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45 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of May 20, 1969

After 13 successful seasons as head football coach of the Chokio and Chokio-Alberta football teams, George Dieter will retire from his football coaching position. In the 13 years Mr. Dieter has compiled an impressive record of 76 wins, 31 losses and three ties.  Mr. Dieter is the junior high principal of the C-A schools and will stay in the school system in that capacity. Neal Hofland, assistant football coach at C-A for many years, will become the new head football coach next season.

The Morris State Bank has joined the nationwide Master Charge credit card program, announces Conrad Freeman, vice president and cashier.  The new bank credit card system will be introduced to residents of Morris and the surrounding area and will become effective this summer.  

Torrential rains ranging unofficially to as much as 8 ½ inches in some areas deluged much of Stevens County last Thursday evening, causing inestimable damage to highways and crops.  Hardest hit sections of the county were the southern tier of townships-Moore, Horton, Synnes and Stevens-where the veritable cloudburst ranged from more than five inches in the Moore and Hancock communities to an unofficial 8 ½ inches in Stevens Township.

Robert J. Kieffer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Kieffer of Morris, will be ordained to the order of priesthood by Bishop George H. Speitz of the Catholic diocese of St. Cloud. The sacrament of orders will be conferred on May 27 in the Church of the Assumption in Morris.

An open house will be held at the Morris Senior High School on May 22, for the home economics, art and industrial arts departments.  This will be the first opportunity for many to see the new home economics facilities as they were not complete at the time of the open house last fall.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of June 13, 1989

Impact at the state level has marked the end of a most memorable year in Morris High athletics. The Morris High softball girls reached a level that only a very few taste: a state championship game. They were pitted against St. Bernard's in the Class 'A' title contest Saturday at St. Cloud's Whitney Field complex.  Celebrating game one win was a moment to savor for pitcher Tammy Kukla, third baseman Jody Kenyon, Heather Lucken, Randee Weiler, catcher Marilyn Miller and the whole MHS squad.

Alan Estenson has been named the recipient of the 1989 Cyrus Scholarship. The scholarship announcement was made at the Cyrus High School graduation June 4. Alan, son of Scott and Diane Estenson, will receive $18,000-$3000 a year for six years as long as he pursues an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.  He plans to enroll at the University of Minnesota, Morris this fall in a pre-engineering program. In addition to the Cyrus Scholarship, Alan was named recipient of a Morris Eagles Aerie $1000 scholarship.  

Terese A. Latterell of Morris recently received a bachelor of arts degree during the outdoor commencement ceremony at Hamline University.  Latterell, the daughter of Joseph and Gerry Latterell, graduated from Hamline University May 20. Latterell's major area of study was theatre.

Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Nichols was expected to declare 46 townships in the western part of the state as “grasshopper control zones” in Morris Monday. The eight western townships in Stevens County are included on the map of 46 townships with high levels of grasshopper infestations, and local officials expected those eight townships to be included in the first list of grasshopper control zones.  That designation from the state Department of Agriculture gives county weed inspectors authority to order landowners to spray to control the insects. The 46 townships have nearly 300,000 affected acres.       

Miss Rita Amberg of Morris was among students at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. whose high scholastic standing was recognized by the Yankton Chamber of Commerce at a year end honors convocation. Miss Amberg, with 3.7 was graduated magna cum laude, ranking the class of 101, largest in Mount Marty's 33-year history.