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(Taken from the Thursday, July 29, 1999 issue of the Hancock Record.)

A fire at Our Redeemer's Church parsonage last Wednesday caused extensive smoke and water damage throughout the home. The fire is believed to have been set and the Hancock Police Department has two suspects they are questioning. The fire was thought to have started in the basement and was confined to that area. However, there was heavy smoke and water damage through each of the other two floors. The church is currently without a pastor so the home was unoccupied at the time.

The weekly construction meetings have come to an end as the city sewer and water main replacement project also nears completion. At the end of this week tarring crews will be putting down bituminous on 4th Street, 6th Street, Belle Avenue, 7th Street and the remainder of Atlantic Avenue.


(Taken from the Thursday, August 4, 1994 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Effective August 12, the Hancock Liquor Store will no longer be owned by the city. The Hancock City council voted at a special meeting on July 27 to accepted the bid from Rob Jepma to purchase the business.

Bremer Financial Corporation, a St. Paul based bank holding company, announced today the signing of a preliminary agreement to purchase Morris State Bancorporation, Inc., of Morris.


(Taken from the Thursday, July 31, 1969 issue of the Hancock Record.)

The hum of the tractor can be heard from morning to night (depending on the weather) as swathing of oats and barley is now underway in the community. No estimates have been given as to quality and yield. Combining is expected to begin on a wholesale basis by the end of the week, although Emil Schaefer combined some barley last Friday and was at work on the same field again Monday.

Concrete tile has been moving out of the Hancock Concrete Product plant at a rapid pace the past week as road construction in the state, which had been delayed because of wet conditions, is now in full operation. The rush to complete contracts has resulted in the Hancock firm leasing a number of trucks to supplement their own fleet. The huge tile were being trucked to points at Grand Forks, Lac qui Parle near Dawson and Grand Marais on the North Shore.


(Taken from the Friday, August 3, 1934 issue of the Hancock Record.)

The single men of the village defeated the double men, we mean the married men, of the village in a kittenball game at the local diamond Monday evening by a score of some 23 to 16. The scorekeeper does not guarantee the correctness of figures because of the fact he ran out of paper and the further fact that some of the players continued to umpire their own base running and kept on running after the scorer had marked them out.

Three men were taken to the hospital at Morris early Sunday morning as the result of an auto accident between two and three o'clock Sunday morning when the bread truck driven by Pete Nelson of Benson crashed into the ditch at the railroad crossing west of Hancock and he together with Red Regan and Dick Fennel, both of Clontarf, were thrown out unconscious on the road side.


(Taken from the Friday, July 30, 1909 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Eli Brown reports that one head of oats in his field measured seventeen inches long and any number of heads will go from twelve to fifteen inches in length. The whole field promises a bumper yield, and if no bad luck jumps in at the last minute he wants to engage some fourteen extra teams to haul grain when he threshes. We earnestly hope that nothing will happen to the crops, not only on his place but all over this neck of the woods, as certainly it has been a year or two since we have had such prospects for a big crop as we have at present.