5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sparks were flying in the shop room at Henning School last week. A group of students quickly worked on the body of one of three super-mileage cars outside of the shop, two other students welded a piece of the frame a short distance away. 

Nate Thalmann opens the back door of the shop at Mid Central Equipment in Henning and slowly walks out to a large L-shaped dirt pile surrounding the back of the building. Just off the back door of the shop are small wooden stakes, heavy machinery and endless possibilities of a new shop that will more-than double the size.

What began in a back shed in rural New York Mills has transformed into a new partnership and adventure for sisters Kris Wallgren and Karla Kupfer. Sisters Grain Bin has now opened in the Ottertail mall along Highway 78 and offers a variety of name brand clothing, re-purposed antiques, new and consigned items and nostalgic items for young and old.

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, May 14, 1997

House Damaged by Fire—Inman Township home of Susan Kraft and family was heavily damaged by a fire reported in the early hours of Saturday, May 10. Henning Fire Chief John Thalmann said the main floor was heavily damaged, the upstairs received heat and smoke damage and the basement had water damage.

Again, No Fish—Gove. Arne Carlson was skunked again at this year’s Governor’s Fishing Season Opener, which took place Saturday at Otter Tail Lake. It was the seventh year in a row in which he caught no fish.

Spaghetti was served and eaten last Friday in the Henning Community Center to raise funds for a new cot for the Henning Ambulance Service. The Henning Lions organized the event, Aid Association for Lutherans Branches 1144 and 7780 provided matching funds, and almost one-half of the total needed for the cot was raised.

50 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, May 18, 1972

In a deal closed recently Mr. and Mrs. Tony Thalmann purchased the garage building in Henning (known for many years as the Red Arrow Garage) from Victor Silverberg. Included in the transaction was the fixtures and accessories. The Thalmanns stated that their sons, Marshall and John would assist them during the summer. “Vic,” who is one of the real pioneer businessmen of Henning, will continue to repair outboard motors and sell his “Johnsons.” He began his garage career under Jim Ryan and later with the Thompson Garage in the early ‘20s.

The old Henning dump ground, northeast of Henning will soon be “history” as ground is being broken for the new area, which will be designed and operated to meet federal standards. The scene shows the new road and the new dump area. It is located about three miles south and east of Henning, just east of the Gaylerd Schallock farm. The village council has not yet ascertained the opening date at this dump ground or the regulations to be made. It will, however, be locked and open certain hours of the week. Mayor Trites said that people in surrounding townships will be welcome to use the facilities.

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, May 18, 1947

At the Rex: 

Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17 – “Swell Guy” Thrilling drama with Sonny Tuffs, Ann Blyth, Ruth Warrick, Wm. Gargan, and Mary Nash. 

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, May 18, 19, and 20 – “The Time, The Place and The Girl” The big comedy hit of the season. A razzle, dazzle of fun, frolic and laughter with Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Janis Paige, S. Z. Sakal, and Alan Hale. All in Technicolor.

Wednesday and Thursday, May 21 and 22 – “The Michigan Kid” Special western filmed in color and packed with action. Starring John Hall, Victor McLaglen, Rita Johnson, and Andy Devine.

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, May 18, 1922

The commercial club held its regular monthly meeting Monday evening and among the more important business done was the ordering of 265 steel guide signs that will be placed at crossroads and convenient places. The club also has adopted the slogan “Henning on the Soo and the N. P. too.”

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, May 20, 1897

A man living in Deerborn came to Barnesville during the flood time and among his purchase of supplies was a new suit of clothes. On his way home that night, the bright idea came into his head to surprise his wife by appearing in his new suit. He stopped on the road, undressed, and threw his old clothes into the raging Buffalo, which carried them away, not knowing that he had lost the new clothes out of the wagon. Unable to find either suit, he obliged to go home, like a Zulu. He surprised his wife just the same.

150 years ago

Ottertail City Record

May 1872

A marriage was solemnized near this place one day this week between a man of Scandinavian extraction who is unable to speak a single word of English and an American woman who is unable to speak a word in the Scandinavian tongue. Their courtship must have been an interesting process.

The last great battle between Sioux and the Obibwas in this part of the country, occurred about 60 or 70 years ago at a point on the south shore of West Battle Lake, near its eastern extremity, about 11 miles from this place. A party of 40 Ojibwas Indians were out on the war path, and at this place encountered an expedition of 100 lodges of the Sioux, who were returning to the southward from their spring hunt in the northern portion of this state.