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65 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 11, 1949

Miss Diane Larson, who was chosen several weeks ago from among the Morris High School senior girls to be Morris' 1949 “Good Citizenship Pilgrim” in the contest annually sponsored by Wadsworth Trail Chapter, D.A.R., went to Minneapolis yesterday where she will attend the state D.A.R.  meeting together with more than 40 other “Good Citizens” from throughout the state.  She was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Loren Kroening, and by Mrs. P. W. Cartwright.  Mrs. Cartwright, regent of Wadsworth Trail Chapter, will attend the state gathering as a delegate from the local group.

The basketball championship of District 21 will be at state tonight in the district tournament finals in the Breckenridge high school gymnasium.  Battling for the right to represent the district in regional play will be the winner of Thursday evening's semi-final games which pitted Morris against Benson on the Morris court and Breckenridge against Wheaton on the Breckenridge floor.  These four teams won their opening round games Wednesday night.  In the tournament at Morris for the south half of the district, Morris defeated Chokio, 48-36, and Benson edged Hancock, 54-49.

The Seventh District American Legion Oratorical contest will be held in the Morris High School auditorium on March 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Eight towns in this district will be represented.  They are Herman, Wheaton, Alexandria, Glenwood, Marshall, Madison, Willmar and Morris.  Representing Morris will be James Poppe. The winner in the Seventh district contest at Morris will compete in the state contest to be held on March 25 in Minneapolis.

Dick Behl of Willmar, formerly of Morris, and Ed Sobota of Browerville, two of the best amateur bantamweights in this area, will headline a 10-bout boxing show at Willmar Saturday night.  Two more of the “Battling” Behl boys of Morris will also appear on the Willmar card.  They are Graham Behl, who will tangle with Ken Haggerty of Browerville, and Norman Behl, who will trade punches with Bumps Skelton of St. Cloud.

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Probst will leave March 14 on a two weeks' all-expense-paid airlines trip to Switzerland, a prize recently awarded to Mr. Probst in a nation-wide sales contest sponsored by the Wakmann Watch Company. The contest was based on the most effective use of newspaper space, window and interior displays, and commercial ideas for promoting the sales of Wakmann and Breitling watches, together with actual sales of such watches according to area population.

Leo Molony, who comes to Morris from Devils Lake, N.D., is the new manager of the Coca Cola plant in Morris, it was announced this week.  Don Watters and Al Buscher, who have been connected with the plant here, will remain as salesmen for the company, it is announced.  The Coca Cola plant in Morris was erected just before the outbreak of the war, it will be remembered.  Because of the ensuing war shortages it was impossible to put the plant into operation and not until last June did the company begin making Coca Cola here.  The plant is now in full operation although the bottling crew at present comes from Alexandria. In the near future it is expected that a bottling crew from here will take over that work.  

45 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of  February 27, 1969

Two members of the Morris High School wrestling squad will compete in the state tournament at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Friday and Saturday of this week, winning their way to the state  event by their performances in the Region 6 meet at Alexandria last week.  The Tiger entries in the state meet are Dan Amborn, regional champion in the 165-pound class, and Gary Thorstad, runnerup in the 175-pound class.  Heavyweight Dan Rentz of the Tigers wrestled to a fourth place in the region and narrowly missed a trip to the state tournament.

Basketball tournament tension is a few degrees higher in this area now, with second round action in the District 21 tournament scheduled for Thursday and Friday evenings of this week.  Battling in the second round will be Chokio-Alberta, Cyrus, Benson, Elbow Lake, Wheaton, Campbell, Ashby and Hoffman, winners of first round games played Monday and Tuesday nights.  Winners of these four games will advance to third round play next Tuesday.  Joining them in the third round action will be Starbuck, Breckenridge, Morris and Herman, which were seeded into the third round.  

Clarence Haberer of rural Morris is the new Federal Crop Insurance agent in this area, a position held for the past 14 years by A.J. Schuster of Chokio.  The Federal Crop Insurance office is located in the Stevens county court house in Morris.  

