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News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

April 24, 1996

Mary Snorek, choir director and video crew advisor at the Bertha-Hewitt School, has been selected to receive the Bemidji State University Department of Professional Education Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame Award. According to a letter that Snorek received from BSU, “The selection committee found your credentials to be of the highest quality and truly representative of excellence in teaching.”

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Miss Tasha Boehland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boehland of Bertha, and Miss Erica Rach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Rach of Bertha, were selected to represent the Bertha-Hewitt High School and the Bertha American Legion Auxiliary at the 50th annual session of Minnesota Girl’s State that is being held at Bethel College in June. Chris Chase, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Chase of Bertha, will represent the school and the Bertha American Legion, William Larson Post #366 at the 48th Annual Boy’s State session to be held at St. Olaf College Universality campus in June.


75 Years Ago

April 25, 1946

Prying open the rear door with a wrecking bar, hijackers thought to be members of a professional ring operating in Minnesota, took 55 cases of liquor valued between $1500 and $2000 from the local municipal liquor store. It was estimated the liquor weighed nearly a ton, indicating the vandals operated with a truck parked at the rear of the building. Operatives from the sheriff’s office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrived in the village shortly after the crime was discovered.

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S-Sgt. Orville Thiel, chief clerk of the 25th Ordinance Office at Osaka, Japan, had written about his visit with his brother, Sgt. Gerald Thiel, an electrician at the evacuation hospital of Oshi. It was a glad day for both boys, not having seen each other for 18 months.


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