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90 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune

of March 11, 1921

Farmers will have electric lights. Anton Kling, A. Michels and M. Dripps, farmers living between Morris and Alberta had electric lights installed in their homes this week.

One of the outstanding results of the township elections which were held on Tuesday was the voting by Stevens Township of $15,000 road bonds. The proceeds of these bonds is to be used on the roads of the township in such a manner that every resident of the township will have a graded road from his home to town, the only exception being those along State Road No. 6, and these will be taken care of when that lateral is built. So far as known this is the first township in western Minnesota to take this advanced step in road building. The vote on the question was practically unanimous, being 55 to 7.

George Nystad had his left leg badly mashed and one bone in his right leg broken when the rope broke on the team while he was helping to move a house on the Kruize farm and a piece of timber came back striking him across the shins. Four horses were being used to help the tractor pull when the accident occurred. Nystad was unaccustomed to driving a team.

J. W. Brown of Donnelly, has bought a partnership in the Morris Bakery and is now associated in business with J. A. Linne. The partnership became effective on Tuesday of this week. Mr. Brown had been a general merchant in Donnelly for some years. The whole store will be reorganized and extensive plans for remodeling and new equipment are under way. Arthur Brown, son of J. W. Brown will act as clerk.

Mrs. Charles Morrow of Donnelly had her arm broken in two places and her daughter Loretta was badly bruised when they were thrown from a buggy in a runaway on Atlantic Avenue last Saturday afternoon. It is thought the colt Mrs. Morrow was driving became frightened when he struck the pavement north of town. The team ran the length of the business district, but Mrs. Morrow had the horses pretty well in hand until she tried to turn them off the pavement at 4th St. It was then that the buggy struck the curb and she and her daughter were thrown. The fact that the Agricultural school students were having a snake dance on their way to the station to meet their debating team did not serve to calm the colt any. The injured women were taken into the office of the Morris Sun and a physician was summoned. Later they were taken to their home in Donnelly. Frank Norman from the Agricultural school drove their team home for them.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune

Of March 10, 1961

Clarence Schuster and son Leo, who farm south of Alberta, recently purchased a nucleus herd of Charolaise cattle; the first of such breed to be brought into Stevens County it is reported. For the foundation stock of a Charolaise herd, the Schuster's purchased several top quality animals from the Brookings area in South Dakota.

Students from a dozen Stevens County schools will compete in the Morris high school auditorium today (Friday) for the county spelling championship and the right to represent the county in the state meet. Representing the Morris schools in the contest will be Kathy Gahlon and Kay Yarger from the public schools and Michael Fluegel and Rita Amberg from St. Mary's. Judges for the contest will be Mrs. Paul Dorweiler, Chokio; Mrs. Max Huntley, Hancock; and Mrs. Barry King, Morris. Mrs. Lyman Eidsvold of Morris will be the pronouncer.

Janice Kussatz, member of the Alberta senior class, was recently announced the winner of the annual 1961 "Good Citizen" honor for this year by the chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The "Good Citizen" winner is chosen on merits of leadership, dependability, service and patriotism. Janice is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Kussatz of Alberta.

The Rev. William Gausman, formally of the Morris community, has accepted the appointment as pastor of the First Methodist church in Florence, Colorado, and assumed his duties there on Feb. 1. The Rev. Gausman and his wife are both natives of the Morris area. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gausman of Pepperton township and she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Stephens, also of Pepperton.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun

March 4, 1986

Kelly McCann was delighted to oversee the drawing of the Cadillac winner in the First Anniversary-Grand Opening celebration of Kelly's Fine Foods in Morris. The drawing was performed by Kelly's daughter, who pulled out the name of Billy Fuchs. The keys were presented to Billy by Kelly McCann.

Fern B. Johnson, 89, formerly of Morris, died Wednesday, February 26 at Olivia Healthcare Center in Olivia. She had been a teacher at the West Central School of Agriculture until her retirement. She is survived by one son, Charles of Bird Island; two grandchildren and one sister, Ruth Hanks of Fargo, North Dakota.

Sandy Benson, 18, of Morris, has been chosen as a semifinalist in 'Teen Magazine's 1986 GREAT MODEL SEARCH, one of the nation's biggest annual hunts for new modeling talent. Her photo will appear in the April issue of 'Teen as one of the 16 semifinalists in her region. She now becomes eligible for selection later this year as a contest "super" semifinalist, the next step in winning the competition. She is the daughter of Myron and Doris Benson.

