5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It took just two hours for an Otter Tail County jury to find Jason Michael Vadner, age 36 of Wheaton, Minn., guilty of criminal vehicle homicide and careless driving. The guilty verdict followed a two-day trial in Otter Tail County last week. The charges stemmed from an early morning accident on April 13, 2017, when the semi-truck Vadner was driving crossed the center line and struck a vehicle being driven by 16-year-old Jacob Quam head-on. Quam died as a result of the injuries suffered in the accident.  

For author Jan Johnson, an interest in genealogy runs in the family.  Johnson’s father, Stanley Uggen began mapping out the family history, and  “He laid the foundation,” she said.  Later Johnson took over the project. Her latest work,
“The Norderhaug Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery, Leaf Lake, Otter Tail County,” is her fourth book.

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 29, 1998

Area lakes reached all-time record high levels this season as a result of plentiful summer rains. This condition is causing erosion problems county-wide, Otter Tail County Land & Resource Management inspector George Hausske told the county Coalition of Area Lakes meeting last Saturday. Middle Leaf Lake has docks that these days do not always make it all the way to the shore.

Motorists looking for a fill will be turned away from Jim’s Service in Henning this week as the business undergoes two major changes. One change is that the gas pumps were removed to allow replacement of the fuel storage tanks. The other major change is of course that in ownership. As of August 1, Pete and Beth Wallevand are to take over the reigns, so to speak, from longtime owner Jim Wallevand, Pete’s uncle.

Effective July 15, CAMAS Minndak, Inc., became the new owner of Ottertail Ready Mix, CAMAS spokesman Jeff Dreschsel reported. The business was purchased along with its washed aggregate business, from owner Jim Ahlfs, who founded the company and operated it for two decades or more.

50 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 26, 1973

Bill Hahn engaged in hand-to-hand combat with a turtle last Wednesday and narrowly averted serious consequences. While fishing in his boat on Crane Lake, he noticed a turtle going after the fish he had on a stringer alongside the boat. Deciding to put a stop to the turtle he went over the side of the boat into about 20 feet of water. Hahn could not manage to get back into his boat by himself. Although he is 83 years old, Hahn is a good swimmer and elected to swim the half mile to shore, pulling boat and motor behind him. There are only so many things a man can do at one time—so when Hahn felt his trousers begin to slip off, there was nothing to do but let them go…this added additional insult to an already trying situation. After several days of rest, Hahn is back to normal and ready to go fishing again. He’ll be on the lookout for a pair of pants floating in the lake, and perhaps a turtle with a smile on its face.

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 24, 1948

Another new business is starting up in Henning as H.E. Ecker, who recently bought out the Henning fuel company, is adding an independent retail lumber yard to his present business.

Fishing on West Battle Lake, A.K. Bond had a strike and while reeling in he felt another off hitch in the line. On a three hook plug he had two 2-pound bass.

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 25, 1923

Who are the 100 richest men in the world? asks the London Express. It answers the query by giving a list at the head of which is Henry Ford, whose fortune it estimates at $500,000,000. John D. Rockefeller comes next with $450,000,000; Andrew Mellon, secretary of the treasury is third, with $150,000,000, and then follow the Duke of Westminster, Sir Basil Zaharoff, Hugo Stones, Percy Rockefeller, Baron Matsui, Baron Iwasaki and the Gaekwar of Baroda each with $100,000,000.

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, July 28, 1898

WAR BULLETS—Latest new from the seat of war.

Island of Guanaco, July 25—the first military expedition was landed here successfully today after a skirmish with a detachment of Spanish troops. Four Spaniards were killed. No Americans were hurt. The troops were ordered to capture the railroad leading to Ponce which is only ten miles east of here.

Washington—July 26—there is reason to believe that at last the initial steps have been taken for opening negotiations for peace. At this moment it is impossible to learn any of the details of temp project nor even to obtain official confirmation.

There are now three Norwegian papers published at Fergus Falls—Ugeblad, Rodhuggeren and Tidende—the only place in the state outside of the Twin Cities where there are more papers of that denominations. Fergus does not take a back seat even in the production of newspapers.

The girls of Vassar wanted to raise the flag in honor of the Manila victory; but the president of the college was absent and the other authorities wouldn’t give their consent. Did they sit down and weep. Not once. They climbed to the roof, tore the azure robe of night, and set the stars in glory of the flagstaff. And when the president returned he swung his hat for them and ran up two flags more.