By Brenda Brand, Columnist

100 years ago July 15, 1920

• Resolution carried

A special election was held Monday to vote on the proposition of disposing of the electric light plant. There were 74 votes cast, 67 voting in favor of disposing of the plant and 6 against. 

This gives the council authority to dispose of the plant and the village can then contract with the Otter Tail Power Company for light and power.

• Why not raise Strawberries?

It has often been a wonder why more people do not raise strawberries in this vicinity. Strawberries can be raised easier than most any other kind of fruit and surely there is nothing better.

H.A. Brodalen had quite a patch this year and he sold around 1,200 quarts of berries. He received 35 cents to 40 cents per quart, which means a gross profit of over $400. Mr Brodalen understands fruit culture and he has great success, but others may do equally well if they only make the start.

75 years ago July 12, 1945

• Rain, hail, and wind storm July Fourth

What was lacking in noise on July Fourth by the efforts of the people, nature made up in the evening at about nine o’clock when a storm came up from the northwest bringing rain, wind and hail to some sections.

In town there was a heavy rain of short duration which amounted to .57 of an inch. 

Coming with a strong wind, the grain and garden stuff was more or less pounded down but not much damage done. To the west of us there was some hail which damaged the crops to some extent.

The wind last Wednesday evening wrecked two turkey roosts for B.W. Hohman and killed 39 turkeys. It also blew down a tree on Arvid Jacobson’s house in the south part of town, crashing it through the roof. Otherwise the damage in the village was negligible.

50 years ago July 16, 1970

• Moorhead man buys Johnson Funeral Home

Johnson Funeral Home, owned by Everett and Virgil Johnson, has been sold to a Moorhead man, it was announced this week.

Milo Larson, who has been associated with the Korsmo Funeral Chapel in Moorhead, will assume ownership of the home on August 1.

The Johnsons began their funeral service in 1947 in conjunction with their furniture store. They will continue to operate the furniture store.

• Reward offered for information of sign thieves

Dear Gentlemen, Within a few days following the taking of the picture of the boys and the duckling crossing sign, some no-goodnik, or a group of them, had removed the sign and either destroyed it or perhaps saw fit to steal it and remove it to another area and find another use for it. 

A dastardly and strictly  a low-brow act on the part of the guilty party, whoever they are to say the least. To bring people who do such abominable things to justice, I will gladly pay anyone a reward of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS who will give such information which  leads to the arrest of such a person or persons.

Perhaps the entire Boy Scout group could be alerted and asked to join in such an effort in the Lake Region area.

Yours sincerely, E.J. Pennig

25 years ago July 12, 1995

• Help Needed

Saturday’s ugly truck contest turned into a “waiting game” when one of the vehicles needed help getting started. It paid off though, because the Phillipy Brothers from Callaway eventually got their “51 GMC“ running and it went on to take first prize. Providing the “juice” to get it going was J.R. Rasmussen of Rothsay. who ran jumper cables to a battery sitting in the cab of the Philippy vehicle. Rasmussen entered two trucks. His “75 Chevy” took third place while a garbage hauling “76 Chev” entered by Ballard Sanitation, Pelican Rapids, took second. 

Incidentally, it also took a new coil to get the winning pickup started. Complicating the situation was the fact that Rasmussen’s “jump starting” pickup didn’t have a starter and had to be pushed down the hill before he could offer any assistance. 

Nevertheless, it was a crowd pleaser. The question now is: will the Phillipy Brothers be back to run their winner in Saturday’s parade?

• Viking 4th graders enjoy their day in court

It wasn’t just another day in court when Viking Elementary School fourth graders took their places as attorneys, witnesses, jury members, defendant and judge. 

The fun and educational experience found the students conducting a trial with the help of attorneys Van Ellig, Dennis Hagstrom and Rolf Nycklemoe in the Fergus Falls Courthouse.

Attorneys had devised a series of questions for student attorneys and a case outline with a story line for each of the witnesses and the defender to follow.

With a script to follow, the case evolved around the young defendant, a role played by Mattt Ebersviller, who was accused of stealing a CD from a store.

According to fourth grade teacher Chris Coleman, the project involved 30 students who prepared for the case and their role in it for about five hours. 

Students involved were; Paul Christianson, Tammy Johnson, Mindy Haugrud, Matt Ebersviller Beau Haugrud, Samantha Erickson, Rayna Langseth, Brooke Westby, Jenny Hovland, Tyler Lage, Erik Rollie, Samantha Evenson, Erika Johnson, Tracey Kiehl, Kris Lindberg, Ashley Peasley, Natalie Fo, Megan Runningen, Brandie Lass, Sarah Huynh, Drew Pavlacky, Jenny Reese, Joe Marty, Lucas Westby, Casey Restad, Luke Rengsdorf, Brent Tollerude, and Aaron Lewis.