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20 years ago - 1999

Council okays specs for Willoway Heights - At their regular City Council meeting Monday, June 7, the Sutherland council unanimously approved the specifications and set bid letting for Willoway Heights. The Public Hearing and bid letting will be at the regular July council meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 7. There is a change in date and time because of the July 4 holiday. The City will start accepting bids for the eight-apartment project on June 10 at 1:00 p.m. In other economic development business, James Johnson thanked the council for their action regarding JTV Manufacturing Inc., and approval of a Revolving Loan Contract to JTV. JTV Mfg. Inc will be a full service fabrication facility with laser processing capabilities. Bob Julian, Brent Thorn and Rian Vos will own the company. At this time, the company will be leasing a building from the Sutherland Farmers Coop, with the hopes in the near future of building a new building in the Sutherland Industrial Park.

OPEN WEDDING DANCE: Honoring Kristi Hill and David Sassman will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Paullina American Legion. Music will be provided by "TD Tunes" and everyone is welcome to attend.

30 years ago - 1989

Sutherland buys $3,700 computer package - The Sutherland City Council Monday purchased a $3,700 computer and software package. The newly-purchased system is expected to be in operation so the July 1 water bills can be computerized. The council authorized purchase of a $2,009 IBM compatible computer from Computer Advantage, Worthington, Minn and a $1,745 utility billing package from Quest Data System, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Sutherland Postmaster Inez Adams gets 'special delivery' good wishes at retirement on May 31 - The Sutherland Post Office handled a record number of "special delivery" messages May 31 as area residents stopped by with retirement well wishes for postmaster Inez Adams. Adams counts 23 years postal service here. "I have always been in the same postoffice. I'm a lifetime Sutherland resident. I've always been here and still am here." She talked with friends and neighbors at the reception on her final day and recalled how she got into the mail service. She went by limousine to a dinner May 27 with family and past and present postal workers. She went in to dine with strains of "Hail to the Chief playing in the background. Adams got her start as a postal employee by working parttime at Christmas. She does not include the two holiday rush seasons work when she adds up her career years. Back in her early days at the post office, she said, more work was done locally. "At that time we had to cancel everything here before it went out. Now that is done in Sioux City." Postal work was not her first job. She started out in the old postal building at age 14 as a clerk in the Trading Post Grocery Store. Paul Briggs owned the grocery store and she worked there until 1948.

40 years ago - 1979

Town & Country Saddle Club To Hold Show - The board members of the Town and Country Saddle Club veritably appreciate the fine response to their call for help last Wednesday evening for "clean up night". Approximately forty members made short work of picking up, trimming up, repairing and painting at the clubgrounds east of Sutherland.


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