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Looking Back

News from Bertha's Past

February 1, 1995

Back in 1953 is when it all began for a small seed and fertilizer company started by Oliver Larson of Bertha. Larson Farm Service was owned and operated by Oliver Larson, his wife Nina and their family. Forty years passed and the youngest of the Larson family came home to take over the business. Bob Larson purchased the business on January 1 1993. On November 1, 1994 Bob and his wife Janie bought the feed mill located in downtown Bertha.


After a split decision by the judges (the top three schools each received a first place ranking) Bertha-Hewitt’s contest one act, The Play’s the Thing placed third behind Wadena and Staples. Kristen Finke and David Hartman received starred performances.

75 Years Ago

February 1, 1945

Effective February1, it will be necessary for all electric service users, wherever located, to comply with the so-called brown-out order of the War Production Board. Outdoor decorations and advertising lighting must be reduced to certain minimum requirements. The purpose of the order is to save coal and other fuels.


Word was received that Pfc. Lyle Weaver, previously reported missing in action, is now a prisoner of war in Germany. His brother Pvt. Lawrence Weaver is serving in France in the Engineer Corps. The boys are sons of James Weaver, former residents of the Wrighstown community.

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