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15 Years Ago

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Sun of August 8, 1995

Morris Area School Superintendent Dennis Rettke has accepted an offer to become superintendent of the Mahtomedi school district effective Oct. 1. He plans to resign as Morris superintendent in mid-September. Rettke has been employed in the Morris Area School system for the past 12 years. He was hired as middle school principal in 1983. Rettke subsequently became the high school principal, and eight years ago, replaced Fred Switzer as superintendent.

Edna Mae Busch has just finished a book that recounts the unexplainable events that have happened to some of the area's residents over the years. "Ghosts and Other Unexplainable Things" tells their stories, along with traditional stories and those of other Minnesotans. Among the many things she does, Edna Mae is one of Stevens County's historians. A writer for decades, she has published over a half dozen books, including "The History of Donnelly" and "The History of Stevens County."

40 Years Ago

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Sun of August 11, 1970

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new $1.65 million residence hall will be held at the University of Minnesota, Morris Wednesday, Aug. 12. The residence hall will be constructed at the site of the old heating plant. The heating plant was razed last week. As tentatively planned, the residence hall will house 288 students in a complex of five 3-story brick and masonry buildings. Four of the units will each contain 18 2-bedroom apartments. There will be a kitchen and bathroom in each apartment. The fifth unit will be a central facilities building containing offices, meeting rooms and a laundry. The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking and a reception following the ceremony in Louie's Lower Level, Behmler Hall.

The board of directors of the Pomme de Terre Country Club has called a special meeting of the stockholders of the corporation to consider action taken by the board for the sale of the portion of the real estate owned by the corporation. The meeting will be held at the club on Monday evening, Aug. 17. The stockholders will be asked to approve a resolution unanimously adopted by the board authorizing the president and secretary of the club to sell to Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Burchill of Brainerd the clubhouse, parking lot, and an area north of the clubhouse for future parking, for the sum of $42,000. The present clubhouse was erected in 1957.

The fashions of the 70s were introduced and shown to 4-Hers, parents and friends as 67 4-H clothing members modeled their garments in the 1970 Dress Revue last Thursday evening, at the Morris junior high school auditorium. The special honors for the evening were won by Eileen Larson, Swan Lake, and Peg Gramm, Hodges. There were selected to represent Stevens County in the State Dress Revue at the State Fair on Aug. 30. Bev Hector, Rendsville, was named alternate.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of August 16, 1935

From 35 to 50 cases of encephomyelitis or sleeping sickness of horses have been reported on the farms of Stevens County. The animals that have this contagious disease have paralysis of motion. There are also two cases of hog cholera, one in Donnelly Township and one in Morris Township, and several cases near Chokio have been reported in the county.

With the plan of dams in the Pomme de Terre River in Stevens County submitted to the Works Progress Administration at Washington, extensive work under way in remodeling for the new district office in Morris and a district meeting held here to consider projects, great headway has been made in the last week shaping the new WPA program of the in this area.

The barbers of Stevens County will sponsor a community picnic at Perkin's Resort at Pomme de Terre Lake on Sunday. Coffee and cream will be served free to those bringing picnic dinners. This is the first barbers' picnic for the entire public. About 25 years ago several small picnics were held by the barbers, but the picnic on Sunday is the first to be held for the entire community.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of August 18, 1910

A silo is being put up at the State Agricultural School here and it will be filled the first of next week. Those who are interested in silos should make it a point to go out there during the time the filling takes place, and if there are any questions which anyone would like to ask, the members of the faculty will be pleased to answer them. In order to get the most good from the agricultural school here it will be necessary for the farmers in this vicinity to watch closely what is being done there.

J. B. Eystad unloaded his new J. I. Case threshing rig from the train cars here at Morris on Tuesday of this week and started at once with it for his place near Alberta. Mr. Eystad has been waiting for this rig for a couple of weeks past, and was getting pretty nervous because it was so slow in coming. However, he is the local agent for the J. I. Case Company, and knows that they are so rushed with orders that a little delay was to be expected. As he took it through town a large number of people took occasion to admire it for it certainly is a handsome rig and one which will no doubt give good service.

In order to create a little interest in the State Agricultural School here, and to inform the farmers as well as possible of the aims of the new school, Supt. Higbie has arranged for a series of 15 or 20 schoolhouse meetings in various parts of the county during the month of September. The first meeting will be held at the Woltrestorf schoolhouse in the township of Pepperton, on Thursday evening. Everyone interested in the school and in advanced agriculture should make it a point to be present and to induce their neighbors to come.