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Harkening Back

News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

December 30, 1998

Brian DeWolf, project engineer representing the city’s new engineering firm, Bolton and Menk, presented a report to the Clarissa City Council on the proposed waste water and water system improvements project. The report identified four problems for the city to correct: to provide service to about 20 homes on the west side of County Road 11, replace water mains that are too small, replace antiquated water treatment plant and increase water storage capacity.


The Clarissa Fire Department was called to the Vic Carlson residence, west of Clarissa, for a chimney fire on Christmas Eve day. At about the same time, a fire truck was needed to put out a fire in a dumpster by the city garage.

50 Years Ago

December 29, 1973

Darwin Hetland, a well known Todd County farmer, was named to the county Agricultural Stabilization and Concentration Committee by delegates at a meeting held on December 17 in the conference room at the First National Bank of Long Prairie. The delegates also elected David Anderson and Richard Gmyrek as the first and second alternates on the committee.


One of the most enjoyable sounds at Christmas time in Clarissa is when local choir students of Clarissa High School sing familiar Christmas carols on Main Street and at individual business places. Businessmen, employees and shoppers all anticipate the annual appearance of the carolers.

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