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Looking Back -- 12-23-10

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10 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Another calendar year is coming to an end and the school construction project can still not be stamped "complete." During the majority of the monthly board meetings through the year the Hancock school board has been presented with a punch list of items needing to be finished. The December meeting held on Monday was no different. Even as some of these items do get done, others keep coming up that need to be addressed.

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Rep. Torrey Westrom, indicated that he was very pleased with the decision by a company called Fibrominn to build a new electrical power plant in Benson. Using an innovative new design, from England, the plant will primarily be fueled by poultry litter (manure) creating a renewable energy source from what is currently just used as fertilizer on crop land.

15 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Dec. 28, 1995 issue of the Hancock Record.)

A plane crash, 5 miles north of Morris, took the lives of Jerry Mumm and Carl Johnson. The crash occurred on Saturday, Dec. 23, around 12:44 p.m., while the men were flying their two passenger, single engine plane.

Funeral services for Edith Joos, age 79, of Hancock were held Saturday December 23, 1995 in the Apostolic Christian Church.

40 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Thursday, Dec. 24, 1970 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Burlington Northern Railroad had filed a petition for a hearing on the closing of its railroad depot in Hancock. And, also to terminate less than carload freight service in or out of the village. In addition to closing the depot and discontinuing full time agency service, the railroad is also seeking authority to remove the depot and station facilities.

As traditional as the visit of Santa Claus to the village is the work bee of the Hancock American Legion Auxiliary. The ladies put together over 400 bags of candy for Santa to give his visitors.

75 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Friday, Jan. 3, 1936 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Master Gilbert Haugen came mighty near spending the first few weeks of the New Year in bed. Just as Jimmy Murphy, who was driving up the street, neared the bank building, young Gilbert came shooting out from the alley on his sled right across in front of the car and his sled was smashed and only by rolling off his sled in the neck of time did he miss going under the car.

As the result of an auto accident two weeks ago Sammy Jepma is in a hospital at Glenwood with a hip broken in three places. Wallace Haugen was driving the car at the time, with four other young folks in it, coming from Sedan and just at the top of the Soo hill at little curve there, the car skidded and turned over right in the middle of the highway.

100 YEARS AGO

(Taken from the Friday, Dec. 23, 1910 issue of the Hancock Record.)

Last week we had a mild roast for the council for not preventing throwing ashes and burning rubbish on the streets of the village and the forepart of this week we got a genuine "roast" from one of our farmer friends on that account which we really enjoyed as it was a fine pork roast. Since the article was published there have been about forty people spoken to us about the matter and everyone has the same thing to say -- "go after them hard, E.J., it is a nuisance and a disgrace to the village." Not only residents of the village but farmers who come to town are alike strenuous in their condemnation of the practice and the council should stop it at once.

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