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Past Files of The Sutherland Courier


20 years ago – 1999

Council denies sidewalk variance request - At Monday evening's city council meeting, the council debated: the third sidewalk variance to be asked for on the Sidewalk 2000 replacement program. Gene Banse addressed the council regarding the sidewalk on the north side of his residence along Washington Street. He asked for a variance in re-installing a sidewalk along the south edge of Washington. He stated that the sidewalk has a very small distance between it and the street, and most of that gap has been overlaid with asphalt, virtually making the sidewalk and the street abutt each other. "After I put in a sidewalk," Banse said, "the city plow will completely cover it with snow on each pass. Then I won't be in compliance with the snow removal ordinance unless I keep running out each time the plow goes past." Al Mills said that the council would not enforce that ordinance, but Mayor Colleen Johnson said that if the city has an ordinance, it should be enforced, or a variance given.

COME AND GO BRIDAL SHOWER - There will be a Come and Go Bridal Shower honoring Shannon Hulstein, bride-elect of Travis Sohn, on Saturday, April 10. The shower will be at the United Methodist Church in Sutherland from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a salad luncheon.

30 years ago - 1989

Council settles suit with Lenz - A couple of legal matters were discussed during the April meeting of the Sutherland city council. The council received a check for $791.85 as settlement for a small claims judgment against Lenz Manufacturing. A Small Claims Court hearing was held on November 22, 1988. The dispute between the city and Lenz began in December of 1985. A water line leading to the Lenz building was broken. A crew trenched through the frozen ground to repair the break. The total repair bill was $762.20.

The second legal matter was much more complicated. It appears that in the early 1980's Jim Sanow moved from a home that he had purchased in the east addition. The home and property soon fell into disrepair. The city received numerous complaints from neighbors concerning the condition of the lawn and house. A finance company which was thought to hold the deed on the property was contacted. The company agreed to pay the city to have the property mowed. After a couple of years of mowing, the city received verbal approval from the finance company to burn the house. The council had assumed that the finance company had title to the property. The fire department burned the house, and the city paid to have the property filled and bulldozed. Soon, after this was done, the city received notice, from Sanow that a suit was being filed against the city for destroying the house. Sanow had kept the title to the property while the now non-existent finance company had held a quitclaim deed. Apparently, the original $25,000 claim has been reduced to $5,000. The city attorney is working with Sanow's attorney.

40 years ago – 1979

Easter Cantata To be Held Palm Sunday - The community chorus will hold its Easter Cantata, "The Easter Story", written by Robert Russel Benit, on April 8, at 8 p.m. The community chorus is made up of people from the members of the Sutherland and Calumet churches. The last rehearsal for the cantata will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8.

Sheriff's Dept. Apprehends 3 Juveniles - The O'Brien County Sheriff's officers apprehended three Sutherland juveniles on Monday, April 2 in connection with the burglary of the Sacred Heart Church rectory. The burglary occurred on Sunday, April 1 with entrance gained through a rear door. A total of $165.00 in cash was taken.


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