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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of April 21, 1921

Two men from the Glacier Park Trail association will be in Morris Friday evening to meet with the Commercial club and other local men interested in the development of the trail. The program for the organization has been carried out to the extent of assuring financial support for a five-year period. This will provide a trail from St. Louis through Missouri through Iowa and southern Minnesota to Minneapolis and out of there as far as Willmar. One of the first achievements will be to blaze the trail with signs from St. Louis as far west as North Dakota and probably all the way to Glacier National Park.

Arthur G. Carlson, member of the firm of Nugent & Carlson, was terribly burned and narrowly escaped death at Hancock Tuesday, when an electric current of 6,600 volts passed through his body. One of his feet touched a conductor of some kind that proved a ground so the current passed up one leg and down the other. The burns came at the points of contact and these were the heels of his feet, believed to be due to the nails in his shoes. One heel has a hole about the size of a dollar burned to the bone. The other heel is charred and seared. He is still in bed today and his heels are terribly sore and painful.

About 125 attended the business meeting held at the Morris Masonic Corporation at the Masonic Hall Tuesday night when the corporation gave full reports of its first year of operation. All reports were highly satisfactory. After the business meeting an enjoyable party was held for the Masons and their families.

Harold McDonald, a mechanic who has been working at the C.A. Hollister garage, narrowly escaped losing the sight of both eyes during an explosion Monday. Mr. McDonald was soldering a leak in a gas tank, which he had emptied of gas, when the explosion occurred. He was taken to Dr. Leuty's office for medical attention and later to the A. Hellie farm, home to Mrs. McDonald's parents. It is believed the explosion came from the gas of evaporated gasoline that remained in the tank after the liquid was emptied.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 11, 1961

H.J. Kerneghan and Mrs. Alice Weickert of the Morris public schools faculty will attend the MEA State Delagate Assembly meeting at Rochester on Thursday and Friday. Mr. Kerneghan is representative from this area to the Assembly. Mrs. Weickert will attend in her capacity as chairman of the state International Relations committee of the MEA.

The anti-Communist film, "Operation Abolition", heralded in advance notices as a 'controversial' picture, proved to be just that when it was shown in Edson Hall auditorium on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus Sunday afternoon. An estimated crowd of about 350 persons attended the showing of the film. Following the showing there was a discussion period, conducted by Dr. S.F. Ceplecha of Redwood Falls, that was lively, and at times sharp and temper-rousing. The effect that the film and the discussions and arguments had on those in attendance was of the lasting type too, for they continued to be the subject of conversation in the area Monday. The film, which deals with the student riots that took place during the hearings in San Francisco a year ago by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, was shown here under the sponsorship of the Young Republican League of Stevens County and the College Republican Federation at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Mr. George Briggs, who comes to Morris from Sauk Rapids, and Mr. Glen Johnson, who comes to this city from Mankato, are new owners of John Deere implement firm formerly owned by Lewis Tintera and have now taken over active management of the business. The firm will operate in the future under the name, Morris Implement Co.

Minnesota Highway department employees in maintenance district No. 8 and in construction district No. 4 will be presented with department and National Safety Council "safe driving" awards at the annual safety meeting in Morris this Thursday. This is the 30th year motor vehicle safety awards have been presented to highway department employees. Of the men receiving awards, 31 have driven that entire period without an accident. Two of these 31 men in the state are Morris men. They are Edmund G. Dablow and Edwin A. Severson.

Vern Fuecker announced yesterday that he plans the construction of a new gasoline station in Morris, and said it will be completed about June 1. The station will be located just south of Vern's Drive-In, on Highway 9 southeast of Morris.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 7, 1986

The Morris-Donnelly school system will be retiring seven of its teachers this year. Of the seven, Jean Peterson has the deepest roots in the school system. She's been a true stalwart on the local faculty for close to four decades. With the exception of one school year, when she pursued a graduate degree, she's been on the faculty continuously since 1947.

John Twenge, president of the Senior Citizens Club, had the pleasure of accepting a check on behalf of the Club recently. The Morris Sons of Norway Lodge (Norskfodt Lodge 590), represented by president Marilyn Syverson and treasurer Melvin Gudahl, presented a check for $300 to the Senior Citizens Building Fund.

Fifteen aviation students at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks completed their first solo flight. Five students earned their commercial/instrumental license, including Curtis Stahn of Donnelly.

The Stevens County Genealogical Society met Tuesday at the Morris High School with President Dennis Warnes presiding over the meeting. The program was presented by Harvey and Flossie Mathison. Harvey told of why and how his dad and other family members came to America. Also he gave highlights of their recent trip to Norway to visit their relatives. The relatives in Norway had worked up a family history. It was a very interesting and informative program.

"Star Daddy", a two-year old quarter horse stallion owned by Ray Storck of Morris, placed second at the North Dakota Winter Shows at Valley City. Star Daddy's sire is a national champion, "Beau's My Daddy", and his mother is "Two-eyed Julie", a daughter of national champion "Two-eyed Jack". "Star Daddy" was trained and shown by Kevin Manney of Morris.

Rhonda R. Cline of Morris has been named to the Dean's List for the winter quarter at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

More than 1,000 North Dakota State University students earned places on the Winter Quarter Dean's List announced by the deans in the seven academic colleges. Those qualifying from this area were Thomas Kindschi of Morris, Deron Erickson of Chokio, Stephanie Evenstad and Mary Jones of Herman, Joyce Amundson and Nathan Derby of Norcross, Paul Mattson, Jacqueline Rossow and Steve Wahl of Hoffman. Patrick Langan of Danvers, and Lori Andrews and Jon Stotesbery of Graceville.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune of April 3, 2001

Morris was singled out as one of the top ten cities in Minnesota with fastest shrinking cities with populations over 2,500. "Where did we lose almost 600 people?" Morris City Manager Ed Larson asked. "New housing construction is up, we've seen more businesses come into town and seen industry expand." "It's important that we do not drop below that 5,000 mark," Larson said. "That's the cut off for state aid road money." If Morris were to drop below 5,000, its state aid money for roads would have to be appropriated by Stevens County. A number of factors could have contributed to the decline, such as UMM enrollment being down or that some people have moved just outside the city limits. For example, Morris Township, which surrounds the northern half of the city, saw an increase in population of 108 residents.

Last week, Bill Stewart and Doug Rasmusson and other longtime Stevens County residents gathered to reminisce, recount bits of local history, and share stories. Rasmusson, a retired Stevens County farmer, tells a story about two American Indians who were buried on his place a hundred years ago. The story became part of local lore, exemplifying one element of the region's cultural heritage. Another element of local culture emerged in a story from Stewart, retired director of the minority students program at UMM. In 1973, Stewart, who is African American, arrived in Morris, driving an overloaded moving truck. "We stopped at the cafe for something to eat, and the cops saw us. They followed me all the way to my house and watched us unload the truck. I said to myself, "Lord have mercy!" Reminiscence Night, sponsored by the Prairie Renaissance Program, was part of a project to understand and promote local culture.

MAHS Knowledge Bowlers placed 4th in sub-region competition at Fergus Falls. The Morris team one is: Seniors Jim Morrison (captain) and Gabe White. Juniors Chris Nordquist, Dustin Lundebrek, and David Hamrum. Team one finished only three points out of first place in the AA division. Also competing at the sub-regions was the younger Morris team two. That team consists of sophomores Andy Korth, John Sungur, Matt Hauger, Tony White, and Joe Glasrud. Morris team two finished in a very respectable 13th place. "This was the most competitive Knowledge Bowl meet of the season, and our students performed very well," said coach Jim Barbour.

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.