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News from Bertha and Hewitt's Pasts


25 Years Ago

March 31, 1999

On April 20, voters from Bertha and Hewitt will go to the polls to approve or deny a school district bond issue for $4,625,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities. The bond issue is complicated. Most people understand what a gymnasium is—a classroom for physical education and a space for athletic and musical extra curricular activities. The concept of a family center is more difficult to grasp. The family center would host many programs to benefit children and families: Head Start/ECSE, ECFE, WIC, Maternal Child Health, Todd County Social Services, and more.

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Bertha-Hewitt Band Director Ken Nelson was offered a position in another school district. After reviewing the offer, Nelson has decided to stay with Bertha-Hewitt. Nelson has been at Bertha-Hewitt for 22 years. Ultimately, Nelson said he based his decision on the support he has received from the Bertha and Hewitt communities, and the parents and students.


50 Years Ago

March 30, 1949

Twelve members of the Todd County Rural Youth Group attended the annual spring district rural youth conference in Fergus Falls. Those attending were from Eagle Bend, Clarissa, Long Prairie and pictured is Arwin Lippert of Bertha. Information was presented on various phases of farming.

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Robert Schwantz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Schwantz, won a superior rating with his original oration “Are You Democratic?” at the regional speech festival held in Detroit Lakes. He was chosen by the judges to represent Region 6 in the statewide speech contest to be held in Minneapolis.


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