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Looking Back

News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

July 3, 1996

The Bertha-Hewitt Marching Band finished a very successful week by bringing home two first-place trophies. At the Wadena June Jubilee parade, the B-H Band won first place in Class A competition followed by New York Mills. The Alexandria Vikingland Band Festival had Bertha-Hewitt winning first in Class A. The B-H Band will now take a short break before continuing their parade schedule on July 13 in Bertha and July 14 in Lakeville and Hopkins.


The Wagon Wheel Cafe in Hewitt is under new management for at least the next two months. Lori Kahles of Perham has leased the cafe for June, July and August. “If it’s feasible to go on with it, I will,” said Kahles. She said Sundays have been tremendous and it had been worthwhile to stay open until 8 p.m.

75 Years Ago

July 6, 1946

Hitting this community for the fourth time within a month, a hard hail storm caused further damage to gardens and crops. The hail, interspersed with torrential rains, fell intermittently for over three hours. A local reading showed four inches of rain fell, flooding fields and roads, and piling hailstones in huge windrows as the water ran off. Many farmers reported a complete crop loss.


Relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Gossell to attend an open house which was held in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.


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