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Five Years Ago
May 14, 2009

Phillips County Raceway fans will see a significant change in the stock car racetrack this year, as the Holyoke Racing Group is nearing completion of converting the track from a half-mile to a 3/8-mile track.

Holyoke Alternative School students provided research information at the May 5 meeting of the Holyoke School Board. The project focused on “Bridging the Gap” between the alternative high school, HHS and the community.

The Colorado Children’s Hospital Junglemobile visited Holyoke Elementary School on May 11 to teach safety and injury prevention to the students as part of the activities being sponsored by Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation’s triathlon event.


Ten Years Ago

May 13, 2004

Master electrician Rodney Bolin, owner and operator of Prairie Electric, is now offering residential, commercial and industrial maintenance services to Holyoke and the surrounding area.

A total of 851 Rocky Mountain junipers were replanted on May 7 to replace a “living snow fence” that was destroyed in a series of prairie fires along Highway 385 on March 22.

Four years after replacing the runway at the Holyoke Municipal Airport, city officials have voted to proceed with the next phase of the project to resurface all of the asphalt surrounding the hangars.


Twenty-Five Years Ago
May 18, 1989

With an official groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday afternoon, May 11, construction on the D&D Farms Inc. confinement hog operation in Phillips County, southeast of Holyoke, is scheduled to begin this week.

Holyoke School District head cook Ardis Conklin and bus driver Mabel Triplette have announced plans to retire this year. Conklin has worked in the school cafeteria for 21 years, and Triplette has been a bus driver for 14 years.

Gary Morrill began his duties last week as the new Holyoke Swimming Pool manager.

John and Tammy Crookshank from Torrington, Wyo., have started bringing a mobile CAT scan unit to Melissa Memorial Hospital on a weekly basis to save local people from having to travel to have a CAT scan.


Forty Years Ago

May 16, 1974

Mary Thornton, Phillips County undersheriff, is the new president of the Northeastern Colorado Peace Officers Association. She is the first woman to hold this office in the NE association and possibly in the state.

Jill Lutze, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Lutze, placed first in the 100-yard dash and fourth in the 220-yard dash at the district track meet on May 10 in Johnstown, qualifying her to participate in the state track meet to be held in Denver on May 18.


Fifty Years Ago

May 14, 1964

Work is expected to get under way soon on an addition to the rabbit and poultry exhibit building at the Phillips County Fairgrounds.

Effective May 9, by order of the Phillips County Commissioners, precincts 5, 6 and South 1 have been discontinued and combined with other precincts.

Sixty Holyoke High School seniors checked in books and equipment yesterday morning and were dismissed. They will receive their diplomas this evening at commencement exercises.


Holyoke Enterprise May 15, 2014