Looking back by The Herman-Hoffman Tribune.
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February 20, 2003
The Herman-Norcross Bullets wrestling team won the District 7A championship and was headed to the state tournament.
A half-dozen law enforcement vehicles screamed through Herman and then east on Highway 27 in pursuit of a red pickup that had been stolen in Willmar. The vehicle eventually went into the ditch after running over “Stop Stix” that had punctured a tire, and the driver was arrested.
A second chase only a few hours later played out more slowly.
Officers from Grant and Traverse counties and the Wheaton police department pursued a stolen tractor going about 30 mph until it finally stopped at the Hutterite Colony across the border in South Dakota. The tractor driver then turned around and smashed into a police car before he was taken into custody.
Anna Anderson from Herman was a member of the Snow Daze royalty at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
The Herman Review was publishing tips of the week in preparation for the all-school reunion in July. This week’s tip: “Bring at least one good idea on how to improve the community. Telling someone to move out is not what we have in mind.”
January 23, 2003
2003 Snowball king and queen candidates were seniors Colby Larson, Lane Wirtjes, Robyn Werk, Matt Oachs, John Todd, Hope Smith, Scott Mahoney, Angelene Fickes, Amber Bullis, and Kristi Stenger.
Pastor Ted Graf was the newly appointed pastor of Eden Reformed Church in Herman. Pastor Graf had previously served churches in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
The Herman Development Corporation and Herman-Norcross Community Education were giving local businesses the opportunity to show and tell about their products and services to the public in a Community Business Show planned for March 10.
Matthew Oachs, a senior at Herman-Norcross Community School, and Rachel Kramer, a senior at Chokio-Alberta school were selected by the Subsection 21 committee to represent it in the Region 6A competition for the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award.
Kadie Engquist was named the Most Valuable Player of the Herman-Norcross volleyball team. She was also all-conference, with Robyn Werk, Maria Haupert, and Amanda Oachs receiving honorable mention.
A not-so-subtle cartoon by Ed Fischer reminded Vikings fans the the two starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl were ex-Vikings Rich Gannon with Oakland and Brad Johnson with Tampa Bay.
February 11, 1988
Seventy fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from the Herman-Norcross school performed the program “Sounds Natural” before 300 state music teachers in St. Paul at the Minnesota Music Educators Association annual convention. The program featured songs about the outdoors.
The Herman Development Corporation held its annual reorganizational meeting, reelecting Les Vipond, Pat Sjoquist, Dany Pederson, and Jerry Bryson, and also electing Owen Heiberg, Leonard Blume, and Mark Oachs.
The Norcross Development Corporation also held its annual meeting, reelecting Wes Hoffman and Jean Prothero. Other board members included Janice Larson, Shirley Reckner, and Richard Aanerud. The NDC had been formed several years earlier to keep the Norcross restaurant open.
The Herman-Norcross one-act play “Limbo” tied for second place in regional competition. Glyndon-Felton won the competition and would represent the region at the state.
Werk Herefords of Herman was recognized by the American Hereford Association as the owner of six Polled Hereford cows that had received the Benchmark Dam award.
People from Detroit Lakes were offering free snow to Herman for the upcoming snow sculpturing contest.
January 14, 1988
The Herman post office was turned into a smudge pot when the furnace malfunctioned over the weekend, filling the post office and all the drawers, cabinets, and mail boxes with black, oily soot. It took a professional cleaning crew from Elbow Lake and postmaster Les Vipond’s family and Ione Prader two days to clean up the mess.
The Herman United Fund exceeded its goal by raising $3,126. The highest amount, $371.54, was donated to the Courage Center.
Pamela Sue Johnson and Mark Alan Severance were united in marriage November 28, 1987 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Herman. Pastor Woody Hall officiated.
Dick Grenell of Barrett was named the chairman of the Jack Kemp for President campaign in Grant County. Kemp was a nine-term congressman from New York and a former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Specials at Trisko Home-Owned Supermarket: bacon, $1.99/lb.; beef roast, $1.39/lb.; fresh lean ground beef, $1.39/lb.; red potatoes, $1.29 for a 10 lb. bag; Red Rome apples, 99 cents for a 3-lb. bag.
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February 15, 1973
The Herman Village Attorney, Dewey Nelson, explained the terms of the Niemackl agreement to the village council. The council wanted to know the city’s obligations before assuming ownership of the property that would be converted to a wildlife and public recreation area.
The Herman Panther wrestling team won the Pheasant Conference championship. Jake Lennox, Tom Severance, Mike Bertram, Duane Stoneburg, and Doug Gulbrandson won individual championships.
The Herman school board hired the T.G Evenson firm to help the board plan for the financing of a new gymnasium and band room.
Mrs. LeRoy Backman was granted the Bishop’s Medal of Merit at a Saturday evening Mass at St. Charles Catholic Church in Herman by Bishop George Speltz. Mrs. Backman was the first person to be granted he medal in 1973 and probably the youngest person to be so honored in the history of the award.
The cash value of Minnesota’s 1972 crops was the highest ever, led by corn with an average price of $1.46/bushel. Soybeans set a new high price average of $3.45/bushel.
January 18, 1973
The Bureau of Outdoor Recreation of the Department of the Interior awarded a grant of $29,600 for the purchase of the Niemackl property for public outdoor recreation, camping, picnicking, hiking, and swimming.
Over 4,000 farmers, business men, and others came together at the Physical Education building on the Morris campus in a display of unity protesting the cutoff of federal disaster aid for area farmers that had been ordered by the Nixon administration.
The Herman Booster Club endorsed the idea of a Grant County centennial celebration which was being promoted by the Grant County Historical Society.
The Herman Board of Education signed a contract with Ken Walijarvi and Associates to design a new gymnasium for the Herman school.
A shortage of fuel oil resulted in Standard Oil, which held the fuel contract for the Herman school, to reduce the amount of fuel it would deliver to the school by 25 percent.
Petitions signed by residents of District 11 were delivered to Gov. Wendell Anderson expressing opposition to the selection of Douglas County for the site of a proposed Experimental City.