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News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

November 1, 1995

Carolyn Tonneson, a former Bertha-Hewitt High School graduate, was chosen the 1995 Woman of the Year at a banquet sponsored by the Fergus Falls Business and Professional Women. Tonneson is the regional vice president of the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in which she is responsible for all LSS services in 24 counties.

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Mike Stokes, a Star Scout and member of Bertha Troop #59, has completed the Order of the Arrow Ordeal at the Parker Scout Reserve near Brainerd. The purpose of the order is to recognize those campers who best exemplify the scout oath and law in their daily lives and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such a manner as to warrant recognition. Mike is the son of Ronald and Mary Stokes.

75 Years Ago

November 1, 1945

The Bertha Bears beat the Eagle Bend football team 51 to 12 on Bertha’s field Tuesday afternoon. Donovan made three touchdowns, Wayne, two, Vaughn and Harlow each one. Wayne also made eight extra points, all on drop-kicks after touchdowns.

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On Monday evening the Minneapolis Star Journal in an editorial said, “A sports fan from Bertha calls attention apropos the signing of Negro Jackie Robinson for organized baseball to another great colored player, John Donaldson. Bertha, a village of only 500, has a glorious semi-pro baseball history. Back in the 1920s, 8500 paid customers once crowded the town’s park when Donaldson was pitching. At Bertha, he was the hero of the town, a fine player and a respected resident.


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