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Editor's note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of August 9, 1978

Eight young readers completed the Summer Reading program at the Hancock Community Library, of a group of 20 that began with summer vacation. To qualify for completion, each youngster read at least 15 books and each received prizes. Top prize for the most books read went to Gwen Schmidgall. This new program is intended to encourage students in grades 1-6 to read and the program will be continued next summer. The eight readers were Gwen Schmidgall, Michelle Lanus, Sherry Walton, Rebecca Schaefer, Sara Copeland, Susan DeWaard, Kris Lanus and Stacy Schmidgall.

An embargo on shipping cement out of South Dakota was partially eased this week, but construction projects in southwestern Minnesota continue to be deeply affected by the South Dakota Cement Commission action. The South Dakota embargo does not, however, pose an immediate problem for Hancock Concrete Products, Inc., according to HCP President Richard Schmidgall.

Cement pouring has been completed in the past week at the new Hancock tennis courts on the school grounds. The next step is installation of fencing and nets. Lights are to be installed later. More than 20 volunteers have worked several weeks to develop the double courts and more help is needed as the fence and nets are erected.

The first Hancock Owls football practices will be held Monday. This will be the first year that the Owls will be playing nine-man ball, leaving the Pheasant Conference to play an independent schedule. According to Coach David Schoeck this should make the game wide open with more scoring. The Owls have never faced any of the teams set for regular season. The first intramural face-off will be a four-team scrimmage at Hoffman August 26 between Hancock, Hoffman, Evansville and Kensington.

35 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of August 2, 1983

George Moerke and Les Huebner took a break Friday from their work in preparation for the annual Donnelly Threshing Bee. Huebner was driving the tractor and Moerke was operating the binder as they cut a field of oats at the Gordon Smith farm just east of Donnelly. The next morning, they were out shocking. The Threshing Bee, which recreates the agricultural techniques of a bygone era, will be held August 27-28 this year.

A Richfield native and graduate of the University of Minnesota-St. Paul has begun practicing veterinary medicine in Morris. He's Dr. John Gramith, who began duties July 1 at the Morris Veterinary Center. Gramith is working with Dr. Eugene Anderson, who was the sole veterinarian at the Center from last October, when Dr. Alfred Trumble departed, until Gramith's arrival.

Arden Pankow announces that he has purchased Lakeview Lanes from John and Jean Ekern. The name of the business will be changed from Lakeview Lanes to Lakeview Bowling Center. Pankow plans a grand opening later this month.

Lori Kruize, Donnelly, and Kristin Thieman, Morris, returned home recently from Washington, D.C., after attending Citizenship-Washington Focus-a week-long experience in citizenship and leadership training at the National 4-H center. Kruize and Thieman were two of 105 4-H members from Minnesota and 12 states participating. The program is designed to help young people understand the structure and function of our system of government, the heritage of our country, and the importance of active participation as citizens.

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