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Harkening Back

News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

November 19, 1997

The Clarissa City Council hired Jonathan Barber of Burtrum as the new police chief starting December 1. He will replace retiring Chief Red Hulke. Barber is a graduate of Swanville High School and the Alexandria College law enforcement program. He has been working part-time for the Browerville Police Department for two and a half years and part-time for the Todd County Sheriff’s Department the past year. He was offered a salary of $17,000 a year with a raise to $18,000 a year after six months of probation.


Tibby’s Laundromat, which is located at the back entrance of Tibby’s Cafe in Clarissa, is now open for business. The newly remodeled facility is equipped with eight new regular-sized washers, two new large-capacity washers and six new dryers. The motto is “Dry your outers while you feed your innards.”

50 Years Ago

November 16, 1972

Late word is that the mayor of Clarissa wears a different type of hunting outfit. We hear he was seen wearing pajamas while shooting at a deer. (We assume they were red in color!) It seems that the mayor rushed from the hunting bus in the early morning hours when he saw a deer and only had time to put his boots on!


The Clarissa United Fund Drive for 12 charitable organizations for this year raised a total of $964.05 which was reported this week by the committee in charge. This amount is the highest that has been collected in this area since the beginning of the annual drive.



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