News from Eagle Bend's Past
25 Years Ago
July 23, 1997
Henry Brooks Adams said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Not knowing where the influence will stop could include former Eagle Bend Elementary Teacher Jeanette Hansen. Her daughter, Renee Nack, and granddaughters, Melissa Nack and Sally (Hansen) Davidson, are also elementary teachers following in mom’s and grandma’s footsteps. Jeanette signed her first teaching contract with the Eagle Bend Public School in the early 1940s. Her teaching career spanned 40 years. Renee tutored and substituted around Alexandria until the family moved to Newcastle, Wyoming, where she finished her master's and became a special education teacher. Melissa has dual degrees in special education and elementary science and teaches in Casper, Wyoming. Sally graduated from St. Cloud State University with an elementary education major with a kindergarten endorsement and has been substitute teaching in the St. Cloud area.
Eagle Bend has another new business since Don Erickson has begun his new venture, “The Garden Wall.” Erickson specializes in seeding, sodding, landscape design and plant shrubbery. He also builds retaining walls and pavers (instead of sidewalks) and does riprapping of ditches and other sloped areas. Don and Sheri are life-long residents of the area.
50 Years Ago
July 20, 1972
According to Melvin Lloyd, chapter advisor of the Eagle Bend FFA, the chapter has won a National Chapter Award. There are five such awards given in Minnesota which means Eagle Bend ranks in the top five.
The windstorm and tornado-like conditions of last Tuesday night resulted in many of the large trees in the farmyard at the Clyde Taber residence being uprooted. Clyde and Merle Taber are brothers who live about a quarter mile apart on County Road 1 southwest of Eagle Bend.