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10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune, April 29, 1999

The University of Minnesota Morris Choir, directed by Dr. Kenneth Hodgson, performed at Assumption Catholic Church on Sunday as part of its 1999 concert tour. The highly acclaimed UMM choir launches its 20th touring season this year with concerts in North Dakota, Canada, and Minnesota. The choir has performed for audiences throughout Central Canada, the Midwest, and along both the Eastern and Western seaboards. Europe has been a destination twice.

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra this week will perform an original composition by Morris Area High School senior Mike Hammond. Mike's composition for strings, winds, and percussion won first place in the First Annual Young Composers Competition. Performan-ces will be in Brainerd and later at Little Falls where Mike will receive a $500 scholarship. The Morris Area High School Orchestra will perform "Dedication" on Thursday, May 6, at the MAHS auditorium, with Mike conducting the orchestra. All performances are open to the public.

Morris art professor Fred Peterson was honored at the 11th annual Minnesota Book Awards held at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Peterson received the award in the history category for his book, Building Community, Keeping the Faith: German Catholic Vernacular Architecture in a Rural Minnesota Parish. Peterson has noted that far too often the architecture of the common people has been overlooked. Peterson has been a member of the University of Minnesota Morris art faculty since 1961 and is one of seven from UMM who were inducted this year into the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune, April 26, 1984

The Morris City Council voted Tuesday night to call for bids for a new fire truck. Gilbert Schmidgall, representing the Fire Department, told the Council that they needed a 1,250 gallon tank truck to replace the 20-year-old, 1,000 gallon truck they now use. The old one has been patched for 10 years, he said, and the patches are now being patched.

The staff of Morris State Bank has a pair of new faces: Kurt Gartland and Jean Kill. Gartland serves as an ag-loan assistant and is involved in the FarmChek program. Kill is presently working as the bank's receptionist but will be moving into the bookkeeping department soon.

Otter Tail Power Company had a new service representative for the city of Morris. Gone from the scene is Ray Moses who has been promoted to the Fergus Falls Division. New on the scene is Dave Huskey, now in his second week as service representative of Morris. Huskey comes to Morris from Edgeley, North Dakota, where he served as service representative within the Oakes Division.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune, May 8, 1959

Plans and arrangements are progressing for establishing a class for retarded (exceptional) children at Morris, reports Superintendent Oscar Miller. This class will begin with the opening of school next fall and will meet in the educational center of the First Lutheran Church. Mrs. Henry Zinda, who is presently teaching one of the sections in third grade, has been trained for teaching exceptional children and will instruct the class in Morris.

Offices in the Stevens County Courthouse will be closed all day on Saturdays, beginning May 9, in accordance with action taken by the board of county commissioners at its monthly meeting on Monday. The Saturday closing, which will be a year-round schedule, is under permissive legislation recently passed by the state legislature. The county offices in the past have been open until noon on Saturday.

The Kiwanis Club of Morris plans an auction of donated, useable goods on Tuesday, May 19. The money is to be used for the club's youth program, which includes the Key Clubs at Morris High School and the West Central School of Agriculture, the financing of local students for the student exchange program, the school patrol camp at Legionville, and to promote other youth activities.

90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune, May 9, 1919

A couple of citizens, who are devoting a great deal of time and effort to beautifying the park on the west side, asked us to protest against the damage that is being done to the park by the persons who permit cattle to wander across it occasionally and also by the persons who have started a path across it. The shrubbery and trees that have been planted in the park will make it a beauty spot in years to come and all should take an interest in not having it marred at the present time.

A copy of the new automobile registration law passed by the recent legislature has been received by Register of Deeds A. F. Reidner who will, in compliance with the law, register all automobiles with change of ownership on and after July 1. The state provides for penalties in the case of changing the motor or license numbers and filing of false papers.

A meeting for the purpose of organizing a County Public Health Association will be held at the Commercial Club rooms in Morris on Saturday, May 17th. According to Mrs. J. C. Morrison, 83 counties of Minnesota have already formed county health associations, and, it is imperative that an association be formed here at once.