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Turning Back the Pages: 40 years ago there was an amazing teacher coincidence at Rossman

60 Years ago

Feb. 12, 1948 -- A total of $42,872 has been received in Becker County under the first apportionment of the state's new cigarette and liquor tax. The money received locally was distributed between the county and six incorporated villages and cities.

Nels Hoeglund of Detroit Lakes, commissioner of Becker-Mahnomen Boy Scout district, received a five-year veterans award for his contribution to Scouting.

The world looked pretty dark a month and a half ago to Mr. and Mrs. William Merchant of Audubon. For the new year was only a few hours old when fire completely destroyed their farmhouse south of Audubon. But it wasn't long before friends rallied to support the Merchants. As a result, the Merchants will be moving into a "friendship" home within a month.

"It was like living a wonderful dream!" That's the rather breathless description of the St. Paul Winter Carnival as given by Snow Queen Eleanor Beck. She was Detroit Lakes' special envoy to the winter extravaganza in the capital city.

Judge Fred Dennis of the municipal court is just a little out of patience with Kenneth Severson of Lake Park. So when Severson appeared before the judge for the third time on a charge of drunkenness, the judge told the defendant that the next time it would be 60 days in jail with no option of a fine. During his most recent appearance, Severson paid a $20 fine and costs of $4.

Retail prices in Detroit Lakes' stores were beginning to reflect the turbulent trading skid which leading commodity markets throughout the nation have traveled down during the last week. Flour, lard and pork were the main items that fell to a lower price range here during recent days.

Mayor H.N. Jenson, returning over the weekend from a conference in St. Paul, said the chances were slim that Detroit Lakes would be able to obtain any additional fuel oil supplies over and above the regular allotments already set up for dealers here.

Local cage fans will have an opportunity to inspect one of the currently favored clubs of district 23 when the Fergus Falls Otters take the floor here against the Lakers.

A decade ended when Tom Fitzgerald was named president of the Detroit Lakes Baseball Club, Inc., succeeding Pat Hurley, prexy of the organization for 10 years.

40 Years ago

Feb. 12, 1968 -- A rural Detroit Lakes girl died Friday about noon of a wound suffered Thursday when she was struck in the abdomen by a .22 caliber rifle. Victim of the mishap was Deborah Ronning, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Ronning. Sheriff Larson reported that Deborah had planned to go target shooting this weekend and had asked her brother for instructions on operating the rifle. He had received youth firearm safety training. She then went into the kitchen of the home, laid the rifle on the deep freeze and the gun accidentally discharged and struck her in the stomach.

Truth is often stranger than fiction, as a human interest story that occurred at Rossman School proves. It began when Mrs. Bernice Nelson and her two children, Roxanne and Ronald, moved from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes. Because of where they lived, the children attended Rossman Elementary, one of three elementary schools in Detroit Lakes. They were randomly placed in a classroom in their grade, and then the strange series of facts started. After both children insisted on calling their new teachers their old teachers' names, it was learned that Roxanne's new teacher, Mrs. Vivienne Lance, was a sister to Roxanne's Moorhead teacher, Mrs. Hazel Oss. Even more coincidental though, Ronald's Detroit Lakes teacher, Mrs. Kathy Carlson, was a twin sister to Ronald's Moorhead teacher, Miss Kay Jones.

Bernard Furey, operator of the Furey Ambulance Service in Frazee, was offered a $100 a month subsidy and $300 for past service by the Becker County Board of Commissioners.

The Holmes junior high school has been given top priority concerning physical needs of the Detroit Lakes school district.

A six-mile long snowmobile trail around Pine Lake was opened at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.

Michael Schuman, 16, a junior at Waubun High School, was cited as a winner in the annual current affairs contest conducted by "Time," the weekly news magazine.

Detroit Lakes dropped its second straight Resort Region conference basketball game, and the defeat toppled the Lakers from first place in the league standings for the first time during the 1967-68 season.

20 Years ago

Feb. 14, 1988 -- The agricultural economy of the United States is looking up, according to Senator Rudy Boschwitz, and that improvement should continue for more time to come.

Rita Thompson of Detroit Lakes was recently named president of the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes -- the first woman to ever be elected to that post.

This year, there's going to be a new twist to the events surrounding the governor's fishing opener. On the opening day of fishing season each year, Minnesota's governor traditionally travels to a different area of the state and tried the fishing there. This year, when Gov. Rudy Perpich comes to the Detroit Lakes area, there will be something different -- a family fishing contest.

When the Futura students at Lincoln Elementary School began a creative thinking exercise, they never dreamed they'd be publishing their own books. Nor did their instructor, Linda Larson. Their work resulted in seven hardcover books.

Top spellers in the District 22 spelling bee were Kent Hoeglund, first place, John Matson, second place, and Jenae Tharaldson. Winners in the Becker County Elementary spelling bee were first place to Doug Hanson, Waubun Elementary, second place to Dana Weiners, Lincoln Elementary, and third place was Erin Peterson, Rossman Elementary.

Audubon farmer Larry Enget received the 1987 Becker County AWCD Award from Country Agent Lisa Axton.

A pin by Chris Mills at 185 assured Detroit Lakes High School of a 37-34 dual meet wrestling victory over the Menahga Braves. Mills, a converted basketball player, wrestled Mehahga's Gary Parvi in the 185-pound match and was trailing when he turned the table and pinned Parvi at 2:27.

(Turning Back the Pages is compiled by Staff Writer Pippi Mayfield from the archives of Detroit Lakes Newspapers.)