament in Des Moines. President S.J. Johnson, W.R. Wagner, W.H. Hesse and Secretary Ingwer L. Hansen drove to Melvin to make the presentation and wish the team much success.

Announcement was made that Floyd Uhe had sold his two feed grinders to Wilbur Steinbeck and Ed Mohni. Uhe and Paul Staines planned to go into the gravel business.

• Feb. 24, 1972

The Hartley TrailBlazers snowmobile club purchased a sled to be used as an emergency vehicle. The sled was taken along on club rides and could be used by the public in case of emergency. Some members were taking a first aid course so they could be of more help in case of an emergency.

Korwin J. Hewitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hewitt, passed the certified public account examinations in Colorado. He had been associated with the Denver office of Ernst and Ernst since his graduation from Mankato State College.

Eighteen members of the Hartley FFA chapter traveled to Hull to hear Dan Lehman, 1970-71 National FFA President, who made a short presentation and then entertained questions from the group.

• Feb. 27, 1997

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School band director Ron Arndt was recognized by the athletic department for his many years of directing the pep band at athletic contests. Arndt, who was retiring at the end of the school year, estimated he had directed “The Star Spangled Banner” more than 400 times at athletic events.

Mike Wallinga, son of Vern and Joyce Wallinga of Sanborn, was named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The H-M-S High School senior was in a group of finalists who represented about one-half of one percent of graduating seniors nationwide.

Joey Hengeveld and Matt Schuver were the first wrestlers from the H-M-S wrestling program to qualify for the state tournament in Des Moines. Hengeveld was a senior who wrestled at 140 pounds while Schuver was a junior who competed at 171 pounds.

“From Our Files” is compiled by Sentinel-News sports editor/staff writer Mike Petersen.


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