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The 1968 county spelling bee winners. Not in order. Marilyn Strand, Peter Timmons,Julie Schulz,Vicky Ras, Cathryn Carson and Gayle Goff.1 / 3
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The high school girls' team of 1912 consisted of Bertha Watzke, Rebecca Flynn, Mildred Ortman, Charlotte Borrill and Mollie Flatner. 3 / 3

65 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of April 7, 1953

Years ago, Morris high school had girls' basketball teams as well as boys' teams which played inter-school games. The high school girls' team of 1912 consisted of Bertha Watzke, Rebecca Flynn, Mildred Ortman, Charlotte Borrill and Mollie Flatner.

A "grass roots" solution to some of the complex road problems facing townships, counties and the state generally was discussed by Sen. A. R. Johanson of Wheaton at a county wide meeting in the Memorial Armory. Johanson noted that road construction has not kept pace with the increased auto and truck traffic. The proposed measure most importantly, would establish a definite highway system and road plan in a county so that it could build and maintain its highways on a well-mapped out course on a recommended 14-year basis.

Rev. Sylvester Treinen, assistant to the Most Rev. Lambert A. Hoch, bishop of the Bismarck, ND Catholic diocese, has been appointed chancellor of the diocese, it was announced last week. He succeeds the Very Rev. William F. Garvin, who has been elevated to the rank of vicar general. He is the son of W. J. Treinen of Morris.

Election of members to the first board of education in the recently reorganized Cyrus district will be held, with a period for filing of candidates. On March 2, the voters of parts of twelve districts in and reorganizing into one large district. The new school board of six members will take over the business of the new district on July 1 of this year.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of April 4, 1968

The top winners in the Stevens County annual county spelling contest were announced at the East Elementary library. First prize winner was Marilyn Strand of Morris, she will represent the county in the Minneapolis Tribune-sponsored state contest in Minneapolis. Peter Timmons, Morris, second place winner and alternate to the state contest. Julie Schulz, Morris, tied for third place. Cathryn Carson, Morris, tied for fourth place. Vicky Ras, Hancock, tied for third place and Gayle Goff of Hancock, tied for fourth place. Judges for the contest were Mrs. W. F. Cooley and Mrs. Bob Norman of Morris and Mrs. Giles Doyle of Chokio. The pronouncer was Mrs. Merle Severance of Chokio.

Paul Swanson is the new chief of police, succeeding Loarf Westphal who resigned effective April 1. Mr. Swanson has been street commissioner for about 25 years. Jerry Chamberlain, who has been employed by the village, is the new commissioner.

The Rev. Martin T. Bradtke will be installed as minister of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hancock. Pastor Bradtke, his wife and two children, Jay and Rebecca, arrived from Osceola, WI where he served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church of Nye, WI.

Once again there is an encouraging note from the Hancock public schools with the announcement that 19 teachers have signed their contracts. In addition, the board of education has received the contracts of Supt. Collins, L. D. Pinkney, high school principal, and Mrs. Delores Wiese elementary principal.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of April 9, 1998

KTM Signs and Graphics of Hancock was formed last spring by three partners but can be termed more as a family business. The letters stand for Arnie Koehl, Terry Timmerman and Annette Metzger. The KTM office, located in a shop on the Arnie Koehl farm, contains new and innovative equipment used for sign making and other aspects of the business. One of these is a Plotter, which is a large cutting machine connected to a nearby computer, where Terry can "design a sign". With other specialized equipment, they can make designs on everything from vehicles to mugs.

The Freshway Deli at By-Lo is officially up and running. Manager Kathy Nelson explained that they have a full line of hot deli items as well as salads and sandwiches.

DeToy's Restaurant has been serving quality meals to people in West Central Minnesota for nearly five decades. Tom and Freda DeToy opened the first DeToy's in Madison in 1951. Four successful restaurants and three generations later they are still abiding by their original goal to provide quality food and good service at a fair price.

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