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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

September 2, 1998

There will be new faces at Bertha-Hewitt. Jane Swanson will be teaching seventh through twelfth grade science. She will also help operate Swanson’s Dairy north of Bertha. Patty Ward will be the special education teacher for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Christine Staples will be teaching business education. This is her first teaching position.


Reverend Stan Lynch, pastor at the Hewitt Church of the Nazarene, performed 33 baptisms on Sunday, August 30. Citizens and church parishioners alike were baptized. According to Mrs. Lynch, there were people from Hewitt, Bertha, Clarissa, Wadena and Brainerd who were baptized. The age range of those baptized was from age four to the 80s. The baptism ceremony was the climax of the week of revival meetings.

50 Years Ago

September 2, 1948

The hiring of six new teachers has completed the faculty of the Bertha Public School. Miss Sylvia Alich of Border, third grade; Mr. John Kne, Chilsolm, history and coach; Mr. Allen Lind, St. Louis Park, music; Mrs. Agnes Bassett, Bertha, math and English; Mrs. Arnold Kujath, Garden City, English and speech; and Mr. Arnold Kujath, superintendent. The lunch program will begin September 13 with a charge of 20 cents per meal. Farmers needing their boys for harvesting may arrange it with the principal and have the boys excused with the understanding that the school work missed must be made up.


The Hewitt Board of Education announced that David Brown of Fergus Falls has been secured as superintendent for the coming school year.


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