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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, September 21, 2000

James F. P. Cotter, Professor of Geology at the University of Minnesota Morris, is one of ten recipients of the 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award is administered and funded through the National Science Foundation. With the award, President Clinton honor individuals and groups that have been leaders in encouraging minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to pursue careers in scientific, engineering, and technical fields. Awards were presented at ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

The National FFA Organization today announced Robby Rinkenberger of Morris has been selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in the Forage Production-Entrepreneurship/Placement area. Rinkenberger is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals to be held this October during FFA's national convention in Louisville, Ky.

25 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of September 19, 1985

Two candidates have filed for Morris city office. Steven (Skip) Sherstad has filed for re-election to the City Council and Leland Swanson has filed for Mayor. (Swanson is presently serving a four-year term on the Council.) The terms of Councilmember's Sherstad and Dwain Benson and Mayor Merlin Beyer expire this year.

The annual meeting of the Stevens County Farm Bureau will be held today (Thursday) at the Morris American Legion. The event will get underway with a free pancake supper for members and their families. Highlights of the meeting will be the electing of a vice-president and four Board of Director members. The terms of Dean Lofquist, Allan Parson, Aldean Luthi, and Anton Schaefer expire and each is eligible for re-election.

The Rev. Gordon E. Bock will be installed this Sunday, Sept. 22 as Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. Bock and family have recently returned from the Mission Field in Papua, New Guinea. His duties there were in the teaching and financial administration area. Pastor Bock is a native of Wheaton. He holds degrees from Macalester College of St. Paul, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Concordia Seminary of Springfield, IL.

50 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of September 30, 1960

A Series of three informational meetings on the proposal to consolidate 14 rural school districts and parts of two other districts in the Morris High School area with the Morris Independent District will be held next week. The meetings will precede the special election on Oct. 11 at which voters in the designated rural districts will ballot on the consolidation proposal. Members of the Morris board of education and Supt. Oscar Miller will attend the three meetings for the purpose of discussing various phases of the consolidation proposal.

Eight Stevens County 4-H Club livestock champions will compete at the 42nd annual Junior Livestock show in South St. Paul on Oct. 3 - 6. They are David Speer, Rendsville 4-H, Gary Diehl, Donnelly Ever-Ready, and Conrad Larson, Swan Lake, showing Angus steers, and John Dosdall, Hodges, showing a Hereford steer; Theodore Durkee and James Erickson, Swan Lake, will show market barrows; Harry Kruize, Rendsville, will show a market lamb, and Roland Retzlaff, Swan lake, is the market poultry award trip winner.

Well over 1,000 gallons of water per minute are being pumped out of Lake Crystal by the lake beautification project being carried on under the direction of a Chamber of Commerce committee. It is estimated the lake level has been lowered 4 to 5 inches by the pumping operations thus far, and it is believed it will take about a month to pump out the water that must be taken out before the job of cleaning stumps, logs, and debris from the lake bottom can be undertaken successfully.

90 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of October 1, 1920

Gate and grandstand receipts at the Stevens County Fair this year were approximately $2,800. This compares very favorably with last year's figure, $2437.94. The three days scheduled for the fair brought the very worst weather possible and the Fair Board decided that the only way to met expenses, and to keep the Association out of debt, was by holding over one more day. Sunday was sunny and the crowds which turned out to see the races in the afternoon boosted the receipts sufficiently to make up for the three preceding days. Pony races, free for all horse races, and auto races were staged.

A meeting of the Parent-Teachers' Association will be held at the high school on Monday evening. A program has been arranged as follows: Piano duet, Mrs. Al Giesen and Miss Margaret Ryan; address, "New England Sketches," Mrs. F. A. Hancock; vocal solo, "America the Beautiful," Mrs. El. J. Jones; trio, Mrs. L. D. Tripp, Mrs. P. Mm. Markley, and Mrs. J. C. Morrison; address by F. A. Stever.

While cranking a Ford on Tuesday, George Hogan sustained a fracture of the right arm between the wrist and elbow due to the backfiring of the engine The arm was set by Dr. Caine, and Mr. Hogan hopes to have the normal use of his arm again within a month or six weeks