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65 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of June 28, 1949

A committee representing the Civic and Commerce Association went to Willmar Thursday to meet with J. P. Cameron, Great Northern division superintendent, to discuss the area between the Great Northern tracks and the rear of the buildings on the west side of Atlantic avenue, between West 6th and West 7th Streets.  The committee, headed by G. C. Torgerson, chairman, and including Mayor George Davidson, Edwin H. Anderson, Don Webster, J. C. Morrison, George Juergensen, H. H. Carpenter, H. C. Probst, and Elmor Ryhn, has for its aim the improvement of the area by the city from the standpoint of appearance and with a view to providing better automobile parking facilities.  The area is now and has been used freely by motorists for parking but needs grading and surfacing to be suitable for the purpose.  Because of a great shortage of industrial sites on its right of way the Great Northern is opposed to the permanent development of this or similar areas to any other except industrial purposes.

Double-barreled festivities will be the order Wednesday when the enlarged and renovated Pomme de Terre clubhouse will have its formal grand opening at the same time that the newly-organized golf club initiates its season's activities.  

The Morris Eagles squeezed out an 8-7 triumph at Clontarf Sunday afternoon in a Pomme de Terre league game that was replete with rallies and counter rallies – and Morris thereby continues in a challenging position for the league leadership.

M. Roderick Gaffney, formerly of Morris, has been elected superintendent of the Graceville Public Schools.  He served as a teacher of social science and history at Morris for three years, and as superintendent of the Eden Valley schools for nine years.


45 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of July 10, 1969

Morris city voters will ballot July 15 on a proposed $90,000 bond issue to finance construction of a new city garage.  The proposed garage would be erected on a site, already owned by the city, south of the Waddell Trailer Court and across Highway 59 from the Stevens County fairgrounds.  The present severe need for a new garage is another outgrowth, at least in part, of the disastrous fire in January, 1967, which destroyed the Memorial Armory. Prior to that fire the Morris Fire Department had stored its trucks and rescue unit in quarters in the municipal end of the Armory.

A Stevens County 4-H girl, Becky Durkee, and a Winona County 4-H youth, James Rowekamp, have been awarded Danforth Leadership Training scholarships. They will be delegates to Camp Miniwanca in Shelby, Mich. in July and August.  Delegates to the camp are chosen on the basis of their leadership, citizenship and achievements in the 4-H program.

Twelve loaves of fresh home-made bread and nine luscious-looking pies were the result of a morning of baking by 15 4-H food bakers at the annual Bread and Pie Day Tuesday at the junior high school home economics rooms. Participants in the beginner division included nine to eleven-year-olds with two or less years of experience.  Advanced bakers are 12 to 14 years old with three or more years of baking experience.  

Eleven hundred students are enrolled at the Alexandria Area Technical School for the 1969-1970 school year.  This is a record enrollment for the school which was started in 1961.  The school has 120,000 square feet of floor space and offers thirty-one courses on instruction.

Donald J. Klein, equipment man for Northwestern Bell in Morris, has just completed a course on telephone carrier equipment at the telephone company's plant training school in Des Moines, Iowa. The course includes the study of transmission characteristics, how to install carrier equipment in a dial equipment office and how to adjust, test and maintain it after installation. Klein started with the telephone company in 1951 as a lineman in Brainerd.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of July 4, 1989

“Hats off to Morris” is the theme for this year's coronation of the Morris Royalty.  The two girls who will be representing Morris for the year that begins with Prairie Pioneer Days are Joy Braun and Stacey Mohr. Joy is the daughter of Donald and Deloris Braun. Stacey is the daughter of Lloyd and Shirley Mohr.  This year each girl will receive a $100 scholarship that has been donated by the Morris Eagles.  M.C. For the evening is Jim Thoreen.

A trip with the dual purposes of enrichment and fun was enjoyed by some Chokio-Alberta High School students recently. The C-A Spanish Club, 11 strong, accompanied by C-A principal Cheryl Schmidt, visited Mexico.  The club takes a trip of this type every other year. Seniors in this year's group were Jeff Hallman, Ginny Roiland, Leanne Kehoe, Jill Foley and Kristi Leuthardt.  Juniors were Peggy Kampmeier, Clori Erickson, Travis Hagen, Kirby Johnson, Margaret Dorweiler and Jenny Garoutte.   Trip expenses are defrayed through fund-raising projects like a dance and concessions sales at sports events.

UMM Chancellor Jack Imholte and his wife Lucy will be riding in the Grand Marshal's surrey for the annual Prairie Pioneer Days parade on Sunday. The parade will include approximately 100 units of all types, shapes, and sizes.

Royce Larson, Reagan Collett and Joel Erickson make up the newly formed “Style Brigade” bicycle freestyle team who will be doing two shows for Prairie Pioneer Days Sunday, July 9.  Royce and Reagan have been “flatlanding” (doing stunts on a bike) for about two years.  They have been “rampriding” (flying off the top of a specially built ramp) for about one and a half years. Joel has been riding for about a year and a half.