Father James Groppi, controversial Roman Catholic Priest and civil rights leader from Milwaukee, Wis., will head up a roster of speakers and panelists during a four-day “Conference on Institutional Racism” beginng Monday on the Morris campus of the University of Minnesota.  Fr. Groppi, pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Parish in Milwaukee, has been involved in protests against existing housing codes in Milwaukee, racism, poverty and the VietNam war.  He is a white priest in a predominantly black ghetto parish of Milwaukee.  

Mrs. Sheridan Halbe, president of the VFW Auxiliary, presented a new United States flag to Bob Rose, administrator of the Stevens County Memorial Hospital, for use by the hospital.


25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of February 21, 1989

Judy Johnston and husband Lee are in a position of replacing very well-known people in their professional roles.  Judy is acting 4-H coordinator for Stevens County, stepping in for Mary Ann Scharf, now on board with the exciting AURI endeavor locally.  When told that a colleague of hers at the Extension office, Catherine Huebner, referred to her husband as “the new Harley Hanke,” she responded that she, too, has earned a tag of this type: “the new Mary Ann Scharf.”  Lee's professional role is as animal scientist at the West Central Experiment Station. He succeeds Harley Hanke, who became an institution of sorts in that role.

A facilities study that was recently completed by the Management Assistance Center of the Minnesota Department of Education was conducted by Sheldon Johnson, superintendent of schools at Monticello.  It was done at the request of the Chokio-Alberta and Morris School Districts. The study concluded that the Chokio-Alberta School System is one of declining enrollment and declining dollars to pay for quality educational programs and experiences for its students.  Johnson noted that discussions should begin immediately on a course of action as early as possible.

The cookin' Kiwanians were busy Sunday morning at the Senior Citizens Center in Morris, were joined by the teen-level counterparts of the civic organization (the Key Club).  The occasion was the annual pancake breakfast for the public, which drew a stream of hungry people in the Center all morning.  The group of happy chefs were Ron Jacobson, Nayyar Khan, Brian Vatthauer, Merrill Pedersen and Jerry Seibel.

   At a recent Career Day, Morris High School students were given an opportunity to investigate possible career options in the field of business.  Nine business department programs at the Alexandria Technical Institute presented seminars which showed the students the variety of career choices available to them. The students and their advisors spent the day visiting with program instructors, touring the facilities, and viewing the modern equipment used in training for business careers in todays high technology world.  Some of the participants from Morris High School were Russ Anderson, Instructor; Kelli Anderson (Parents: Russ and JoAnn); April Hanson (Parents: Len and Char); Pat Halbe (Parents: Nancy and Michael); Jason Strand (Parents: Kathy and Vernon).

A trio of MHS wrestlers reached a significant personal milestone in the closing stages of '89.  The milestone is a 30-win season, reached by three members of the MHS crew this past season. One, Todd Boettcher, led the MHS charge this past weekend in Region 6A individual competition. Another Tiger surpassing 30 wins on the season was Brian Wehking. Wehking was one of three Tigers placing fourth at their respective weights. Four wins in the region tourney lifted Darren Schultz to the 30-win plateau also.  Also representing MHS in the No. 4 position was Kyle Riley.  Sixth place honors were garnered by Pat Halbe, Mike Domnick and John Manska. Brad Gibson of C-A-C-G was the top 189-pounder this past weekend is seeking a third straight state championship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Erik Olness got a congratulatory handshake from U.S. Congressman Vin Weber last week.  Olness was nominated by Weber for Army, Air Force and Naval Academics in a process that also included interviewing by retired military people.  Weber was in Morris to extend congratulations to Olness.


Extra - Scuba Diving in February!

Two “aqua-nuts” (pardon the expression) couldn't resist the spring-like temperature last Sunday, and so Lynn “Skip” Hesse and Steve Hokanson of Morris, took their gear to Lake Amelia, six miles east of Glenwood, and enjoyed some scuba diving.  The water depth in the area where they submerged was between eight and ten feet.  They have admitted that it was a little chilly in the drink.  Incidentally, they didn't see any fish.