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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

October 29, 1997

According to Superintendent Larry Werder, “The Bertha-Hewitt School tax referendum ($315 per pupil), if passed by voters on November 4, would again prove that Bertha-Hewitt people are willing to support education. The referendum would raise $229,927 for the district. The State Department of Children, Families and Learning projects the state will pay $205,390 of the revenue. Local taxpayers will pay $24,537.


If they can raise the money, the Verndale School Board and the Minnesota State High School League approve it...the Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale wrestling team will be going to compete in a wrestling tournament in Logandale, Nevada from December 18-21. The tournament would take place on December 20. According to Head Coach Steve Techam, teams from Nevada, Arizona and Utah will be participating. They would have to raise $55,000 for the trip.

75 Years Ago

October 30, 1947

The Bertha High School will hold its annual Fall Carnival on October 31. The main attraction will be crowning the Carnival Queen. The candidates are: seventh and eighth grades, Devona Gruber, Carl Zutter and Delmar Kotz, manager; ninth grade, Wanda Wegner, Barbara Sundquist, manager; 10th grade Elaine Hartung, Ervin Schlichting, manager; 11th grade Phyllis Bluhm, Lois Gruber, manager; and 12th grade Audrey Cameron, Karl Bottemiller, manager. Bingo has been added to the program. A new addition is a motion picture of town people. Elementary grades will present the operetta “Hansel and Gretel.”


A fire apparently started near a defective chimney when one of Bertha’s oldest buildings, known as the Old Hotel, was damaged. The library housed in the building received the greatest damage. The Steinkrause Mercantile Co., also housed in the building received little damage. J.C. Miller, the owner, has no immediate plans for repairs.

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