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Harkening Back

News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

July 30, 1997

Clarissa’s Main Street looked kind of bare as the long overdue street work began last week. Williams Street and Kelly Street will get all new sewer and water lines and will be regraded and resurfaced. The sewer system should provide better drainage and keep the rain out of the city hall and the post office. The street work is welcomed by businesses and homeowners alike, even though there will be some inconvenience getting around town for a while.


Service Unit #20 girl scout troops from Eagle Bend and Bertha-Hewitt held their sixth annual daycamp and sleepover at the Clarissa City Park. “Girl Scout Olympics” was the theme as girls, leaders and parents competed in events such as a balloon toss relay race, egg toss race, broomstick javelin throw, gunny sack races and much more. Medals were given to all girls along with “showers” during the balloon toss relay.

50 Years Ago

July 27, 1972

Members of the Clarissa Fire Department had a most busy weekend, which began at about 9:45 p.m. Friday when a tornado alert was sounded. One death was attributed to the flood when Robert DeBlick, 53, was killed instantly when his car hit a washout on County Road 28 between Clarissa and Eagle Bend. DeBlick was enroute to Eagle Bend to work at his bakery. Following the rising of the flood water on Saturday, a tornado struck this area about 3:20 p.m. uprooting trees and toppling buildings. Governor Wendell Anderson left an impression on most of the people of this vicinity when he took time out of his busy schedule to inspect the damage the raging water of Eagle Creek inflicted on this community. This past weekend of July 21-23 will be long remembered in the Clarissa community as the “weekend of the big flood.”


Fire claimed the lives of Mrs. Jerry Roeser and her two children last Wednesday evening at Warroad. Mrs. Roeser is the former Emily Ensrud, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Ensrud, of this community.



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