45 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of June 27, 1972
Lutheran Women's Missionary League convention arrangement chairman, Mrs. Howard Mesenbrink of Hancock, was represented along with Rev. Robinson Radjagukguk, a native pastor from Indonesia who spoke at the three day convention held in Morris for more than 200 delegates from the north district of the league. Mrs. Clifford Maus and Mrs. Lloyd Thielke from this immediate area were among the more than 200 delegates who attended the convention.
With about 2,000 delegates, alternates and guests in attendance, Minnesota Republicans held their 1972 convention in Minneapolis. Representing Stevens County Republicans at the convention were Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Diers and C. F. (Rick) Rothausen of Morris and John Fox of Chokio.
Just prior to leaving for a three-week singing tour of Japan earlier this month, members of the Koinonian ecumenical choral group from the Benson area picked up their suitcases at the Benson luggage manufacturing facility of Fingerhut Corp of Minneapolis, which donated the suitcases for the 127-young people and adults making the trip. The group will return July 4.
The new pastor of St. Mary's Church in Chokio, Father Nicholas Eltgroth, enjoyed the visit with Father Nicholas Zimmer at an open house farewell tea in the Chokio school sponsored by members of the congregation to honor Father Zimmer, who will leave St. Mary's this week for his new assignment at Zimmerman. Father Eltgroth will continue to serve the Newman Center in Morris.
15 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of July 11, 2002
It is estimated that over 1,100 people attended various aspects of the All-School Reunion and July 4th celebration last week in Hancock. There were 800 alumni registered prior to the start of the celebration and several hundred registered that day. The 90 degree weather put somewhat of a damper on the celebration but could not break the spirit of fun.
Tonya Rae Nohl graduated from North Dakota State University in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Commencement was held in May.
Little league was showcased as part of our July Fourth festivities, following tradition. All three teams in the league were represented on the two all-star rosters. The three teams in Hancock's Little League are the Mariners, Diamondbacks and Cardinals. Coaches are Doug Stahman, Corey Bedel and Jon Cunningham, respectively.
The Pahl team took first place in the Volleyball tournament. The team included Dawn Engebretson, Curt Blair, Angie Blair, Tim Pahl, Mike Rost, Mary Evink and Tonia Nohl.
20 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of July 10, 1997
The 1997 July 4th parade grand marshals are well known to many people, not just in the Hancock and Morris area, but throughout the states of MN and ND. Doug and Louise Rasmusson were chosen by the Hancock Lions as this year's Grand Marshals.
The Hancock 6th grade girls team will play in the Pacesetter MN State Basketball Championship July 13, at the Whitney Center in St. Cloud. Teams from throughout Minnesota qualified in eight regions this spring as 825 teams participated statewide in the Pacesetter MN State Championship play-offs. All teams will play three games.
The 1997 MN Junior Purebred Heifer Classic was held in Rochester during the weekend of June 27th. The show is an all breed cattle show open to any interested Minnesota youth under the age of 21. This year the show had 310 head of cattle shown by 187 exhibitors from 34 counties throughout the state. Locally, Brady Gramm was a class winner in the Simmental Heifer division; Nate Christie, showed the champion in the Shorthorn Steer division and previously won the class; Lindsey Gramm, a class winner in the Simmental Steer division in the class.