Located In:
Itasca County between the cities of Hibbing &
Grand Rapids


Miskovich-Morrow Ball Park; VFW Memorial Park & picnic area; Mike Peluso Outdoor Skating Rink; Swan Lake Country Club 9-hole golf course; Swan Lake public boat landing & fishing dock; groomed trails by the Greenway Snowmobile Club; Mesabi Bike Trail connecting
Ely to Grand Rapids

Former Home to:
Mike Peluso



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"Memories Preserved on Souvenirs"
Pengilly Remembers the Past
Hibbing Daily Tribune
Monday, January 21st, 2008
by Melissa Cox, Staff Writer

PENGILLY — In the 1930s, the first grocery store opened in Pengilly, offering residents a place for their grocery shopping needs.  The Red and White Store eventually became Oja’s, named after the owner. As the grocery store grew, it offered a variety of items and services — all under one roof — including hardware, groceries, a cafeteria, a bakery, a fresh meat market and clothing. Even the post office was housed there, according to historical accounts.  “We had the first mini-mall,” laughed Jean Blaine of Pengilly. “You didn’t have to leave town. We had everything the people needed right here.”  A black and white photograph dated 1958 depicts community members gathered outside Oja’s during Pengilly’s 50-year celebration.  That aged photograph of Oja’s grocery store is featured on one of many Pengilly souvenir mugs that are currently for sale.

Pieces of Pengilly’s history have been preserved in the form of memorabilia in conjunction with Pengilly’s centennial, which is being celebrated Aug. 29, 30 and 31.  Mugs featuring images of businesses in Pengilly over the past 100 years are among the souvenirs the Pengilly Centennial Committee is selling. The Tick Tock Restaurant, owned by Blaine’s parents from 1950 to 1952 when they moved to Pengilly, is among the businesses featured.  Other souvenirs include T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, stuffed toys and buttons. Personalized mugs are also available. Dave Stensrude has been doing most of the design work.
With Pengilly celebrating its centennial this year, the committee thought the souvenirs were a good way to preserve and share memories from over the years, said Blaine.  “It will bring back a lot of good memories for the people of Pengilly,” said Blaine, who is in charge of souvenirs for the Pengilly centennial. Blaine has been working alongside Shirley Marshall.

Blaine became involved because she has spent most of her life and raised a family in Pengilly.  “I have always been involved in some organization,” she said. “I really enjoy doing it and having contact with the people.”  Blaine said they have received terrific response. So far, the committee has sold about 700 mugs and 350 T-shirts.  “The people have been really supportive in buying items,” said Blaine, who added that funds from the sale go toward the centennial celebration. “We really appreciate the support from the community,” she said.

Souvenir merchandise can be purchased by contacting Blaine at 885-2591. To learn more, visit online at www.pengillymn.com.
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