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Looking Back


News from Bertha's and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

July 24, 1996

The Bertha-Hewitt Marching Band claimed three grand champion trophies in the past two weeks of competition. On July 14, the band won grand champion at the Lakeville Panorama Days and also at the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Parade. On July 21, the band performed in the Detroit Lakes Water Carnival. Again Bertha-Hewitt won the grand champion award. Director Ken Nelson commented, “It was no surprise that this group won six first-place awards. The dedication, work ethics and overall self-discipline were second to none of any group that I’ve worked with.”

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Thirteen local youth attended 4-H Camp last week near Battle Lake. The camp theme was “Around the World in Three Days.” They had a chance to “visit” other countries through food, crafts and workshops. Local participants were Counselor Heidi Blashack, Emma Davenport and Beth Blashack.


75 Years Ago

July 25, 1946

The most dangerous hail storm in the history of the Bertha community struck Saturday afternoon, July 20. It completely wiped out crops in the immediate vicinity, cutting a swath four to five miles wide extending from Detroit Lakes almost to St. Cloud. The worst-hit were the farms immediately east and west of the village. This is the fifth hail storm in the past six weeks and it was driven by winds of near tornado velocity. It also uprooted dozens of large trees in the village.

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An Ithaca New York Journal article stated, “Marlin G. Cline, associate professor of soil science, resumed duties as a member of the Cornell faculty, terminating a leave of absence of 18 months, requested by the Army, during which he took charge of preparing a map of the soils of the world, a project conducted under auspices of the Bureau of Plant Industry.” Cline is a former Bertha resident.


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