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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, February 22, 2001

The Morris Area High School Mock Trial Team has moved to the second round of competition, to be held starting March 1. The competition involves students acting not only as lawyers, but also as witnesses who must be questioned (and cross-examined by the opposing team) based upon a predetermined set of facts known and opinions held by that witness. The team consists of Freshmen-Tim Dudding, Mitch Grussing, and Mike Strand; Sophomores-Jon Anderson and Joe Glasrud; Junior-Eric Nelson; and Seniors-Chad Lorenz, Jim Morrison, Lindsey Strobel, and Colin Wasmund. Teacher-coach is Amy Dougherty and attorney-coach is Charles Glasrud.

Friends of the Morris Wetland Management District will host a day of fun for the family on February 24 at the Wetland office. Bring your skis, snow boots, or hiking boots. The District office will be open to explore the displays. Refreshments will be served. Officers of the organization are President Kate Livingston, Vice-President Stan Musielewicz, Secretary Dale Livingston, and Treasurer Ron Rosen. The board of Directors consist of the above mentioned officers, Scott Larson, and Steve Delehanty (ex officio).

25 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of February 20, 1986

Kristin Harris, daughter of Elizabeth and Allan Harris, and Stephanie Carr, daughter of Judi and Loren Carr, were recognized by the National Guild of Piano Teachers for each presenting national level programs of 10 or more memorized piano pieces for five consecutive years at NGPT auditions. The girls are students of Kay Carlson.

Clients at the Stevens County Developmental Achievement Center were treated to a special visit from Sons of Norway members last week. Lodge members served cupcakes as a means of celebrating Valentine's Day. They also received a tour of the Center. The Morris Sons of Norway Lodge is No. 590.

The recent annual "Sweetheart Party" of the Morris Volunteer Fire Department had an extra added feature: recognition of three retirees. The retirees were Mel Wohlers, Pete Cain, and Rit Eul, who is being succeeded as Fire Chief by Gilbert Schmidgall.

50 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of March 3, 1961

In a talk before a well-attended meeting of the Donnelly Parents and Teachers Association Monday evening, Superintendent Oscar Miller of Morris outlined some of the major plans that have been made for the Donnelly school for next year. The Donnelly school district and all rural school districts adjoining it became a part of Morris Independent District 769 in the consolidation proceedings last fall, and the school at Donnelly will be administered by the Morris board of education and its administrative staff.

The annual Morris junior high school's Science and Math Fair was held in the high school auditorium on Feb. 23. An excellent array of more than 150 entries highlighted the fair. The blue ribbon winners were Bob Rose, Roy Lucken, Rodney Brandt, Margie Barz, Shirley Wirtjes, Sherilyn Jacobson, Ilene Spohr, Pamela Alm, Robert Hemming, Michael Holland, Mary Hogander, Earl Hall, and James Smith.

Mrs. Russell Brown of Morris won the $200 Wampum jackpot Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Brown received the 200 Wampum bucks from Mrs. Walter Peterson of the West Side Grocery. Mrs. Brown was at the West Side Grocery, a Wampum firm, when her name was called at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and thus qualified for the prize.

90 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of March 4, 1921

Allen W. Edson arrived on Monday to take up his duties as county agent. He was elected on Monday morning at a special meeting of the Farm Bureau Board called by C. F. Kirk, the president, to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of C. W. Nash. Edson graduated from the University of Minnesota and has been managing a 400-acre farm for the Crane Lumber Company of Austin, Minnesota.

The Great Northern railroad has given the city of Morris five carloads of cinders to use for the paths of the parks on Seventh Street and Park Avenue. The first carload came on Tuesday of this week. It is expected that the park on Seventh Street will be planted this spring. It is planned to surround it with shrubbery and have hardy plants on the inside. The shrubbery will be replaced on Park Avenue, and the ladies of the West Side expect to put in a canna bed there. Cinders will be much better than gravel to keep down the vegetation according to Frank Haight, city manager.

The State Board of Control has announced the reappointment of the following Child Welfare Board for Stevens County for the year 1921: C. C. Erstad, Donnelly; Mrs. A. F. McKellar, Hancock; Miss Nellie Moran, Morris; Ray S. Roberts, County Superintendent of Schools, Morris; and Daniel W. Lawler, County Commissioner, Morris. Minnesota now has some sixty child welfare boards.