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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, July 20, 2000

Congratulations to Colleen Fitzgerald, winner of Miss Morris 2000. Colleen is the daughter of Mike and Suzette Fitzgerald. She was sponsored by Coborn's. First Princess is Wendy Hauger, daughter of Dr. Jeff and Sue Hauger. She was sponsored by the Dental Depot. Second Princess is Adrienne Harrison, daughter of Rachel Harrison. She was sponsored by the Morris Chiropractic Clinic.

The Morris Salvation Army Thrift Store will hold their Grand Opening on Friday , July 21 and Saturday, July 22. Central Minnesota Field Representative, Peggy Kill, for The Salvation Army would like to invite all area residents to stop down at the new Thrift Store for beverages and traditional Salvation Army "donuts." The Thrift Store is located at 623 East 7th Street in Morris.

On June 27, eight scouts and three adult leaders form Morris Boy Scout Troop 467 put their packs on and started their three-day sixteen-mile backpacking trip along the Central Lakes rail from Ashby to Fergus Falls. The scouts that went on the trip were Mike Burke, Lucas Forcella, Matt Forcella, Jacob Miller, Shawn Swenson, Adam Schmidgall, Tim Dudding, and Chris Wagner. The adult leaders included Pat Burke, Steve Dudding, and Steve Wagner.

25 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of July 18, 1985

The annual Crops and soils Field Day was held Thursday, July 11, at the West Central Experiment Station. With almost perfect weather conditions, nearly 900 farmers, agribusiness representatives and home gardeners took the tours and attended the various exhibits and clinics. Since 1985 is the Centennial year of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, there was a special Centennial Tour three times during the day.

Delmar Holdgrafer was proudly showcased in the Prairie Pioneer Days Parade, held Sunday afternoon. Holdgrafer was in the role of Grand Marshal. His artwork and wit combine to make him a widely-acclaimed cartoonist. The Grand Marshal vehicle was driven by Ken Riley.

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50 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of July 29, 1960

Dr. Stephen Granger, student counselor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, was the speaker at the Kiwanis meeting Monday at the Del Monico Café. Dr. Granger reported on the area from which students enrolled for the coming year. More than fifty percent of the students will be commuting from their homes, he said. Another large percentage will live in the dormitories and the balance at private homes. He stated that the larges majority of the students were in the upper third of their high school graduating classes in their achievements. About 70 of the enrollees thus far are looking for part-time employment, he said.

More than $200 for the University of Minnesota, Morris scholarship fund was raised through the bake sale conducted Wednesday by the ladies of the community during the Annual Krazy Daze in Morris. The sale tables stood in front of the Citizens Bank. Ladies in charge were Mrs. Rodney Briggs and Mrs. Robert Leuty.

Ten Stevens County 4-H'ers won state Fair trips as a result of their outstanding demonstrations presented Tuesday at the 4-H Oral Demonstration Day at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Those chosen to represent Stevens County were Ardell Jergenson of the Morris Pep and Progress Club; Arlene Johnson, Ricky Busch, and Helen Erdahl of the Donnelly Ever-Ready Club, Mary Durkee, Melvin Conrad, and Kenneth Stark of the Swan Lake Club, Jean Greiner of the Hancock Girls Club; and Elinor Carstens and Carol Dosdall of the Hodges Club.

90 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of July 30, 1920

It is estimated - conservatively - that 2,500 people attended the picnic given by Company K and the Morris Concert Band at Lake Pomme de Terre on Sunday. The number paid admissions was 1,700; all children were admitted free, and many people entered by way of the field where the airplane landed. Events included a baseball game, a pie-eating contest, a tug of war across the river, airplane exhibitions, swimming, boating, band music. Coffee, sandwiches and light refreshments were sold at stands put up on the grounds. The stands were "haunted" by "Slippery" Carlson, dressed in a vaudeville costume.

Heavy losses as the result of the hailstorm near Alberta on Saturday, July 17, were suffered by the farmers of that vicinity. Ben Loken reports a total loss, and no insurance; Chas. Groskruetz, also a total loss, but partially covered by insurance. Others whose crops were insured to a somewhat lesser extent, were Carl Tommalla, Carl Raasch, Emil Raasch, Eystad Bros., and Mrs. Emma Sontag.

One of the largest Gatherings ever held in west central Minnesota was attracted to the West Central School of Agriculture on the occasion of their annual Visitors' Day held July 22. The day gave thousands of people the opportunity to get first-hand information from the best informed authorities in the state on the proposed Babcock Amendment, and to become acquainted with the nature of the work done at the West Central School of Agriculture, and Experiment Station. An estimated nine thousand representing 17 counties in West Central Minnesota were in attendance.