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10 Years Ago

Items from the

Tribune of August 5, 1999

Aug. 14 will bring a Stevens County Fair event not seen here in many years. Fair board members have redone the track area in front of the grandstand to make a top-notch pulling track. The new area is over 300 feet long and filled with clay to make a very good base to pull on. The board wishes to thank Jim Riley and Sons Construction for help in getting the track area ready. The pull is open to pickups, tractors, and semis. A total of 23 classes are on the slate. Fair board president Steve Storck says that there are over 60 trophies for the Saturday night pull along with the payback.

Two major public works projects are proposed for Stevens County - an airport expansion and a new agriculture center. Both projects are seeking county dollars, but it's unclear if either will win support from the Stevens County Board of Commissioners. The Minnesota Center for Agriculture Technology, or MCAT, which would be located on a 12-acre plot adjacent to the University of Minnesota Research and Outreach Center (ROC), will promote cooperation and partnerships among the many sectors of agriculture. ROC director is Gary Lemme.

The second request was regarding a runway at the airport. The Morris City Airport, which was a joint county and city facility until 1980, needs a longer runway, said Keith Davison of the Morris Airport Advisory Board, in his second presentation to the commissioners. The present 3,400-foot runway is too short for many of the area's twin-engine business aircraft, Davison said.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 2, 1984

Monday night was very memorable for the Morris Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post. The youth baseball team sponsored by the Post captured top honors at the district level with a triumph over a tough Willmar squad. The win was the second straight over Willmar. Morris was required to win twice over Willmar due to representing the losers' bracket in the tournament. The tournament was a double-elimination affair. The next stage in the season for Coach Don Grossman's crew is the state tournament.

One hundred fifty-six male high school students will compete for the title of Mr. Minnesota Teen at the fifteenth annual program held today (Thursday) through Saturday, Aug. 4 in Morris. This year marks the 11th consecutive year that Morris has hosted the event.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 14, 1959

Rudy Max has sold the building occupied by Max's Place and the equipment in the building to the Morris Creamery Company and Max's Place will be discontinued on Oct. 3. The building occupied by Max's Place adjoins the Morris Creamery Company plant and present plans are that the building will be moved to a site near the Morris Locker Plant and the lot it now occupies will be converted for use by the Morris Creamery Company. Max's Place has been owned and operated the past seven years by Mr. Max but was owned and operated for many years prior to that, under the same name, by the late Max Trantow.

The Morris Chamber of Commerce will be granted a permit to work in the bed of Lake Crystal by the State Department of Conservation, if releases are obtained from all riparian property owners. This information was gained by an informal telephone call fro the Attorney General's office. Frustrated by a two month delay in obtaining a permit, the committee hopes to drain and clear the lake bed this fall.

The third quarterly meeting of the Morris Chamber of Commerce will be held next Monday evening. This will be a regularly scheduled meeting - but it is going to be a completely different kind of meeting than the usual meetings of the organization. For one thing, the meeting will be held in the pavilion at the Pomme de Terre Recreational Reserve. For another, the dinner will be a barbecued beef affair. For still another, it will be a ladies' night.

90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 15, 1919

Harry Phinney came to Morris the first part of the week and after looking over the field decided to open a law office here. He has rented offices over the Vinje clothing store and expects to get them fitted up shortly.

With the Stevens County Agricultural Association negotiating on matters pertaining to the Stevens County Fair to be held in Morris on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Sept. 24, 25, and 26, and with many attractions already secured for the occasion, the county fair promises to be a great success. A Wild West bronco busting and U.S. cavalry exhibition with 12 cowboys and ex-cavalrymen and 18 horses will be one of the features of the fair.

McCullough & Cheney, paving contractors of Minneapolis, have taken over from Foley Brothers the contract of about two and a half miles of paving of the state road from Morris to Hancock, including the paving of Atlantic Avenue in the city of Morris. O. K. Carlson will work as superintendent. He has rented the Satter residence on East Fifth Street for use as a boarding house for the men. A camp for the horses has been found on the garden lots at the south end of Atlantic Avenue. The first work will be the striping of the surface of Atlantic Avenue and then a narrow gauge railroad will be laid up the center of the street for the hauling of the sand, gravel, and cement.