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In Days Gone By

Kittson County Enterprise

12 June 2002

1902 - 100 years ago

The Kittson County Fair and 4th of July celebration to be held at Hallock on July 4th and 5th is to be for the farmers and people of Kittson. There will be no exhibits from outside of Kittson County. All the races will be competed for by home horses - Farmers, get your horses ready.

Cut this out and paste it upon the window casing in your kitchen, now that the gasoline stove season is well on, and tell the servant girl to read it every morning right after the family worship. If you have a gasoline fire, throw flour on it or meal or sand. Never water. Flour, meal, or sand will put the fire right out. Water only spreads it.

The 4th of July and fair management have just closed contracts by which they will be able to show the people of Hallock and vicinity the first successful balloon ascension and parachute drop ever witnessed in Kittson County. This is no fake, they have contracted with T. I. Cash, the famous aeronaut, who for the past several years has made all the ascensions at the Minnesota State Fair.

If ever there was a year when the farmers of this county could afford a holiday, surely this is the year. If there ever was a year when they needed one so as to give them the energy and snap for the tremendous demands on their vitality in the coming harvewst, surely this is the year.

1952 - 50 years ago

State trustee, Ross O. Schmidt, secretary of Crookston Aerie No. 873 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, acted as installing officer Tuesday evening when Walter Peterson of Lancaster assumed his duties as worthy president of the Hallock Eagles Aerie 2617.

Tony Rauker, Hallock High School coach and physical education instructor, has just completed a course for the training and certification of Driver Training Instructors held at the State Teachers College at Moorhead, Minn.

Mrs. Elmer A. Johnson of rural Kennedy was gathering eggs last week and went into the loft of their barn where some of the hens had nests to gather the eggs from them. Apparently some of the boards on the loft floor had become rotted and when she stepped on them her foot went through causing her to fall over.

Carl Furaas of Lake Bronson was painfully injured last Saturday afternoon when he was operating a printing press in his shop in that town. Carl is well known in the county and is one of the longest service mail carriers in the county, carrying mail on a Lake Bronson route.

1977 - 25 years ago

Four Kittson County 4-H'ers will be participating in an experience of a lifetime - a trip to Norway. 4-H'ers are participating in a 4-H Norske exchange. The delegates attending are Lori Webster, Suzanne Johnson, Peter Dahl, and Jan Folland.

Myrtle Moose, Donaldson, and Jeff Hart, Kennedy, Kittson County 4-H Junior Leaders, will be attending a Statewide 4-H Animal Science Workshop at the St. Paul Campus.

Starting Monday, June 20 at the Lancaster City Hall, Senior meals will be served to the senior citizens of the area. Those who are eligible are anyone 60 years of age or older and spouses under 60.

The Fly-In, Drive-In Breakfast held at the Hallock Airport last Sunday was a successful affair, though adverse weather conditions cut down somewhat on the number of visiting pilots. members of the Kittson Flying Club served nearly 400 pancake and sausage breakfasts, and provided airplane rides to about 125 people.

The University of North Dakota has recognized 1,188 students for superior academic achievement by naming them to the 1976-77 spring semester dean's list. Among the honored students were Shannon Hunt of Hallock and Dianna Matthew of Lake Bronson.

1987 - 10 years ago

Kittson Memorial Hospital will have two full time doctors on staff starting Aug. 3. Dr. Larry Rados, MD, currently of Winnipeg, signed a one year contract with the hospital last weekend. Earlier, he had verbally agreed to come to the hospital but the actual contract was signed Sunday.

The Kittson County Fair Board recently announced "Wild Rose" will be the featured grandstand entertainment Saturday, July 11. Wild Rose is the only self-contained country group on a major label whose members are all women.

Neil and Diane Campbell, owners of the Crossroads II restaurant in Hallock have given up the idea of building a Super 8 motel/mini-convention center. The $550,000 project had already cost them two years of time and $10,000 when Northwest Minnesota Initiative Fund (MIF) tabled their loan request in March.

Kim Johnson, representing the Kennedy Jaycees, presented a check for $1,500 to Kennedy Fire Department Chief, Steve Holmgren.

The bald eagle family that came to nest in Lake Bronson State Park in March has increased by at least one. The new addition is a fuzzy featherless eaglet that won't develop the "bald" look, caused by white feathers on the head, until three to five years from now.

1992 - 5 year ago

The Commissioner of Agriculture, Gene Hugoson, visited Kittson County. Accompanying him was Deputy Commissioner Sharon Clark and Assistant Commissioner Perry Aasness. Hugoson went on a tour of the western part of the county to see flood damage.

Construction on the new apartment building in Hallock is at a standstill. Developer Duane Sand said it may be two-four weeks before he begins constructing the new 8-plex apartment building in Hallock.

Retiring Otter Tail Power Company manager, Phil Sundberg and new incoming manager replacing Sundberg, Pete Wasberg, visited with community residents who attended the open house.

Minnesota's newest distance learning network was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony May 30, at Tri-County High School in Karlstad.

Local students receiving athletic awards from UMC were: Ryan Johnson, Hallock; Mark Olsonawski, Hallock; Don Schmeideberg, Lancaster.