Friday the 13th blizzard a century ago; tough winter in 1945

By Brenda Brand, Columnist

100 years ago, February 19, 1920

• Buys Building

Mrs. H.E. Stevens has bought the building on Broadway, south of the railroad track, occupied by the Misses Thompson & Hagen Millinery Store. 

The Stevens family will take possession the first of next month and Miss Stevens will have her millinery shop there.

This is a very desirable location. Friends of the Stevens family will be glad to know that they have decided to remain here permanently.

• Friday the 13th blizzard

Friday, February 13 was the worst day of the winter. The wind blew a gale and the air was filled with drifting snow. 

The Rothsay mail did not get here that day and only two of the mail carriers made their trips. Some of them did not make the trip Saturday on account of the bad roads.

Saturday and Sunday the thermometers registered about as low as any day this winter.

75 years ago, February 22, 1945

• Unfortunate auto accident

An unfortunate auto accident happened Monday forenoon. Byron Peterson was driving his car south and opposite the Westlund Motor Co. Syver Halbakken was walking across the street going east when the car ran into him. He was taken to Dr. Boysen’s hospital by Byron, but excepting for a bad shakeup he was not much hurt. He was taken to Wright’s Memorial hospital in Fergus Falls Monday night for an x-ray and Tuesday he was reported resting comfortably with the exception of a stiff neck. 

It is to be hoped Mr. Halbakken has sustained no permanent injury.

• Lots of snow in month

February has the record of being the coldest month of the winter so far, and there has been more snow the past ten days than has fallen through the winter months. The snow falls of last week aggregated about twelve inches. 

Perhaps the heaviest snow storm came Wednesday night and this, on top of what fell the previous Monday, blocked the roads quite badly. The rural mail carriers were unable to cover their routes Thursday, bus traffic was interrupted and farmers were unable to get to town unless they lived near the most traveled highways.

The county and state snow plows were kept busy removing the snow and worked through the night to clear the main highways.

50 years ago, February 19, 1970

• Ambitious fishermen appear in court

Six fishermen, all angling with more than a single line in violation of conservation regulations, appeared in justice court here recently.

Fines of $10 to $15 and court costs were assessed against six area men. 

A Pelican Rapids man was charged with being drunk and disorderly by village police. He was fined $100, with $90 suspended, placed on probation for one year, and ordered to report to the court every week.

A man was  charged with driving while not wearing corrective lenses, was fined $10 and costs.

• Michels is runner-up in District Wrestling

Tom Michels, the only Viking to wrestle in the championship round of the District 23 wrestling tournament Saturday, finished in the runner-up spot after being downed by Kojoene of New York Mills in the finals.

Wrestling at 138 pounds, Michels won a decision over Olson of Moorhead, 7-2, in the semi-final round to gain the spot in the finals.

Michels will now enter the Region 6 meet to be held Friday and Saturday in Brainerd.

25 years ago, February 22, 1995

• Lida voters to elect four officers

Most township voters will be casting ballots for a supervisor and treasurer at the annual meetings next month.

Lida Township voters will be electing four officers: two supervisors, a clerk, and a treasurer.

Candidates have filed for all four vacancies.

The extra vacancies were created by the death of one supervisor, Arnold Haak; a move from the township by another supervisor, Tony Vigen; and the move into Pelican Rapids by long-time township clerk, Arlene Tweeton.

Haak’s office was filled by the appointment of Carl T. Johnson while Jean Satter was appointed to Tweeton’s. Both appointments were until the next township election, so both have filed for election to the remaining one year of the terms.

Seeking the office vacated by Tony Vigen is Glenn Ahrens and incumbent treasurer seeking another term is Mavis Erickson.

The township’s third supervisor is Richard Sha.

• State runner up

Loren Seifert and wife Colleen, local auctioneer and Real Estate Broker recently attended the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Annual Convention held at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN.

Loren participated in the State Bid Calling contest along with 28 Minnesota and North Dakota auctioneers. The contest consists of selling several items at live auction and an interview with a panel of five judges. He was chosen as the Minnesota State Reserve Champion Auctioneer, along with this honor the Seiferts received a 1st place trophy in the advertising contest in the antique category. Loren has also been an active director of the MSAA for the past three years.

Seifert Auction Realty Co. was asked to conduct a seminar on clerking auctions which was presented by Colleen. This years convention included excellent seminars and speakers from the  National Auctioneers Association including the 1994 International Auctioneer champion, Tracy Sullivan from Oklahoma.