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45 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 8, 1969

Ernest Strubbe, Stevens County's widely known conservationist, photographer, painter, and naturalist, will be honored Friday evening by friends and neighbors in a program in the Alberta school. Strubbe was named as Minnesota's outstanding conservationist in 1966.  Many 4-H members will be on hand to honor Mr. Strubbe on Friday evening at the Alberta High School auditorium.  Diane Stroman of the Scott 4-H Club has been chosen to represent the county 4-H Leaders Council and the several 4-H clubs.  Stroman  is a county conservation award winner and an active young bird watcher and naturalist.

Congressman John Zwach last week announced the appointment of Robert Henry Meyers, son of John J. Meyers, Morris, to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Meyers will graduate from Morris High School in June and will enter the Academy in the summer of 1969 as a member of the class of 1973.

Names of prize-winners in the third annual University of Minnesota, Morris Creative Arts Contest were announced recently. Three University students received cash awards and right to publication for their literary work in the areas of formal essay and poetry, and two cash prizes were awarded for original music composition. From the area, Rebecca DeCamp, sophomore from Chokio, received a $15 cash award and guarantee of publication in the poetry category. Two cash prizes were awarded for original musical compositions. Local winner was Robert Miller, senior music major from Morris, received the first prize award of $25 for his composition, “Minuet and Trio for Brass Quintet,” which will receive its premiere performance April 8 during the UMM Young Artists' Concert.

   First of three Community Action workshops will be held April 15 at the new Morris Senior High School.  Citizens of Alberta, Chokio, Cyrus, Donnelly, Hancock, Herman and Morris who are interested in the future of this total community are invited to attend.  Topics for community consideration at the first workshop are: (1) the need for a technical school presented by John Lannon, and (2) the farming picture in this area, analyzed by Dean Paulson. The purpose of these presentations is not to express final answers to area problems but rather to stimulate community action in seeking their solutions.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of April 20, 1989

St. Mary's third-graders benefited from the “Adopt-A-Cop” program which helps youngsters feel comfortable around law enforcement personnel at all levels.  Tuesday saw Barb Spaulding's class visit the Stevens County Courthouse, visiting with police officer Ken McDonald in the district court chambers. Earlier, they got a presentation from a State Highway Patrolman.  “Adopt-A-Cop” goes throughout the school year.

   Jenny Ettesvold, delivering her original oration on drug addiction, returned to Cyrus with the “gold” after placing first in the District Speech Contest at Morris on April 14. Another “gold” performance was given by Michelle Walker in the division of Great Speeches. Michell delivered Martin Luther King's speech “I Have a Dream”. Twenty-five percent of the material in Great Speeches is the contestant's commentary on the chosen speech. Another winner in Great Speeches was Nancy Larson who garnered third with her commentary and delivery of Christ's “Sermon on the Mount.” Sara Huntley, a seventh grader in her first year of competition, placed fifth in informative speaking with her original presentation, “Best Jobs-Bright Future.”  The four girls are busy preparing for the Region Meet to be held April 22 at Breckenridge. Allen Estenson is a first alternate in the division of Storytelling.

There are some people in Morris looking for a few good thumbs-green ones. Along with the thumbs, they're looking for people-groups or individuals-who are interested in plants, in greening up the business district, and in greening up their own yards.  Morris has a chance to become a Minnesota Green city for 1989.  Anyone who might be interested  is invited to an informational meeting April 24 at Kelly's Fine Foods.