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15 Years Ago

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Sun of June 13, 1995

"This is a day of joy, and it is also a day of sadness." That is how Chancellor David Johnson described Friday, June 9, as 330 seniors were about to be awarded their Bachelor of Arts degrees during the University of Minnesota, Morris' 32nd annual Commencement ceremonies. The joy was in the seniors receiving their diplomas, Dr. Roland Dille receiving the first honorary degree awarded by the University of Minnesota, Morris, and the knowledge that UMM's request for a new science facility has just been put on the University's capital bonding list.

Al Harris, a Stevens County pork producer and president of Yankee Ridge Agricultural Marketing Company, traveled to Kazakhstan in February to assist that country's slow movement toward privatization of farming. Harris was sent to the New Independent State as part of the Winrock International NIS Farmer-to-Farmer Program. Last July Stevens County Farm Management educator Dan Perkins also spent some time in Kazakhstan under the auspices of the same program.

The annual Country Day Nursery (CDN) picnic was held on May 22 at Pomme de Terre Park. A plaque of appreciation was presented to Tammy McNally for her ten years of help at CDN. Making the presentation was Lory Lemke, 1994-96 president of the CDN board.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of June 16, 1970

Father Donald Rieder, pastor, and Father Stanley Wieser, assistant pastor, of Assumption Church in Morris have been appointed to other parishes in the St. Cloud Diocese and will be succeeded here by Father Lawrence Botz, of Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, as pastor, and Father Gerald Petermeier, recently ordained, as assistant pastor. Also given a new appointment is Father Nicholas Eltgroth, pastor of St. Theresa Church in Donnelly. He will be succeeded at Donnelly by Father Alban Sauer, who will also continue as pastor of St. Charles Church in Herman.

Dr. Gordon R. Bopp, 35, presently chairman of the University of Idaho's Department of Chemical Engineering, has been appointed Academic Dean at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Bopp, a native of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, will assume his new position August 1, filling the vacancy created by the appointment of John Q. Imholte as acting Provost and later as Provost of the Morris campus.

Ed Madison, of Donnelly, was installed as the new commander of Walter Tripp Post, American Legion, at ceremonies at the post meeting Tuesday evening, June 9. Seventh District Commander Clyde Neal of Morris served as installing officer. Retiring commander is Doug Garberick.

75 Years Ago

Items from the

Sun of June 21, 1935

Within 24 hours after the polls closed in the Morris special election on city ordinances relative to the proposed municipal light and power plant, a restraining order from district court was served on the city commission Wednesday afternoon contesting the election. In commenting on the injunction proceedings yesterday, Mayor Peter Nelson said the city commission is confident of its position in preparing for and conducting the special election.

The annual co-operative picnic will be held at Perkins' resort on Sunday, together with the old settlers' picnic, which will also be held there. John Brandt of the Land O'Lakes Company and George Jacobson of the Midland Co-operative Wholesale Company will be the speakers on the program which will begin at noon. A kittenball game will be played between the Co-ops and the D-X Oilers. The entertainment of the afternoon will include selections by a quartet, tap dancing, and accordion playing. The co-operative companies will serve coffee and cream at noon.

Game Warden Walfred Erickson is making an appeal to all farmers to report to him any pheasant nests, with eggs, they have to disturb while cutting hay or alfalfa. Plans have been worked out to gather the eggs from all such nests and send them to the game farm at Madelia, much in the same way that large numbers of pheasant eggs were saved from nests and necessarily distributed during seeding time.

100 Years Ago

Items from the

Sun of June 23, 1910

During the past two weeks the soda fountain men have been working overtime, to say nothing of the dispenser of other cooling drinks. The ice men are also too busy to say much.

John Litschauer, superintendent of the county poor farm, marketed four eight-months old hogs at Cairney's meat market the first of the week, which brought the county the snug sum of $102.30. Mr. Litschauer informed the Sun that these were a part of a batch of eighteen hogs which have brought the county $500. It looks as if there might be money in raising hogs in this county, especially at the present market rates.

Chas. Vaughn, the real estate man, has been busy this week and last showing parties of land seekers about the county. He anticipates that during the balance of the summer a great many prospective buyers will visit this region, where they are beginning to realize some of the best land in the entire country can be secured at reasonable prices.