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News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

January 1, 1997

The petition to close its township road goes nowhere. The petition was voted down said Bartlett Town Board Chairman Marvin Fuller. “We’re right back to where we were before!” Fuller’s comments were in response to a joint township (Bartlett and Germania) public hearing on December 18. The petition to vacate the road had been presented by Alfred Korfe.

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Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale increased their conference wrestling record to 2-0 and 3-2 overall with a 42-27 defeat Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus. New York Mills and Otter Tail Central are also 2-0 in the conference. The Raiders will wrestle New York Mills on January 9 at New York Mills and Otter Tail Central on January 14 (parents night) at Verndale.


75 Years Ago

January 6, 1947

An accident involving a vehicle and the Burlington-Northern freight train took the life of Mrs. George Jones of Hewitt. Mrs. Jones was a passenger in a car driven by Conrad Hagen of Hewitt. They were returning after a visit with George Jones, a patient at the Bertha Memorial Hospital. The accident occurred at the crossing just west of the post office. It is believed road conditions at the time made it impossible to stop before advancing in front of the locomotives. Mrs. Jones was pronounced dead at the accident site.

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The Bertha-Hewitt Bears basketball team dropped both games in the Glenwood Christmas Tournament. The Bears lost to Glenwood their first night 67 to 59. Steve Kuhnke led the scoring with 15 points and Brad Rach and Dave Theisen each had 13 points. The Bears dropped the consolation game to New London-Spicer 74-64. Dick Sagehorn led the scoring with 17 points and Kuhnke 12. The Bears had a season record of six straight wins going into the tournament.


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