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15 Years Ago

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Sun of November 22, 1994

A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Hilfred and Estelle Lee Community Center on Saturday marked the official opening of the new arena. A big crowd was on hand along with various representatives of the community including Ship Sherstad, Ron Sharstrom, and Mayor Merlin Beyer. Hockey Association member Juanita Staples and the Lee Family representatives Paul and Pat Carbert cut the ribbon.

The Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Oyate Hall, at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The 1995 work plan will be presented as well as 1994 accomplishments. Tom Gillespie will present information on the construction that has taken place in Morris this year. Plaques will be given to out going board members Laurie Kleespies, Allen Thoren, and Dan Perkins. Holly Witt is director of the MACC.

The Morris Mighty Mallards played host to a distinguished group of hockey players, the North Star Alumni, at the new Hilfred and Estelle Lee Community Center on Saturday night. This was an inaugural event for the new indoor ice facility which will be abuzz with hockey and other activities henceforth. Event coordinators were Mary Browen and Joanie Michaelson. Announcers were Paul Martin and Paul Rentz. The referee was Tom Dogotch and the clock was manned by Bruce McCormack and Tim Grossman. The coach of the Mighty Mallards was Jim Beauregard.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of November 25, 1969

The Morris Literary Club met at the home of Mrs. J. W. Freeman on Monday afternoon, Nov. 18, with Mrs. Fran Swanson as assistant hostess. Mrs. W. E. Diederich gave inspirational readings. Mrs. Vincent Ritter spoke to the group on the subject of "Community Involvement."

The Morris Mrs. Jaycees have completed their babysitting classes with 60 girls finishing the course and passing the test. After the test was completed, the girls enjoyed a party with lunch and refreshments.

A variety of opinions about the problems and the future of rural America were expressed by politicians, educators, and rural leaders in the three-day "Priorities for Rural America" program at the University of Minnesota, Morris last week. Speakers included Sixth District Representative John M. Zwach, Minnesota Democratic Farm Labor Chairman Warren Spannaus, and University of Minnesota Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics Dr. Dale C. Dahl.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of November 30, 1934

The active projects report of the Emergency Relief Administration engineer's office for the week ending Thursday of last week shows that 348 men on the relief roll and 713 on drouth relief were employed during the week. This week there has been but little decrease. These men are all employed on the ERA projects, namely, the curbs, streets and gutters of the Village of Hancock; the sewer project of the Village of Donnelly; the streets and schools of Morris; the cemetery at Chokio; and the burning of weeds along the highways.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sax, residents of Stevens County for many years, observed their 55th wedding anniversary at their home in Morris last Saturday. Charles Sax and Emma Crump were married at Northfield in 1879. They came to Stevens County shortly after their marriage and have lived here since. Mr. and Mrs. Sax have two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Nelson of Morris and Mrs. Gus Anderson of Ortonville; and two sons, Stephen Sax and Henry Sax of Morris.

A city bowling league was organized at a series of meetings of bowling enthusiasts the first of this week. Six teams of local bowlers make up the league. E. A. Lundquist was elected temporary chairman in charge of the league. C. G. Dickey was named president; Ernie Johnson, vice-president; Mr. Lundquist, secretary, and Matt Leuthard, treasurer.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of December 2, 1909

L. D. Tripp reports that he has sold a fine Reo touring car with a cover to Ole K. Jallo, of the township of Synnes. This is the car that Mr. Tripp brought up here a few weeks ago. It is a fine car and one that will give Mr. Jallo good use and enjoyment. Mr. Tripp states that during the past season he sold five Reo cars, all to farmers in this county, an indication that there is a certain amount of prosperity in the land.

As a result of the strike which was inaugurated on Wednesday of this week, no freight trains were running on the Great Northern or Northern Pacific railroads thru this city nor in any part of the state. The strike is a result of a refusal of a demand by the switchmen for an increase of 6 cents per hour. There is no telling how long the strike will last.

The hot air furnace in the basement of the Kongsvinger Church is now ready for use. The basement is cemented and drained by a long row of tiling. The furnace work was done by Charles Nelson of Hoffman, assisted by Ludwig Hanson.