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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of May 27, 1921

Thirty-eight young men and women will graduate from St. Mary's school at the annual exercises to be held Sunday afternoon, June 5, in the Assumption church hall. Henry Kirwin is Valedictorian and Miss Helen Ward salutatorian. Rev. Edward Jones will confer the diplomas and prizes.

Thirty students will graduate from Morris High School in the Orpheum theatre the night of June 3. Miss Bernice Richardson is valedictorian and Miss Estelle Watzke is salutatorian.

The Traverse county moonshiners plead guilty before Judge Flaherty and were each fined $100. The Wheaton Gazette-Reporter thinks the sentence is altogether too small a tax upon the business of illegal manufacture of intoxicating liquors, but is consoled with the fact that after June 1, nothing less than a jail sentence be imposed for this crime, and jail sentences are not popular at this time of the year.

The men of the American Legion and the members of the G.A.R. have arranged for all day services Monday in honor of the men who gave their lives in the Civil, Spanish and World wars. A large white cross has been erected at the left of the entrance to the cemetery in memory of the American soldiers lying in French graves. People of Stevens County will hang flowers on the cross to honor their dead buried over the seas. The stores of Morris will be decorated with flags and bunting on Monday morning. The places of business will be closed all day. It is expected that the curb along Atlantic Avenue will be lined by crowds of people as the time for the parade draws near.

In city news items this week, about 440 feet of sidewalk and 300 feet of curb and gutter were laid on Colorado Avenue.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of May 5, 1961

MHS honor students for 1961 were announced Thursday by Floyd Elias, senior high principal. The valedictorian of the class is Elinor Cartens and co-salutatorians are Barbara Treischel and Richard Erickson. Elinor is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Carstens; Barbara is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Treischel; and Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Erickson.

Plans for the construction of a new office building in Morris by the Federal Land Bank Association of Morris were announced yesterday by Warren R. Luebcke, manager. Site of the new building will be a 75-foot frontage area adjoining Dean-Jones Supply Co., Inc. on Atlantic avenue, near First Street. The Federal Land Bank has purchased the site from Delmar Rentz. A residence now on the site was sold by Mr. Rentz to Ray Stoner, who plans to move it to a location on Pacific Avenue. Detailed plans for the new building have not yet been completed but it is expected that the structure will be approximately 30 feet by 40 feet.

State highway patrolman William Griffith of Mizpah has been assigned to the Morris station of the highway patrol. He succeeds Rollin Erickson, who was recently transferred to New Brighton, and will officially begin his work here today. Officer Griffith is a new member of the highway patrol. Prior to coming to Morris he was stationed at New Brighton for five weeks. Mrs. Griffith and the couple's five children will come to Morris when the family has secured housing accommodations.

A finance drive for funds to construct a 65-bed non-denominational nursing home in Morris for this area is scheduled to get under way on May 7. Plans for the proposed nursing home are being spearheaded by the Assumption parish. The home, when it is completed, will be operated by the Sisters of the Poor, according to Msgr. B. Petermeier, pastor of Assumption Church. The home will be located on a 20 acre tract of land on the western edge of the city recently purchased from Elmer Weidler. The public finance drive, which will be concentrated during the period of May 7-May 21, will have two phases. One phase will be direct donations, the other will be the sale of nursing home corporation notes which will bear interest at 4 percent. Anyone interested in participating in the public offering of financing, said Msgr. Petermeier, is invited and urged to contact any of the member of the finance committee prior to May 21. Recently named to serve on the building committee for the proposed home were T. J. Stahler, Frank Jost, Leo Amberg, Bernard Bormann, Vern Fuecker, Sig Holme and T.W. Kirwin. B.J. Loher and Ray Leuthard, trustees, and Msgr. Petermeier are ex-officio members of the building committee.

Wes Gray was elected president of the Morris Lions for the coming year at the weekly dinner meeting of the club Tuesday evening. He will succeed R.B. DeWall, who has headed the club the past year.

A new $100,000 building to house the city's municipal liquor enterprise was formally approved by the city commission at a special meeting Monday evening. The 48 by 140 foot building, which is likely to be the major single construction project in the city this year, will be built on the corner of East 6th Street and Oregon Avenue, the present site of a municipally owned public parking area. The new building, on which construction will get under way as soon as possible, will house the city's liquor business which have occupied two downtown buildings since the city went into the liquor business about 15 years ago. One of the present stores, known as the No. 1 store, occupies the Micklish building at 512 Atlantic Avenue and conducts an on-sale business only. The other store, known as the No. 2 store, occupies the Kohler building at 518 Atlantic Avenue. Both on-sale and off-sale business are conducted at this store.

