5 years ago
December 21, 2017
Samantha Riggles, 21, is certain she would be near death’s door and living in despair if it weren’t for a doctor, a policeman and her newborn baby. The former Frazee High School student was supposed to graduate in 2015, but dropped out to chase an addiction. She had lost everything and excepted her life to end when her three saviors lent a hand and gave her the motivation she needed.
More incentive packages are being created in Vergas to include multi-housing units. During the monthly Vergas Economic Development Authority meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, the group agreed to focus on an incentive package to draw apartment developers to the community. Early discussions broached the idea of a tax abatement. The abatement would be strictly for city taxes, meaning county, school, state and federal taxes would still apply.
25 years ago
December 18, 1997
John and Evelyn Swenson are trying to rebuild their lives after a fire gutted their Burlington Park home on Dec. 9. John welcomed and hugged a stranger who came to see what could be done. His wife Evelyn shuddered at the thought of taking a photo outside the remains of their home. “We lost the whole thing,” John said. He happened to be in Frazee getting groceries when the fire broke out. Evelyn was at home, and had just put a batch of buns into the oven when the fire broke out. “They (the buns) got done,” Evelyn quipped, as she tried to find some humor in the situation.
Frazee could get a new post office as early as this summer. Jackie Hagerty, real estate specialist with the United States Postal Service, said she’s working with the city to locate a site within the city limits. Mayor Russel Vikesland took Hagerty on a tour of possible downtown locations last week and Hagerty took 10-12 pictures of possible sites.
50 years ago
December 21, 1972
The Junior High will present its annual Christmas Concert and Pageant on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Frazee High School Auditorium. The band, directed by Mr. Barry Reversion, will present their part of the concert by playing: Jingle Bells Ole’; Spiritual and Jubeli: Three French Carols; Holy, Holy, Holy; Ding, Dong Merrily on High; a French Folk Song. They will also play “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Nutcracker Suite” and “White Christmas.”
A Frazee elementary school teacher was injured in a three-car collision that claimed the life of her father and three other people on Sunday. The mishap occurred about 11:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 10 near Little Falls. The highway was icy at the time.