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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of April 14, 1921

A cyclonic windstorm struck the Louis Fuchs farm three miles west yesterday afternoon, a hog barn about 14 x 26 feet in size was literally blown to pieces. A smoke house and other small buildings as well as farm machinery were blown about with terrific force. This was said to have been one of the worst wind storms that has visited this section in recent years.

Improvements are being made in the new East Side Park as fast as the weather will allow the work to be done. Last week cinders were laid along all the walks of the new park. Grass seed was ordered last Thursday night for seeding the land that was prepared last fall and it is expected that the large number of trees and shrubs recently ordered will be set out before the end of this month.

The crew working on the new filling station being erected by H. J. Quigley at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Fifth Street began the pouring of cement Monday morning.

Elaborate plans are being made for the play to be given at the Orpheum Theater Friday and Saturday nights of next week by members of the senior class of the high school. Cast members are: John Garberick, James Cosgrove, Lawrence Morrison, Raymond Le Sage, William Ringness, Estelle Watzke, Eva Hays, Mildred Leuty, Marian Larson, Bernice Richardson, and Kathryn Sirr.

Several blocks of curb and gutter and a long stretch of new sidewalks are authorized in a resolution adopted at a meeting of the city commission on Wednesday night of last week. It calls for curb and gutter along the whole length of Fourth Street East and all sidewalks, curbs and along Colorado Avenue from Second Street to Seventh Street except by the side of University Place. Thirty-two hundred feet of sidewalk are ordered for West Eleventh Street, 860 feet for West Eighth Street and 140 feet of sidewalk and 280 feet of curb and gutter for California Avenue. This work is to be started as soon as the weather will permit and it is the purpose of the city commission to rush it to completion as rapidly as possible.

Stucco is being put on the recently enlarged undertaking rooms of H. C. Olson on East Fifth Street and the whole exterior of the building, as well as the interior, is being improved.

The new sprinkler-sweeper recently ordered by the city was assembled Friday and given a thorough test on Saturday. City officials who eagerly watched the first work of the sweeper declared they were especially well pleased with it because the sprinkling kept it from raising any dust while the large rotary broom swept the paving clean.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 1, 1961

(Editors note: This is the follow-up story to last week's picture of the Morris State Bank, currently known a Bremer Bank). One of the most outstanding of the building beautification projects in downtown Morris is the recently completed remodeling work on the exterior of the Morris State Bank. The new exterior styling is unique in this area and has been the subject of complimentary comments with its striking new porcelain steel panels installed in a louvered effect that is attractive and eye-catching. It is one of the very first instances of this modern building treatments in the entire area. Cold Spring granite and Tennessee crab orchard stone have also been used on the exterior and blend attractively with the porcelain steel panels for an overall effect that "dresses up" not only the bank building alone but Morris' main business avenue as well. The remodeling of the exterior of the bank building is the first step in a major improvement program at the bank that will also include the complete remodeling and enlargement of the interior of the structure. The interior work is expected to get under way this spring, with the width of the bank to be expanded from 30 feet to 50 feet.

Floyd Elias, senior high school principal, announced that William Wieland, Morris high school junior, was selected last week to be the Morris delegate to the 13th annual American Legion Boy's State, June 11-17, on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Robert Peterson was named as Boy's State alternate. William is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Wieland of this city. Robert is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Peterson. Don Madsen, commander of Walter Tripp Post American Legion, said the Boy's State candidates are chosen for their outstanding qualifications.

An income tax withholding system to start next Jan. 1 for Minnesota income tax payers was approved by the state legislature last week and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Elmer L. Anderson this week. This means your employer will begin withholding state income tax from your paycheck Jan. 1, 1962.

Another in the popular series of minstrel shows that the Morris Lions club has been presenting for more than 15 years will be given in the high school auditorium Friday and Saturday evenings, April 7 and 8. "Dem Dixie Daze" is the title of this year's Southland show. The sweet-singing 35-voice chorus consisting of Lions and a number of non-Lion volunteers, will be under the direction of Professor Ralph Williams of the music department of the University of Minnesota, Morris. There will be specialty music by a number of guest entertainers-Vernice Bakke, Lloyd Einarson, Ted Long on the banjo and Carlton Lee of Cokato, pianist, and others. Mrs. J.M. Killoran will accompany the chorus on the organ.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 1, 1986

Willie Martin of Willie's Friendly Red Owl brought his lively personality to the Morris Senior Citizen's Center recently. Willie drew the names of the two lucky winners in the beef raffle. Kenny Olson won the hind-quarter of beef and Shirley Tullos won the front quarter. The beef was donated by Willie for the building drive, and he received a big thank-you. Willie was assisted in the drawing by Carol Voorhees.

