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Harkening Back

News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

January 7, 1998

Gas and Goodies, the new convenience story on Highway 71 in Clarissa, has been up and running for over a month now. The station offers gas and diesel fuel. They have groceries, videos, Piccadilly subs and pizza. Inside there is a seating area that will accommodate about two dozen people. They are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The station is owned by three investors from Ottertail, Perham and Haykeye, Iowa. It is managed by Kathy Seifert of Ottertail. Also pictured are Shannon Motl and Lisa Decker.


Minnesota Illustrators, Jim Stahl and Joel Fashingbauer, will be appearing at Freshwater Education District schools the week of January 12-15. Stahl will be appearing at Eagle Valley, Motley, Staples, Bertha-Hewitt and Long Prairie elementary schools. During his presentation, Stahl will share several pieces of his original art and describe his illustration process for The Tiny String of Pearls and Red, as well as other projects he has been involved with.

50 Years Ago

January 4, 1973

The sixth grade social studies class finished a study of Old World background before the holidays. The students selected foreign nations for their individual project. Letters were sent to foreign embassies in Washington and New York for special information about the nations chosen for study.


The year 1972 will long be remembered in the Clarissa community as the year of the big flood. It was the weekend of July 23 that one of the worst disasters in history hit this area, causing one death, some injuries, demolished one house and totaled thousands of dollars in property loss and personal damage within the village and the surrounding farm area.

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