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News from Bertha and Hewitt's Pasts


25 Years Ago

May 26, 1999

Maynard Hemmah from the Detroit Lakes area worked on a chainsaw carving of a bear on Wednesday, May 19. Students watched as he worked. The bear statue was funded mostly by a donation given to the school in memory of Kristi Niemela.

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Superintendent Larry Werder informed the board that Bertha-Hewitt may qualify for all day, every day kindergarten. According to new legislation, Werder said, “All day, every day kindergarten is funded for schools with more than 30% free or reduced lunches.” At Bertha-Hewitt 54% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches.


50 Years Ago

May 26, 1949

The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary of Hewitt in connection with the grade school teachers, are sponsoring a Memorial Day Program at the Community Hall. Rev. Ireland of Wadena will be the speaker. Business places will close at 9:30 a.m. and will remain closed until after the services.

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Funeral services for Stanley Aldrich, who was killed in action in France on November 8, 1944, will be held in Bertha on Friday afternoon, May 27 at 2 p.m. The services will be held at the Domian Memorial Home. Lt. Aldrich will be buried with full military honors. He was the son of Mrs. Marget J. Aldrich and the late H.S. Aldrich of Wrightstown. He was inducted into the Army on July 21, 1942, graduated from officers training school at Ft. Benning, Ga., in early 1944. On September 8, he sailed for active duty in France where he gave his life for his country two months later.


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