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News From Eagle Bend's Past

25 Years Ago

July 10, 1996

A trip to a 25th class reunion turned into tragedy for 43-year-old Joanne Reay of St. Louis Park. On July 5, at approximately 5:45 p.m., the Todd County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a one-vehicle rollover on County Road 3 near the intersection of County Road 82. A 1994 Ford Explorer, driven by Reay, had been southbound on County Road 3 in a slight curve when it went off the roadway on the right-hand side. Reay apparently attempted to maneuver the vehicle back on the roadway when the vehicle rolled over. She was ejected from the vehicle and the Explorer landed on top of her. Reay (Pearson) had graduated with the Eagle Bend class of 1971.


A badly needed .7 inches of rain fell moments before the Eagle Bend Summer Festival parade was scheduled to begin. The crowd took shelter wherever they could and after the 15-minute downpour, people filed back out onto the sidewalk and the parade began. A big crowd remained for the entire day and night’s activities.

50 Years Ago

July 11, 1971

The two-story frame dwelling on the Russel Wells farm located four miles north of Eagle Bend was completely gutted by fire on Wednesday evening this week. The fire was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Gary Smith who were driving by. As no one was at home at the Wells farm, they went to the Sylvan Klucas place from where the Bertha Volunteer Fire Department was called about 6:30 p.m. A short time later an alarm was sounded for the Eagle Bend Fire Department to assist. The Wells family was also notified. The cause of the fire has not been determined.


Friends, relatives and neighbors combined efforts at a baling bee at the Wayne Aspengren farm on Monday, July 5. The group of 26 men present with their implements, baled and stored 3400 bales of hay between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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