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15 Years Ago

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Sun of March 28, 1995

The First Baptist Church of Morris announces the arrival of a new pastor. Pastor Mike Forsberg will begin his service on April 1, with the help of his wife Lynne, and their daughters Rebecca, Renae, and Rachael. Pastor Forsberg is a graduate of Bemidji State College, and has earned a master's degree in ministry from Northland Baptist Bible College.

CROP Walk Coordinator Jerry Hankins and Treasurer Deb Economou gave Bea Nelson, board member of the Stevens County Food Shelf, a check for $861.50. Reverend Hankins said the CROP Walk is one of the ways the Church World Service raises funds for hunger and other disaster and refugee relief. The Church World Service is one part of the National Council of Churches of Christ.

A unique organization in Stevens County is just beginning to make itself known. Called the Family Services Collaborative, its goal is to increase community awareness of, and access to, information regarding existing programs and services. Jim Moore is coordinator and Julie Jensen is an outreach worker.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of March 31, 1970

Lawrence Lembcke of Rendsville Township has been named Stevens County's Outstanding Conservation Farmer for 1969 by the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District. An award indicative of the selection was presented to Mr. Lembcke on Wednesday evening at the regular meeting of the board. Mr. Lembcke's conservation farm plan indicates 246 acres of crop rotation, of which 110 acres will be contour strip cropped, and another 64 acres are farmed on the contour.

Matt Lesmeister, owner and operator of Lesmeister Motors and Sporting Goods on East 7th Street, has sold the business to his son, Paul. The new owner is no stranger to the business as he has been associated with his father for several years, joining him in the business shortly after completing a two-year mechanic's course at Willmar Community College as an honor student. Matt Lesmeister expects to continue to be associated with the business for some time but said he also expects "to get in quite a bit more fishing" than he has had the time to do in recent years.

The calendar says it's officially spring but the weatherman apparently forgot to check the calendar for he dumped three inches of heavy, wet snow throughout the area Sunday. The snow dampened, literally and figuratively, the usual Easter Sunday parade of spring finery, brought out snowplows and snow shovels again, and created hazardous driving conditions throughout much of the state.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of April 5, 1935

The 40th anniversary meeting of the Student's Club was held on Monday at the home of Mrs. Marie Dushek with Mrs. Renee Berkin and Mrs. L. E. Frank assisting hostesses. Charter member Mrs. F. A. Hancock gave the paper "Lavender and Old Lace," whereby she told of the domestic and social life in Morris as it was in the '90s. She gave a vivid description of the city with no buildings on the west side of its main street, no paved roads, no city water supply, no telephones, no electric lights, and no handy gadgets or electrical appliances in the home. People attended horse races, picnics at Wintermute's grove, and the Ringlings' Circus, along with hunting, fishing, ice and roller skating, cutter rides, and reading around the old base burner.

The same eight teams that made up the Pomme de Terre baseball league last year will form the league during the coming summer, it was decided at a re-organization meeting held at the city manager's office in Morris on Friday evening. These teams are Morris, Donnelly, Alberta, Cyrus, Hancock, Herman, Artichoke, and Holloway. E. J. Bahe of Hancock was reelected president of the league for 1935.

The regular meeting of the Walter Tripp Post of the American Legion next Tuesday evening will take the form of a victory celebration over the post going over its membership quota for this year. The quota was 153 and the post now has 160 members, making it the largest Legion post in the Seventh Congressional District. Judge Ernest Grace is the commander of the local post.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of April 7, 1910

Engineer Cole is gradually getting our main street into fine shape. The new gutter system is working in the best possible manner, and carrying off the surface water before it has time to soak into the ground. This year the street dried up in an incredible short space of time, and was practically free from the deep ruts, which usually made their appearance every spring. Last week the street force started the work of raising the stone crossings to the level of the street, and when this is done, we will have as fine a main street as any town in the country.

Dr. J. W. Harris has disposed of his Haynes-Apperson runabout, familiarly known as "Betsey," which as a means of locomotion has served the doctor long and well. To replace it he has invested in a Reo touring car, purchased from L. D. Tripp.

Attention is called to the fact that a meeting of the Improvement Union will be held on Friday evening of this week, at the armory. A large attendance is desired and all members and everyone interested in the welfare of the city are urged to be present.

The census enumerators will start work on the fifteenth of this month, and if you are a little rusty on your age and family statistics, now is the time to brush up.