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Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©

A large iceberg docked at Petersburg’s harbor in the 1930s.

January 27, 1982 - Petersburg Processor’s owner, Ray Wood announced the pending sale of Petersburg Processors to Nelbro Packing Co., an American Company headquartered in Seattle. Wood made the announcement at the Monday night meeting of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Wood explained that due to the expected record 1982 salmon pack this year, he and Bob Resoff decided to sell the company which has operated with Wood at the helm for the past 25 years. Wood said, “In the long run, we decided this was the best way to go. We will need extra canning capacity this year and we also need better machinery.” The company will not only be able to provide new, faster canning equipment for the Petersburg canner, but they will also provide processing for excess fish that can’t be handled in Petersburg.

January 23, 1992 - With only a dim memory of last year’s ashes to blacken the day, the holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed by almost without notice this year in Petersburg. Other than the traditional observance of the holiday by banks, schools and government employees having the day off, there was little celebration in Petersburg. But about 40 people gathered in town at the Sons of Norway Hall to remember the late civil rights leader with an international dance Jan. 19. “We kept it pretty simple for the first year,” said Emmalee Blender who organized the event. “We contacted KFSK and put up fliers, but didn’t advertise too much. We wanted to see how it turned out this year. “The goal was to get people to dance together and enjoy each other,” she said. “We wanted something positive for the community.”

January 24, 2002 - The first issue of the first newspaper in Petersburg, the Progressive, on January 18, 1913 mentioned on Christmas day the Sons of Norway (SON) opened their spacious new hall to the public ‘with most enjoyable entertainment consisting of moving pictures and a concert by Petersburg’s excellent band…showing progressive spirit and keeping abreast of the growth of this thriving little city.’ This Saturday, January 26, the Sons of Norway will celebrate its 90 year anniversary by remembering its history. “It will just be a really nice, reflective kind of time,” said Glo DeBoer, SON president. “A thanksgiving of where we came from, a social.”


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