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15 Years Ago

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Sun of December 26, 1995

The Morris Area School Board has hired Les Norman to be the new superintendent of School District #769. Norman currently is superintendent of the Park Rapids Area School. He will begin his duties in Morris on Feb. 5. Norman was one of over 40 candidates who applied for the position, and was one of six actually interviewed. The 1996 Morris Area School Board includes Dick Felstul, Gail Nelson, interim superintendent Rex Hein, Doug Wulf, Roger McCannon, Doug Schmidgall, Chuck Spohr, and Lowell Rohloff.

The Morris Lions Club has made its annual holiday-time donation of popcorn to the Villa of St. Francis. The Morris Lions donated 200 pounds of popcorn this year. Club members present for the donation were Jerry Freese, Bill Dripps, Dave Holman, Frank Lembcke, Dr. C.F. "Kett" Ketterling, E. L. "Ted" Dosdall, and Alan Hendrickson.

Carl C. Johnson, prominent Morris businessman and pilot, died on Saturday, Dec. 23, as the result of injuries suffered in a single-engine plan crash. His friend and flying companion, Jerry Mumm, of Hancock, also died in the accident. Johnson was 68. Johnson, a retired pharmacist, and his business partner, Ed Morrison, recently purchased the Sunwood Inn in Morris, changed its name to the Prairie Inn, and have been in the process of refurbishing the 25 year old motel for the past couple of months.

40 Years Ago

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Sun of December 29, 1970

Burlington Northern Railroad has filed a petition for a hearing on the closing of its railroad depot in Hancock, and, also, to terminate less than carload freight service in or out of the village. The hearing has been called for Jan. 28 in the BN depot in Hancock. All interested parties will be given an opportunity to speak on the proposal at that time.

A former Morris high school athlete, Barry Erdahl, is a member of the varsity wrestling squad at North Dakota State University at Fargo. Barry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Erdahl.

Notice: Otter Tail Power Company is now in its new offices at 23 East 6th Street. They have moved from their temporary quarters at the Merchants Hotel.

Be 'Where The Action Is' this New Year's Eve. Make reservations now! We will be featuring a famous all girl combo, noisemakers, and hats. Enjoy dining at western Minnesota's newest and most modern supper club! The Four Seasons, Highway 9 South, Morris.

75 Years Ago

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Sun of January 3, 1936

A crew of WPA workmen started Thursday morning of this week on the Pomme de Terre River dam just east of Morris. The actual digging by a crew of 27 men for the foundation of this dam this week marks the initial beginning of water control plans for Stevens County that have been agitated with increasing effort for between two and three years.

S. C. Martensen of Montevideo was named county agent for Stevens County Thursday afternoon to succeed F. A. Douglass who has resigned. Mr. Martensen will be one of the speakers at the annual meeting of the Stevens County Farm Bureau on Friday of this week. Mr. Martensen has served as emergency agent of Chippewa County. Mr. Douglass came to Stevens County as its agricultural agent in February, 1930.

The Lampert Lumber Company was awarded the contract for tile for the new sewer in University Place. The action was taken by the city commission at a special meeting last Friday. A total of 4,500 feed of 8-inch tile will be used for the new sewer which will connect with the sewer at the West Central School. The price of the tile was 29 1/2 cents per foot. The labor of installing the new sewer will be provided through a WPA project and the city will furnish the tile.

100 Years Ago

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Sun of January 12, 1911

The Firemen's dance given on Monday night of this week was a howling success both socially and financially, and everyone present went away feeling that the fire lads know how to get out the crowd and give them a good time when they attend their dances. The members of the department wish to express their appreciation of the good will shown by everyone.

The ladies of the Methodist Episcopal Church will give a social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Frick on Friday evening of this week. Everybody is invited and conveyances for the convenience of those who wish to attend will leave the homes of Henry Dosdall and J. H. Beiter at 7:30 o'clock.

Misses Edith and Frances Strandberg of the Township of Swan Lake are attending the high school in this city, the former making her home with Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Lee and the latter with Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hudson.