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Looking Back


News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

March 5, 1997

Where can you get what’s sure to become your favorite sweatshirt for this year (and years to come)? You can get one of these Bertha Centennial Sweatshirts at Schultz Drug, or you could get it from many other stores in Bertha like: All Star Service, Bertha Farm Supply, Bertha Frozen Foods, Corner Market, First National Bank, House of Hair Design, Orrin’s Hardware/The Family Store and at Sandy’s Gifts. The Bertha Commercial Club/Centennial Committee is also hard at work putting together a historical booklet, a centennial cookbook and a centennial newspaper.

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It’s 11 p.m. Do you know where your local police officer is? You can find out what your local police departments, the Todd County Sheriff’s Department, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota State Patrol and other community police-related prevention programs do to keep our communities safe at a Citizen’s Police Academy being hosted by the Bertha Police Department. The class is being offered through Bertha-Hewitt Community Education. The classes are sponsored by the Todd County S.A.L.T. ( Seniors and Lawmen Together).


75 Years Ago

March 6, 1947

The first auction sale of the season in this community will be held at the J.H. Soeffner farm, eight miles east of Bertha on March 10. He will offer a fine line of farm machinery, hay and feed, horses and harnesses, seed corn and oats, household goods, and 31 purebred Duroc hogs.

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American Legion Corner: Each Thursday, between 10:30 and 11 a.m., Mr. R.A. Nelson of the Veterans Administration will be at the Bertha Hardware, to help you with your problems. Make use of this service. The Tuesday night meeting was very well attended with Mr. Nelson discussing veterans’ benefits. Bob Aldrich, Harvey Swenson, Melvin Sagehorn and Leonard Hubrig did a fine job as hosts, serving sandwiches, cake and coffee. St. Patrick’s Eve the American Legion and Auxiliary will stage a benefit card party at the schoolhouse.


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