5 Years Ago

Frazee-Vergas Forum

April 27, 2017

For most, professional careers create roots, but for Shane Thon, his job has taken him to several states since he graduated in 2011 from the University of Idaho with degrees in natural resources technology for forestry and wildlife. The 2007 Frazee High School graduate has enjoyed the opportunity to live in different regions of the country, but through the unique traveling experience he found a place he hopes to call home—McCall, Idaho. After an in-depth application process, Thon was recently hired to work for the Snowslide wildland fire module out of McCall.

The Vergas City Council held a special meeting Wednesday, April 19 and unanimously approved an interim use permit for Mark Sand & Gravel. The original application requested a temporary hot mix plant be allowed on-site, but the council removed that language from the permit before approval.

The Frazee-Vergas Early Childhood Family Education’s outdoor classroom is moving forward with the nice spring weather. Karrie Schultz, the program coordinator, said gazebo plans are completed and the estimated cost is about $3,200, not including cement work. While placing a cement base can be spendy, Schultz reported the district’s activity director, Nick Courneya, has experience with cement work and offered to provide the labor.

Students drive tractors to school—Frazee High School students celebrated drive the family tractor to school day Friday, April 21.

25 Years Ago

Frazee Forum

April 24, 1997

For years to come, it will be known as the 500-year flood. It arrives on the heels of two consecutive 100-year winters, and it leaves behind a path of destruction. Monday, national news reports showed the Red River cresting at 54 feet in Grand Forks—28 feet above flood stage. For devastated areas such as Grand Forks, Fargo, Ada and Breckenridge-Wahpeton, most of the battle is over. Where parts of that battle were lost, rebuilding must begin. Many local individuals and businesses know people who have been affected by the loss of homes and property. Even for those who have no relatives or friends in the flood areas, the nearness of the disaster is close enough to motivate action.

A new fire truck for the Vergas CDH was rejected Monday night with a three-to-one vote at the Vergas CDH meeting in Vergas. The city of Vergas, Candor and Hobart townships voted to purchase the truck, with Dora Township voting against the purchase. A unanimous vote was needed for the purchase. The Vergas CDG received two bids for a new pumper truck; both bids were just under $120,000.

The wait for the opening of two new main street businesses in Frazee is over. Seip Drug and Field Stone Gardens both opened this past week. Seip Drug opened its doors last Thursday, just after passing a state licensing inspection Wednesday afternoon. Field Stone Gardens opened Monday, with owners Russel Richter and Diane Trieglaff at the helm.

50 Years Ago

Frazee Forum

April 27, 1972

The valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of ’72 have been chosen! Renee Lindbom, with the highest grade average in the senior class, will be valedictorian for the commencement exercises.  She has a 3.933 grade average, while salutatorian Michele Smith only 33 hundredths of a point behind her, has a 3.90 average.

The Rotary Club of Detroit Lakes wishes to thank all the students of Frazee high School that participated in the Frazee area road cleanup project Tuesday morning, with special thanks to Paul Dretsch and Pam Aldrich, the Student Council cochairmen, and teachers who assisted in supervising the students. The Rotarians also wish to thank those who donated the use of their trucks and drivers. An estimated 20 miles of road ditches, involving many, many loads of debris, were cleaned up by the students.

Cindy McCollum and Mike Jones were the two students chosen by the faculty and students to represent the Frazee-Vergas High School on the R.A.P. program which will be broadcast on WDAY-TV on Sunday, April 30th at 4:30 p.m. R.A.P. is a youth discussion program sponsored by Otter Tail Power Co., which gives high school students in the area an opportunity to express their views on various subjects.