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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 9, 1994

Bill Haugen, counselor at the Life Center of Stevens Community Memorial Hospital, was recently presented with a plaque from the Region IV Council on Domestic Violence. The plaque is "in recognition of your commitment and outstanding work toward ending domestic violence."

Jack Imholte, history professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and former chancellor of the campus, has been named the University of Minnesota's acting vice president for student affairs. Imholte joined the Morris faculty in 1960, was named acting provost in 1969, and was formally installed as chancellor in 1970, a post he held for the next 20 years. During his tenure, the Morris campus became recognized as one of the premier public liberal arts institutions in the country.

According to Vicky Dosdall, the 4-H foodstand manager at the Stevens County Fair, the 4-H foodstand will have a "celebrity night" on Wednesday evening. Since the 4-Hers are busy preparing for the fair that day, the mayor, Chamber of Commerce people, bankers, county commissioners, city council members, and main street business owners will be taking your order at the foodstand.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 12, 1969

The 96th annual Stevens County Fair will open at the fairgrounds in Morris on Friday Aug. 15, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 17. The grandstand shows open Friday evening with a 4-H horse show, a free-to-the-public show, and will continue Saturday with stock car races in the afternoon and a Family Night show in the evening, and will conclude Sunday with stock car races in the afternoon and an exciting demolition derby in the evening. Other than the parking fee charges, the 1969 fair will again be a "free fair" with no admission charges at the gate.

Final plans are being made to begin operation of a Day Activity Center for mentally retarded adults from Stevens County on August 27. Initially, the center will operate for about six post-school aged adults on a three-day-per-week basis providing them self-care and pre-vocational skills. Costs of the program will be borne at least half by private contributions and by matching grants from governmental agencies. The sum of $1,200 has already been received from various organizations such as the Mrs. Jaycees, Everglade 4-H, ARC, Eagles, and the VFW. There have been several donations from private individuals.

Army worms are to be found in lodged grain throughout Stevens County, Extension Agent Lief Lie reported last week. He determined this through farm visits, reports, and random samples of lodged grain. Extension Agent Lie does not think that chemical control will pay in small grain at the present stage of the grain and the worms at this time. Corn and soybeans bordering infested grain should be observed to determine if there is movement to the corn or soybeans from the harvested grain fields.

75 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 17, 1934

O. J. Perkins is planning an Old Settlers' picnic at his resort on Sunday. All who have been residents of Stevens and adjoining counties for 50 years or more are especially invited to attend. A photographer has been engaged to take a group picture that afternoon. Free transportation will be given from the Merchants Hotel for any of the old settlers who have no other way of going to the picnic. Any car carrying a passenger who has been a resident of a county for 50 years will be admitted free. Chairs will be available for those who wish them.

John Porten, for 20 years prominent in the farm produce business in this city, will open a new plant Saturday to be known as the Morris Produce Company. Mr. Porten has just completed a building 24 by 24 feet on East Eighth Street, next to the Morris Hatchery, for the new business. The new company will start with the buying of poultry, eggs, and hides, and later will also buy cream.

Farmers will be working on roads in all parts of Stevens County by the end of this week, paying for drouth relief feed they have drawn. Work has been started from time to time in different localities in the southern half of the county during the last 10 days, but farmers in the northern half of the county have not been so far called upon for the road work because most of them had some crops to harvest. Figures compiled to August 1 showed that drouth relief feed in this county to be a value of $120,864.20. This has been distributed on the basis of being paid for by the farmers with labor.

100 Years Ago

Items taken from the

Sun of August 19, 1909

Physicians here report a large number of heat prostrations during the past warm spell, although none of them have been very serious.

The Stevens County Fair will be held at Morris on September 15, 16, and 17, 1909. The fair has been growing steadily and the people of this county have every reason to be proud of it. We have beautiful grounds and we are rapidly equipping them with buildings for the safety and convenience of exhibitors.

Hereafter Morris is assured of a good racing program at the county fair. Thru the efforts of the racing men in this part of the state a circuit has been established which has been joined by Sauk Centre, Glenwood, Morris, Herman, and Wahpeton. The plan is to have the race meets follow one another so that the horses can be taken the rounds. T. H. Maguire is the secretary of the Morris branch of the Central Minnesota Short Ship Circuit and the races for Morris will be held the last two days of the fair. A total of $750 in purses has been hung up.