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News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

June 12, 1996

The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Track Team placed fifth in the team totals at the Class A State Track and Field Meet. Charlene Butler and Kay Fuller were able to score 30 points which was four points behind the runner-up team, Sartell, and nine points behind the state champions, Breckenridge.

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Hewitt will have welcoming banners adorning its city streets in the next few weeks if everything goes according to plan. Lori Ostrowski and Alex Weego of the Hewitt Revitalization Group asked at the meeting if they could come up with a way to economically mount the banners. They were told to go with the $90 for the clamps and angle irons. The council agreed to pay half of the cost.


75 Years Ago

June 13, 1946

A three-column story was in the Sunday edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press accompanied by a picture of J.C. Miller of Bertha, together with Joe Hutton and Vern Mikkelson, star athlete at Hamline University. The article recalled Mr. Miller’s contribution to the Hamline Athletic Program in past years. Hamline University’s recent commencement exercises brought together what is thought to be the Piper’s oldest and youngest “H” men. Oldest is J.C. Miller, 83, Bertha, and the youngest is Vern Mikkelson, towering 6’6”, center for last winter’s Hamline’s basketball team.

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Pvt. Robert Truax, son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Truax of Hewitt, has completed eight weeks of training as a surgical technician at the Medical Department Enlisted Technicians School, Brooke Army Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.


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