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90 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of May 6, 1921

At the meeting of the Commercial Club last Friday evening N. Vinje called attention to the fact that 50 years ago this summer the first buildings were erected in Morris, and he proposed that a semi-centennial celebration be put on here some time this summer either on the Fourth of July or at some other date. It is expected that the matter will be considered at a future meeting.

Peter Storvick has sold a half interest in the Stevens County Creamery to J.J. Micklish from St. Cloud, and the business will be continued under the name of the Morris Creamery Company. It is probable that extensive improvement in the business will be planned for in the not far distant future. Mr. Micklish has been with the Granite City Creamery Co. at St. Cloud for the past year, and previous to that time owned the creamery at Evansville for seven years, which ownership he still retains.

Morris, Chokio and Alberta Shipping Associations have joined the Central Cooperative Commission Company formed by the shipping associations of Minnesota at their meeting held in St. Paul. The Hancock and Donnelly Shipping Associations are now the only ones in Stevens county which have not yet joined the Central Cooperative Commission Company. It is hoped that they will join within the next week.

Henry Watzke left Sunday night for Minneapolis where he is beginning a nine month course in optometry at the De Mars school of Optometry. He has been employed by Probst, the jeweler, in Morris. Henry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Watzke.

Leo Lesmeister, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lesmeister, leaves next Wednesday night for Phalen Park State Hospital for crippled children at St. Paul. Miss Irene Labrie, county nurse will accompany him. He is the fourth child in Stevens county to gain admittance to the hospital since November 1920.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 14, 1961

The city of Morris sold $340,000 sewage treatment plant bonds last Thursday for a net interest rate of 3.3726 percent. Mayor R.G. Leuty, and city commissioners expressed pleasure with the way the project developed. The construction costs turned out considerably more favorable than the engineer's estimate and, with the lower interest costs, the city will be able to get its sewage treatment facilities for considerably less money than originally planned. The proceeds of the issue will be used to acquire land and construct sewage stabilization ponds, a lift station, interceptor sewers and outfall sewers. The facilities will be large enough to take care of normal growth up to 1980.

Don's Cafe, closed since last Oct. 1 while the building it formerly occupied was razed and a new structure erected on the site, will re-open for business Wednesday morning. A full line of meals and lunches will be served at the cafe, according to Mr. and Mrs. Don Tollakson, proprietors. The new building occupied by the cafe is a 25 by 60 foot brick and tile structure on East 5th street and is another attractive addition to the Morris business district.

Patrick McNally of Chokio, a thirteen-year-old polio victim, stayed last summer at Camp Courage, the Easter Seal Society's camp for crippled children and adults located between the communities of Maple Lake and Annandale. Besides all the fun Patrick had, him and many of his camping pals received much needed therapy treatments.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 21, 1986

Last year's inaugural Prairie Pioneer Days celebration hopefully set the stage for many more successful summer endeavors. Everyone connected with the upcoming festival is enthusiastic about the event's future. The co-coordinators are Liz Regimbal (Chamber of Commerce) and Maggie Fletcher (Citizens Bank). There are ten committees that have been organized to oversee the various Prairie Pioneer Days activities.

Candidates for the next Miss Morris title were at hand for a meeting at the Otter Tail community room last Thursday. Candidates are Deb Taylor, Carrie Jacobson, Jamie Wilcox, Liza Sifers, Lori Oland, Julie Raasch, Sandy Pasche and Sandy Gunnufson. Absent was Becky Stevenson.

On May 5, the residents of Morris will be celebrating a special birthday when the Morris Public Library turns 100 years old. A public library was established in the first village charter of Morris, and a group met in May 1896 to organize the first public library association. That meeting was held in the office of an attorney, G.E. Darling. Other members of the first board were S.A. Flaherty, D.B. Sutherland, W.J. Munro, Thomas Thomasson, L.E. Pearce, C.L. Brown, G.M. Giltinan, and A. DeKay. The first library was located on the second floor of the old wooden fire hall, and in 1902, it was moved to the old armory acroos the street from the fire hall. In 1903, the city obtained a donation of $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie for a new library, this was built on West 6th Street. By the 1960s, need for a larger library was becoming evident. April 17, 1969, dedication of the new Library building was performed at its current location. Morris Mayor D.A. Reiber and Library Board President Theodore S. Long gave the dedicatory addresses. The $270,000 building had been opened to Library patrons in January of that year.

Sarah Evans of Morris is one of the 165 students participating in a five-week May Seminar trip to Europe offered by Concordia College in Moorhead. The trip is designed to educate the participants by giving them firsthand experience in European traditions and culture. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Evans of Morris.

Eldorado Jewelers is the new name for the business previously known as Moser's Fine Jewelry in Morris. Owners Tom and Judy Newhouse received congratulations recently from Morris princess Heidi Larson and Chamber manager Liz Regimbal.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of April 12, 2001

Friday night's storm dropped a considerable amount of rain, 2.49 inches and a recorded three and a half inches of runoff, causing a real mess for much of our area. According to Stevens County Engineer Merle Earley, there were over 100 spots along Stevens County roads where water was over the road Saturday. With all of the roads that were closed, Morris became a virtual island for a time. According to City Public Works Director Jim Nelson, the city's storm sewer system couldn't handle all the water, leading to sewers backing up, primarily in the western portion of the city.

The City of Morris will move ahead with two major building projects following action by the Morris City Council on Tuesday. First, the Council approved going ahead with a $700,000 project that will expand the Morris Industrial Park, allowing for additional economic growth along with connecting Highway 9 with Highway 59, just south of the bridge. Second, the Council approved going ahead with applying for federal funds for the proposed airport expansion project.

Rural residents of Stevens County should have all received their new addresses by Friday, Sheriff Randy Willis said Monday. The new addresses for rural residents are a part of Stevens County's move to an Enhanced 911 system. Enhanced 911 will allow emergency responders to find rural locations more easily.

The Cyrus Area School Board is still pondering its choices following the announcement that Superintendent Judy Burkey would resign at the end of the school year. Within the last few weeks, the Cyrus Board has met with the Herman-Norcross school board and the West Central Area board to discuss options for sharing a superintendent and possibly a business manager. Within the next few weeks, the Cyrus Board plans to meet with the Minnewaska Area board.

Six professors are the first recipients of the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award. They are James Carlson, James Cotter, Harold Hinds, David Hoppe, Eric Klinger, and Dwight Purdy. This was the first year that the UMM faculty Distinguished Research Award was given. The UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award is given to faculty members who have undertaken valuable, sustained research and/or displayed artistic productivity over the course of their academic careers. This year's six award winners will comprise the committee that will select next year's award recipients.