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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of April 28, 1921

A new main entrance to the agricultural school campus is being erected. There will be brick pillars at each side of the driveway and lower pillars at the sidewalk with a brick wall between the two pillars that form each side of the entrance. The work is being rushed to completion.

Morris gives pledges of $300 a year for highway and then starts fund to make city attractive to those who will use the new Glacier Trail- F. C. Thorson, president of the association, urged that cities along the Glacier Trail work steadily and rapidly for its development to prevent competing trails making greater inducements to tourists than could be offered on this one.

Members of the Civic League met last Saturday afternoon in the Commercial club rooms and at this meeting the women decided to distribute flowers and plants among the school children from the first to the sixth grades inclusive, to be used in window boxes in an effort to beautify the city. The Stevens County Fair Board will be asked to offer special prizes for the best window box.

That the Federal Land Banks are about ready to resume business, is contained in a long letter just received by Ernest E. Hall, secretary of the Morris National Farm Loan association, from E. G. Quamme, president of the Federal Land Bank of St. Paul. The letter says the banks will resume business slowly at first and increase its volume steadily as the financial conditions of the country improve. A bond drive was put on last week and it is expected this campaign will be followed by others until land banks are well supplied with funds through the sale of bonds.

Everyone is cordially invited to come to the May Basket Social to be given at the Alberta school Friday evening. There will be a good program in the auditorium. Then if the weather permits, games will be played on the lawn. Baskets will be sold and coffee and doughnuts will be served. Proceeds to go to the Senior class.

M. Mahoney returned Friday night from Chicago where he went to attend the Convention of the Friends of Irish Freedom. Mr. Mahoney was the only delegate from Stevens county to attend the convention. There were six delegates from Big Stone County, six from Swift County and 750 delegates from the State of Minnesota. A special train from Minneapolis took a large number of the delegates to Chicago.

Work is being rushed to the highest pitch on the two new oil stations every day the weather will permit. Monday both crews were working while it was raining. The new stations, both in the same block, appear to be progressing rapidly and many think that both will be completed before the time set by the oil companies.

F. A. Hancock expects to start laying the brick on the new armory building next week. The cement is now being poured for the foundation.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 11, 1961

Mr. Myron Schultz and Mr. Don Poppe were involved in a business transaction last week in which Mr. Poppe became the new owner of the Standard Service station in Morris. He had been employed at the station for 3 1/2 years by Mr. Schultz, who owned and operated the business for 14 years before selling it last week.

Old-man winter hasn't given up yet! He dealt this area and all parts of the country a severe lashing of rain, snow, and wind over the weekend. The mid-April un-springlike blizzard has brought this area much needed moisture. Nearly 5 inches of snow, most of it coming on Friday when a total of 3.6 inches was measured, was recorded locally the past weekend, according to Roy Thompson, weather observer at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Rain started the day out with a total of 23 inches before it turned to snow late in the afternoon. The temperature ranged from 40 degrees on Friday to 18 degrees on Saturday when it hit its lowest mark.

Funds for the continued operation of the University of Minnesota, Morris are provided in the omnibus education appropriation bills approved late Saturday evening in both the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives. Support for the University program at Morris was expressed by several senators like Senator C. J. Benson, Ortonville liberal, who pointed out that approximately one-third of the present class at UMM would not have been able to go to college at all unless the university had moved forward at Morris. He stated that more than 150 young people have already made formal application for enrollment next year and, on behalf of the young people of west central Minnesota, called for support for the UMM.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schmidt and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Waletzko of Morris plan to attend the International Flying Farmers' meeting at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on April 22 and 23. Flyers will discuss problems common to all private aviation with special emphasis on border crossing regulations.

Word has been received from the New York office of American Field Service that Cheryl Ann Swanson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cy Swanson, has been selected to represent the Morris Chapter of AFS, as well as our country, abroad for the school year of 1961-62. Miss Swanson becomes the first student to go from Morris on the school year plan. Cheryl was screened over seven students here in Morris and over 1,500 nationally. She will be abroad "The Seven Seas" leaving from Montreal June 9. Her final destination will be Rotterdam, Netherlands where she will be received by her host family, Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Wakkie and their three children.

