News items from the Baldwin Bulletin dated Wednesday, March 3, 1993

A plea agreement between a 17-year-old Woodville girl who allegedly planned to kill her husband and the St. Croix County District Attorney’s office has been reached that will require the girl to receive psychological evaluation and perhaps treatment, probation for five years and have no unauthorized contact with her estranged husband. Laurie Branstad made spaghetti for her husband but it tasted terrible and he spit out the mouthful and threw it all out. Later on the same day he picked up the couple’s nine month old child and entered the bedroom of their residence where Laurie was holding his shotgun. She did not shoot him because he was holding their child. Brian Branstad had the spaghetti examined by a toxicologist, the spaghetti was found to contain diphenhydramine. The toxicologist reported that the amount of diphenhydramine found in the spaghetti he analyzed could be poisonous to an individual eating that spaghetti. Brian also checked the shotgun and found it was loaded with a .12 gauge slug.

The top honor students of the 1993 Baldwin-Woodville High School class are Sally Larson, Valedictorian Gwen Macfarlane, Salutatorian Bethany Perry, Jennifer Dorbrenz, Bart Kooiman, Brian Nadeau, Carrie Faber, Karen Janski, Kristi Loock, and Annie Boldt.

It was billed as “the match of the state tournament” and it lived up to its billing when Chad Veenendall of Baldwin-Woodville and Ryan Kutz of Lodi met in the 130 pound Division 2 final. Both wrestlers were returning state champions. Kutz won the match 9-8 in double overtime. The Hawks placed all five wrestlers at the tournment, Chad Veenendall 2nd; Bart Kooiman 3rd, Ali Peterson and Dusty Veenendall 5th, Scott Newton 6th.

St. Croix Central wrestler Mike Kappers finished third at 160 pounds in the Division 3 WIAA Sate Tournament this past weekend in Madison.

Otis Johnson, age 92, of Woodville passed away March 1.

Mildred Obbink, age 84, Woodville, passed away March 1 at the Baldwin Community Memorial Hospital.

50 Years Ago March 7, 1968

Martin Johnson, 81, a resident of this area for most of his life, passed away on Monday after an illness of about three weeks.

The three 4-H’ers chosen to attend Citizenship Short Course at the National 4-H Center, Washington, D.C. this summer are Debbie Dorwin, Lone Pine, Woodville; Norris Waalen, Harmony Hill, Woodville; David Kruschke, Riverside, New Richmond. Marsha Bakke, Valley Victors, Hammond and Norris Waalen have been selected to receive 4-H Leadership Scholarships, and David Dulon, Rolling Hills, John Schug, Emerald Valley and Debbie Dorwin, Lone Pine, have been selected for consideration as possible state 4-H project winners.

The home of the former Wilbur Gravinks in the Village of Baldwin has been sold to Wm. Bleekers of Hammond. The Bleekers will hold an auction on March 12.

Mrs. Karl Kotts underwent surgery on Tuesday of this week for a badly fractured hip which she suffered on Monday in her classroom at school in Baldwin.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Gunderson, a daughter, February 27.

Bill Lokken is a patient at the Baldwin Hospital with a cracked vertebrae sustained when he fell through the ceiling at Heebink Millwork shop as he was cleaning out some sawdust pipes.

Mrs. Blanche Behm, 77, died Sunday evening at Our Lady of Good Council Hospital in St. Paul.

Chester Nelson, who has been manager of the local creamery for the past 21 years has been transferred to Stillwater, Minn. His position will be taken here by R.C. (Carmi) Peloquin of Elk River, Minn.

75 Years Ago March 5, 1943

Miss Ruby Baardson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Knute Baardson and Mr. Don C. Rudesill, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Rudesill, were married at 1:30 p.m. Saturday the 27th of February at the home of the bride’s parents. Rev. Dahl officiated.

Ebba Olson and Melvin Olson, Chr. of the Town of Baldwin, were married Tuesday, February 23 at the Woodville Lutheran parsonage, Rev. Lewis reading the service.

Eugene Nordby was one of the 65 young men who on Tuesday graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Wisconsin. He will serve his internship at Madison General. Rev. and Mrs. Nordby attended the graduation.

Baldwin finished third it the District Basketball Tournament; the championship went to Prescott with Glenwood City taking second place.

Dick Berggren was named to the first Team in the All-Tournament Teams, and Howard Snyder to the Second Team.

100 Years Ago March 1, 1918

J.W. Klanderman, one of the oldest residents of the Town of Baldwin, passed away on Monday, February 25 at the age of 87 years.

Mrs. Gust Gralow died Saturday evening at 7:20, heart failure being the cause of her unexpected death.

Conrad Olson, who has been spending a few days furlough at home on account of illness, returned to Camp Grant, Ill., Monday evening.

Gerald Heebink left Sunday afternoon for Columbus, Ohio, to enlist in a Road and Bridge Building Corps.

Otis Wettleson, who has been stationed at the Great Lakes, arrived home on furlough Wednesday.

The B.H.S. basketball team was defeated by River Falls Normal team by a score of 27-9. Wednesday evening the first and second teams played Woodville’s town and High School teams, and won both games. The second team beat the Woodville High team 32-14; Baldwin’s first team defeated the Woodville town team by a score of 39-21.

All surplus supplies of flour and sugar are being called in. Willfull hoarding is subject to a fine of $5,000 or two years imprisonment or both.

The Federal Food Administration has issued further restrictions on diet – besides meat dishes being rationed, wheat and pastry foods are to be eliminated on Mondays and Wednesday.

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