Remember when 4/13/2022 – Clear Lake Mirror Reporter

(Above) Fishing at the Grad, 1972 – It was one of the first warm days of spring in 1972, and many boys were thinking about fishing. The incline in Ventura was lined with Young’uns trying their luck. Three Clear Lake boys (LR): Francis Simmer, Bob Thompson and Dale Simmer rode their bikes up the hill for an afternoon of fun. They may not have been very lucky, but they reported having a lot of fun.

by Michelle Watson

25 years ago

April 1997

Dean Snyder Construction Co. of Clear Lake was awarded the contract to build an additional six classrooms, an expanded music system and an ICN classroom at Clear Lake Junior High School. The school board accepted Snyder’s low offer of $1,086,000.

Clear Lake property owners are likely to face another increase in sewage fees. Sanitary District Trustees are considering their third rate hike in four years to help cover costs of district improvements. The proposed increase would bring the base rate from $10.79 to $11.26.

The Surf Ballroom will be hosting one of country’s finest musicians this summer. Tracy Lawrence will present a concert on Friday June 27th. It was also announced that classic rock band REO Speedwagon has been booked for July 11th. Tickets for Tracy Lawrence are $20.

Clubs reporting news in the Club News section include: Xi Theta Kappa, Mothers of Multiples, Swaledale Federated Garden Club, Chapter NW PEO, VFW Auxiliary, North Iowa Golden Wedding Jubilee Club, La Leche League and Chapter AQ TTT

Horizons, located at the intersection of Highway 18 and Interstate 35, will soon be home to Denny’s Restaurant, Subway and Taco John’s.

Easter Foods, 20 S. 4th St., Clear Lake, has announced the hiring of a new assistant manager and a new product manager. Todd Charlson has been appointed assistant manager and Joe Hull is the new production manager.

James M. Stanton of Clear Lake was appointed a working group member on the Governor’s Commission for Educational Excellence by Governor Terry Branstad.

“What’s new, pussycat?” Tom Jones will perform at the Surf Ballroom at the Crystal Cabaret on April 18th.

The Clear Lake Lions boys’ golf team started their season with a triangle game against Newman and St. Edmond. The Lions won the meeting with a team score of 156, seven shots ahead of their nearest competitor. Jeff Scudder hit a 37 to lead the team. Shad Muth and Joe Fandel both carded 39s.

The Clear Lake wrestling team has been recognized for athletic achievement by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Coaches, athletes and spectators are rated by the officials on a scale from 1 to 3. Where one is the highest. The team received an overall score of 1.22, above the average score of 1.29. The viewers were slightly below average with a rating of 1.39. With a grade of 1.34, the coaches were well above the national average.

Jungle 2 Jungle is being played at the Lake Theater. The English Patient will be out soon.

ReMax Realty has a unit at 2110-14th Ave. N. #206 for sale. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath, two decks and master suite unit is listed for $75,000. First Northern Realty has an office at 14742 Hickory Ave. for sale for $69,900. Naomi’s Realty has a lakefront home for sale with a walkable sandy beach and 66 feet of lakefront. The home features a large master suite with large entertaining space. Make it yours for $295,000.

50 years ago

April 1972

Further action to straighten N. 8th St. between Main Ave. and 1st Ave. S. were seized at Monday night’s Clear Lake City Council meeting. An option to purchase the Fareway property to the east of the road, due June 1, has been signed.

Gerald (Crowbar) Stevens bought the Half Moon Inn, 701 2nd Place N., from Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Moon of Decorah. Stevens hopes to open on April 15 after the remodel is complete. The remodel includes new kitchen appliances, a new bar, new carpets, and interior and exterior paint.

The number of registrations for the kindergarten inspection at the two elementary schools shows 104 school-ready children in autumn.

Spec./5 Edward Kotz Jr., received his discharge from the US Army. He spent a year in Vietnam with an Air Calvary force and a year in Germany with a supply battalion. He graduated from CLHS in 1966. He now plans to operate the Barrel Drive-In in West Union.

75 years ago

April 1947

The largest heavy bomber aerial training maneuver ever conducted in the United States is flown during Army Week to greet the major cities of the Midwest. Lakers can watch the huge craft maneuvers as they approach Minneapolis in a simulated attack.

Forty-four were arrested and fined in Clear Lake for violating park regulations. Overtime parking regulations are strictly enforced in front of commercial buildings and the like.

Tom’s Taxi offers a free taxi service every Sunday for those who do not have transport to get to their church of choice.

Wednesday the ice was half in and half out on the lake. There was a lot of open water along the face of the dam. Verne Petersen says there were more ducks on the lake than last fall.

99 years ago

March 1923

April 2nd marks the launch of our new Cash Only system in town. All book accounts must be settled now! Knutson Hardware, Co., McGowan and Sheridan, OT Hansen & Co. and Sondrol Co. will all attend. With your help, we can make Clear Lake the premier trading town in northern Iowa.

On March 15, temperatures dropped to 19 below zero, after a week of mild, sunny weather, a snowstorm also developed.

The runway show, hosted by the Sondrol Company at their department store and Wentworth Hat Shop, was well attended. An Edison phonograph provided sweet music. Beautiful suits, cloaks, dresses and millinery were on display, Children’s clothes were also lovingly modeled.

The Lions Club entertained its wives at the private Watkins Cafe. A fun game was played with the women passing a lemon and the gentleman an onion until a buzzer sounded. The prize was a candy. The program caused much hilarity.

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