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Looking Back

News from Bertha and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

January 20, 1999

“In the back of my mind, I’ve always wanted to have my own shop,” said Kent Smith. He went to Staples Technical College for machine trades, worked for several years and then went after his dream. In January of 1989, Smith started Diamond Tool and Engineering, Inc. in Bertha. Diamond Tool has grown and in December 1998, Smith learned that Diamond tool was getting a $90,000 loan from the Minnesota Trade and Economic Development. Along with other loans totaling more than $600,000, Smith expects to create 15 new jobs.


Sno Daze king and queen candidates are Matt Fransen, Angie Graphenteen, Luke Wilhelmi, Tabitha Hennagir, Derek Denny, Katherine Ervasti, Chris Camacho and Kim Johnson. Coronation will be held on Tuesday, February 2. Emcees for the program will be Andrea Ashbaugh and Barry Kuhnke.


Ashbaugh informed the council that Bob Larson is willing to sell the three to four acre piece of property which is next to his parent’s home and goes up to the old hospital if the city wants to develop it into a new housing area. Booen said that he has heard two proposals to build houses.


Katherine Ervasti and Derek Denny, high school seniors, will represent Bertha-Hewitt in the Minnesota State High School League’s Academics, Arts and Athletics award program.



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