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A look back at the history of Hutchinson | Local

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Are the winters of yesteryear not forever? The sun is beating down with the spring heat and farmers are arriving in town in wagons.

Frankenfield Newsstand, next to the post office, allows people to get a variety of the latest and greatest literature. The best magazines can now be bought for between 10 and 25 cents, and at that price, every Hutchinson house should have a stash of good literature.

AE Thompson and a son, Herm, fenced two lots just off Main Street with a high plank fence and will give skating-loving kids a chance to show off their heels every day and night during the winter. The rink will be flooded daily with artesian well water and will undoubtedly prove to be a popular and harmless vacation spot for young people.

CH Rush sold the corner lot, corner of Main Street and Second Avenue South, which he bought a few years ago from the Penn-American Oil Co., with the intention of the company to build a gas station there. This company has been established in Hutchinson for several years, its reservoirs being close to Great Northern station and Ras. Jensen the local agent.

Leonard Briggs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Briggs, who has crossed the Pacific Ocean 26 times and already has a North Polar Ribbon won in Greenland, has started the greatest journey of his life. He left Norfolk, Va. On December 2 with America’s foremost polar explorer, Admiral Byrd, bound for the South Pole. Leonard, a storekeeper in his class in the Navy, called his parents at midnight to tell them the big news. It is the largest and best equipped polar expedition in history. One of the modern upgrades are icebreakers, which melt ice with steam and suck up slush with pumps. This would astonish the explorers of old. Planes, submarines, weasels, jeeps and half-tracks will all be used. Byrd takes dogs on country trips around Little America in the Arctic Circle. The fleet expects to be away for four months but will stock up for eight months. Most of the time he will be completely cut off from civilization except for the radio.

Hutchinson will be a filming location for a $ 250,000 film at the Fourth Annual Hutchinson Grand Prix Snowmobile Races. Six scenes from the feature film “Into a Storm” will be shot before, during and after December 18th and 19th. Residents of the Hutchinson area will have the opportunity to become a film extra when the actions and reactions of the crowd are filmed. According to director Maury Hurley, the film chronicles the experiences of a young man who returns to his childhood home in northern Minnesota in search of his identity.

Hutchinson Technology Inc. shareholders had a happier reason to be when the company’s stock price climbed $ 19.50 per share on Dec. 3, a 37% increase on one day. The action opened at $ 52.75. At closing, the price was $ 72.50. The rise in stock prices was linked to the company’s announcement that earnings are expected to far exceed earlier estimates made by financial analysts, according to Jeff Green, CEO of HTI.

The referendum on school obligations approved by the voters and higher property values ​​are the two main reasons people are likely to see substantial school district tax increases on their 1997 statements. That was the message Support Services Director Dale Baker gave to less than a dozen residents at the Dec. 3 Tax Truth Hearing.

A budget increase of 14% for two years is the proposal that the amalgamated colleges and universities of the state of Minnesota will present to the Legislative Assembly of Minnesota. The higher education budget of $ 2.38 billion is dependent on the approval of a request for state funding of $ 1.04 billion. The University of Minnesota’s four-college system is also asking for a substantial increase, of about 19%.

With Mayor Torgerson in the lead, Hutchinson motorists began using the new Bluff Street Bridge at noon on December 5. Work on the bridge was halted for the winter, according to city engineer John Rodeberg, who praised the efforts of Johnson Brothers Construction of Litchfield for going the extra mile to do so. passable for traffic.

Looking Back is a weekly column by Kay Johnson, Arts and Special Projects Editor, that highlights Hutchinson’s story. Photo submissions with captions are welcome. Contact the leader by calling Johnson at 320-753-3641 or emailing [email protected]