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Looking Back

News from Bertha and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

September 16, 1998

At 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night, the Bertha Fire Department responded to a fire at Bertha Frozen Foods. Soon after, the Eagle Bend Fire Department was called to the scene to supply a pumper and manpower. Flames had reached the roof by the time the Eagle Bend Fire Department arrived. Firefighters from Clarissa and Hewitt also worked to get the blaze under control. People clustered in the streets on the sidewalks in front of Schultz Drug, Orrin’s Hardware and the Corner Market to watch the flames eat up Bertha Frozen Foods and the vacant building where Sandy’s Gift Shop used to be located. Owner Jerry Dahms suited up for the fire. They were able to save the Bertha Museum, Bertha City Hall and the Municipal Liquor Store. The fire marshal speculated the cause of the fire may have been faulty compressor wiring.


The Bertha-Hewitt Homecoming queen candidates for 1998 are: Angie Graphenteen, Tabitha Hennagir, Andrea Ashbaugh and Katherine Ervasti. Bertha-Hewitt Homecoming is the week of September 21-25. Coronation will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

50 Years Ago

September 16, 1948

From the school notes: We would suggest that if candidates want votes from teachers they should not distribute literature by airplane during school hours. Last Monday, a plane flew over, dropping leaflets and our whole ninth grade gawked out of the window until the last one fell to earth. It seemed a long time and caused much disturbance. A point was made in not voting for the candidate. The fact he was a Democrat had nothing to do with the vote.


Superintendent and Mrs. David Brown and children moved from Fergus Falls to Hewitt on Saturday to live in the former George Bryce residence. Mr. Brown is superintendent of the Hewitt Public School.


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