5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

For 43 years Don Seipkes roamed the sidelines of Henning’s football field with a skip to his step and fierce competitiveness that spanned a generation. The man many simply call coach, retired from coaching after the 2015 season but his legacy lives on in the greater Henning area. On September 7, the long-time fixture on the sidelines will be honored during a special program to official rename the Henning Football Field.

Katelyn Haugdahl has lived in Los Angeles for four years now, but there is nothing quite like coming home to Henning. The 2008 Henning High School alum has returned to Otter Tail County this summer as part of a Springboard for the Art’s Hinge Arts program. As part of the program, the Henning native taught a week long film making class in Fergus Falls, as well as a three day class in Henning last week.

In a teary courtroom on Friday afternoon, family and friends of the late Jacob Quam spoke about the void left when the 16-year-old Vining resident was killed in an automobile accident on April 13, 2017. With nearly 30 people packed into the courtroom in Fergus Falls, the man responsible for his death learned how long he would be spending behind bars. Jason Michael Vadner, of Wheaton, Minn., was sentenced to 50 months for his role in the accident that killed Quam. With good behavior, Vadner could spend as little as 33 1/3 months in prison with the remaining sentence being served as supervised release.

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Sept. 2, 1998

Powerful development—Otter Tail Power Company is now making increasingly visible progress on a 115,000-volt power line from near Alexandria to the Inman substation, located northeast of Henning. According to an Otter Tail Power spokesman, the $2.1 million project is being undertaken in order to address increased demand for power in the southeastern section of the company’s Fergus Falls division. Construction is a joint project of Otter Tail Power, Cooperative Power and Missouri River Energy Services.

Seventeen-year-old Jessica Neels, of Henning, suffered a broken shoulder and assorted cuts and bruises when her car slammed into the back of a tractor Wednesday, Aug. 26, but she is quick to point out that it could have been much worse. Had she not been wearing her seatbelt, as the law and good sense might dictate, she likely would have suffered far greater injury, or perhaps death, she reported.

A public hearing to discuss using tax abatements as an economic development tool in Otter Tail County is set for Sept. 8. County commissioners set the date for a topic that has drawn interest from businesses in rural parts of the county. Discussion on the use of tax abatements began several weeks ago when The Pier restaurant owner Landis Weaver and marketing consultant David Drown discussed a tax abatement for Pier Lodge and Conference Center, a proposed 98-room conference center and lodge of which Weaver is among the investors. Such a project will not generate any income during its first few years of operation, but could be an economic benefit for the county, the two said when they initially met with commissioners.

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 26, 1948

Miss Joy Farmstead left this week for Minneapolis and will go on to Boston. She will study at New England Conservatory to study Opera.

Five good work horses belonging to Wm. Ohlrogge were killed by a Soo Line trail Tuesday night of last week near the Ohlrogge farm.

A well drilled by Ted Waskosky, Jr. has been completed at the Henning Harvest Festival grounds near the ball park. Mr. Waskosky donated his time and equipment towards the project.

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Aug. 30, 1923

Rev. And Mrs. J.S. Paulson and five children will leave tonight by car for their new home in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Rev. Paul has answered a call to be the pastorate of the First Lutheran Church.

Emma Embertson left Saturday for Duluth where she will teach in the public schools.

Boys between 14 to 21 must secure a license to hunt, but the license will cost nothing. Blanks may be secured at any bank.

Innis Thompson left for Wadena on Sunday where she has secured a position as teacher in the public schools at that place.

Helen Christenson left Saturday for Tower, Minn., where she will teach school the coming year.

B.B. Haugen, former prominent Otter Tail County resident, has been the guest of his brother, Dr. O.M. Haugen. Mr. Haugen, besides taking a prominent part in politics in the county, also took an active interest in music. He is now publishing a book, which includes a collection of popular songs. During the past few years he has been closely identified with former Gov. Norbeck of South Dakota, who is now United States Senator.

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Sept. 1, 1898

Learning does not necessarily imply wisdom.

The man who starts out to look for trouble usually ends by having it thrust upon him.

To cease to make excuses, is to pray.

The flower of forgiveness blooms in the garden of love.

Patriotism is frequently used as a cloak by scheming politicians.

The man who fails to lay up something for a rainy day always has to depend on his friends for an umbrella.