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Looking Back

News from Bertha and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

May 5, 1999

Chuck Margerum has been the principal for Bertha-Hewitt School grades 7-12 for 29 years. The class of 1999 will be the last graduates of the millennium and the first class to have Mr. Margerum as their principal. Margerum didn’t dream of being a principal when he was a boy growing up in Pembina, North Dakota with five sisters and three brothers. Several of his siblings have been involved in education. His passion was for sports.


The Bertha City Council held a special meeting on April 28 to discuss the availability of housing in Bertha. The council voted to purchase the Robert South property, located at the north end of Second Avenue across from the trailer park. The city purchased the property for $5050. The MPCA gave the council the go ahead to clean up the property.

50 Years Ago

May 5, 1949

The broadcast of the annual spring concert of the Bertha High School Music Department last Friday evening apparently met with unanimous approval of everyone concerned. The Bertha Commercial Club, sponsors of the broadcast, are already laying plans to broadcast the concert next year. A well planned program under the direction of E. Allen Lind, director of music, found practically every musical group in the school in the program.


We can still use a few more pickle growers. Any farmers interested in planting pickles for our Hewitt Station please see Vern Kern at Hewitt or N.P. Miller at Bertha. —M.A. Gedney Co.



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