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Editor's note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of November 1, 1978

Bob Sax, who operated Bob's Recreation on Atlantic Avenue for over 20 years, has moved to new and better quarters on Sixth Street. Bob is continuing his good breakfasts and sandwiches and continues to be a center for Hancock area youngsters. He continued in business, although faced with a need to move, in spite of his almost 75 years.

The Hancock city council met in special session to consider the presentation of a firm of consulting engineers on how to replace the present Hancock sewage disposal system. Mayor Ben Mikkelson noted that the present system, built under WPA in the 1930's, was designed to handle 54,000 gallons of waste treatment daily and now handles from 90-100,000 gallons. The council proposes, at this time, to proceed with development of a new treatment plant under a federal program which would be 75 percent federally funded, 15 per cent state funded, with the remaining portion of the bill-10 per cent-paid by the city.

Philip Jensen, a 1973 graduate of Hancock High School, will participate in a three-week concert tour of Scandinavia following commencement next spring with the St. Olaf College Orchestra, it was announced by the college this week. Jensen is a violinist with the orchestra.

The Hancock Owls ended their season with a 37-8 victory over the Kensington Vikings last Thursday night at Kensington. The win was Hancock's fifth straight. Working against the Owls was the fact that the Vikings were keying in on Tim Gramm, who was trying to gain his 1,000th yard of the season last Thursday night. Gramm finished the game 50 yards short of the 1,000-yard milestone but had a fine game anyway, gaining 101 yards on 25 carries for 3 touchdowns.

35 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of October 25, 1983

Members of the Stevens County Pork Producers and Porkettes are getting ready for a big event: the annual membership supper and queen coronation, slated for Nov. 18 at the Morris National Guard Armory. Stan Staples, president of the Pork producers, recently presented complimentary tickets to Dr. Tony Scheiber and Dr. Rod Johnson, veterinarians now headquartered at the old Federal Land Bank Building in Morris. The doctors are playing a sponsoring role for the event.

The proposed reorganization of the maintenance and construction districts of the Minnesota State Highway Department was outlined to the Stevens County Board of Commissioners last Thursday. John Youngquist, district engineer from Detroit Lakes, explained how the proposed changes would affect District 4, which includes Morris. The District would be split, with Morris and the southern half going to District 8 in Willmar and the northern half to District 2 in Brainerd. Youngquist told the Commissioners that the changes, if approved next year, would not affect maintenance in the Morris area because there were no plans to cut either crews or machinery. It would mean, however, that a state aid engineer would be cut.

The Stevens County DFL was fortunate in getting three high-ranking party spokesmen to appear at Friday's annual bean-feed fundraiser. The three were Joan Growe, currently in her third term as Minnesota Secretary of State; James Oberstar, U.S. Representative for Minnesota's Eighth District; and John Derus, a member of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners (and board chair for five of the last seven years).

The MHS football team traveled to Sauk Centre last Wednesday for a vitally important conference showdown with the Streeters, a team yet to be defeated in conference action. When the final gun sounded, Sauk Centre had preserved its unblemished record with a hard-earned 14-6 victory over coach Jerry Witt's crew. The precipitation rate increased later-a development Witt saw as unfortunate in light of the important nature of the game.

Morris High School has been notified that one of its students has been designated a Commended Student in the 1984 National Merit Scholarship Program. W.G. Behm, principal, announced today that Gregory J. Radke, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Radke, Morris, placed in the top five percent of over one million participants in the twenty-ninth annual Merit Program.

The Cyrus-Hancock football squad ended the 1983 season on a very positive note last Wednesday with a 16-8 victory over Chokio-Alberta, a perennial Pheasant Conference power. The Owls entered the game with the goal of making it memorable for the four seniors departing from the program: Bryan Wink, Erik Swanson, Keith Hanson and Jeff Berning.

35 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of November 2, 1983

The Hancock Medical Center will open its doors on Nov. 14, 1983 at 11 a.m., according to Tamela Sperr, administrator at the Morris Medical Center in Morris. Sperr said the local center will be open on a part time basis with Doctor Richard Schock heading up the services. Jeni Zeiher will accompany Dr. Schock as the Registered Nurse, and Karen De Rung will man the receptionist's desk at the new office which is located at 668 Atlantic Avenue (Dr. Wayne Deutsch's office).

Monday brought out the goblins and ghosts in Hancock. The pre-school students were out and made several stops in businesses in Hancock. The preschooler's also attended the Lion's Club Party Monday evening. Winners of the group included Andy Charles, Eirn Nelson, Amy Espellen and Brittney Spencer. Kindergarten winners were Brenda Husom, Ryan Luthi and David Heil. First grade winners were Larry Timmerman, David Berning and Kaylea Buttenhoff.