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15 Years Ago

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Sun of June 20, 1995

The Morris Area High School band went through its paces last week in preparation for the Prairie Pioneer Days parade, which will be held Sunday, July 9. Last year there were about 100 units in the parade, and this year's organizers are hoping for a similar turnout.

Parents and families will have a new choice in child care options when the Morris Area Child Care Center opens later this summer. Lori Olney, who recently moved to Morris from Ray, N. D., is the new director. When they open, the Child Care Center will be licensed for 42 children (8 infants, 10 toddlers and 24 preschoolers). Hours will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pam Engebretson is chair of the Child Care Center Board of Directors.

A new sign in downtown Morris announces a new name. The old "Morris State Bank" sign has been replaced with a new sign "First American Bank." Bank President is Loren Carr.

Steve Boehning, a native of Fargo, N. D., is a new pharmacist at Benson Snyder Drug in Morris. Steve and his wife Julie just moved to Morris from Sioux Falls, S.D. Steven, a North Dakota State University graduate, has been a pharmacist for four years. Julie graduated from NDSU with a degree in Human Development and Education.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of June 23, 1970

The contract for construction of an addition to the facilities of the North Central Soil and Water Conservation Research Center in Morris has been awarded to Anderson Bros. Construction Co. of Fergus Falls. Prime purpose for the planned expansion of the Morris facility is for an accelerated research program in the area of water quality and pollution. The expansion has been urged for several years by numerous soil and water conservation groups, prominent among which has been the Barnes-Aastad Association. The contract was in the amount of $348,960.

Dedication ceremonies and an open house will be held Sunday afternoon, June 28, at the Key Row Community housing project in Morris. The five units comprising the complex will provide a total of 88 apartments designed primarily for low income families. Two L-shaped structures each have 32 one-bedroom apartments, two units each have eight two-bedroom apartments, and the fifth unit has eight three-bedroom apartments. Among speakers scheduled at the dedication and open house is David Durenberger, executive secretary of Governor Harold LeVander.

The 56th annual Homemakers workshop, sponsored by the West Central School and Station in Morris on June 16 and 17, was attended by 450 women from all parts of Minnesota and South Dakota. Along with the various craft workshops, there were demonstrations on gas grills and "Meals with the Micro-Wave Oven." The Pomme de Terre Garden Club showed the art and creativity in flower arranging.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of June 28, 1935

Just after the service was concluded Monday evening and within a few minutes after the people had left, the large tent on East Ninth Street where evangelistic services have been held for some time blew down in the severe storm. The service that evening was shorter than usual because of the approach of the storm. No one was hurt.

The local office of the National Re-Employment service is now devoting much of its attention to farm labor. Farmers who need workers and those who want jobs are expected to register at this office as a means of filling both needs. The re-employment office is on the second floor of the Post Office building.

The parsonage of the Assumption Church will be remodeled and the exterior of the structure will be rebuilt in Colonial style. The large porch of the house will be taken off and a wide siding will form the walls. Work will begin soon and the cost is estimated about $1,000.

Nearly 3,000 people attended the old settlers' and co-operative picnics held at Perkins resort on Sunday. This number greatly exceeds that of last year and also surpassed all expectations of those in charge of arrangements. The program given during the day consisted of tap dancing by Helen Bosold, songs by the Lesmeister brothers, and talks by L. L. Hanse, Dr. C. E. Caine, George Jacobson, and John Brandt. In the kittenball games played during the afternoon the D-X Oilers won from the Co-ops by 8 to 7 in an eight-inning game and the Co-op girls won from the Yankee Ridge girls in a five-inning game by a score of 7 to 6.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of June 30, 1910

The Congregational Sunday school wishes to thank the 15 automobilists for their service in making the runs to the lake last Tuesday. Many confessed to this being their first ride in an auto, and all enjoyed it greatly.

A small sized cyclone seems to have struck the northern part of the county on Wednesday of last week. Anton Hellie's barn was twisted about on its foundation and A. W. Hoffman's barn was struck by lightning. The latter had just placed lightning rods on his buildings, so no damage was done. This is also the second time that Mr. Hellie's barn has been moved from its foundation in a storm. Other damage reported from that vicinity is the destruction of P. H. Smith's chicken coop and one of the outbuildings at Harry Hall's place.

The recent hot weather seems to have caused practically all the towns in this vicinity to abandon all plans of celebrating the Fourth of July, and for the first time in many years there will not be a celebration to which Morris people can conveniently go. This fact will do much to help the idea of a safe and sane Fourth but will not appeal so much to the young patriot.