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10 Years Ago

Tribune of July 8, 1999

Three candidates will compete for the title of 1999 Miss Morris during the Miss Morris Pageant on Saturday, July 10, in the Morris Area High School Auditorium. Vying for scholarships, prizes, and the 1999 crown are Megan Anderson, daughter of George and Margaret Anderson, Jenelle Notsch, daughter of Rick and Laurie Notsch, and Kari Werk, daughter of Wayne and Kathy Werk.

This summer three administrators at the University of Minnesota, Morris have announced that they will leave the Morris campus. Cathleen Brannen, vice chancellor for finance, Rodney Oto, director of admissions and financial aid, and Gary McGrath, vice chancellor for student affairs, each have accepted administrative positions at other colleges. All this comes at a time when the campus is still searching for a permanent chancellor.

The new stage area at the county fair grandstand is taking shape. It's another sign that the fairgrounds are getting spruced up to the maximum with the 1999 fair dates getting closer. A special supplement including the premium list is with today's Tribune. The fair dates are August 11-15.

25 Years Ago

Tribune of July 5, 1984

The Fifty-Fifth Anniversary of the Ordination of Pastor Elmo Baalson will be observed at a farewell worship service this Sunday, July 8, at the First Lutheran Church. Pastor Baalson is retiring after 55 years in Christ's ministry. In addition to the farewell worship service there will be a special coffee between services and a pot luck dinner. Everyone is invited. Pastor Baalson has served First Lutheran since 1974.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 620 and Auxiliary met at the clubrooms on Thursday, June 28. President at the Aerie meeting was Worthy President George Kramer while Madam President Joyce Kramer conducted the Auxiliary Meeting. After the previous meeting, the Aerie and Auxiliary had enjoyed slides on a drug program for schools and a talk by Dennis Rettke, Middle School Principal. The Auxiliary voted on Thursday to give $100 to the cause.

A committee concerned with design has played an important role with Morris Main Street efforts to date. The committee has focused much attention on entrance signs to Morris. The design committee is co-chaired by Tricia Dirks of Tricia's on the Main and dentist Dr. Greg Nelson. Members include Jack Imholte, Brad Drenttel, Larry Hutchings, Carol Day, Kari Gramith, Karen Berget, Richard Bruns, Mike Lair, and Greg Garmer.

50 Years Ago

Tribune of July 17, 1959

Clyde Neal, of Hodges Township, was elected commander of the Walter Tripp Post, American Legion, at the post's annual meeting Tuesday evening. The post members also made plans for a mortgage-burning ceremony to celebrate the payment of the final indebtedness on the Legion club building. Commander-elect Neal will succeed Commander Doug Parisian.

Jim Brewer, district manager of the Otter Tail Power Company, met with the city commission at a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss improved residential street lighting in Morris. Plans were made for the revision and extension of the street lights on East 7th street, from California Avenue to College Avenue, as a test of the proposed improved lights. The commission also decided Wednesday night to investigate the possibility of blacktopping, in the near future, 22 blocks of city streets that are not now blacktopped.

Motion pictures of the Floyd Patterson - Ingemar Johansson fight recently for the heavyweight boxing championship of the world will be shown at the Rand Drive-In Theatre as a special added attraction next Sunday and Monday nights, reports Tad Randgaard. The pictures of the fight are said to be unusually excellent pictures.

90 Years Ago

Tribune of July 18, 1919

The people of Morris saw a free aeroplane exhibition on Sunday afternoon and seven persons watched the houses of Morris shrink to shanties as they soared over it at a height of a thousand feet. E. M. McElligott of Appleton furnished the rides. He came over in his aeroplane Saturday evening to visit with some friends in Morris and was the guest of Dr. C. E. Caine and family. Two of those, in turn, who went up were M. F. Nugent and Arthur Carlson of the Delco Light Company. Mr. Nugent did some advertising while in midair by tossing out advertising material about the Delco Lighting system. The wind was a little high for much of it to reach Morris.

A business deal was made last week whereby the Tomlin Meat Market changed hands and George Abel, Sr. is the new proprietor. Mr. Abel is thoroughly familiar with the butchering businesses, having run a meat shop in Minneapolis for fifteen years, and will doubtless get a fair share of the meat business in Morris.

The Grant and Stevens County Land Company is the name of a new concern which has just opened an office in Morris. Those interested in the company are H. J. Rohlfson, Fred Tomlin, Sterling Tomlin, and the Wells Brothers of Herman. They are located in rooms over Sylvander's Drug Store.