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50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of May 2, 1968

Competing with an estimated 2,500 high school musicians, 12 out of 15 entries from Hancock high school, won superior ratings at the state-regional music festival at Morris. Receiving stars or superior ratings were: Gail Estensen, Steve Eide, Carol Healy, Rich Meiss, Vicki Zeltwanger, Sue Meichsner, Judy Bouma, Rob Mikkelson, Rhonda Morton, Dave Sloneker, Jan Joos, Carole Meiss, Linda Morton, Kathy Payne, Becky Payne, Cindy Ver Steeg, Colleen Wiese, Dale Hiland and Diane Boon.

The executive committee of the Page Lake Homemakers met recently at the Albert Joos home. Plans were made for a food sale, proceeds of the food sale will help purchase a new boat to be available for life guards use.

Hancock nipped Bellingham 3-2 here but were blanked 8-0 at Chokio-Alberta for an even split in last week's baseball activities. Gary Jepma and M. Weber of Bellingham were locked up in a scoreless pitcher's battle until the fifth frame when the visitors scored a run on three errors and a stolen base. Gary Jepma in five innings gave up one run on three hits, struck out seven and walked four. Bolluyt, in two frames, gave up one run on two hits, struck out two. Daryl Barsness had two of Hancock's seven hits.

Patrick Conroy, a senior in the Kerkhoven Public Schools, is one of 50 Upper Midwest high school students who have been named as finalists in The Minneapolis Star's World Affairs Program. As a finalist, Pat and his teacher, Lydon Nelson, will spend May 6 in Minneapolis where Pat will write a final test in the morning and take part in an oral discussion in the afternoon.

35 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of May 3, 1983

The imposing physique of Carl Eller was pretty difficult to overlook during the famed NFL lineman's visit to Stevens County. Eller made a personal appearance and public address to the community and students of the Hancock and Cyrus schools, and also paid a visit to the Chemical Dependency Unit of Stevens County Memorial Hospital. Eller visited the CD Unit staff members; Sue Rustad, Jackie Darrow, Deb Jensen, Katherine Kleinhans, Lowell Darrow and James Pew. Eller is very prominent in the battle against chemical dependency problems and has much to offer on the topic of recovery.

Sylvia Yarger has helped countless young people get introduced to the world of education during her 28 years of teaching kindergarten in the Morris-Donnelly school system. Yarger has been named the "Teacher of the Year" for 1983. Yarger reacted with "complete surprise and happiness" when hearing of her nomination. With close to 30 years in the Morris-Donnelly school system, Yarger obviously confronts former students quite frequently. Only two teachers in the Morris-Donnelly school system have taught longer here than Yarger: Jean Peterson and Leonard O'Koren. One teacher has an equal number of years of service: Ruth Moerke.

The MHS softball team got back on the winning track at home with a 13-9 victory over the Glenwood Lakers. Senior Julie Huebner, was the starting hurler and pitched all seven innings, giving up nine hits and seven walks and striking out six. Sheila Martin came out in style by cracking three hits in four trips to the plate, including a double. Sue Kaye, had two hits in four at bats. Two other Tigers had as many as two hits: Misty Folkens (two for three) and Mary McRoberts (two for five).

Bob Carruthers, President of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Morris, Breck, and Benson, announces the appointment of Bryce J. Larson as Vice President. His wife, Ingrid, is employed by Otter Tail Power Company.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of April 25, 1998

The Hancock third grade class presented a check for $27.90 to Superintendent Russ Larson to be used for elementary school expenses. The elementary students collected Cheerio and other General Mills product box tops. The third graders counted and sent them in to receive the rebate money. Students are also saving Pepsi boxes and Campbell's Soup labels, which will be used for other school items. Students involved were: Justin Malland, Nathan Holleman, Ken Messner, Aaron Jepma, Karissa Thiel, Nick Giese, Casey Gramm, Dustin Schmidgall, Sara Olson, James Scott, Jacob Nohl, Brittany Mumm, Jacqueline Hammond, Hannah Kill, Mackenzie Grunig, Dillon Vail, Nathan Hacker, Mitchell Grunig and Evelyn Rodriguez. Also present was Mrs. Quackenbush.

In August of 1994, Nij Potikanon arrived in Hancock to live for the school year. She left in June of 1995 with many new friends and a promise to return. That return visit came last week as Nij, her parents, and brother came to Hancock for a few days. The Hancock stop was one of many on the itinerary for the Potikanon family. The Potikanon family stayed with Nij's host family in 1994-95, Darlene Swank. When Nij returned to Thailand she entered college at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She is now a junior there majoring in accounting.

The commemorative books on the Hancock Girls and Boys Basketball State Championship Tournaments will be in at the Hancock Record office. The book is 40 pages of pictures, articles and favorite memories from team members, coaches, and managers. They will be available to purchase for only $5.

Hancock Concrete has an order to ship 1,450, 12' x 10', 3,900- ton box culverts to Grand Forks, ND, but instead of boxes they are hauling bags, sand bags that is, to help with flood relief on the Red River. Hancock Concrete and New Ulm Concrete are among the many MN companies helping flood victims. They have four trucks hauling sand bags from Montevideo north to Breckenridge and Grand Forks.

Walnut Court in Hancock is a recently completed senior living center. It has been designed with the active senior in mind. The Center includes eight apartments, four 2-bedroom and four 1-bedroom. The monthly rent also includes utilities, noon meal on Monday-Friday, daily "I'm OK" check, coin-free laundry facilities, emergency call system, social activities, monthly wellness clinic, and assistance in securing other services and in coordinating appointments and transportation. Much of the work done in the construction of Walnut Court was hired locally.