The First Federal Savings and Loan Ass'n of Morris has purchased the Kohler building at 518 Atlantic Avenue and will move its offices to that location some time after next Jan. 1. It was also announced that the new building which Philip Messner is erecting adjacent to the Messner Drug store and which First Federal had planned to occupy on its completion would be used by the Messner Drug in an expansion of its business. Meanwhile, the First Federal, which has been occupying temporary quarters over the Messner Drug store, will move this week into the building across the street which was occupied by the former Rexall Drug store.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of May 8, 1986

The Morris Post Prom Party guests had the "Night of Their Lives" on Saturday, May 3. A total of 118 students attended the festivities, which started at 12:00 and ended with the announcement that John Benson was the car winner. Over 200 people and businesses volunteered food, money or time. Kay Carlson was the winner of the raffle prize, which is her choice of a VCR, TV or microwave oven. The raffle was one way of raising money for the event. Co-chairs for the Party were Carol Wilcox and Yvonne Anderson. Community support for this first-time event was overwhelming. The students who attended are to be commended for their mature attitude and conduct.

The Stevens County Extension Service and Morris Community Education are sponsoring this year's second annual sewing update entitled "The Super Sewing Bowl of '86" that will be presented this Saturday, May 10 at the Morris High School. This years presenters are Louise Genereux, Lyla Cin, Bev Schmidt, Roxanne Rooney, Jenelle Staples and Cindy Swenson.

Denise Reynolds and Diane Reynolds, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reynolds, have recently been accepted for the Secretarial program for fall quarter enrollment at Southwestern Vocational Technical Institute, Canby Campus.

Mrs. Clarence Fogle and daughter, Mrs Joyce Naumann of Minneapolis, attended the Retirement Ceremony from the Air Force for their son and brother, Harland Fogle. It was held at the Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of April 24, 2001

The Stevens County Board of Commissioners believes the flooding that occurred around the County following the April 6 rain storm constitutes a disaster and is asking the Governor to request Stevens County be declared a disaster area. The Board cited the flooding on city roads, and damage to homes and businesses in the request. Commissioner Herb Kloos added that he believed, in several places in the County, that flooding was worse this year than it had been in 1997.

Before UMM had reached infancy, Dr. Jim Olson was teaching on the UMM campus. He began in 1959 as an instructor at the West Central School of Agriculture and when the "ag school" developed into the Morris campus, Olson stayed. This year, at the close of spring semester, Olson will say farewell to UMM, and the institution will say goodbye to the last remaining member of the historical UMM faculty group known as "the original 13."

The Morris Area High School Academic Challenge team competed successfully in front of TV cameras last Wednesday. This was a quarter-final showdown between Morris Area and Marshall. The MAHS team is coached by Jim Barbour, science instructor. Team members are Amy Gartland, Dustin Lundebrek, Jim E. Morrison, Chris Nordquist and David Hamrum.

After much discussion, it appears plans for an ambulance garage addition are a go. The County has been waiting to go ahead with the project but has been held up by drainage issues the City wants to address, that being additional run-off that would be caused by the ambulance garage addition. The ambulance garage addition will allow for crew quarters to be added to the garage. According to Ambulance Service Director Randy Fischer, crew quarters are needed if the County is going to be able to attract Paramedics.

The Morris Pamida Store and the Pamida Foundation announce the awarding of $1500 to Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth (HC/HY). Funds for the grant were made possible by Pamida's first Charitable Golf Outing held in October of 2000, which raised a total of $669,980 to be used toward fulfilling the Foundation's goal of making a difference in Pamida hometowns and communities. The grant to HC/HY will be used to support the youth skate park. Three of the young people who are active in promoting the new skate park are Josh Staples, Mike Peterson and Jake Beauregard. The check is presented by Alan Alberts, Pamida team leader. Stevens County HC/HY coordinator, Char Zinda, was on hand for the check presentation.

Jamie S. Frass, a May 1999 graduate of Alexandria Technical College High School, has been accepted to Minnesota State University Moorhead. Frass, the son of Richard and Susan Frass, Morris, intends to major in industrial technology.