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60 Years Ago Items from the Sun of September 29, 1953      

Several parties of local hunters trekked to Wyoming recently for the big game season there. Seven antelope and seven deer represented the limit for the party of eight, since one of them had only an antelope license and another had only a deer license. The hunters who returned with the fine kill are Fred Henrikson, Dick Henrikson, Mrs. Fred Henrikson, Lee Nienhausen, Gus McDonald, Ed Schuler, Don Henrikson and Gene Alver.  The party hunted south of Gillette, Wyo.

Nine young people from this area who are students at Moorhead State Teachers College are members of the 100-voice choir of the college.  Winning places in the music group were Faye Thomas, Rita Schuster and Arlene Shelstad of Alberta, Valjean Gilbertson and Vivian Sperr of Donnelly, Gay Johnson of Chokio, and Shirley Tomlin, Wanda Splitstoser and Kay Thompson of Morris.  

Gala homecoming activities at Morris High School will start Thursday afternoon, will continue Thursday evening, will swing into high gear Friday afternoon and will come to their big climax Friday evening with the homecoming football game between Morris and Glenwood and the homecoming dance.  Heading the several student committees are Edith Hansen for the dance; Roberta Gray for the queen feature; Shirley Fogle for publicity; Joe Schroeder for the parade; and Bill Carlson and Gary Eidsvold for the bonfire.  Mrs. Josephine Mangan and Marvin Giesne of the faculty are advisors for the event.  Candidates for the queen’s crown are Edith Hansen, Connie Neuman, Barbara Gilbertson and Pat Kieffer.  Candidates for attendants are: Junior class-Jolie Stevenson, Nancy Miller and Marlys Johnson; Sophomore class- Virginia Stevenson, Sharon Hawkinson, Jean Schinzel and Betty Kellen.    

Pvt. David K. Savre, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Savre, Cyrus, recently arrived in Korea for duty with X Corps’ 196th Field Artillery Battalion.  The X Corps, one of three in Korea, provides tactical strategy, administrative services and specialized support for the combat divisions under its control. Pvt. Savre, who received basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and was employed as a farmer before entering the Army in February.  

The annual turkey shoot sponsored by the Pomme de Terre Trap Club will be held Oct. 1 at its range at the Pomme de Terre Golf Club.  It will be the last event of the trap shooting season for the local club and all sportsmen and others are invited to attend.  In connection with the turkey shoot a new Remington pump shotgun is being awarded.

A total of 103 officials from 21 western Minnesota cities and villages met in Morris last Wednesday evening in one of a series of regional meetings throughout the state sponsored by the League of Minnesota Municipalities. The gathering was described by C.C. Ludwig, executive secretary of the League, as the largest of eight regional meetings that had been held up to that time.  The officials discussed and heard many common problems and questions being given by representatives of the attorney general’s office, the state health office, and other departments of the state government.  Traffic and traffic control problems probably occupied the major part of the evening’s discussions. Speeding and reckless driving are as much a problem in smaller cities and villages as in metropolitan areas, the officials agreed. Tougher law enforcement and driver education programs were among the remedies suggested in answers to the problem.

40 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of Sept. 20, 1973

The 1973 Morris High School queen candidates are seniors Mary Giese, Tracy Dunnum and Kris Sherstad.  Junior attendant candidates are JoAnn Hendrickson, Mickey Bretz, Jan Tetrault and Kathy Murphy.  Sophomore attendant candidates are Nancy Murphy, Cindy Larson and Pam Benke.  Coronation will take place tonight in the senior high gymnasium.  The Tigers will host Benson as the Homecoming opponent in a West Central conference class tomorrow night.    

Tim Morton, Morris, has been designated “Cowboy of the Month” for July by Heinold Commodities.  Morton, who opended the Heinold Commodities Branch office earlier this year, accumulated the most points for new clients, new equity, profit-commission ratio, and margin management.  Morton was awarded a $1,000 prize and a new cowboy hat.  He is also eligible to win a 1974 Chevrolet El Camino, awarded to the top salesman of Heinold Commodities. in their Fall Cowboy Round-up.

Dr. Jooinn Lee, professor of political science and vice-chairman of the division of social science at the University of Minnesota, Morris has been elected chairman of the executive council of the Minnesota Political Science Association.

Marcia Hennen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hennen, Morris, is presently participating in a week-long workshop designed to train individuals who will be serving as student residents at the College of St. Benedict during the 1973-74 academic year.

20 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of October 7, 1993 


Openness in local government seemed to be the main theme at the candidates’ meeting Monday night.  All 10 candidates for the City Council attended the meeting that was sponsored by the auxiliaries of the VFW and American Legion.  Running in the two-year council post are Ruth Kearney, Phil Ask, Dewey Eggebraaten and Miles Seppelt.  Four-year council runners are Mike Yeager, Jeff Arnold, Carol Wilcox and Bob Smith. Eyeing the mayor’s post are Lee Swanson and Merlin Beyer.

Governor Arne Carlson announced a $175,000 grant to the city of Morris to help flood stricken citizens.  The grant will be used to bring 61 houses up to housing quality standards. “We want to make sure each home is safe and liveable again for its residents,” Carlson said.  City Manager Ed Larson said they had based the grant application on the 61 claims made against the city after the flooding. A total of $186,000 in claims based on the city’s insurance adjuster’s report was forwarded to the state. None of the homeowners had insurance to cover flood damage.     

Maureen Gray Scott and her husband, Kenneth Scott chatted with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at a charity polo match at the Cirencester Park Polo Club in aid of the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation.  Prince Charles was a guest of honor at the event.  Maureen is the daughter of Wes and Avy Gray of Morris. She is employed as multinational account manager for Galileo International at Swinden, England.  Her husband, Kenneth Scott, is chief executive of Hamptons Real Estate of England, hosts for the charity polo match.

Crews worked last week to demolish the old Holiday Station Store.  Remodeling of the Holiday Grocery store will include a convenience counter in the store and new gas pumps.

The new owners of the Pizza Ranch are Kathleen and Jean Biittner, who moved to Morris from Dallas, Texas. Kathleen has an associate degree in restaurant management and when they moved to Dallas, she was assistant manager of a Wyatt’s Cafeteria.  She said they wanted to get away from the crime in Dallas, and also decided they wanted to own their own business.  The Biittner’s have a daughter, Kristi, who is a junior at MAHS.  Their son is a sophomore at a Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.