By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

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1999: Holiday blizzard shuts down NWI area


January 4, 2024

• Jan. 6, 1949

During the annual meeting of the Hartley Fire Department, Myrle Peters was named local fire chief for the coming year. He succeeded Harry Stoterau who declined the position after ably serving for three years.

Though a near-record crowd turned out to celebrate the coming of the New Year at Neebel’s Danceland and at various house parties throughout the community, 1949 was ushered in very peacefully. Dancers were already crowding into Neebel’s Danceland at 7:15 p.m. and filling the available booths, attesting to the popularity of the local fun spot.

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