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Harkening Back

News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

April 9, 1997

The Clarissa Centennial Beautification Committee, Loretta Johnson, Leora and Wayne Lundstrom are working to make Clarissa shine. The committee will have free starter kits of marigolds for this beautification project. All businesses are encouraged to get their free starter kits at Clarissa Valu-Rite Drug and Floral.


The Clarissa City Council opened its meeting with the annual tax assessment hearing. The value of the old grocery store building now owned by Battle Lake Outdoors was lowered from $18,300 to $12,000. A 33-foot lot with an old house owned by Amy Marlow was reduced from $2300 to $1300.

50 Years Ago

April 6, 1972

Seven people were involved in a car and pickup truck collision late March 31 at about 12:30. The accident occurred on Todd County Road 11, one mile south of Clarissa. Four people were injured. Most seriously injured in the crash was Elmer Clark, driver of the pickup. He was taken via ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Browerville and then transferred to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of a possible broken vertebra in the neck. The driver of the car was Robert Host, who with his wife, Sharon and a nephew David Lisson, age 15, was also taken to St. John’s Hospital, treated for injuries and released. The three Host children, Donna, 8, Gena, 11, and Dale, 7, were also examined but were not injured.

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