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45 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of April 10, 1969

Enactment of an interim planning and zoning ordinance and approval of a county-wide levy of ¾ of a mill to finance the county's share of the cost of a new National Guard Armory in Morris were among major business matters transacted at the monthly meeting of the board of county commissioners Monday.  About 30 persons, representing most areas of the county, were present, no objections to the ordinance were raised and general approval of it was apparent, it is reported.  Approximately 75 percent of the cost of the armory will be defrayed by the federal government. The estimated federal contribution is in the amount of $203,000. Approximately $118,000 of the cost will be assumed by the state of Minnesota, Stevens County and the city of Morris.  

Three members of the Morris board of education whose terms expire this year filed Monday for re-election, the first filings to be made for the three positions on the board that will be filled at the annual school election on May 20. Incumbent members who filed Monday were Harold Luthi, board chairman, who is completing his sixth year on the board; Maurice Weiler, who is finishing his first three-year term, and Si McCormack, member of the board for two years.

   The annual Farmers Night sponsored by the Morris Kiwanis Club will be held in Behmler Hall at the UMM April 21.  Dr. Rodney Briggs, provost of the University of Minnesota, Morris, will be guest speaker. His discussion will be on some of the changes which have occurred in our natural environment and what man's responsibility is to conserve the environment.  This topic is of concern to all farmers because of growing public interest in the pollution of air, water and land.  This will be the last chance for most of the farmers in the area to hear Dr. Briggs before he leaves Morris. He has resigned from his position at UMM and will return to professional agricultural work.  He has accepted an overseas assignment with the Ford Foundation which will begin next month.  

Following its regular meeting April 8, Corinthian Chapter No. 77, Order of the Eastern Star, honored Mrs. Fern Noyes for 50 years of membership in the chapter.  Mrs. Noyes was presented with a 50-year pin and life membership certificate by Bonnie Thedin, Worthy Matron, and James Thedin, Worthy Patron.

The New York Woodwind Quintet, one of the nation's most solidly established chamber music attractions, will appear in Edson Auditorium at UMM April 17, as a feature of the current Artists Celebrity Series.  The visit of the New York Woodwind Quintet to the Morris community promises an evening of enlightening entertainment.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of April 18, 1989

After an absence of many years, a local Science Fair will be held for students of Morris Area and Chokio-Alberta Schools. Exhibits will be displayed at the Morris Elementary cafeteria, middle school gymnasium, and High School Gymnasium.  Awards for grades 4-6 in the lower division, and for biology, chemistry, physics, and research paper in the upper division (grades 9-12) will be presented Saturday. Science Fair coordinator Gene Holmgren said that while exhibits are the final phase of the Science Fair, they are but a small part of the purpose of science projects. Students are primarily judged on their scientific investigative ability.

Four local students were named to the Moorhead State University Dean's List for winter quarter. Named from this area were: Peggy Lynn Henrichs of Morris; Amy Lyn Burnes of Minot, N.D.; Carol Ann Barsness of Hancock; and Kristin Marie Krenz of Hancock.

Dennis Taffe, manager, Citizens Agency of Morris, has successfully completed the Certified Insurance Counselors Life & Health Institute held in Edina on March 15-18. After the successful completion of all five institutes, covering all major areas of the insurance field, and five rigorous examinations, Taffe will be awarded the CIC, Certified Insurance Counselor, designation by the National Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, the nation's largest provider of professional insurance education.

The old Faith Lutheran Church building on the west side of Morris was demolished last week. The old structure stood next to the new church, which was built in recent years.

Morris will be sending 12 students to the Region 6 Speech Meet in Breckenridge next Saturday.  The students earned the spots at the District 21 speech meet held in Morris Friday.  Named from Morris were: Jeni Schmidgall, Stacie Dosdall, Richard Chae, Mary Spohr, Sara Jacobson, Karen Chae, Marie Axtmann, Heather VanSlooten, Sarah Holmgren, Jenny Power-Ettesvold, Michelle Gibson and Nicole Wolff. Named as alternates were: Nathan Evenson, Angela Nybakke and Mary Ellyn Johnson.

Three Cadette Girl Scouts, Siobhan O'Reilly, Tracy Thedin, and Dawn Ritter, were recently presented with Silver Awards.  This is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn.  The girls have been working for over a year to complete all of the activities needed to earn a Silver Award.