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65 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of

 February 25, 1949

The Morris High School Tigers, victors over Graceville and Starbuck in a doubleheader here Tuesday evening, will perform before home fans again on Saturday evening when they meet the Elbow Lake quint.  The Morris cagers won handily, downing Graceville 49-26 and Starbuck 55-36.  “Goose” LaFave was completely ringed by Appleton players, shot from well out on the floor and connected on the shot for one of the five baskets he hit last Friday night as the Tigers edged the Aces, 41-40, to become co-champions of the West Central Conference with the Litchfield Dragons.

Because of the interest shown in the community toward the conservation of wildlife and toward nature study the formation of a Stevens County Audubon Society will be undertaken in the near future, according to Kenneth Morrison, regional representative of the National Audubon Society. Mrs. Floyd Strand, Morris, has been appealing to nature lovers through her Rural Homemaker Column and has learned that many people are requesting membership in such an organization and additional information is wanted.  Several teachers in rural schools have voiced their interest and approval in a nature group.  Mrs. E. R. Selnes, well known bird lover of Morris, and Sheridan Flaherty, known to many children through his bird talks in various parts of the county, are making contacts to acquire more information.  

The big entertainment attraction in Morris this weekend will be the annual carnival and dance sponsored by the Lions Club and scheduled for the Memorial Armory on Saturday evening.  Proceeds from the affair will be used to help defray the purchase price of the approximately 26 acres of ground on the eastern edge of the city which was bought by the Lions Club and turned over to the city of Morris for development into a municipal recreational center.  Doors for the evening's activities are scheduled to open at 7 p.m. In addition to the carnival proper in the Armory basement there will be dancing in progress all evening on the main floor.  Dave Reiber heads the general committee in charge of the carnival arrangements.  Other members of the general committee are Lyman Eidsvold and John Hornick.  


45 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of

 February 20, 1969

A computer hook-up between the Morris campus of the University of Minnesota and three computer firms in Minneapolis became operational this week. Physics instructor, Alexander B. Filimonov announced the tie-in between the Morris campus and Call-a-Computer: Time Sharing; and Comshare, all of Minneapolis. The present hook-up makes available to the Morris campus facilities usually only available at the larger computer centers.  Tom W. Mahoney of Henderson, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, Morris, pondered the intricate campus workings of the new computer teletypewriter installed on the Morris campus this week.  Ron Hite of Comshare, Minneapolis, explained the workings of the machine to Mahoney.  Mahoney is a psychology major at UMM.  

Dean of the county auditors in Minnesota is the title conferred on County auditor, Elmer F. Anderson of Morris in a framed certificate recently presented to him by Secretary of State Joseph L. Donovan. The Stevens County auditor's notable record of service as a public official spans 34 years-the longest record of service among the present county auditors in Minnesota.  Anderson was on the staff of the Citizens Bank in this city for eight years, then successfully ran for the County auditor's post in 1934 and has been re-elected to the office eight times.  

The Morris Jaycees will sponsor a Snowmobile Trophy Marathon Race on Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning at 1 p.m.  The event will be held on Lake Crystal at Morris.  First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in each class.  Over $300 in trophy prizes will be presented to the winners of the races.  The entry fee for participants who register after today is $8.  Admission is free to spectators and lunch will be available on the lake.

Curt Rabenberg, member of the Morris High School speech class and vice president of the Southwest Luther League, was guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club Monday evening at the Del Monico Cafe.  He discussed the current student rebellion on college campuses and offered some thoughts on what churches might do ecumenically to minister to youths involved in revolution and the whole youth movement in general. He stated that the continued escalation of the war in Viet Nam tended to bring into focus years of frustrations with education and the whole power structure in America that youth termed “the establishment”. Their awareness of society and yet inactivity in it created a perspective that few other sub-groups in society had when America became involved in the extensive military adventure of Viet Nam.  


25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of

February 14, 1989

John Dosdall, Stevens County Extension Committee Chairman, was one of many who congratulated Doug Ehlers, outgoing county extension director, during a reception honoring Ehlers Friday at the Extension office.  John also presented a plaque honoring the longtime Extension head, who's shifting to the banking field at Morris State Bank.

Warrenn Anderson, president of WCEDA, West Central Educational Development Association, told the economic development group that WCEDA was formed to support higher education in this area of the state, and was partly responsible for the establishment of UMM in Morris.  The goal now, he said, is to keep the enrollment at the current 2000 students.  Anderson also stated that UMM needs another $1 million to keep up its enrollment and keep up the quality that we've been hearing about. Anderson said the additional funding would benefit the community through salaries paid, and would also use a facility that is able to handle it and also doing a good job with its program.  He noted that although UMM had a proven product, getting that $1 million would mean convincing someone to take the funds away from some other program.  

Mary Spohr of Morris High School has been selected to participate in the 1989 Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation Minnesota Leadership Seminar in June at the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul.  Mary is one of 240 high school sophomores selected for this annual leadership weekend hosted by the St. Paul Jaycees.  Mary, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Spohr of rural Morris, has been active in school.  The seminar's purpose is to recognize and motivate these outstanding sophomores.  All discussions and presentations focus on the theme “America's Incentive System”.

Three champs were produced by the impressive Cyrus-Hancock mat arsenal Saturday at Wheaton.  Representing C-H in the elite champions' circle were Jason Picht, Nels Onstad and Chad Ver Steeg. The trio ascended to No. 1 having to cope with overtime periods.  All three had to survive such a session to finally have their arms raised as “number one.”