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News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

April 16, 1997

Steve Pauly, who was named the Bertha-Hewitt Teacher of the Year for the 1996-1997 school year, said he feels “this is quite an honor, considering the excellent faculty and staff here at Bertha-Hewitt.” Pauly has been a part-time agriculture teacher at the Bertha-Hewitt School for 11 years and has taught part-time in the Verndale School system for five years.


The Bertha-Hewitt D.A.R.E. Program held its graduation on April 7. Joey Browner, former Minnesota Viking’s safety, was the guest speaker. According to D.A.R.E. Officer and Bertha Police Chief Russ VanDenheuvel, the B-H D.A.R.E. Program has had 300 graduates from the program which begin in B-H in the Spring of 1990.

75 Years Ago

April 17, 1947

The Bertha Commercial Club, at its annual meeting in the Congregational Church Parlors, elected seven new Board of Director members, Dr. W.W. Will, F.W. Bottemiller, A.W. Potratz, George Quanbeck, A.L. Englemann, A.J. Hilpert, and R. F. Bassett. The Club will institute at the “Booster Day” program this summer to be held Saturday nights with special prizes.


Adolph Herseth, a graduate of Bertha High School and son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Herseth Sr. last week was awarded one of ten scholarships to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, Mass. He will study with Dr. Serge Koussevitsky, conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For the past two years, he has studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. After graduation from high school in 1939, he attended Luther College in Iowa, graduating in 1943, following which he entered the armed forces and played in Service Bands, the final one with the Navy Band in Manila, P.I.

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