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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

August 20, 1997

An assessment was made of the Bertha Sewer Plant by Bolten & Menk Inc., Consulting Engineers and Surveyors out of Burnsville. Mayor Booen summarized the report saying, “The plant was built to have a 20 year design life. It is deteriorating and is 30 years old now. The plant can handle about 400 pounds of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) per day.” To bring the plant up to 850 BOD per day would cost around $509,000. They could build a new sewer plant with a lagoon system for around a million.


Sarah Sellnow, daughter of Bruce and Rebecca Sellnow of rural Bertha, and Theresa Richter, daughter of Dennis and Barb Richter of rural Verndale, participated in the 1997 Blazer Hitter/Setter Volleyball Camp at the College of Saint Benedict from July 27-30.

75 Years Ago

August 21, 1947

The Bertha School opens September 2. The faculty: L.W. Anderson, superintendent and band director; Henry Drews, H.S. principal and science; Lee Henningsgaard, coach, phy. ed. and Jr. High science; Elaine Nelson, music and English; Clare Bishop, home ec and seventh and eighth grade social sciences; Eunice Mitton, library and seventh and eighth grade subjects: Gladys Schmidt, commercial and phy. ed.; Sylvester Haney, social studies and Boy Scouts: Mrs. Irene Burnett, sixth grade; Mrs. W. Bottemiller, fourth and fifth; Mrs. Mildred Olson, third; Mrs. Alice Rehman, second; and Mrs. Carol Bode, first grade.


The Bertha H.S. Band will give a concert on Saturday evening between the Herald office and the Olson and Quanbeck store at 8 p.m. This will mark the first local appearance of the band in its new uniforms.

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