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

70 Years Ago

Items taken from The Hancock Record of June 3, 1949

Mr. and Mrs. Den Besten announce they will hold open house at their new store building in Hancock June 4. Coffee and doughnuts will be served to all customers and friends. Mr. Den Besten started in business in Hancock in 1931. He did his first furniture repair work in rooms above the Record office where he was located for a short time. Recently he moved his stock of furniture and mattress and upholstery business to the former Ritz café building which he purchased some time ago. It is in this new location of Den's Furniture store that open house will be held.

Dr. J. W. Hanson, recently of Minneapolis, has bought the dental practice of the late Dr. I. H. Gardner. Dr. Hanson has had several years experience and comes originally from North Dakota. He is married and expects Mrs. Hanson to join him here when living quarters can be arranged.

For six innings over at Cyrus the score was just nothing to nothing and three hits by each team, wherefore it looked like a very close game and likely an extra inning affair. And then in the seventh frame Hancock finally came to life and exploded all over the place. That was some inning, Kolba was out on a sharp grounder to third to first, then Blasing singled, Foss tripled, Torgerson singled, Linus Pasch doubled, Krupke skid to center, Boon, Frank Pasch, Junior Wiese, Kolba and Blasing up the second time popped to short to end the killing with a grand total of 8 runs, 9 hits and one man left on base.

Anton Ettesvold, of Cyrus, Stevens county chairman for Lutheran Welfare society, has announced the appointment of Lutheran Welfare chairmen and chairwomen in six of the 18 congregations connected with Lutheran Welfare in this county. Mrs. H. Hultgren of Morris is Stevens county chairwoman. Among those appointed are Rev. Juul, pastor of Our Redeemers church in Hancock and Rev. Knute Palmer, pastor of the East and West Zion churches in Pope county. "Unless we can make room for at least one family in each congregation, many Displaced Persons families with their children will remain indefinitely in the prison-like Displaced Persons' camps of Germany," Mr. Ettesvold said. To date five Lutheran D. P's. have settled in Stevens county. Any number of children, 6 to 12 years of age, are also available for adoption through this society.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of June 5, 1979

Assistant coach Lyle Rambow and head coach Don Chizek were able to summon up smiles beside their region 6A runner-up trophy moments after their team's 5-2 loss to the Wadena Indians.

The University of Minnesota, Morris' 16th annual commencement ceremonies are slated June 7 on the campus mall with the pageantry and color traditional in the event. Family and friends of the class of 1979, which numbers 244, will gather on the mall between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the UMM Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. James E. Carlson, assistant professor of music. UMM Choral Director Kenneth D. Hodgson will lead the audience in the national anthem. Then following a moment of silence, UMM Provost John Q. Imholte will open the ceremonies.

Richard Behmler, son of Mrs. Fred Behmler and the late Dr. Fred Behmler, MD, of Morris, has been appointed vice president of production and plant manager of the American Pouch Food Co., Inc. at Willowbrook, IL. Before joining the new company, Behmler was director of administration for Globe Services International of Chicago.

Peggy Kampmeier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kampmeier, Chokio will be vying for the title of "Little Miss Pork Queen" at the Second Annual MN-ND Feeder Pig Show to be held June 28 and 29. She will be sponsored by the Stevens County Porkettes. The Little Miss Pork Queen contest is a new attraction this year to the pig show being held at the Runestone Community Center on the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Former Morrisite Jerry Koosman yielded just four hits to the heavy-hitting Boston Red Sox Friday night, but all figured in the scoring in a 5-2 loss at Metropolitan Stadium. In 85 and two-thirds innings thus far, Koosman, 7-3 for the year, has allowed 86 hits, 39 runs, 35 earned, has walked 30 and fanned 55. His earned run average is 3.68.

Cheryl Lembcke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lembcke, Morris, graduated from St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing on May 23. She is now employed at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from The Hancock Record of June 3, 1999


Stacy Foss, Steph Schaefer and Jessica Ascheman were given the job of sorting out books to be put away in the new 6th grade classroom.

The Morris Life-Care Pregnancy Center announces the selection of Patty Bormann as the new center director. Bormann, a native of Buffalo Lake, grew up as a "farmer's daughter." She and her husband, Tim, have three children: Dereck, Chance and Danielle. The Bormann family lived in Madison for 11 years, before moving to Hancock in 1991.

Nicole Renae Bolluyt received a degree in Master of Arts and Special Education. She is the daughter of Jerry and Rita Bolluyt of Hancock. Approximately 1,000 students were candidates for degrees at the University of South Dakota's 111th spring commencement exercises recently held in the DakotaDome.

Benson-Hancock softball's final win of '99 came in a 10-1 final versus BOLD in the loser's bracket of sub-section tournament play. B-H had a hit total of ten in this triumph. Heather Staton supplied lots of punch, going three-for-four. Tai Thielke finished at two-for-four and Reina Asmus at two-for-three. JoLynn Thielke had one-for-two boxscore numbers, and Melissa Noordmans one-for-four.70 Years Ago