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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts


25 Years Ago

March 4, 1998

The First National Bank of Bertha-Verndale paid tribute to Merle and Priscilla Larson by presenting their daughters Kris, Karla and Kari with framed memorials. Chairman of the Bank Board Harry Wahlquist read and presented the daughters with the framed tributes. Merle was a former owner of the bank and Pricilla was on the bank board when they were killed in a car accident just before last Christmas. The other bank officers pictured are: Ken Ashbaugh, Ken Blaske, Duane Kneisl, Donovan Cary and Robert Preston.

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Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale’s Wrestling Coach Steve Techam seems a bit awed by the publicity he’s getting. Parents, friends, and present and former wrestlers have organized an appreciation party for him at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at the Verndale School gym. Techam has taught social studies and driver’s training at the Verndale School since 1969 and has been the wrestling coach for 25 years. The wrestling program began in Verndale in 1972 and combined with Bertha-Hewitt in 1981.


75 Years Ago

March 4, 1948

On Friday, W.K. Bottemiller drove to St. Paul, accompanied by 24 farmers who attended the Triple A Convention. The trip was arranged by William Heuer, and Secretary of Agriculture Clinton Anderson was the principle speaker.

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Todd County 4-H Clubs are cooperating with the Bertha Hardware and Surge dealer in sponsoring a series of educational meetings on the production of dairy products throughout Todd County beginning March 6. The main feature of the meetings will be the showing of the film “No Hand Stripping”, which was edited by Dr. W.E. Peterson, University Farm.


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