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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune Nov. 25, 1999

A pre-holiday concert was presented by the seventh and eighth grade bands of Morris Area High School Monday evening at the auditorium. The concert concluded with a combined band playing "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Trombones on the Housetop." Wanda Dagen directed.

Lori Anderson, Morris, received a US Medallion from the United States Women of Today national organization for her excellent work as Minnesota Women of Today State President. Lori has served in many capacities including chapter president, treasurer, state delegate, and several local and district programming positions. On the state level she has held the positions of district director, ways and means state program manager, internal vice president, chapter management vice president, and extensions director.

Each year the Morris Area Elementary Student Council, in the spirit of the holidays, helps a needy family in this county. The effort is coordinated with the Stevens County Social Services. Representatives of the council include Bess Boever, Jared Dittbenner, Raymond Finzel, Crystal Henrichs, Sami Bergstrom, Lydia Geiszler and Brittany Greenwaldt.

25 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of November 22, 1984

Jana Raasch has been chosen to serve as executive director of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce. It's been some time since the Chamber has had a full-time position of this type. Jana's husband is Todd Raasch of Arnie's Jack & Jill in Morris.

Eleven people won prizes in various drawings held Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Emporium Mall in honor of the first anniversary of the Emporium Mall and the Grand Openings of the Calico Cupboard and the Scientia Center.

Colony Fabric can be found at a new location these days: 706 Atlantic Avenue. Owners LaVonne Beseman and Norma Solvie received congratulations from a crew of Chamber of Commerce ambassadors recently. The visiting ambassadors were Dean Paulson and Peg Palmer along with Morris Princess Marti Laabs. They also congratulated Floyd Schmidgall, owner of the remodeled City Center Drug.

Stevens County will be ending its association with Lakeland Mental Health Services in Fergus Falls by Dec. 1 because the services provided there became too expensive. The Stevens County Commissioners voted in their Welfare Board meeting in September to pull out.

50 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of December 4, 1959

Lloyd Odney of Morris, veteran of 51 years of service with the Great Northern, stepping down from a railroad coach Monday afternoon marking the "end of the line" as a Great Northern Railway Company employee and start of a well-earned retirement. Mr. Odney started working for the Great Northern in 1908 as a baggageman and then moved on to be a clerk, expressmaster, and a brakeman.

Seven of a series of informational meetings on the proposed consolidation of the Morris High School area remain to be held during the coming week in the first phase of proceedings that will be climaxed with an election on the proposal next spring. Six meetings in the series were held this week with Superintendent Oscar Miller and members of the board of education discussion various aspects of the consolidation question with residents of 11 rural districts.

The elementary grades of the Morris public schools will present their "Christmas Song Fest" on Friday, Dec. 11. The program is under the direction of Mrs. Delores Strommen, elementary music instructor. Accompanist will be Miss Myra Sundheim.

90 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of December 5, 1919

Lack of a quorum at the Farm Bureau meeting which took place at the courthouse on Tuesday, made it impossible to elect the offices for the coming year, as had been originally planned, and the meeting was adjourned to an indefinite date. The men who were present were addressed by J. S. Jones, assistant county agent leader at the University farm, and R. W. Keeler, president of the Farm Bureau, and a general informal discussion of problems of interest followed.

The Woman's Home Missionary Society met at the home of Mrs. Mahaffie with Mrs. Laschansky and Mrs. Glover assisting as hostesses. The society along with Queen Ester are planning on a Christmas box to be sent to the Cummingham Orphanage at Esbonna, Ill. By a unanimous vote of the society and in loving memory of the deceased member, Mrs. Anna G. Cooley's name, was taken as a name for the society. Mrs. Light as leader for the study gave a talk on Americanization.

Ernest Irwin, who was adjudged the best all-around club member of the Garden and Canning Club of Morris, received word from C. E. Erickson, leader of Boys' and Girls' Club work at the University Farm to come to St. Paul on Tuesday evening, to take part in the state contest taking place there. He was told to bring his garden book and club book with him, to write a story about his gardening, and to come prepared to give a three-minute talk on the work he had done.

"Some time soon" Atlantic Avenue will open - perhaps. The opening up last Wednesday of the 18 feet along the middle of the street and of the entire east side of the street except the section from Third to Fourth has been done. The center part of the paving was done by the state, and was finished earlier than the west side.