The J.C. Penney Co. store in Glenwood will cease operations in Glenwood July 29 after being in business here continuously since 1930. Declining sales over the past few years as the reason for the Penney company's decision to close the store.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 15, 1986

Twenty-seven members of the Morris and Chokio Fire Department recently completed a 72-hour firefighting course offered through Willmar AVTI. Members include Doug Storck, Jerry Lesmeister, Jim Lesmeister, Scott Boettcher, Lloyd Heintzelman, Mike Moser, Oscar Brandt, Randy Thymian, Joe Lembcke, Rick Swenson, Randy Boe, Smokey Van Kempen, Royal Steuck, Ken Lesmeister, Dennis Picht, Rob Eul, Randy Fischer, Bob Griffith, Jack Kiser, Gary Michaelson, Darell Mohr, Ron Sharstrom, Kevin Wohlers, Don Geiszler, Chuck Grossman, Milo Johnson, and Ron Hawkenson.

Samuel Beckett's classic "Waiting for Godot" opens Wednesday, April 16, in the Black Box Theatre of the Humanities Fine Arts Center at the University of Minnesota, Morris. A Morris Meiningens' presentation, the show runs April 16, 17, 18 and 19, with performances at 8:15 p.m. "Waiting for Godot" is directed by Timothy Goodmanson of Canby, for his senior project in stage direction. The assistant director/stage manager is Kevin Hansen of Colman, S.D. Set design is by UMM Theatre faculty member Tap R. Payne. Lighting design is by Charles Dawson of Minneapolis, and costume design is by Colleen Hennen of Morris.

Doug Peterson announces that he is discontinuing his funeral home business in Morris effective immediately. Peterson is continuing to operate Olson-Peterson Furniture Store.

Nineteen students enrolled in the second year program of agriculture at Willmar Vo-Tech received scholarship checks on March 25 at the Seventh Annual Ag Banquet. Jeff Wheeler from Delano was selected as this year's winner of the top award, the $500 Rethlake Memorial Scholarship. Eighteen other agriculture students each received $250 in scholarships, including Lori Kruize of Donnelly.

Jim Klein, Financial Aids and Counseling Manager at Southwestern Vocational Technical Institute, Canby Campus, recently announced the final acceptance of Kyle Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Audray Smith of Herman, and Kevin Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Johnson of Donnelly, into the Diesel and Farm Equipment Technician program for the upcoming 1986-87 school year.

Tech Sgt. Stephen L. Peterson, son of Elva L. Peterson of Morris, has been chosen outstanding intelligence non-commissioned officer of the year for the Strategic Air Command. Peterson was selected in competition among contemporaries for exemplary duty performances and military professionalism. He is an electric intelligence operations supervisor with the 922nd Strategic Squadron in Greece. The sergeant received an associate degree in 1985 from the University of Maryland military extension in Greece.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from Sun Tribune of April 10, 2001

A task force is assigned to developing options for the future of the Morris Area Elementary School, deciding on whether to build a new school or renovate the old one. A decision could be made by the end of the summer and the issue could be before voters in December.

Northern State University students recently held election for Student Association officers for the 2001-02 academic year. Brad Thorstad, of Morris, was elected president.

The Morris Area Elementary School Student Council sponsored a poster contest for "K.A.T. (Kids Against Tobacco) Day" on April 4. There was one winner per grade level, with each winning a "FIT K.A.T." candy bar. Winners are Jaimie Bergerson (1st grade), Laura Korth (2nd grade), Esther Koehl (3rd grade), Katia Vantries (4th grade), Ben Johnson and Taylor Penke did a joint winning project (5th grade), and Jessica Schatzke (6th grade).

The United States Achievement Academy announced today that Jeffrey Schaefer of Hancock has been named an All-American Scholar. The USAA has established the All-American Scholar Award Program to offer deserved recognition to superior students who excel in the academic disciplines. Jeffrey Schaefer, who attends Hancock Public School, was nominated for this national award by Dixie Zeltwanger. Jeffrey is the son of Stan and Bev Schaefer of Hancock. The grandparents are Anton and Verna Schaefer of Hancock and Virgil and Mildred Sauder of Morris.