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Harkening Back

News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

September 10, 1997

Dick Baso, owner of Sunnybrook Auto Sales, and Don Aspengren, sales manager, moved a fleet of used vehicles into Clarissa on Friday as the new car lot opened its doors. Located on Highway 71, next to the new convenience store, they will be open Monday through Friday from 9-6 and Saturday from 9-3. More vehicles are available at Sunnybrook Auto’s lots in Wadena and Menahga. They will buy, sell and consign vehicles. All vehicles are reconditioned before they leave the lot.


Police Chief Dewayne (Red) Hulke presented a letter of resignation to the Clarissa City Council which was accepted. Hulke said, “I have enjoyed the last 10 years in this community and I plan to spend many more here.” The council told him they were sorry to see him retire.

50 Years Ago

September 7, 1972

J. W. Musslewhite, a second-year driver out of Clarissa, has been one of the drivers plagued by “tough luck” at the Viking Speedway. One of these misfortunes was running out of gas with two laps to go and he had a six-car length lead. A few others were the battery falling out and breaking up and the motor mounts breaking loose. If it weren’t for these misfortunes, he would have had a great year.


A former pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clarissa, Royal Peterson of Lincoln, Nebraska, will speak at the 10 a.m. worship service at Immanuel Lutheran this coming Sunday. On Monday evening at 8 p.m. he will speak and present pictures of the Holy Land and other countries that he visited during the past year.


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