5 years ago

Citizen’s Advocate

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

There’s something hauntingly frightful on Cozy Oak Drive in Ottertail. Somewhere between the fields, desolate houses and just down the road from the Otter Tail County Sheriff Department’s Operation Center, are headstones, graves and a few ghosts along for the ride. There is something spooky going on at the Bob and Stephanie Jensen house, even as welcoming as a giant werewolf may be for those who drive by their place in Ottertail. The couple once again decorated their front yard with a number of Halloween decorations for the community. 

Otter Tail County commissioners, following citizen input, will vote on Tuesday, Nov. 13, concerning adoption of a proposed tobacco-related ordinance for people under the age of 21. If approved, regulations would begin on Jan. 1, 2019, on a phased-in basis.

25 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 14, 1998

Garbage at the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Transfer Station located just outside Henning is busier than ever these days, now that the Quadrant waste incineration facility in Perham is closed down. According to Transfer Station Manager Alan Ricks, the station is taking in up to 40 tons of waste per day, which is more than three times normal levels. The increase is due to the so-far temporary closing of Quadrant, where just last week boilers were drained and preparations made for a winter of disuse. That leaves no end in sight for relief at the transfer station, says Ricks, where a semi truck load of compacted waste is shipped out each day. It could of course be worse, Ricks reports, as the facility was a likely target for even greater waste flow had the City of Fergus Falls employees gone out on strike. That could have meant an increase of up to 24 additional tons of water per day.

Meeting for a little over an hour and a half, Henning and Perham’s city councils came to an agreement Monday evening to proceed with a pre-sale campaign in Henning for natural gas. The two councils met to “decide where we want to go and where we want to be,” according to Henning Mayor Dick Johnson. NSP representative Chris Kaufman began the presentation with two proposals NSP had worked up for the Henning-Perham project. Kaufman explained that NSP knows it has to work for both cities to make this project work. “Hopefully, we can come up with a solution for both,” he continued.

50 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1973

Dr. Jay Severn and Dr. Charles Lewis were named Fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

75 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1948

At a meeting Tuesday night at the First National Bank office here, committee members representing the Henning and Ottertail Rod and Gun clubs met and formed what will be known as the Henning-Ottertail Netting Assn., for the purpose of removing bullheads from local lakes. Officers elected were G. C. Clement, Pete Thalmann, Robert Heran, Ray Schumacher, Jim Hanson and Lyn Johnson. Twenty hoop nets were ordered today and it is hoped that netting operations will begin inside of four weeks. Besides the nets the association will furnish a cleaning house and boat.

100 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1923

The chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Reorganization of the Executive branch of the Government pointed out that the first six Presidents to die averaged 79.6 years of age; the next ten 68.5 years; the last ten 61.8 years. He recommends the President have staff of six assistants to lighten his work. They should consist of a secretary to the President, acting as private secretary; an executive secretary, who would have four assistants divided as follows: an assistant in charge of personnel, dealing with office-seekers and so forth; an assistant in charge of legislation, to follow legislation in both Houses, keeping the President informed; an assistant in charge of publicity to report on public opinion, to present the President with pertinent clippings and gather material for speeches, and an assistant in charge of applications for clemency.

125 years ago

The Henning Advocate

Thursday, Oct. 20, 1898

Suicide is the supreme act of the quitter. It is seldom a good thing except in the taking off of a superfluous member of society whose possibilities have been exhausted by the dramatist or the novelist. All the world admires a game man and so do the angels. The hysteria which turns the hand of a many upon himself is not philosophy, but spite and petulance. Even the human who devotes himself to frivolity is a more impressive character than the quitter.

It was characteristic of Hamilton Fish, Jr., the young sergeant of the Rough Riders, who being mortally wounded, asked to be carried to the front to die, that upon his watch should have been engraved the crests of his ancestors, Alexander Hamilton and Nicholas Fish with the motto, “God will give.”

Shall a diploma or academic degree be given for proficiency in the science and art of agriculture? This question is being considered in all seriousness by the ancient English University of Cambridge. As farmers cannot be made by the use of libraries and laboratories alone, it is understood that a degree would be conditioned on a certain term of residence and actually practice on a farm. In America agricultural colleges with model farms have long been in operation and although still under challenge in some educational circles, they are doubtless contributing to raise the standard and dignity of the farmer’s life, and to put the most important of all branches of productive industry on a basis of intelligence and self-respect, with a reasonable promise of increasing profits through improving processes.