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Looking Back in Hancock 9/17/09


(Taken from the Thursday, September 16, 1999 issue of the Hancock Record.)

You could tell by many of the words used at the Hancock City Council meeting that the water and sewer project was near completion. When Council approved two "final pay requests" for PKG and Steffl Well Drilling, it brought an end to these two phases of the project. The third phase being done by Riley Brothers is also "wrapping up" as they address a final punch list of items needed to be done.

Doug Rasmusson recently completed his second book which he has titled, "Celebrating the Common Place." As with his first book, "I Guess You Hand To Be There," Rasmusson's second book features a collection of short articles written by him. The articles often show a humorous side to our every day lifestyles.


(Taken from the Thursday, September 22, 1994 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Only four people were in the audience at the Public Hearing held Thursday evening at the Hancock Community Center. The purpose of the hearing was to give city residents an opportunity to offer their opinion on the proposed improvements to city infrastructure.

The city will be applying for grant and loan money to pay for the proposed improvements. Working on the funding is Pat Conroy from C&C Consulting with the assistance of Larry Van Hout of the engineering firm of Widseth, Smith and Nolting.


(Taken from the Thursday, September 18, 1969 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Queen candidates have been selected and a program committee is completing plans for the Hancock school homecoming on Thursday and Friday of next week. Brenda Wente has been chosen by the senior class as their candidate with Mike Olson as her escort. The juniors will present Janice Joos with Dale Barsness as her escort. Deborah Haugen is the sophomores' candidate and Tim O'Leary her escort. The freshman have selected Judy Bouma with Barton Viss as Judy's escort.

A 1969 Chrysler Newport was practically demolished when struck by an eastbound Great Northern freight train about one o'clock Thursday morning. The accident occurred at a railroad crossing near the Lloyd Joos farm northwest of Hancock. According the Sheriff McCollar, the driver of the car, Theodore Pauling of Minneapolis was traveling toward Hancock on Highway 9. He turned off the pavement at the crossing and when he reached the tracks decided to turn around. However, the Chrysler became stuck in the road bed straddling the rails and facing southeast. Mr. Pauling turned off the lights and started walking. In the meantime the train came upon the car and slammed it some 366 feet down the tracks with the gas tank exploding.


(Taken from the Friday, September 21, 1934 issue of the Hancock Record.)

The Congregational church was filled to the doors at all three services last Sunday when the remodeled building on its new location was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies.

The J. C. Penney company store of Benson was broken into early Sunday morning and a large quantity of merchandise and $35 in cash was stolen. The merchandise was valued at $442.


(Taken from the Friday, September 17, 1909 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Jas. Agar has about one of the most modern, comfortable and handsomest houses in this part of the country just completed. The house has ten rooms and bath, with hardwood floors, the rooms being very conveniently arranged and with a fine cellar and basement in which he is installing a furnace and together with a large cistern certainly makes it complete. He intends to put up a barn next year we believe and when this is done, Mapleshade will be one of the most desirable farms in this county and any other county near here.