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News from Browerville's Past

25 Years Ago

March 7, 1996

What started out to be a petty argument over $2 worth of building permits has landed John Ollman in jail. An argument arose last year when Ollman remodeled his commercial building located at 416 Main Street during September and October. At that time Ollman insisted that he was merely doing maintenance by replacing windows and didn’t need a permit. The city maintained that a permit was required. Ollman’s renter Jim Adamek fell during the Browerville Days Festival and his family requested a ramp to be built so he could get into his apartment. Ollman contacted Housing and Urban Development and the Handicapped Association of America who told him to put in a ramp as soon as possible. He didn’t have time to wait for the city council to give their approval.


City Administrator Severin Blenkush presented Jamie Dreher with a proclamation making Friday Jamie Dreher Day. Dreher, who lost a leg in a farm accident on Christmas Eve, was released from the hospital on Friday. He was escorted into town by the Browerville Fire Department. A ceremony, attended by the entire elementary school and many friends and family, was held in the Browerville elementary gym.

75 Years Ago

August 4, 1946

Merle Danks of Lengby, Minnesota has taken over the supervising of the potato warehouse owned by the Eagle Creek Milling Company of Browerville and will open the potato market here on March 18.


A Great Northern freight train was derailed at the Browerville stockyards on Thursday morning when the engine and one boxcar left the track because of a faulty rail. A crew of twenty men from Melrose arrived in Browerville shortly after noon on Thursday and spent the rest of the day getting the train back on the rails and repairing the track. No one was injured in the mishap.

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