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Harkening Back

News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

September 3, 1997

Rose Petersen recently returned to Clarissa after a trip to Washington D.C. where she attended the International Society of Poets Convention held on August 8-10. Her poem, “To My Brother,” was the first step in getting her there. She submitted the poem to The National Library of Poetry. The poem was a semi-finalist in the North American Open Poetry Contest and was published in the book of poetry called “Tracing Shadows.”


A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 71 and County Road 89 on Tuesday, August 26 at 5:14 p.m. A Dr. Pepper truck driven by Randolph Balaski of Little Falls was traveling on Highway 71 and struck a 1980 Chevy pickup driven by Owen Prather of Clarissa which was crossing 71. Prather was taken by ambulance to the Long Prairie Hospital, and was treated, and released.

50 Years Ago

August 31, 1972

The Clarissa High School broke all previous records for enrollment last Wednesday when a total of 270 students were registered on the opening day. The elementary enrollment was 224, a drop of 16 students from last year. These figures include the enrollment in the elementary and secondary special education classes.


The Royal Neighbors held their annual picnic on Tuesday, August 8 on the lawn of the Gil Wiltermuth home. Mrs. John Pachen, Mrs. Helen Johnson and Mrs. Reno Lundquist served as hostesses.


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