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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 2, 1999

Stevens-Traverse Public Health plans to end home health care services - a program that affects 70 clients and employs approximately 18 public health staff - by Dec. 31. By a 4-3 vote, the Stevens Traverse Public Health joint powers board approved the move at its August 25 meeting. According to Public Health Director Sandy Tubbs Public Health became involved in home health care in the 1970s. For years Public Health was the only organization providing the service. In the early 1990s Home Care Service Option and in the mid-1990s Stevens Community Medical Center also began to offer home health care services.

Dick Bluth, Stevens County's auditor for nearly 26 years, is retiring. He had been appointed as auditor on Nov. 19, 1973. Bluth, who was manager for the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce prior to his appointment, took over the auditor's position from Elmer Anderson. In the early 1980s, with the retirement of Ken Dahl, Bluth also added the position of County Treasurer to his job description. In a March 1982 special election the voters of Stevens County voted to make the combined position permanent. Bluth plans to enjoy his retirement. On Sept. 10 he sets off for a fishing trip in Canada.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Aug. 30, 1984

After a decline in enrollment last year that was worse than expected, the Morris-Donnelly schools began classes Tuesday with only three fewer students than last fall. There were 1,076 students the first day of school this year. According to Superintendent Fred Switzer, there are 380 students in the Elementary School, 317 in the Middle School, and 364 in the High School.

Come and learn more about research activities at the West Central Experiment Station and the USDA North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory! As part of the Fall Festival celebration, tours will leave the Stevens County Fairgrounds and will last approximately one hour and will include both research stations.

The Stevens County Porkettes and Pork Producers will sponsor two children's events for the 1984 Fall Festival. Already in Progress is a children's coloring contest. The Porkettes and Producers will also sponsor a new event, "A little Miss Pigtail Contest." Bring your pig-tailed daughters to the grandstand on Sunday afternoon to be judged.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 11, 1959

The Morris public schools enrolled a record 1,314 students when the new term opened Wednesday with a full day of classes. Despite the largest opening day enrollment in the history of the local schools, the schedule of classes and activities got off to a smooth start, reports Superintendent Oscar Miller.

Dr. A. I. Arneson, senior member of the Arneson and Watson Clinic, announced this week that he is resigning from the clinic, to take effect as soon as Dr. R. M. Watson is able to secure another capable and qualified associate. He will thereafter limit his medical practice to the prescribing of glasses and contact lenses, and treatment of medical and surgical diseases of the eyes. The change may take place as early as Nov. 1.

The Morris Senior High School Marching Band made 40 appearances this summer travelling throughout Minnesota and parts of Manitoba, Canada. Honors received during the summer include Host Band at the 7th District Legion Convention, first place at the State Firemen's Convention, first place at the Glenwood Waterama, first place at the Melrose Harvest Festival, lead band at the state VFW Convention parade, and guest band at the Jubilesta celebration at Sleepy Eye. The next out-of-town appearance for the band will be in Minneapolis on Saturday, Sept. 26. The band has been invited to participate in the Band Day half-time festivities at the Minnesota-Nebraska football game that day.

90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 12, 1919

The boys' and girls' teams from Stevens County covered themselves and their county with glory last week when they carried off prizes in the state championship in canning, bread making, and pig raising at the Minnesota State Fair. Veneta Moorhead, Thelma Fougeron, and Lenora Eystad, all of Alberta, composing the Stevens County Canning team won highest honors in the state contest. Ruel Ridgway, Ralph Conroy, and Raymond Pederson, the Chokio boy bread makers stood fifth in the bread making contest, standing up well with the teams composed of members of the opposite sex from other counties. "Lady Top Notcher" owned by Henry Busch of Alberta is the pig who won second sweepstake honors for herself and her master.

With additions being built to several of the fair buildings to take care of the extra displays and with larger premiums than ever before, the fair association met on Monday night to make further plans for the fair. Permission was gained to make the additions which will comprise a 30x100 feet addition to house the Boys' and Girls' Garden and Canning Club exhibits and also additions to the barn and baby beeves and the hog house.

A note representing a floating debt of several years standing on the Methodist Church will be burned by Dr. G. L. Powell in the pulpit of the Methodist church on Sunday morning. The debt was removed within the last week by the raising of $1,958.