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Thursday, May 18, 1967

50 Years Ago

A farming accident took the life of 10-year-old Ann Landmark. While riding on the tractor, driven by her brother Darold, both Ann and 5-year-old Greg fell off. Both were run over by the vehicle. Ann died instantly. Greg was taken to the St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis, where his condition greatly improved.

Keith Schmidgall was awarded with the "Outstanding Athlete Award," by the Hancock Lions. During high school, Schmidgall participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He is the son of Mr. and Mirs. Francis Schmidgall.

Minnesota's inland fishing opener started under sunny skies May 13, 1967. The limit on walleye was six, northern was three, and muskellunge was one. The Conservation Department urged anglers to consult the 1967 regulations for details.


Wednesday May 18, 1977

40 Years Ago

In order to raise money for a Cystic Fibrosis fund, 23 young people rode their bikes from the Hancock school grounds for 22 miles. They raised $450.

Lowell H. Nelson earned his Juris Doctorate degree from William Mitchell Law, in St. Paul, Minn. He will be one of 147 graduates. Nelson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nelson of Hancock.

Anglers spread across the east shore of Page Lake during the fishing opener. Reports of northerns, walleyes, perch, sunfish, and crappies were excellent.

Photo: Bikers

Wednesday, May 20, 1987

30 Years Ago

Monday, May 11, 1987, saw a successful bloodmobile. Over 90 units of blood were donated from 100 residents.

The five original members of the Hancock Feed and Grain bowling team bowled together for 20 years. Jim Hanson, the team's captain, gathered Delray Nelson, Don Joos, Gary Greiner, and Rob Nohl to form the team. Their system of rewards and penalties keeps the team on their feet. Bowling three pins or less a frame, bowling one pin, or hiting the gutter each cost the bowler .10 cents. For each split or double the other members of the team pay .10 cents. The money gathered throughout the season is used to take their wives out for supper. Nohl said, "If we have a secret to our success, it would be that we make bowling fun, rather than a win-lose situation."

Senator Randy Boschwitz announced that the Department of Agriculture declared Stevens County family farmers eligible to apply for Farmers Home Administration emergency loan assistance. Farmers saw crop loss when heavy rain fell from April to November 1986.

Thursday, May 15, 1997

20 Years Ago

Julianne French of Hancock, released two songs, "Mr. Lonely" and "I Don't Deserve You" through Crimson Production Records based in Nashville, TN. Her first microphone was her mom's turkey baster with the bulb covered in aluminum foil. French went on to play the piano in church. At 7-years-old, she watched Elvis Presley on television, singing with French's inspirations Tammy Wynette, Dottie West, Jean Shepard, and Barbara Mandrell.

On April 24, 1997, the Hancock fifth grade class took a trip to the cities where they visited the Science Museum, the Capitol, and the Minnesota History Center. At the Science Museum, the students enjoyed a showing of "Storm Chasers" at the omnitheater. Visiting with Torrey Westrom and seeing the golden horses atop the building excited many of the students.

Many of the Owls Track team saw their personal bests over the 1997 season. The girls 3200m relay team of Leah Christie, Gwen Greiner, Tammy Larson, and Ashlee Nuest set a new school record, breaking the old one by 13 seconds.