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10 Years Ago

Tribune July 15, 1999

The 1999 Progressive Garden Tour will be held this Saturday, July 17. The tour is an opportunity for local residents to see a variety of horticultural practices in Stevens County. Interested persons are free to come and go as they please at each stop along the tour. A fee of $1 will be charged at the first stop on the tour and materials about the gardens and their locations will be provided. The tour is sponsored by Stevens County Master Gardeners and the Stevens County Extension Service. On tour are the gardens of Jerry and Holly Witt, Keith and Lois Schmidgall, Ray and Jan Weiss, Steve and Randee Hokanson, Mike and Sandy Korth, Aldean and Charlotte Luthi, Gary and Terry Lemme, Ward and Carol Voorhees, Bob and Mary Kleespie, and Dennis and Carole Johnson.

The next Blandin Community Investment Partnership meeting will be held tonight, Thursday, July 15, in the Faith Lutheran Church Community Room. The meeting will focus on examining priority areas identified at the previous meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend and you need not have attended a prior meeting to attend tonight's meeting. For more information contact the Center for Small Towns.

25 Years Ago

Tribune of July 12, 1984

The City Council took the first formal step in the Meadowbrook-Morningside sanitary sewer project Tuesday night by voting to instruct the consulting engineers to prepare a preliminary report and construction drawings. The vote followed a public meeting for residents of the area last month and a series of six informal meetings in the neighborhood.

The three incumbent Stevens County Commissioners have filed for re-election and no other candidates have filed. The incumbents are Paul Larson (District 1), Wallace Staples (District III), and E. L. (Ted) Dosdall (District IV). Filings close Tuesday, July 17.

Oregon Avenue between East 5th Street and East 6th Street will become a one-way street with angle parking this Friday. Traffic will go to the south, the same direction as in the alley on the other side of the Library. The purpose of the changeover, according to City Manager Ed Larson is "to extract as much on-street parking" as possible in that area. The change to angle parking will double the number of parking spaces from 18 to 36.

50 Years Ago

Tribune of July 24, 1959

Construction work will get under way immediately on a new downtown business building being erected by Walter Hadler, proprietor of Walt's Shoe Shop. The new structure will be on Atlantic Avenue, between the Morris Agriculture Service and Supply and Municipal Liquor Store No. 1, on the site formerly occupied by the Richter Variety store. The buildings occupied by the variety store and the former Grill Café were destroyed by fire four years ago. The Ag Service and Supply firm now occupies the new building that replaced the Grill Cafe structure.

The Red Ryders Saddle Club of Morris will bid for a spot in the Minnesota State Fair competition again next Monday evening. The local team will drill in Wells Park under the critical eyes of a team of judges representing the State Fair Board. Music for the drill performance will be supplied by the Morris High School Band. In route to the park on Monday evening, the Red Ryders and the band will parade through downtown Morris.

Addition of a public health nurse, perhaps on a part-time basis, to the staff of the Morris public schools was urged by a committee representing the Morris Parents and Teachers Association at the meeting of the board of education on Monday evening. Mrs. Fred Apitz and Arnold Drange were members of the PTA committee, appointed last spring to study the matter, who met with the board. The committee pointed out that the services of a school nurse are especially needed since Stevens County now does not have a county nurse. Action on the PTA request was deferred by the board pending a further study of it.

90 Years Ago

Tribune of July 25, 1919

More than half the residents of Stevens County could enjoy automobile rides at the same time according to the returns made by the assessors of the various civil divisions who report that there are 988 automobiles owned by residents of Stevens County.

People of Morris are beginning to order their canning done by the small boys and girls of the Canning Club. The membership increased to 25 last week, eight of the workers being boys. That the club is very much of a success is shown by the fact that the mothers always send more products to be canned when the children take home samples of their work. One hundred quarts of fruit and vegetables were canned by the club in its first week of work.

The Standard Oil Company neglected to take out a permit before beginning the construction of an oil station and also violated the city fire ordinance in trying to put up a frame building on 5th Street and Atlantic Avenue, hence all the work on the station was stopped a few days ago. The Standard Oil Company will not be permitted to resume building in Morris until they comply with the city ordinances.