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Looking Back

News from Bertha and Hewitt's Past

25 Years Ago

August 2, 1995

Bertha City Clerk Dan Hagenson, suspended July 10 after a financial audit revealed roughly $20,000 in city money was “unaccounted for,” has resigned. The city council accepted the resignation of the eight-year employee during a public personnel hearing Monday night and agreed to advertise for a new clerk/treasurer/accountant. Hagenson did not attend the meeting. A mandatory criminal investigation is underway. A county search warrant for Bertha financial records was issued in mid-June when accountant Randy Beinhorn, Staples, discovered the discrepancy.


Bauer Financial Reports Inc., the nation’s foremost bank rating firm, is pleased to announce that the First National Bank of Bertha-Verndale has continuously earned a five-star rating. The bank has contentiously earned Bauer’s five-star rating, the highest award, since September 1, 1993.

75 Years Ago

August 2, 1945

Corporal Carlton B. Tramm, whose wife Leila lives in St. Paul, is entering his 40th month on overseas duty. Carlton entered the Army in March of 1941 and embarked for duty in the Pacific with the 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Division on April 22, 1942.


Mrs. Otto Johnson, Todd County’s oldest resident, passed away at the Thiel Hospital at 3:15 on Sunday morning, July 29, following a month’s illness. She was born March 14, 1846 in Horten, Norway and at the time of her death was 99 years, 4 months and 15 days old. Her girlhood and young adulthood was spent in Norway where she was united in marriage to Otto Johnson on December 30, 1875. They moved to Eagle Bend in 1891 after living in Wisconsin since 1883.

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