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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of January 25, 2001

At Tuesday's meeting of the Morris City Council, Randy Willis was pointed the City's interim Chief of Police. Willis will assume the responsibility for the operations of the Department on Feb. 1, following the retirement of current Police Chief Curt Wiese. Willis will remain interim chief until a permanent chief of police can be found.

Retiring Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Doug Ehlers was recognized at the annual Christmas party held Dec. 6. A resident of rural Morris, Ehlers was presented with a plaque honoring him for his seven years of dedicated service helping protect the land and water for Stevens County residents. Dave Jungst presented the plaque.

Receiving the "My Boss is a Patriot" award from the Minnesota Army National Guard is Neil Schmidgall of Superior Industries. Schmidgall is the Supervisor of Corporal James Quisberg of Battery C (-) 1-151 FA of Morris. The "My Boss is a Patriot" award is given to outstanding employers with employees in the Army National Guard.

25 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of January 23, 1986

Members of the local National Guard unit are among some 800 Guard members from Minnesota who have been called to keep peace at the Hormel Plant in Austin by Governor Rudy Perpich on Monday. Company A, 1st Battalion, 136th Infantry, the Morris-Benson Guard unit, was activated Tuesday.

The 16th annual Winter Crops and Soils Day at the West Central Experiment Station, Morris, was held Jan. 16 in Edson Hall Auditorium on the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus. Over 350 visitors were in attendance to hear reports on some of the more recent developments in crops and soils research. Dr. Dennis Warnes, Agronomist at the West Central Experiment Station, started off the morning program.

Again this year the Morris Lions Club is actively involved in the Lions International Youth Exchange Program. Last summer, Darla Holman of Morris spent six weeks in Sweden as a youth exchange participant. The Morris Lions Club invites high school juniors and seniors who may be interested in this opportunity, to contact Lions Club Secretary John Anderson.

50 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of February 3, 1961

The story of the certified seed industry, particularly as it applies to Minnesota, was told to members of the Lions Club at their dinner meeting Tuesday evening by Mervin Syverson of the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association, with the assistance of Roy Thompson of the West Central School and Station staff.

The annual Appreciation Banquet for members of Charles Leuthard Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars and their ladies will be held Tuesday evening, Feb. 7, in the basement dining hall in the Memorial Armory. The banquet will celebrate the completion of the successful 1961 membership drive, a campaign during which the post signed up 352 members, 10 percent over its mark of last year, and the highest membership the post has ever had.

The 34th annual Sheep and Lamb Feeders Day will be held at the University of Minnesota's West Central School and Experiment Station at Morris on Thursday, Feb. 9. Reports of the past year's feeding and management trials will lead off the day's activities with Dr. R. M. Jordan, professor of Animal Husbandry at the St. Paul campus of the University, and Professor Harley Hanke, animal husbandman at the West Central School and Station, presenting thee reports.

90 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of February 4, 1921

The County Commissioners in session last Friday opened bids for the construction of bridge No. 3433, in the village of Chokio, State road project No. 7. The bid of the Morris Construction Company for $5,885 was the lowest and the contract was award to them. The contract calls for completing of the bridge by May 31, 1921.

According to reports Morris is to have a third drug store. George Arneson of Montevideo has bought a log on Atlantic Avenue adjoining the Weum-Belverud store and will have work commenced on a one-story brick building as soon as the building season opens. Associated with Mr. Arneson in the new enterprise will be his brother, Charles.

County Commissioner D. H. Lawler of Morris was among the public officials who attended the banquet of the Wayzata Commercial Club on Jan. 24. Invitations had been extended to County, Village, City and Glacier Trail officials, from the Twin Cities to Herman. The purpose was to discuss the importance of the hard surface roads and urging an early construction of the Glacier Trail from the Twin Cities to Herman which includes the towns of Wayzata, Cokato, Litchfield, Willmar, Benson, Morris, and Herman.