Temperatures during February averaged 10.0 degrees, 2.8 degrees below the mean. The high temperature for the month was 38 degrees on the 27th and the low was -20 degrees recorded on the 10th, 11th, and 12th. Snowfall for the month totaled 18.1 inches, 10.1 inches above the average. This was the most snow recorded in February since 18.7 inches in 1967 and also the 5th highest February total snowfall on record. Total snowfall for the 1985-86 winter season now stands at 61.3 inches, far above the average for this portion of the winter of 26.8 inches.

Funeral services for Sadie Petersdorf, 90, a resident of the Villa of St. Francis for the past 13 years, formerly of the Chokio area, will be held Thursday morning, March 6 at 10 a.m. at the Olson-Peterson Funeral Home, Morris. Sadie married Frank Petersdorf March 2, 1912 at Park Rapids. In 1935 the couple moved into Chokio where Mr. Petersdorf owned and operated a gravel hauling and trucking business. The couple moved into the Villa of St. Francis in 1972. Mr. Petersdorf died August 27, 1976. Mrs. Petersdorf has continued to reside at the Villa.

Anyone who's shopped lately at the former Jack & Jill grocery store in Morris has noticed the atmosphere isn't exactly routine. Major improvement projects, aimed at improving efficiency and service, have been underway. The projects signal new ownership of the store. No longer will the Jack & Jill name be used. Henceforth, the store will be known as "Larry's Warehouse Foods" effective Feb. 17th. Personnel throughout the store will be the same. The store will be managed by Dick Raasch, who has years of experience there, dating back to the Super Valu days. The new assistant manager is Ron Krusemark. The meat department is managed by Wayne Colrud with assistance from Kelvin Tschetter. The produce manager is Greg Buss. In the deli department, Bev Henrich holds the reins. Donna Knutson manages the bakery with assistance from Mary Doll.

Stevens County Commissioner Paul Larson was elected secretary-treasurer of the Association of Minnesota Counties at its annual meeting in January. With the one-year term, Larson also serves on the AMC insurance trust board which oversees the insurance pool for workmen's compensation insurance. Since 1961, Larson has served as District Director for AMC District IV, which includes Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Traverse, Wilkin, and Stevens Counties.

The price of regular gasoline at many stations in Morris dropped to 90.9 cents a gallon over the weekend. The drop reflects the worldwide decline in the price of crude oil.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune

March 13, 2001

After last Monday's meeting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners, Ambulance Administrator Randy Fischer stated a new addition is needed to provide extra garage space, extra training space, a crew quarters, and to store the body cooler recently purchased for the County Coroner. Fischer told Commissioners that with the move by the Service to Advanced Life Support-which includes the addition of paramedics-the service has more needs. The current crew quarters have had to be converted into office space for the paramedics who administer the Service's new medications. Fischer said the addition's inclusion of a new garage stall would allow the service to maintain an additional ambulance. The additional ambulance would be used for training purposes and also to fill in during emergencies when there would otherwise be a shortage of ambulances. Fischer told Commissioners that such emergency situations arise at least twice a year. While the County board has not formally approved the $180,000 expansion, it had indicated it will go ahead with the addition.

Jim and Amy Quackenbush, Chokio, received special recognition for their commitment to leadership and their community at the Agassiz leaders Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 24, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. They, along with individuals from eighteen other counties in northwestern Minnesota, were presented with a framed photograph for their involvement. Jim farms with his two brothers raising 1800 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat. They market 6,000 hogs from a 300-sow farrow to finish operation. Amy teaches third grade at the Hancock Public School. They have four children, John, Stacy, Ben, and Sara.

The Tiger gymnasts Section 6A meet was held on February 17 in Sartell where the Tigers placed fifth. The gymnasts who competed were Sam Jipson, Megan Kill, Amber Maloney, Karmen Riley, Amelia Pagel, Alyssa Goeller, Holly Varnum, Cassie Luetmer, Lydia Schlicht, Sarah Jipson, Amanda Varnum, Kristen Mitteness, Brenna Vick, Jackie Lembcke, Tonia Schmidt, Christine Grotjohn, Katie Larson, Crystal Henrichs. Assistant coaches Bonnie Bartell and Tami Ganske, spotter Stefan Grotjohn, and coach Trent Oberg also attended the Section 6a meet. The section meet also honored coach Trent Oberg as Section 6A Gymnastics Coach of the Year.