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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

June 24, 1998

Lisa Detloff, daughter of Jerry and Lois Detloff of rural Bertha, was crowned Region Four Dairy Princess on June 19. The competition was held in St. Cloud. Lisa will go on to compete for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair on August 24-26. And a likeness of her will be carved out of butter. Lisa is a sophomore at the University of Crookston where she is majoring in Agricultural Industry and Sales Management.


It is not unusual for a husband and wife to both be included in the dairy industry. Dairy farming is generally a family effort. Dale and Joann Current are both involved in the dairy industry. They live on a farm northeast of Bertha that has cows and horses. However, they are not dairy farmers. Dale works as a field representative for Swiss Valley Farms and Joann works for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA).

50 Years Ago

June 24, 1948

A current resident and a former resident of Bertha figured prominently in the affairs of the American Legion 6th District Convention in Little Falls: Rev. George E. Hartz, the pastor of Bertha Congregational Church, was elected chaplain of the Sixth District and Peter Wagner of Hill City, formerly of Bertha, was elected third vice-commander.


The American Legion Auxiliary held a potluck picnic at the Hewitt Park. After an enjoyable picnic, Mrs. Eunice Mittion presided at the last meeting of the year. The officers of the preceding year with one exception were re-elected. Mrs. Earl Leibold asked to be relieved with Mrs. S. P. Alden replacing her.

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