Numbers can be deceiving. They don't always tell the entire story and sometimes, when you throw in percentages, they can lead to a misguided assumption. 1st American State Bank in Hancock and Benson is responding to an article that appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday. The article was about small banks in Minnesota that have a high percentage of bad Commercial Real Estate (CRE) loans.
Over the last few weeks we have been working on our annual Business, Service and Community Directory. It is a great section that is geared toward letting new residents and 'old' residents know what we have in the way of businesses and services in this area. Just by looking through this valuable section we can quickly learn that we have a lot to be thankful for and proud of. We have many wonderful businesses in Hancock and the surrounding area. These businesses provide the goods and services we need to conduct our daily lives. Many of them also provide jobs and stability for our families.
Each generation has its own way of communicating and receiving information. When I think back through the generations that I have been aware of, I am astounded by the changes in these methods. In the days of my grandparents, communication was usually a person-to-person thing. News traveled through visits at homes or businesses in the community, rare celebrations or weekly church services. They also received news from other areas through newspapers, radios and cards and letters.
The Hancock Fire Department was called to a fire at the District 45 Dairy early Friday morning. A large stack of straw bales was on fire with the cause being termed as suspicious in nature. The bales were allowed to burn and the fire department was called out a second time on Friday afternoon. There was an estimated $50,000 in damage due to the loss of the bales. At this point the fire is being investigated as a possible arson. If anyone has any information on the fire they should call the Stevens County Sheriff's Office.
In a small school setting participation is key. Any student with even the slightest interest in being part of a team or organization is encouraged in every way possible to join in. Therefore the Hancock School Board did not want to do anything to deter that participation by charging too much in participation fees. At their meeting on Monday night the board made several decisions regarding the upcoming school year including fees, admissions and lunch prices.
This last weekend my husband and I, along with another couple, took a drive up north. One of our goals was to take a look at a few resorts and lakes for a possible fall vacation. It was a fun and interesting day that left us almost more confused about where to go than we were when we left. As we made a few stops it was surprising how different the resorts could be. Some were very well kept while others were just barely in the habitable category. A few of the resorts were very quiet with a limited number of cabins while others were busy with not just cabins but rows and rows of campers.
A lot of people are on the move at this time of year. As some of the summer activities start to wind down and there is a brief break in farm activities, many families try to take the time for a short vacation. It isn't always easy for families to get these vacations in every year. When I was younger we were not able to take many weeks off. My dad milked cows along with raising crops and a few other animals.
Six teams competed at the Buddies Bar and Grill Volleyball tournament in Hancock on July 4th. First place in the Buddies Volleyball tournament went to in front from left - Francine Schapiro and Cindy Rinkenberger. In back - Ryan Knutson, Bruce Evink and John Goll.Second place in the Buddies Volleyball tournament went to in front from left - Aria Walstad, Allie Cunningham, Lindsie Cunningham and Stacie Cunningham. In back - Jesse McCann and Eric Peterson. The Jepma team at the Buddies Volleyball Tournament included in front from left - Jody Miller, Rick Jepma, Kathryn Miller and Kelly Jepma.
The Benson Chiefs had two tough losses last week putting them in second place in the Land O' Ducks League with a record of 8-5. On Wednesday, July 8 the Chief's lost to Madison in Benson by a score of 4-7. Jake Erickson pitched 4 innings and Rick Jepma completed the game. Hits in the game were slugged out by Andrew Rustad with one, Jepma with two, Hagen with one, Wittenberg, 1 and one each to Hughes, Mac Grunig, Jon Readon and Mitch Grunig. Jepma had two RBIs, Hagen one and Erickson one. On Saturday the Chief's hosted Ortonville and lost by a score of 6-3.
This is the first year that the Lady Owls have had two teams participating in the Alexandria Girls Varsity Basketball League. Hancock girls move back and forth between the teams trying to gain the most experience. League play began on June 8 and completed on July 6. In the opening week Hancock II was matched up against Bertha-Hewitt and lost 1-2. See the Hancock Record for game stats. Hancock I also played against Bertha-Hewitt and lost 0-3 with scores of 12-28, 3-29 and 7-25. Courtney Greiner led the scoring with 7 pts.