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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, July 27, 2000

Todd Mattson, is the new pastor at First Lutheran Church. Mattson comes to First Lutheran after 11 years as the senior pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet. One of Mattson's goals at First Lutheran is to bring his musicals to the youth. "It's something I've done everywhere I've gone," he says. "I don't necessarily look just for youths from this church. You don't need to be a member here." Mattson says he believes the musical provides a good community outreach. Mattson and his wife Kris, have four children.

This year the Stevens County Fair is marking its 127th years. The Stevens County Agricultural Society invited many fair supporters to an appreciation supper on Tuesday, July 18, at the 4-H food-stand. The fair board used this occasion to go over the events planned for the August 2000 Stevens County Fair celebration.

Tony O'Keefe and "Tank" Bungarden have a fish story for you. And it's true. The two long-time fishing buddies have qualified for the United States Fishing Association's Team Walleye national tournament. In September, the two will travel to Devils Lake, N.D. to compete against 200 other teams from the USFA's 13 regions in the three day fishing tournament.

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

The Morris City Council voted unanimously to proceed with the design work and advertise for bids on a new downtown white way lighting system. But the council also agreed to meet with the Main Street Program's Design Committee to hear more about that group's recommendations. Three members of the Design Committee, Larry Hutchings, Linda Reeves, and Greg Garmer, spoke at the public hearing portion of Tuesday's regular council meting. They recommended that the city explore alternative lighting systems, as part of an effort to make the downtown more aesthetically pleasing.

Fr. Todd Schneider, the new associate pastor at Assumption Catholic Church, brings a varied background to his new post. He grew up on a dairy farm and is interested in the land and encouraging good stewardship of the land, had a brief career in law enforcement, and studied in Israel. Fr. Schneider was ordained June 1, at St. Mark's Cathedral in St. Cloud with most of his family present. His first Mass was at St. Paul's Parish, his home church in Sauk Center. He came to Morris July 5.

50 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of August 5, 1960

The Reverend Clifford M. Grindland, who comes to Morris from Webster, S. D., will be installed as pastor of First Lutheran Church on Sunday. The Reverend Mr. Grindland was born in 1922 on a farm near Bainville, Mont. He graduated from the Bainville High School in the spring of 1940 and graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead in 1948. Reverend Grindland graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in 1951. In 1949 he was married to Enid Ruth Jerde, of Britton, S.D., a graduate of Concordia college, Moorhead. They have three daughters, Ann, Lori, and Kay.

Miss Patricia Riley of Morris was one of 21 postulants who received habits and names in the Franciscan Order at solemn high Mass at Little Falls Sunday. Patricia, whose new name is Sister Mary Shawn, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Riley of Morris, and the granddaughter of Mrs. William Rile Sr. and of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brown of Chokio. She attended St. Mary's school and graduated from Morris High School with the class of 1959.

John Scharf of Morris has broken into the "big time" as an author. Scharf, who is employed in this area by the state conservation department in its wetlands acquisition program, has a lengthy article illustrated with pictures, in the August issue of "Outdoor Life," one of the best known and most popular of the nationally distributed outdoor magazines. Mr. Scharf's interesting article is on fishing for smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River.

90 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of August 6, 1920

For the benefit of the boys and girls who have enrolled in the Livestock Judging Contest, which is to be put on Friday, Sept. 17 at the County Fair, classes have been arranged in different parts of the county at which instructions will be given. Evening meetings will be held at the following places: R. W. Keeler, Stevens Township, Thursday; John Hanrahan, Moore Township, Saturday; Max Stevenson, Morris Township, Monday evening; and Frank Wartman, Donnelly Township, Tuesday. County Agent Nash will conduct the classes.

The Darnen Farmers' Club will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday evening, in District 12 schoolhouse. The State Champion Alberta Girls' Canning team will give a demonstration in cold pack canning. This will be especially interesting to the ladies and a large attendance is desired. On Friday afternoon the team will give a demonstration in cold pack canning at the home of B. Bahnsen in Horton Township. This is being put on under the auspices of the Horton Township Farmers' Club and all ladies of the community are cordially invited.

County Agent Nash is in receipt of a letter from F. L. French, Secretary, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, stating that the maximum wage for harvest hands in Minnesota should be $5 per day. While some of the men in many counties are asking $6 and $6.50 a day, it is not necessary to pay this as men are being sent out from employment agencies for $5 per day. This with room and board makes a big wage.