Editor's note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.
50 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Tribune of September 26, 1968
Local community committeemen, who were recently elected to those positions, met in the Stevens county court house Tuesday evening to elect farmers to serve on the Stevens County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee. Howe Anderson, whose term expired this year, was re-elected for a three-year term and will serve as chairman of the committee. Mr. Anderson is a resident of Hodges township. Henry Erdahl will serve as vice chairman of the committee. He resides in Donnelly township. Marvin Bruer will serve the committee as regular member for the 1968-69 program year. He is a resident of Synnes township.
Appointments of two new faculty members at the University of Minnesota, Morris have recently been approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Liselotte Gumpel has received appointment as assistant professor of German in the Division of Humanities. Allen Blitstein has received appointment as instructor of economics in the Division of Social Sciences. Announcements of more appointments to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Morris will be made shortly.
Today is the final day for persons in the Morris area to register in Morris in the county-wide jobs and skills survey being conducted by a mobile survey being conducted by a mobile survey team from the Minnesota State Employment Service at the request of the Stevens county board of commissioners. Designed to provide detailed statistical information on jobs and job skills in the county to industries which might be interested in locating in Morris, the survey seeks to register all county residents 16 years old and over, including persons over 65 who consider themselves potential members of the labor force, and including farmers, businessmen, professional people, housewives, people who are not looking for work. To be most effective, the study must present as complete a picture as possible of the jobs and skills inventory of the county, it is pointed out.
Arnold Stein, field representative for the Production Credit Association of Morris, has just returned from a two-weeks credit training school, according to Chester H. Larsen, PCA manager. The farm credit training school is designed to qualify new PCA employees for their jobs in providing short and intermediate term credit and related credit services to agriculture served by the PCA of Morris.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Hancock Record of September 20, 1978
Rains-1.8 inches in the Hancock area- and cool weather the past week slowed late season crop development and curtailed fieldwork in this area and most sections of the state. The Minnesota Crop and Livestock Reporting Service said today that full-scale cutting of corn silage and limited lifting of sugarbeets are now underway in most area.
Stevens and 13 other central and western Minnesota counties will be surveyed for possible uranium occurrences during the next several weeks, as part of a national effort to assess United States uranium resources. The data collected will also be useful to local and state agencies in understanding the geology of the area. The survey is being carried out by the Nuclear Division, Union Carbide Corp., at Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the Department of Energy. Steve Minkin is the Union Carbide survey team leader for this phase of the work. The systematic sampling is expected to provide evidence of uranium occurrences not currently known.
Dedication of the new organ at St. John's Lutheran Church has been set for Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. The organ is a Conn Deluxe Artist 721 electronic pipe organ, purchased from Carlson Music Co., of Alexandria. Final installation of the organ had been completed in July.
The American Dairy Association (ADA) introduced its new selling theme, "Milk's The One," at the House of Delegates fall meeting of the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) on Sept. 11, here. Jake Van Eps of Hancock was among 14 Minnesota representatives to the House of Delegates. The House of Delegates is made up of dairy farmers from throughout the country dedicated to increasing sales of U.S. dairy products.
The 1978 Hancock Owls football team won their first victory of the season as they routed the Evansville Tigers in Evansville last Friday night by a score of 32-8. Thanks to great pass coverage by Dan Jepma and Brent Berget, the Tigers were forced to use shorter patterns. When Evansville went to the shorter pattern, the linebacking crew of Tim Gramm, Rod Schaefer and Terry Rohloff was able to react quickly enough to make the receivers pay the price. While the Hancock defense had the Evansville offense stopped, the Hancock offense was busy racking up 32 points.
35 Years Ago
Items taken from the Morris Sun of October 11, 1983
The time of year has arrived to start looking ahead to the annual Benefit Banquet and Ball for Stevens County Memorial Hospital, organized as always by the hard-working members of the hospital auxiliary. John Stellner, loan officer for the State Bank of Cyrus, presented a donation of $100 to help cover expenses of the benefit. The State Bank of Cyrus is among several financial institutions and businesses chipping in to make the benefit a success. Further donations are welcome, according to two Auxiliary members, Carleen Wernsing and Kathy Moen.
The ranks of marathon runners in Morris grew by one recently when Craig Olsen, UMM instructor in physical education and head wrestling coach, participated in the Twin Cities Marathon. Looking to the future, Olsen plans to continue running but doubts that any more marathons will be taken on. Ten-K events will fill the bill just fine, he expects.
Michael D. Johnson, Breckenridge, has been appointed director of the student center and drama director at North Dakota State School of Science, Wahpeton. For the past year, he has been involved in sales and management for a wholesale firm in Breckenridge. Previously, he was in education for 12 years at Morris, where he taught high school speech, theatre and language arts.
Morris area grocery shoppers are getting used to the new Jack & Jill logo at the store known for a long time as Juergensen's Super Valu. The store changed hands last summer and is now under the ownership of Arnie Raasch.
The Harvest States Cooperatives elevator in Morris is taking a step forward with extra rail trackage that will better enable it to accommodate the "unit train" concept. The elevator began using the concept on a limited basis with facilities on the west edge of town in August of 1981. The new facilities, in the form of added trackage, will enable the elevator to handle the full 54-car units. The maximum capacity previously was 27 cars. Dennis Wendland, manager of the elevator, expects the new trackage to be in use within two weeks.
Nothing makes the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce happier than a new business in the area. Ambassadors of the Chamber recently called on Dale Nelson, manager of Mid-America Mobile Homes, Inc., to extend hearty greetings.