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65 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 18, 1949

The 60-voice mixed chorus of the West Central School of Agriculture is currently making a series of public appearances in this area, including several in Morris.  The chorus is under the very capable direction of Miss Blossom Sorby.  

One of the outstanding magician shows in the nation will be presented in the Morris High School auditorium on March 28, when “The Great Virgil” appears there with his wonder show under the auspices of the Morris Lions club.  The Great Virgil is described as the premier international illusionist and his company of workers features Julie, the “Sweetheart of Magic.” The program runs the gamut from sleight-of-hand to spectacular illusions requiring the assistance of the entire company.

Four Morris High School students, James Alger, Dick Wyman, Betty Edson and Jeanette Neuman, received “superior” ratings in the District 21 speech contest in the Morris High School auditorium Tuesday. By virtue of winning such ratings the Morris young people and six others from the district who won similar ratings here will be entitled to compete in the regional contest at Detroit Lakes on March 28.

The Morris Jobbing Company, dealing in war surplus clothing and other items, is now out of business.  For a number of weeks the store, which was opened by Hime Goldberg in 1946, has carried on a going-out-of-business sale.  L. Goldberg, who has been in active charge of the business since his son left this city some time ago, announces that he will remain in Morris as the Kaiser-Frazer automobile dealer and to continue the fur business he has carried on for many years.  Mr. Goldberg, who first came to Morris in 1916, has been in business here since 1920.

The Morris American Legion basketball team goes to Stillwater today where tonight the local cagers will see their first action in the Minnesota State American Legion basketball tournament.

Mr. and Mrs. Thore Mathison of Scott township will leave next Wednesday for New York City from where they will sail on March 25 on the liner Stavanger-fjord for Norway to spend several months visiting.  They expect to return home about Aug. 1.  

45 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 6, 1969

Morris won six of 18 trophies in the speech contest tournament in which approximately 150 contestants from 14 high schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota competed.  Morris had 20 entries in the tournament.  Six trophies were won in the Tri-State Tournament at Fargo last Saturday.  Those that came home with trophies were: Ann Grindland, first in serious interpretation; Janell Ketterling, first in oratorical interpretation; Jilda Aliotta, third in extemporaneous speaking; Tom Peterson, third in original oratory; Jerry Jesness, second in extemporaneous speaking, and Curt Rabenberg, first in original oratory.  

Miss Margaret Grove, Morris public librarian, was singularly honored by the Morris Kiwanis Club at its Ladies Night dinner at the Federated Church Monday evening when she was presented with an “Outstanding Citizen” award.  The award recognized Miss Grove for her 25 years of exceptionally devoted and efficient service as public librarian.  

Cele's Fabric Shop in Morris will sponsor a style show which will be held  April 13, announces Mrs. Kenneth Kolkjen, owner and operator of the fabric shop.  The style show will be held at the Morris junior high school auditorium. An admission price of fifty cents will be charged, with all proceeds designated to go to the Stevens County Hospital Auxiliary to be used as that organization sees the need.


25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of February 28, 1989

As a token of their appreciation to the Industrial Welding program at Willmar Technical Institute, the four owners/operators of Kleespie Tank and Petroleum Equipment Company of Morris have established a special endowment fund for student scholarships.  A “key to success” for the company, located on a six-acre site, is that its four owners received excellent technical education together with common business sense in Willmar Tech's industrial welding program.  The Kleespie's that have set up the scholarships in Willmar Tech are Steve ('78), Bruce ('77), Bill ('75), and Bob ('67).  

Eighty-four communities throughout the state have been awarded Celebrate Minnesota 1990 grants to assist with a variety of community improvement projects. Donnelly received a $2,493 grant for a cleaning, beautification, and community project. Maureen Flahaven, executive director of Celebrate Minnesota, said the program was launched nearly two years ago by Gov. Rudy Perpich to draw Minnesota and its towns and cities together in a yearlong festival of celebration. It has stirred overwhelming enthusiasm from communities throughout the state, she added.  

Luverne Swanson, rural letter carrier at the Morris Post Office, is a member of the “Quality of Work Life/Employee Involvement Team” that is sponsoring a series of Get Acquainted Evenings in several cities of the northern part of the 562- area.  Swanson said the team is employees and management working together for a better work life. The teams-there are teams for rural and for city carriers-meet periodically to try to find ways for the Postal Service to do a better job. The current project of the rural carriers' Employee Involvement Team is to work on customer relations through public information.

The number of students enrolled at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus has dropped 3.1 percent-from 41,174 to 39,914-over the same time last winter, Morris campus enrollment increased 1.9 percent, from 1,915 students to 1,951. Total enrollment for the five campus system is down 549 students, 1.1 percent, to 51,603.

It has become an annual event for the Chokio-Alberta community to throw a welcome home party for state wrestlers. This year was no exception. Sunday afternoon a caravan of excited fans met Brad Gibson, his family, and friends outside of Morris and escorted them to the Alberta School. Inside, the gym was packed with fellow students, teachers and well wishers from many communities. It may seem to some that this type of celebration might become redundant and mundane when repeated for the third time.  On the contrary, the crowd radiated with eager enthusiasm and expectation.

The Morris girls gymnastics team finished out its season on Feb. 11 with outstanding performances by the entire varsity at the Region 6A meet in Melrose.  The girls team score was 95.87, a very impressive 26.87 point increase from the first meet of the season.  Finishing out her gymnastics career in her usual excellence was senior captain Jodi Syverson who scored a 29.3 all around. Syverson led Morris in nearly every event for the entire season, noted coach Todd Barrow. Junior captain Maureen Fults also helped lead the way for Morris with a 21.07 all around.  

The Chamber of Commerce participated in a ribbon-cutting on Feb. 18 celebrating the grand opening of “The Hatchery,” a new coffee shop which is an expansion of the Pomme de Terre Food Coop. Those present for the ribbon cutting were Gail Nelson, Chamber Executive Director; Mary Jean Port, Coop Board Member; Peter Whelan, Board Member; Nisa Bakken; Deacon Eric Bakken, Board Member; Dave Johnson, volunteer worker; and Sheila Storck, Board Member.