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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

December 17, 1997

Donations are being taken in a fundraiser which has seen established by the Henry and Viola Yoder family of rural Bertha. Lester was born prematurely and large medical expenses were incurred. The family is without insurance. As part of the fundraiser a “Royal Star of Minnesota” quilt which is 91x106 in dimensions and handmade by Viola Yoder will be given away. Tickets can be purchased for $1 each.


The proposal for the waste water treatment facility in Bertha was put on hold this month because there was not a full council available to read the proposal from Rieke, Carroll, Muller, Associates, Inc. (RCM). Once again Jim Miller and Michael Foreman from RCM were on hand at the meeting to discuss the proposal and answer questions from the council. The cost for RCM to do the planning is approximately $24,800 and it will take around 200 days to complete.

75 Years Ago

December 18, 1947

In a message to the Herald this week, Santa Claus informed us that on Saturday he will stop in Bertha. “I am just about ready to leave the North Pole,” Santa’s message read, “And I expect to be in Bertha about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. I hope that there will be many, many children there to greet me. I will have some good things for all of them.”


In a transaction consummated this week, Harold Dull disposed of his interest in the Farmers Feed and Produce Company, selling to Donald Sonstegard of Paynesville.

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