5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

The Ottertail City Council met for its monthly meeting last Thursday evening. At the meeting, council member Ron Grobeck presented a proposal on behalf of the Ottertail Business and Association (OTBCA). The OTBCA presented the idea of having holiday trees in the Ottertail City park by the playground, asking for the council’s permission, as well as for the city to provide electricity to light up the trees. The council unanimously approved the project.  The trees will be lit for two hours a day from December 2 to approximately December 26.

It is most likely easier to count the differences rather than the similarities between Barcelona, Spain and Henning. But for one exchange student, there is perhaps no place she would rather be than rural Minnesota. “It’s different and I like it because you can try and do new things from what you normally do,” said Marta Romero of Barcelona, Spain. “I like everything because I like trying new things.”

As people begin to walk into St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning, Doreen Salvog takes her spot at the organ and begins belting out a hymn. It’s a sight that has become commonplace at the old German church in town. At 91-years of age, Salvog has been at least a part-time organist at the church for the past 75 years. While she has never had any formal training on the organ, she took piano lessons when she was younger when teachers where available for a lesson. When the pastor’s daughter, who was serving as the organist for the church, left for the summer in 1941 the congregation turned to one of its own to lead the hymns each week. When the pastor’s family left the following year, Salvog began playing organ each Sunday to fill the void.

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 22, 1997

Rita Ellenson is retiring Friday after 31 years of working at Henning Public School. For most of that time, she has been clerk-bookkeeper-secretary. She said, however, that she’s just turning a new page in her life.

Confrontation between the real and the man-made took place last week in Nidaros Township, and the man-made won. A real-life deer wandered into the yard of the Levring farm to investigate some ceramic deer. Janet Miles, who lives on the farm, said that apparently the real deer decided to challenge its ceramic look-alike, locked horns and broke its neck trying to get free. There were no marks on the real deer. Miles said the ceramic deer have been in the yard for years, but she is not aware that they ever attracted real deer before.

50 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 26, 1972

Charles “Chuck” Egan is shown with a trophy he received recently, inscribed “to a wonderful coach and a swell guy.”  “Chuck,” a former Henning resident and high school graduate, is sales manager for the Belshaw Doughnut Co. at Seattle, Wash. He has been there since about 1955 when he received his discharge from the service.

A senior at Moorhead State College, Randy Deckert is playing the finest football of his collegiate career. A native of Vining, Deckert has been a consistent performer every week at defensive tackle.

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 23, 1947

It was a big night Thursday for the Ottertail Fire Department when the dedicated their new fire hall in gala fashion. More than 325 delicious turkey dinners and all the trimmings were served by the women of the community. Mayor Fred Wiebe gave the interesting talk giving some of the history of the department and stating that a new fire truck would be arriving soon.

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 26, 1922

The Iverson & Less clothing store in Battle Lake was entered and robbed by three men Tuesday evening, one of whom is already in the county jail. The captured man goes by the name of McDonald and says he is from New York. McDonald said he did not know his two companions, having met them in Fargo a few days ago. The Ford car they were driving evidently is a stolen car; being fitted up with curtains, flower holders, etc. and is not the type favored by bandits. The other two men have been seen in Amor this morning and their chances of getting away are very slim.

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

October 1897

John Vetter, the well known foreman of bridge construction and general building of the Northern Pacific, died very suddenly last Tuesday in the sanitarium at Brainerd, where he had undergone an operation for appendicitis. He attended to his duties until last Friday, little thinking that his end was so near, but not feeling well, he went to the hospital to ascertain what the trouble was, and an operation was found necessary. This was performed promptly, and it was thought successfully, but complications developed which required a second operation to be made, and he died Tuesday evening.

The Advocate has made arrangements with the Farm News whereby it is enabled to offer the two papers for $1 for one year. Old subscribers to the Advocate may avail themselves of this offer by paying up all arrears and one year in advance. The Farm News we can recommend to be a good paper. This is an offer which is too good to last long therefor come in right away if you want to take advantage of it.