An education career spanning thirty years will come to an end soon for Russ Wolff, elementary physical education teacher. The 1985-86 school year is Wolff's nineteenth in the Morris-Donnelly school system. His first year here was the last one in which "split shifts"-that novel device for accommodating excessive student numbers-were employed. The opening of the new high school relieved the pressure of burgeoning numbers. Oscar Miller was the superintendent, and the late Olga Strand the elementary principal, when Wolff came on board.

Roger and Arlene Duncan of rural Hancock were cited as Stevens County's Outstanding Farm Family of the Year at the University of Minnesota banquet and ceremony held March 12 in St. Paul. The award recognized the family's contributions to productive agriculture and their leadership in agricultural and civic organizations. The recipients, selected under the direction of county extension directors, are honored by the University's College of Agriculture, Minnesota Extension Service, and Agricultural Experiment Station.

Garrett and Camilla Dalhoff, a couple from Morris, are currently in the process of fundraising and planning for their trip to Nepal this summer as volunteers/lay missioners. The Dalhoff's have been in contact with a friend of theirs, Father Adam Gudalesfsky, M.M., for over a year and a half, and he is assisting them in the coordination of their voluntary mission placements. During Garrett and Camilla's stay in Nepal, they will have an opportunity to assist an Indian couple in their work with local mentally handicapped youth, serve alongside Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity in their work with the destitute and dying, and volunteer at an orphanage run by a Lutheran missioner in Pokhara, Nepal.

The Stevens County Pheasants Forever Board has decided to honor the late Ernest Strubbe for his dedication to wildlife and conservation by giving a yearly award to a person in the county who has made significant contributions to pheasant restoration. The first-ever winner of this special award was presented to John Scharf, DNR Area Wildlife Manager, by the chapter president Scott Larson.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune of March 29, 2001

Richard Varnum has joined McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Eugene, Ore., as director of Compliance and Privacy. He was formerly with Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. for five years and Sun Health System in Sun City, Ariz. Rick has more than 25 years experience in the health care industry. He is the son of Ken and Marilyn Varnum of Morris.

The City of Morris may consider some extra taxation measures in order to raise funds for road and storm sewer projects. At Tuesday's meeting of the Morris City Council, the Council discussed its options in securing funding for its Industrial Park street project and the reconstruction of Columbia Avenue. According to City Manager Ed Larson, both projects would utilize state aid dollars; however, there may not be enough state aid dollars available for both projects.

Minnesota State University Moorhead student Sarah Beauregard has been selected to receive the $750 Upperclass Scholarship for the coming academic year. Sarah is the daughter of James and Jill Beauregard and a graduate of Morris Area High School.

The DENCO debate has largely been argued in public meetings that have drawn the most vocal of supporters and opponents of the ethanol plant. What does the average Morris resident think, though? Is the odor that is sometimes generated by the plant a problem? Is the economic impact of the plant an adequate trade for the discomfort it can sometimes cause? So far, no data on the overall feeling of the community about the plant is available to help policy makers in their deliberations. UMM Professor Greg Thorson and his American Government and Politics course hope to change that, members of Thorson's class will be calling Morris residents to ask them their feelings about DENCO.

Staci Pieske of Morris is student teaching this spring semester through the Department of Professional Education at Bemidji State University. Pieske is a senior majoring in elementary education. She is teaching at Red Lake Falls Elementary School.

Diane Anspach, representing the Bremer Foundation, presented Janet Werk, coordinator of the Stevens County Family Services and Children's Mental Health Collaborative with a $16,000 grant. The grant will be used to provide an overall evaluation of the collaborative and to support future planning sessions.

Norm Nytroe of Starbuck Locker Service was honored for his entry in the 2001 Tri-State Association Meat Processors Convention. Nytroe received the reserve grand champion award for his dried beef, deli tray, and boneless ham. He also received the reserve champion for prepared food items for his marinated prime rib.