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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

May 1, 1996

Gary Robben of Bertha is one of 12 new directors elected to serve on the corporate board of directors of the Mid-America Dairymen Inc. He was elected to the board at the dairy cooperative’s 28th annual meeting held on March 25 in Kansas City, Missouri. Mid-Am’s corporate board now has 46 directors from the cooperative’s 10 membership divisions. Robben and his wife Sally have a 320-acre farm near Bertha.


Several B-H band students did well at the Sub-section IV solo-ensemble contest which was held in Pillager on March 26. Thirteen superior and six excellent ratings were earned during the contest. Director Ken Nelson stated, “All of the B-H students are to be commended for their hard work, and they are better musicians for participating.” Participants were: Amanda Blashack, Shelly Brown, Tracy Smith, Erica Rach, Michelle Erickson, Luke Teigland, Carrie Ward, Travis Thiel, Jenny Anderson, Susan Snorek, Matt Ervasti, Staci Sieling, Kim Nelson, Paul Ervasti, Billy Ward, Derek Stach, Tasha Boehland, Kris Cain, Candi Bowman, and Chad Smith.

75 Years Ago

May 2, 1946

Bertha’s long-awaited locker plant began operation this week when the first fifty people who had signed up for lockers were notified they could begin storing their food products in the huge freezer. Mr. E.E. Hitter, the owner of the plant, announced the facilities of the plant would be made available to additional signers on a first-come, first-serve basis. The plant has 400 lockers installed. Mr. Hitter believes this will be far short of the community’s needs. Another 176 were installed in June.


It appears the local baseball club is running into difficulties which almost brought the season to a close before it had begun. The team lost its two most valuable players, Harry Harlow, who has signed to play with the Grand Forks team of the Northern Professional League, and Gordon Goodale, who has decided to cast his lot with another team.

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