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Harkening Back

News from Clarissa's Past

25 Years Ago

July 3, 1996

After months of searching for a building large enough to accommodate their growing tool inventory, the Sentence to Service program found a vacant building in Clarissa. It formerly housed Chuck Godding’s business, and prior to that, was a blacksmith shop. Wayne Wendel, probation and parole agent for Todd-Wadena, is the coordinator. Charlie Tuorila of Nimrod is the crew leader. His assistants are Dave Meierding and Bill Zaic. Tuorila explained they had used the old Thread Shed next to the county highway department in Long Prairie as their headquarters, but they outgrew it.


The Eagle Valley troop has six boys in the Boy Scout program. They went to Camp Wilderness from June 9-15. The camp is located about 12 miles northeast of Park Rapids. The boys earned the Herman Stern Award for having a well-kept campsite and for conservation of the camp according to Den Mother Mary Yates. A highlight of the camp this year for two of the boys, Mark Yates and Andy VanHeel, was the Tower Venture and C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) where they learned cooperation, communication, trust and leadership.

50 Years Ago

July 1, 1971

Bob’s De Laval, local dealer for Clay Equipment Corp., serving the Clarissa area, has been awarded membership in the Clay 500 Club for 1971. This is an organization of outstanding dealers throughout the country who have distinguished themselves in the sales, installation and service of Clay “pushbutton” farm equipment.


Two local young ladies participated in the Miss Vacationland Pageant sponsored by the Wadena Jaycees at Wadena last Saturday evening. They were Jan Larson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Larson, and Sandi Christianson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Fahrenholz. Jan was sponsored by Harley Rock Picker Company.


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