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News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

December 20, 1995

The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders returned to New York Mills to defend their title. The Raiders' first opponent was Eagle Valley. Eagle Valley has a young and inexperienced team this year and the Raiders came away with a 66-9 victory. In the second round, Moorhead was defeated 33-31. Even though the Raiders were only able to win 6 of 13 matches, BHV had more pins.


Lynn Teigland wondered why the market value on his home was raised and why his city taxes were raised when the water quality in Bertha continued to decline. The answer? The city needed to raise its taxes because it lost some government aid in the amount of $8100. The taxes were raised about $2102 more than the last five years.

75 Years Ago

December 20, 1945

C.L. Blakeslee, Todd County Agent since 1934, has resigned to accept the appointment as county agent in Freeborn County with headquarters in Albert Lea. The resignation becomes effective on January 15.


The Bertha Bears High School Basketball Team came from behind against the Verndale Pirates to win a hard-fought game with a score of 21-20. The following game had a different ending as Long Prairie tallied up a 45-27 win over the Bears.

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