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#5076 02/06/05 03:06 PM
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According to "Henderson Then and Now" Augie Heitkamp, formeer Henderson resident then living in St. Paul, won the Kraut eating contest by eating three pounds in 40 seconds. According to St. Paul Pioneer Press, Augie died Feb 4 at age 92. Augie was a WW II vet and according to the "blue book," he worked in the Kaiser shipyard where the USS Sibley was built. I believe Augie grew up in Henderson and is married to one of the Fraser girls, but maybe Don O could elaborate if he or anyone else can contribute. I met Augie a few times when he was visiting Arnold Sander. During a couple bouts with poor health, Arnold (aka Peetle) recouperated at the Heitkamp home in So. St. Paul.

Now, which one of you wimps is going to top Augies feat at this year's contest?

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I would love to become the Kraut eatin' champ. I just don't think i could stomach it!

It's time we hype up this event. Do we have any takers?

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Indeed, I do remember Augie Heitkamp, and I believe he was married to a Fraser girl. Augie's younger brother, Howard, answered to the not-very-imaginative nickname, "Hikey." The elder Mr. Heitkamp was a jeweler/watch repair man, who did a little bit of everything; you could buy a pair of glasses from him if you could deal with the particular lens he happened to have available. Augie's kraut eating prowess is perhaps suspect, as the rules were not very specific and the judging equally so. What went down (the gullet) in the contest usually came up (behind the grandstand) a few moments later. So... 3-pound in 40-seconds? Maybe. A better judge of the credibility of this might be Judge Terry Dempsey, who claimed the kraut crown in one of the years just prior to or after Augie's fete. Whatever, it doesn't seem to have adversely affected Augie's longevity. Maybe it even contributed to it.


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