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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of April 7, 1921

L.D. Hammond has purchased the "Sugar Bowl" confectionery store from C.I. Dolva and took possession Sunday morning. Mr. Hammond was in Morris a long time as representative of the state engineer's office when the paving was being laid and was so impressed with Morris as a home and as a business location that he has never given up the idea of locating here permanently. The Sugar Bowl was a small affair when Mr. Dolva took over eight years ago and he has built it into one of the most thriving business places in the city. He recently made extensive improvements on the building and the store fixtures.

Work is progressing rapidly on the new filling station which is being put in at the corner of Atlantic and Fifth street by H.J. Quigley, he expects it to be open for business between the middle and end of next month, perhaps sooner with favorable weather. The station is to be erected of three shades of red bricks, blended into a harmonious structure that is expected to be exceptionally attractive. There will be two pumps for gasoline and one for kerosene. It will have many other improvements. A driveway is to be constructed diagonally across the corner and will be covered by a large canopy.

Mr. and Mrs. P.L. Spooner returned Sunday night from a six weeks' trip through the West Indies, the canal zone and Pacific coast. Leaving here Feb. 14, they joined a party made up by the Minneapolis and Milwaukee Athletic clubs. They went to New Orleans and after spending a few days sightseeing in this strange, old city they embarked on the United Fruit company's steamer Metapan for Havana. The party took over all the passenger accommodations of the steamer for the cruise, making it seem like a big yachting party and added much to the pleasure of the trip.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of March 28, 1961

Walt (You Gotta Have Strikes) Ross found the groove at the Lakeview Lanes last Wednesday night for a big 740 series in City League competition. It was a new high series in the league for the season and the highest series rolled in league competition locally in several years.

Truman Carlson, biology teacher in Morris high school the last four years, has been accepted for the summer institute for high school biology teachers at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. The institute is conducted under a National Science Foundation grant. Two years ago Mr. Carlson received a National Science Foundation grant through the University of Minnesota and attended the biological station at Lake Itasca. A very limited number of those who apply for these grants are accepted.

Harvey N. Lewis, airman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lewis, Morris, is serving aboard the anti-submarine warfare support aircraft carrier USS Essex operating out of Quonset Point, R.I.

Nine University of Minnesota, Morris students have been awarded scholarships at the UMM for the spring quarter. Bonnie Fjeld, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Fjeld, Morris, and Thomas Crippen, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Crippen, Morris, received awards covering tuition and fees, donated by the Kiwanis club of Morris. Other scholarship winners include James Bergman, Ortonville; Sharon Barsness, Starbuck; Howard M. Nielsen, Clinton; Robert Hardy, Fosston; Daniel L. Russell, Kensington; Elroy Podratz, Hoffman; and Patricia Dullum, Starbuck.

Mrs. Eunice Mitton was elected president of the Students club at its meeting on March 13 at the home of Mrs. W. J. Lee. Other officers named were Mrs. Peter Erdahl, vice-president; Mrs. Earl Dornquast, secretary; and Mrs. Fred Moerke, treasurer. The club voted to support the American Field Service program with a donation of $25. The club members also decided to sponsor the planting of five seedling evergreens at the school grounds on Arbor Day. The group was entertained by Kathy Hedberg with her rendition of the story of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", and by James Kieffer, who gave a humorous reading. After lunch served by Mrs. William Coombe and Mrs. Lee, a social hour was enjoyed.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of March 25, 1986

A renowned Broadway musical, "The Fantasticks", will be presented this spring by Morris High School. The all-school undertaking is under the leadership of Ron Geist, vocal music instructor for grades 7-12. The cast members of the musical will be played by Tammy Gumm, Rick Trelstad, Ben Klinger, Matt Hennen, Chad Litton, Jim Ahern, Nathan Evenson, Louise Latterell. The piano work will be supplied by Karla Voorhees and Helen Chae. Set and light crew are Pat Kieffer, Brian Lindstrom, Nayyar Khan, Rick Anderson and Mike Peterson. Geist wishes to thank teaching colleague Mark Torgerson for helping with posters and programs, with the use of computer graphics.

Shawn DuBois and Carla Riley, both of Morris, are participating in the University of Minnesota, Morris London Theatre Tour. The group of 21, composed of students, faculty, staff and area residents flew to London from Minneapolis on Thursday, March 20 and will return March 31. While in England the group will see six plays in London and a show at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and will tour Stratford-on-Avon and the National Theatre. UMM Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Tap Payne planned this tour in response to the excellent success of UMM's New York Theatre Tours, held in previous years. This is UMM's first London Theatre Tour.

Mike Hendrickson, once a star with the Morris High School mat team, has achieved similarly lofty status in collegiate ranks. Hendrickson capped a successful '85-86 season by earning All-American recognition. He thus realized a goal he shared with the MHS grapplers in a recent get-together at Holiday Cafe. Mike is the son of Alan and Dolora Hendrickson of Morris.

Rhonda Jones, commercial agent at Morris State Agency, has successfully completed the certified insurance counselors commercial casualty institute held in Minneapolis from Jan. 8-12. Rhonda has worked in the commercial department of Morris State Agency for the past four years, and has been in the insurance business for over ten years.

Anne Benham, a senior at Chokio-Alberta, has won the Minnesota State Championship in Records Management and will move on to national competition in April. The contest in which she took part March 13-15 was sponsored by the OEA, Office Education Association, the vocational organization for students preparing for office work. Anne is a student in the Model Office course taught by Joyce Lensing, who is also the advisor of the OEA group in C-A. A group of four students, Shelley Kussatz, Jenny Keeler, Karin Foley, and Anne Benham, won the right to enter state competition by placing in the top four in regional competition held at the Alexandria Vocational and Technical school in January.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune of March 22, 2001

The budget for the Morris Area School District may be all but impossible to determine until after the legislature finishes its work in St. Paul, but Morris Area Schools Superintendent Keith Redfield is hopeful the budget picture for next year will be very similar to that of this year. According to Redfield, the District, thanks to passage of the excess levy in November, is looking at maintaining the budgetary status quo for next year.

Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) Branch 10716, St. John's Lutheran Church of Donnelly, and Branch 2238 of Morris, have been awarded a Gold Star rating in recognition of community service. Donnelly's Branch 10716 is led by Ruth Moerke, chair; Helen Smith, treasurer; and Lou Eystad, recorder. This is their 4th Gold Star. The branch is supported by AAL representative Virgil Gerber, Ortonville. Morris Branch 2238 is led by Donna Severance, president; Cheryl Estensen, treasurer; LaVerne Swanson, recorder; and Pearl Diers, coordinator. The branch is supported by AAL representative Bob Schwendermann, Madison.

The C-A C-G Road Warriors made their presence felt in this year's state wrestling tournament. C-A C-G had two wrestlers in this elite event which is held at the new Xcel Center in St. Paul. Randy Backman, a senior wrapping up his successful career, earning his third state medal, faced the best of the two. Randy took fifth place in the 140-pound weight class. Randy was joined in state by Lee Rahrlien who will be back for more prep wrestling exploits in the future. The Road Warriors are coached by Loy Woelber.

The Morris Rifle Club, in the last match of the season, goes over the 2300 mark against the Glenwood team, 2314-2215. High score for the evening went to Steve Storck with a 391, followed very closely by Jane Harstad and Bud Anderson each sporting a 390. Dennis Sayre and Ron Bouressa came next with a 382. Gordon Harstad 379, Rick Strand 360, Mick Rose 357, and a new shooter, Gary Perowitz with a 267. Morris ended the season with an 11-1 record. Next up is the tournament in Wendell on April 1.