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Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

 

20 years ago - 1999

Fiber optic lines to be laid for NCCC Cable TV upgrade - Improvements to the Cable TV systems Sutherland and Paulliria currently have are well underway according to New Century Communications spokesperson Bob Smith. (NCCC was formerly known as CSMI.) Smith said the new building in Sutherland that will house the head end of the hybrid fiber optic/coaxial system has been completed. The installation of the needed satellite receiving dishes and transmission equipment will begin shortly. Smith said current plans call for burying a new fiber optic cable beginning this spring from Sutherland west to Calumet. .From there, separate lines will be laid to Larrabee and Paullina. The line from Paullina will continue on to Marcus where it will also provide service. Smith said another line will be laid east from Sutherland this fall that will service the cities of Peterson and Sioux Rapids.

Police activities in April - In April, the Sutherland Police Department logged no accidents, no arrests and no citations. They were kept busy, however with other areas. Alarms were set off on April 3,4, and 6. Motorists with locked car doors (and no one inside) were assisted on April 5, 6, and 18. On the 24t h , the department attempted to locate a person for the county, and also assisted the ambulance. Complaints were received on the first for vandalism of a pop machine, 4/5 complaint of a non-licensed driver; 4/6 complaint of juveniles fighting in the city park, 4/20 complaint of disorderly conduct, 4/22 complaint of a burglary of a business, 4/23 complaint of a domestic situation, 4/25, complaint of juveniles on bikes after dark and 4/27 complaint from a resident thinking possibly there.

Odds and Ends expands - Peg Christensen, owner of Oddi and Ends in Sutherland, has expanded into the north area of her business into what was formerly living quarters. Elaine Peterson is shown here arranging some of the glassware in the large new display. The business is contemplating more changes in the future.

30 years ago - 1989

Poppy Poster contest winners announced - The Sutherland American Legion Auxiliary sponsored a Poppy Poster Contest again this year. The contest was open to 4th and 5th grade students and members of the Junior Auxiliary. Posters were judged on originality, design and technique and 3 awards were given for each grade. With the assistance of Sutherland's art instructor, Sheila Billick, students created many and various designs. Fourth grade winners were 1st: Melissa Mugge; 2nd: Chase Elbert; 3rd: Adam Kuehl. Fifth grade winners included: 1st: Korey Dau; 2nd: Dustin Hicks; 3rd: Josh Stamer.

Calumet's sign painter - Gina Loshman, of Calumet, hopes to follow in the footsteps of her father, Ronnie Heller, Sr. of Oelwein, and her brother Ronnie Heller, Jr. of Hawkeye. They both paint signs for a living, and now Gina is trying to start her own business too. Gina says that her dad has painted signs since he was only 17 years' old. As she was growing up she watched her father, and then brother as they practiced their craft. Gina says that she admires the skill and artistic talent of both her father and brother.

40 years ago - 1979

Flags for Memorial Day - If you would like to obtain a flag for Memorial Day, for the avenue of flags; at cost, contact Del Johannsen, Jim Johnson or Chuck Kummerfeld at the Security State Bank. Your order must be in by May 15 to receive the flag in time. Also poles for the avenue of flags are $10.00 this year. Contact above names if one is needed.

Men's Bowling League to Hold Party The Sutherland Men's Bowling League will hold their bowling party on Friday night, May 11 in the back room of the Old P.O. The bowling awards, pins and prize money will be awarded' at this time. The party will start at 8:00 p.m. This is for men's bowlers only.

No Winner at Local C.C. Drawing On Saturday, May 5 Walt Damrau's name was called at the Sutherland Commercial Club drawing, but he was not present to win the prize. On May 12 the prize will be for $80.00. Be sure to listen for the siren between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., so you can be downtown to be our next lucky winner.

 

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