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News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

July 12, 1995

Both cafes in Clarissa received a fresh coat of paint early this summer. Tom Thibodeau put a new coat on Tibby’s Cafe and Leon Vetsch and Jerry Ringwelski gave L & B’s a new look.

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Michael Hosner, a 1985 graduate of Clarissa High School, graduated from Dunwoody Technical Institute on June 9 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Drafting and estimating. He completed the course with a 3.91 GPA and he is now employed as a project manager with Socon Construction of Minneapolis. Michael is the son of Mrs. Louise Drajna of Clarissa.


50 Years Ago

July 9, 1970

Sponsored by four Clarissa businesses, David Cook, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Cook, has built a car which he has entered in the 1970 Soap Box Derby. The Farmer’s State Bank, Hansen Lumber Company, Clarissa Union 76 and Ray’s Car Sales footed the bill for the materials David used in building the race entry. According to the official derby rules, the total cost of the car must not exceed $35 exclusive of the wheels, axles, steering assembly and paint. David’s car was constructed for less than $50 for all materials used.

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Two churches in the Clarissa community were introduced to new pastors recently. Reverend LaVerne Johnson met the congregation of the Clarissa United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 28 at his first service here in town, while Father Walter Bednark read his first Sunday mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on the same day. Reverend Johnson replaces Reverend Leo Hagmann as pastor of the Clarissa, Eagle Bend and Clotho Methodist Churches. Reverend Hagmann has been appointed to the Crosby-Deerwood Church after serving for three years in Clarissa.

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