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60 Years Ago Items from the Sun of August 25, 1953

Three veteran employees of the Otter Tail Power Co. were presented awards in recognition of 40 years of service each has given to the company. Recognized were John Ackerman, R. W. Davidson and George Davidson. Cyrus Wright, Fergus Falls, president of the Otter Tail Company presented the trio with beautiful wrist watches for their years of service.  The party was given at the Pomme de Terre Country Club.  

Walter Tripp Post 29 American Legion, of Morris announced last week that additional wheel chairs and hospital beds will be acquired for the free use of residents of the community.  The new equipment, when secured, will be kept in the Legion rooms and will be available for use in private homes for families which cannot afford the purchase or rent of such equipment.  Funds for the project are being raised through the sales of Capper Publications, Inc.

The offices of two elevator firms in Morris were broken into Friday night or early Saturday morning but the thieves hardly got paid for their time, securing only about two dollars for their night's work.  Sheriff H. H. Myers said yesterday that officers were still without clues as to the identity of the guilty parties.  

Winning the lion's share of the more than $2,000 in merchandise prizes given away at the Stevens County Fair Saturday and Sunday were folks from Donnelly and Morris.  The prize drawings, the biggest giveaway program ever held at the county fair, helped to draw splendid crowds to the exposition and interest was at a high pitch as the time for each of the four drawing sessions neared.  Winners of the four major prizes given away were Mrs. Alex Johnson of Donnelly, who won the Hamilton clothes dryer; Mrs. A. R. Jacobson of Donnelly, who won the Philco television set; Art Barrie of Donnelly who won the food freezer; and Mrs. Anne Heinrich of Morris who won the RCA television set.  

40 Years Ago Items from the Sun of August 28, 1973

Arnold T. Thompson, editor of The Morris Sun-Tribune newspapers and a most esteemed and well-known resident of Morris for more than 46 years, died unexpectedly Friday.  Mr. Thompson was mowing his lawn when he apparently was stricken with a heart attack. He was 66 years of age.  Mr. Thompson came to Morris in 1927 at age 20 when he began working with The Morris Tribune. At the time of his death, he had completed nearly a half-century of work as a newspaperman, 46 of these years in this community.  

The Chippewa River Vocational Center has started its second year of operation with 166 students from the five participating schools enrolled in five programs. The Vocational Center, one of approximately 50 approved by the Minnesota State Department, offers programs to students from Chokio-Alberta, Cyrus, Hancock, Hoffman, and Morris.  The main purpose of the Vocational Center is to offer new and expanded vocational programs to high school students through the cooperative effort of member schools.  

Charlotte Kill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kill, rural Morris, has accepted a position in the Pierz school district as elementary instrumental and vocal instructor.  Miss Kill graduated with scholastic honors from St. Cloud State College in June.

On the strength of its business activity during the past year, Stevens County is given a high rating in a nationwide economic survey.  The study shows that it was an above-average retail market. Local residents earned more and spent more, per family, than people in most areas of the country. In Stevens County, it is shown, there was an upswing in business due to stronger consumer buying.  It produced a sales volume in local retail stores of $27,512,000, a rise over the previous year's $20,811,000.


   20 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of August 26, 1993

Gail Nelson of rural Morris leaned against a birthday greeting from some friends (?) who knew of her constant battles against the gophers in her yard.  Nelson celebrated her birthday Wednesday.  

Morris residents will be offered a two-tier cable TV system beginning about Sept. 1. Customers of Midwest Cablevision will be receiving a packet of information early next week discussing the changes.

Mark Trefry, area marketing director for Midwest Cablevision, explained that the 1992 Cable TV Act gave broadcasters power in dealing with cable companies and consumers. Broadcasters whose signals were free off the air now have two options. They can offer their signal as a “must carry,” telling cable companies that the station wants the signal carried without cost to customers.  The other option is “retransmission consent.” Under that option, cable companies have to pay for the signal or negotiate for services.      

Lucy Imholte and Dr. Quentin Dunnum, president and treasurer of the Morris Friends of the Library, reported that two Redmond Linden trees were planted on the library mall Aug. 19.  The trees were purchased from Prairie View Nursery with funds raised in the library's recent used book sale.  Money from the 1992 sale was used to remodel and enlarge the Library's circulation desk.  The Library Board wants to thank Barbara Holmgren from Prairie View for her advice, and Anne Stahn, formerly with Prairie View, and Dale Crow, Pat Meyers and Rolly Erp of the Morris Public Works Dept. for help in planting the trees.  The plantings are part of the Mall Beautification Project being undertaken by the Library Board in cooperation with Morris City Manager Ed Larson.

Fifty-two Minnesota counties are now included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration resulting from the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes which have occurred since May 6, and are continuing.

Six new counties were added last week–Freeborn, Mower, Otter Tail, Kittson Marshall and Roseau.

Omer Durfee has been named C-A High School Principal replacing Cheryl Schmidt.  Durfee received the call notifying him he had been chosen the day before graduation ceremonies at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. Durfee received his master's degree in educational administration from Northern State and said the position “was a very nice graduation present.”