Category Archives: Remember When

Remember When 1-12-2022

(Above) 1997 VFW essay winners - The Clear Lake V.F.W. Post Auxiliary awarded these Central School students as winners in its “I Love America Because” essay contest in 1997.  The winners, in order of first, second and third place in each age group were front row (L-R): fourth graders Dan Fessler, Jenna Plagge and Janet…
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Remember When 1-5-2022

Merchants help out in 1997 - Several local merchants helped the Lake Theatre to treat the public to free movie matinees in December 1997 while helping the Hawyeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City.  Those attending the movies were asked to bring food items as their admission.  Pictured are a few of the merchants who…
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Remember When 12-29-2021

(Above)Early Christmas present in 1971 - Roger and Marilyn Ritter, Clear Lake, were the happy and proud recipients of an early Christmas present in 1971.  The couple were blessed with twins, Matthew John and Jennifer Sue, born on Dec. 15.  Matthew tipped the scales at five pounds, seven ounces and his little sister weighed four…
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Remember When 12-22-2021

(Above) Three cheers in 1996 - The Iowa Cheerleading Coaches’ Association, in conjunction with the IHSAA, sponsored the 1996 Iowa Cheerleading State Championships in 1996.  Over 50 schools from across the state competed.  In their first year of competition at the State level, Clear Lake High School placed fourth in the Class 3A Division.  Ten…
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Remember When 12-15-2021

Enjoying their pancakes in 1971 - Putting away a pile of pancakes in 1971 were Alan, 9, and Michael, 2 1/2, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hejna, of Ventura.  They were eating their share of flapjacks at the Ventura Lions’ annual pancake feed held at the Ventura Elementary gym.  About 175 persons were served.…
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Remember When 12-1-2021

by Michelle Watson 25 Years Ago November 1996 About anything that could go wrong did, Wednesday, as firefighters fought a losing battle against smoke, flames, location and the weather. In the end, they were resigned to watch as the main lodge at the Open Bible Camp, located in Ventura Heights, burned to the ground. Five…
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