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

The Morris Area School Board, on Tuesday, formally thanked outgoing Board members Karen Berget, Dick Felstul, Chuck Spohr, and Lowell Rohloff. The four have terms that expire on Dec. 31.

Judy Nord exhibited her tatting items for the annual bake sale and Scandinavian dinner put on by the local Sons of Norway on Dec. 9. The event was held at the First Lutheran Church.

Young farmers from across Minnesota competed in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) contests during the 82nd Annual Meeting held in Bloomington on Nov. 26-28. Mark Mattson represented Stevens County Farm Bureau in the Discussion Met contest. Mark and his wife, Lori, farm with her father near Hancock. Mark and Lori have two children.

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

The Daughters of Isabella met Nov. 13 for their regular business meeting and to celebrate their being a chapter for 50 years. Laura Smith, a charter member, was present to receive her 50 year pin. The other charter member was Nell Sullivan, was not able to attend. Two members who are over 90 years old were also honored, namely Laura Smith and Mary Diederick. The program was followed by ice cream and a decorated cake which was made by Ann Treinen.

A Pathfinders workshop will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Morris on Tuesday and Thursday morning beginning Tuesday, Jan. 7. Helping women who need to develop the skills and confidence to become economically independent is an important goal for the West Central Minnesota Displaced Homemakers Program. Staff members include Liz Schmidt, program advisor, Ann Kramer, program director, and Shirley Dunn, secretary.

Louise Latterell placed third in this year's "Voice of Democracy" competition, which is presented annually by the Morris VFW Post (Charles Leuthard Post 5039) and its Auxiliary. Louise, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Latterell, was honored with a check for $20. Presenting the check was Joe Tetrault, Voice of Democracy chairman for the Post. Also present at the presentation was Morris High School English teacher Dorwin Tschetter.

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

A black 1961 Chevrolet with white front doors was put into service yesterday by the Morris Police Department. The new patrol car is the first to be provided for the city under a lease recently executed with the Hemming Auto Company. The lease runs for a two-year period and it is anticipated that the police department will be provided with new cars three or four times during that period. The monthly lease fee is $120.

The 9-F Sportsmen's Club held its meeting Tuesday evening, Dec. 27 at the American Legion auditorium. The business was to elect two new directors for four year terms to fill the terms of Albert Podtburg and Leif Lie, which expired. Leif Lie was re-elected and Jerry Loher was elected from the board. Preliminary plans were discussed for the annual ice fishing contest. The date for this contest was set for Sunday, Jan. 22.

The race is on! Who will be the first baby born in the Stevens County Memorial Hospital in 1961? Whoever, the baby is, boy or girl, a shower of gifts being offered by Morris merchants awaits the lucky winner. The tenth annual "Baby Derby" will give away prizes valued at $60. Business firms cooperating in the baby derby are Messner Drug Co., Tony's Speed Wash, Forsberg's, Johnson Rexall Drug, Citizens Bank, Henle's, Service Cleaners and Furriers, Morris State Bank, Joyce's, Red Owl, Lindrud's Variety, and Kellenberger's Jewelry.

90 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of December 31, 1920

The Morris Fire Department will give their 44th annual ball at the armory next Friday evening, Jan. 7. Music will be furnished by Middleton's Orchestra, and a cordial invitation is extended to all. The Firemen's Annual Ball has come to be recognized as an occasion when the citizens of the community indicate their appreciation of their efficient fire-fighting company by liberal patronage. The Morris Fire Department is known as a "volunteer department." It is composed of 25 members, who pay $1.00 for the privilege of joining.

E. P. Baer has purchased the Peoples' Dairy from H. Steinmeier, and will take charge of his new business tomorrow. A large share of the milk sold will be produced from Mr. Baer's own herd. J. J. Baer will act as manager.

The winter term of the West Central School of Agriculture will begin on Monday morning, Jan. 3. Supt. Miller states that the enrollment promises to be approximately as great as the enrollment for the corresponding term of last year, which was 258. Due to uncertain financial conditions, there will undoubtedly be no increase in this number, although indications in the fall pointed to a probably 300 for the January term.