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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, June 15, 2000

The Morris City Council at its Tuesday nights meeting approved the sale of the site of the old water tower to Stevens Community Medical Center. The site will be used for the SCMC Hospice Courage Cottage. The City approved selling the land for $10,000, but donated $5,000 of the sale price to the project, making the actual cost to SCMC $5,000.

Bishop John L. Hopkins of the Minnesota Area United Methodist Church announced that the Rev. Hilda Parks has been appointed the pastor of the Federated Church (United Methodist and United Church of Christ) in Morris, effective July 1. She will replace the Rev. Paul Bob Lowe, who served in 1999 as interim pastor. Rev Parks received a Master's of Divinity degree from United Theological School in New Brighton in 1985.

Stevens County FSA Staff and County Committee, on June 7, held a party to honor Jean Brustuen for completing 20 years of serviced with USDA-FSA. Jean, who began her career with the Big Stone County ASCS, has the past 18 years been employed with FSA in Stevens County as a program technician in charge of the commodity loan program, LDP's, payment limitations, and claim activities.

25 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of June 13, 1985

The Ag Service Center in Morris has a pair of new faces - one quite new and the other a bit more established. New in the office of SCS District Conservationist is Chuck Truax, who came on the scene June 3. Truax succeeds Kevin Daw. The other new face is Jeff Johnson, who began effective April 15 as county supervisor for FmHA. Johnson's predecessor is Egidie Scherr, now employed as ag rep for the Chokio State Bank.

Tuesday night was special for the Morris Lions organization as the club held its annual picnic at Pomme de Terre Park. The club, one of the most hard-working anywhere, conducted a program following a satisfying dinner. Installation of officers was a program highlight. They include Dave Nelson, E.L. "Ted" Dosdall, Jerry Freese, Jerry Sullivan, Pat Stassen, John Anderson, Frank Lembcke, Jim Lemen, Gary Bentz, Barry Erdahl, and Jim Hiedeman.

Jill Stotesbery, daughter of Doyle and Jane Stotesbery of Graceville, was the lucky winner in a Pepsi-Hardee's promotional drawing recently. Jill received this fine Huffy ten-speed bicycle from Dan Haugen, Hardee's manager. The drawing was held Saturday, June 8.

50 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of June 24, 1960

Saturday will be a "red letter" day in the long and progressive history of the Citizens Bank in Morris when the bank will be host to an open house celebration of the completion of an extensive program of enlarging, remodeling, modernizing and refurnishing the bank home. The open house will mark the culmination of an expansion and remodeling program that has resulted in, among other things, the installation of the first drive-in, walk-up banking facility in this section of the state. The bank was incorporated in 1896 and first housed was in the building now occupied by Eul's Hardware. For the past 40 years the bank has been closely identified with the Ickler and LaFave families.

The first ordination service in the 80-years history of First Lutheran Church, Morris, will be held in the church Sunday afternoon. To be ordained into the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at that time is James Todd Alger, 27, who was born and raised in Morris. Alger was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in 1947 and graduated from the Morris High School in 1951.

For the first time in the history of Morris High School, the faculty will include one member who will devote most of his time to guidance work with senior high school students. The new faculty member, the only additional teacher on the local faculty for the coming year, will be Karl Graeber. Although he will spend most of his time in guidance work, Mr. Graeber will do some teaching in the science department and will assist with coaching duties.

90 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of June 25, 1920

The union services of Rev. A. Olson's charge on the Block farm, Swan Lake Township, were a great success. More than a thousand people were present. The Rev. C. E. Nordberg of Minneapolis delivered a splendid sermon in the morning. In the afternoon he spoke especially to the young people. There were four different choirs singing who all sang splendidly and a grand chorus of five voices did very well, not having sung together before. The last number on the program was a complete surprise on Pastor Olson and family, consisting of the very liberal gift of nearly $600.00.

Full page advertisement. A Residence Park lot given away free! Sunday afternoon, June 27. $500 cash building prizes for the first new houses erected in this wonderful new residence section of Morris. Home Owning Made Easy - Residence Park - Where terms are so easy and conditions so ideal - 50 cents to $1.00 a week. Sale prices $75 to $395. Free airplane ride to our purchasers. Bring your dollar and hurry to the sale. At any time - today, tonight, tomorrow or Sunday - walk or drive out to 7th Street and Columbia Avenue on the corner of our addition, just opposite of the new High School. Here you will find our office in a tent.

Seventy-five women from West Central Minnesota attended the Farm Women's Short Course held at the West Central School of Agriculture this week. The largest representation from any county was Stevens with 30 registrants. The mornings were given over to demonstrations of various kinds, and the afternoons and evening to lectures and discussions. Topics included health conditions, beautifying the exterior of the home, community service, and eliminating the distinction between the town and the surrounding community.