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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

June 11, 1997

Charlene Butler arrived at the National Sports Center in Blaine for the sixth year on Friday. Butler arrived with anticipation as she had high hopes of ending her career with a repeat championship in the long jump and trying to add to her nine medals already collected at the state track meet. She set a new Class A long jump record and all-time state record of 19-0 while winning the 1997 state title.


Bertha’s Sports Boosters Penny Auction is a big deal in Bertha. Not only do those who go get a chance to bid on great merchandise, but the Bertha-Hewitt Sports Boosters make money to keep school athletes looking good and performing well. The penny auction was started by Roland Gilbert several years ago. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, said Roland who had lived in New Hampshire says they have penny auctions in the east all the time.

75 Years Ago

June 12, 1947

The annual Bertha-Hewitt Community Crow Hunt came to an end with the “Even” group headed by Bud Englemann and Bill Cary coming out on top by a score of 20,615 to 17,625 for the “Odds” headed by Arve Hokanson and Lawrence Doty. On both teams, Hewitt hunters proved to be the class of the Sportsmen’s Club. The Hewitt “Even” team members turned in 11,530 points and Bertha members 9085. On the “Odd” side, Hewitt hunters marked up 12,390 points against 5235 for their Bertha brethren. The annual feed will be held at the Hewitt Community Hall.


“Flying Aces” a nationally known aerial circus, will stage a thrilling air show at the Wadena Municipal Airport on June 15. It will include aerial acrobatics in a glider, delayed parachute jump, acrobatics and smoke demonstrations by a Boeing P-12, high spec acrobatics by a Seversky P-35, “Crazy Cab” demonstration, races by light planes from throughout the Upper Midwest and spot landing contests.


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