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Looking Back: Remember these basketball players? How about these Lions?

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

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of November 21, 1968

Seven of the 34 charter member of the Hancock Lions club attended the 15th anniversary dinner at the Pomme de Terre club Monday evening. They were Brad Oksendahl, Harry Frisbee, Robert Steinbring, L. D. Pinkney, Dr. L. T. Christensen, Roy Johnson and Dr. G. I. Sholy. The first Hancock Lions club was presented its charter on Nov. 30, 1953.

Coach Derry Peterson said his varsity basketball squad of 14 are very young and inexperienced but that they have good height and 11 boys between 5'10" and 6'5". Nine of the boys on the "A" roster are juniors and sophomores and Coach Peterson said he plans on doing a lot of shuffling between the "A" and "B" teams. On the "A" squad are Warren Bakker at 6'5" who is expected to be a real workhorse at the center spot. Loren Zeltwanger 6', is slated for either guard or forward duty as is Doug Schmidgall, also six foot. Three sophomores are vying for a forward spot. They are Jerry Eide and Gary McHone at six foot and John VerSteeg who measures 6'1". Neil Wiese a junior at 6'1" is working at the center post and shows promise of a good rebounder. Vying for a guard spot are Jim Nelson, 5'7" (soph); Keith Meichsner, 5'8" (junior) and Steve Schmidgall 5'7" (senior). Rounding out the squad are Al Shaw, 6'1" (forward), Don Boon, 6'3" (center), Gary Jepma, 5'11" (forward), all seniors, and Mike Olson, 5'11" (forward), junior.

Paul Krenz not only brought home a deer from his hunting trip to St. Louis County near Orr, MN, but also a U. S. weather instrument. Paul found the small plastic box containing weather gadgets on Nov. 9. It was a radiosonde sent up by the Weather Bureau to obtain upper air information needed for making weather forecasts and preparing storm warnings. The radiosonde was returned to the Weather Bureau Reconditioning Center at Joliet, Illinois.

35 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of December 6, 1983

The holiday season was felt in large doses by everyone in attendance at Saturday night's Benefit Banquet and Ball for Stevens County Memorial Hospital. The event combined fun, socializing and a very special purpose. A hearty thank-you is again in order for the hospital Auxiliary, which annually sponsors this event. Area royalty, Nina Lampert, the new Stevens County Pork Queen and Miss Morris Judy Krump were seen at the Cougar Room of Sunwood Inn during the "silent auction" portion of the evening. Wally McCollar was one of many viewing the "silent auction" items.

"There is a great likelihood that the story of the 'Star of Bethlehem' is astronomically correct," according to noted University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus of astronomy Karlis Kaufmanis. Speaking at the University of Minnesota, Morris November 30, Kaufmanis stated "Our mathematical computations agree fantastically that the Star, if seen from the northern entrance to the valley in which Bethlehem sat, came to rest on the horizon above where the Messiah was born. Only God knows if what I'm telling you is perfectly true, if the Star of Bethlehem was the divine phenomenon introducing His Son. But, astronomically speaking, the phenomenon appears to be true."

The staff of physicians at Morris Medical Center expanded by one last Thursday. New on the staff is Dr. Mark Werpy, who will be the chief physician for the Medical Center's new "satellite" clinic at Chokio. Werpy said he was excited about the possibilities being explored in the satellite concept. Hancock as well as Chokio has been selected for a facility of this type.

An announcement was made Monday morning that a substantial agreement-subject to regulatory approval-has been signed with Paul Dorweiler, President of the Chokio State Bank, in which five local men have purchased the bank. Darrell (Bud) Johnson, Gene Fynboh, Bill Kaley, Don Quackenbush and Neal Hofland reported that they had purchased controlling interest in the bank and that upon approval of the regulatory agencies Bud Johnson will become the president of the bank.

15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of November 28, 2003

Grace Mumm represented the Hancock Public School student body and presented a cake to their instructors. Accepting the cake on behalf of the faculty were Ben Tolles and Ken Grunig. The message of appreciation was part of several activities at the school during American Education Week.

The HHS students of the quarter for the first quarter include Grace Mumm and Alex Nelson from the senior high and Nathan Dahlman and Amanda Hoffman from the junior high.

Stevens County Historical Society was awarded a matching grant of $40,000 for a building system upgrade project at the Morris Carnegie Library, from the State Capital Projects Grand-in-Aid County and Local Preservation program, through the Minnesota Historical Society on behalf of the Minnesota State Legislature. The purpose of the grant is to assist the society with a systems upgrade. A new climate control, plumbing, and electrical system will be installed in the library. The Morris Carnegie Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Duane Malo, formerly of Hancock, recently took home the third-place trophy in bodybuilding competition. Malo, the son of Bruce and Jan Malo of Hancock, is a graduate of Hancock High School. He first had the idea to compete in bodybuilding about a year ago and made up his mind in April of 2003. He always enjoyed lifting weights recreationally, but this gave him a goal.

The HHS girls basketball team had the opportunity to scrimmage three quality teams this past Saturday in scrimmages played here. Those three foes: Lac qui Parle Valley, Renville County West and Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa. The Owls scrimmaged each team for about an hour. The opening round saw coach Jodi Holleman's squad play LQPV. The next round met their match with Renville County West and the final round HHS matched up against BBE.

A retirement party to honor Neal Hofland and John Mithun, the long-time coaching tandem leading the C-A and CAHN Spartan football teams will be held Nov. 29 at the C-A elementary school in Chokio.