Historic photo: A.G. Skoglund Harness Shop, Red Wing

The A.G. Skoglund Harness shop was located near a corner at Plum and Fourth streets in Red Wing. His son C.L. Skoglund is in the middle. Photo from the Goodhue County Historical Society collection

For the week of March 28, 2021

25 years ago, 1996

Vasa spoofs our winter with “The Snow Must Go On.” This late winter musical revue was presented by the Vasa choirs, also known as the Vasa Flakes, and was complete with its own royalty – “The King of Flakes,” played by Sid Featherstone. The play covered winter, mid-winter, and spring. The program was sponsored by the worship and music committee and Vasa Lutheran Church.

The Goodhue County Pork Producers held their annual meeting at the Edgewood in Cannon Falls, with 70 members present. President Gerald Meyer presided. The board terms of Gerald Meyer of Red Wing and Yon Kohlnhofer of Lake City expired and new board members were added from Goodhue. Bryan Moon of Old Frontenac gave a presentation on “Born Free.”

50 years ago, 1971

Between 100 and 200 gallons of some type of heavy oil flowed out of a city sewer outlet into a corner of Red Wing’s small boat harbor Saturday. Game Warden Norman Anderson said this morning the resulting slick is trapped in the corner of the harbor, should pose no environmental threat, and is being cleaned up quickly. The oil apparently found its way into the city’s sewer system from the Knudsen Trucking building on West Main St.

Announcement of the Railpax routes still left Red Wing’s future for passenger service uncertain. Milwaukee Railroad president Curtis Crippen couldn’t be reached in Chicago for comment on the routing. A spokesman at his office said no information on routing other than cities for terminals had been received.

Red Wing, colder than a cucumber from the free throw line early in the fourth quarter, regained its shooting eye when the pressure was on late in the contest to subdue a stubborn Rosemount five 72-69 in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota State High School Class A Basketball Tournament. The narrow escape set the team up for a game with the Renville Indians in the semifinal game.

100 years ago, 1921

That interest in the work of women’s clubs is growing in Red Wing was indicated by the large attendance at the joint meeting of the three federated clubs, held at the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday afternoon. Mrs. George J. Allen, president of the Minnesota Federation of Club Women, was present and made a splendid address, which was attentively listened to. Mrs. C. C. Duncan, president of the Woman’s Study Club, was the presiding officer and introduced the speaker.

The frame building on Plum Street, for many years occupied by C.L. Skoglund as a harness shop, was purchased by F.W. Pape as salvage lumber. It is being torn down today. A new and modernly equipped creamery plant will be erected on the site and lot adjoining Becker’s bakery if plans, which has been under reconsideration for some time.

Clement Kruse, 22 and a resident of Cannon Falls, was arrested by Sheriff John A. Anderson this morning on two indictments returned by the grand jury in session the other day. Kruse pleaded guilty to selling moonshine whisky on two occasions. Two fines of one hundred dollars each and costs, amounting to $24.84, were imposed by Judge Albert Johnson. Kruse was then released.

Compiled using news articles and Goodhue County History Center records.

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