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15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 9, 1999

This Sunday is Airport Day. The Morris-Hancock Flying Club will hold a public open house Sept. 11 at the Morris Airport. The event will include tours of airport facilities, live music, and lunch. On display will be a variety of local business and recreational planes plus two World War II crafts. Airport Day is an effort to raise awareness of the airport and its importance to the local economy, said Arden Granger, of Morris, a pilot and longtime member of the Morris-Hancock Flying Club.

City of Morris and the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture have collaborated to provide a unique opportunity for University of Minnesota, Morris students, staff, and faculty, and other Morris area residents to meet and mingle at the first-ever-of-its kind Morris Community Picnic on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the East Side Park. This new event combines the Ice Cream Social and the City of Morris picnic events of past years. Popular former Morris DJ Troy Ackerman will return to emcee the festivities. Entertainment will also be provided by Morris residents Dr. Jeff Hauger, the Glasrud family, and the Morris B-Squares. Coke and the Morris Kiwanis will provide beverages and popcorn.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 7, 1984

Linda Roles, owner of the Hair Clinic in Morris, and Gail Nelson, owner of Second Hand Rose and Director of the Rural Women Mean Business Project for Continuing Education and Extension, will be presenters at the Women's Business Ownership Trade Fair and Conference on Sept. 13 and 14 in St. Paul. Roles and Nelson will conduct a workshop on "Rural Women on Main Street - - Overcoming Barriers."

The West Central Senior Federation will conduct its district convention on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Morris Nutrition Center. Pre-registration is a requirement, according to Verona Schmidgall, coordinator of the County Board on Aging. Convention activities will get started in the morning. Participation will include lunch, served by the Hancock chapter of the Future Homemakers of America.

An Albert Lea native is the new vocal instructor at Morris High School and Morris Middle School. Gone from the scene is Kris Miller who has taken a leave of absence from one to three years. In her place is Phil Leininger who is beginning what he feels will be a lifelong commitment to the education profession.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 18, 1959

A crowd of nearly 200 attended the banquet for businessmen and farmers of the county, sponsored by the Stevens County Farm Bureau and held in the dining hall of the Assumption Church on Tuesday evening. This was the first event of its kind sponsored by the local Farm Bureau and the excellent attendance from all parts of the county and the fine program presented bode well for similar gatherings in the future.

The fifth annual Fall Festival sponsored by the B-Square Dance Club of Morris will be held in the Memorial Armory here on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20. Square dances from many communities throughout this section of the state have been invited to attend the festival. Ten or more callers from the dancing area involved will do the calling during the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walker Jr. of Morris are co-chairmen for the festival.

Wesley Sims, chairman of the annual Kids' Day sponsored by the Morris Kiwanis Club, told the Kiwanis at their regular dinner meeting Monday evening that the event this year will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26. Arrangements for the affair include a parade. Prizes will be awarded to youngsters in the parade in such categories as doll buggy, costume, and humorous.

90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 19, 1919

A pageant in parade form will be given by the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Stevens County at the Stevens County Fair. Each township has prepared a float which will depict some form of club work. The members of the various clubs will follow appropriately costumed. The canning and bread baking prize winners will be enthroned in places of honor on the different floats.

According to County Superintendent of Schools, Ray Roberts, an Industrial Contest for the boys and girls of Stevens County under 18 years of age will be held at the county fair next week. The purpose of the contest is to improve the seed and crop condition in our county, to interest our boys and girls in the farm and home and in the things that grow on the farm, to stimulate general school work, and to teach them those things that will help them to develop into good men and good women.

On account of Atlantic Avenue being closed the village and fair authorities have found special places for people to park their cars to facilitate traffic. Those coming from the west to the fair can park their cars in the space on the railroad right of way northwest of Eich Elevator near the Standard Oil Tank. Those coming from the east can park on the vacant lots south of the armory. On the days of the fair Third Street as well as Seventh Street will be open for traffic.