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Alberta spring primary pupils made Indian headdresses as part of their art activity. Dramatizations of Indian songs and poems were also done in connection with the Indian project. Pictured, left to right: Front row-Gordon Sorenson, Steven Sauter, Steven Heintzelman, Daren Lokkesmoe, Loretta Haugland, Marlene Sager. Back row-Larry Alver, Scott Staples, Shirley McDonnell, Roger Lawson, LuDean Cin. Missing from the picture is Michael Larson. Mrs. Roger Rixe is the primary teacher.1 / 2
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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 24, 1921

Frank Cairney has installed a new short order lunch counter in his pool hall this week. Open for business the last of this week, he intends to serve meals at all hours. Herman Michelscheck has been secured as cook, and he is reported to be a good one.

Mrs. J. W. Paulson of the Crocus Valley Farm, this spring sent 30 S. C. Brown Leghorn eggs for hatching to a sister in Sweden, and has just recently received word from her sister that 26 out of the thirty hatched, so that twenty-six little Stevens County chicks are now peeping in Sweden.

Lester Morley left Tuesday morning for Brooklyn, New York where his marriage to Miss Gertrude Ella Ely will take place Thursday, June 30. He went as far as Minneapolis by automobile. He expects to come west on his honeymoon by way of the Great Lakes. He will arrive in Morris with his bride about July 15.

Two farmers near Murdock are dead as the result of drinking moonshine whiskey that was put into a strychnine bottle. The strychnine was only a little more deadly than the moonshine itself.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of May 26, 1961

The Morris high school golf team ended its season at Glenwood Monday by winning the West Central conference championship. Team members are Bob Peterson, who was medalist with a sparkling 75 score in Monday's tournament; Larry McNichols, Dave DeWall, Bernard Dyer, Mike Bratlie and Coach Duane Kindschi.

Mr. and Mrs. Al Cloutier, who have conducted the Merchants Cafe in Morris for nearly 20 years, have lost their lease in the Merchants hotel building, effective July 1, and will discontinue their cafe business at that time. The Cloutiers plan to move to Winsted, in McLeod County, and expect to operate a new supper club in that city, they announced this week. Mr. and Mrs. Cloutier came to Morris in February, 1942 from Thief River Falls and have operated the Merchants Cafe ever since, excepting only for a two year period while he was serving in the Navy during World War II.

The city is asking for sealed bids for the removal of the building on East Fifth street known as the Meyers and Judd building. The structure is on the site recently purchased by the city for a public municipal parking area.

Specialist Four Donald E. Smith, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Smith, Morris, participated in Exercise Mayflower, a Seventh U.S. Army medical field training exercise in the Struttgart-Munich area of Germany May 6-13. He is a 1958 graduate of Morris High School.

Miss Barbara Beck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Beck of Morris, received the award of special recognition as an outstanding member of the Hamline University School of Nursing.

The members of the Federated Church recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of the constitution which merges the Congregational-Christian with the Evangelical-Reformed churches in America. By June 1, all of the churches involved in this merger will have reported the outcome of the voting, and the nation will know whether this merger, which has been 18 years in process, will become a reality. If the necessary number of churches approve, the Federated Church of Morris will then be a federation uniting the Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of May 29, 1986

Eleanor Killoran shares her musical talent each Memorial Day, and had special reason to feel inspired in this year's program. Eleanor's son Skip was the featured program speaker.

The City Council voted Tuesday to proceed with getting building plans for a new arrival/departure building at the airport. If the cost for the building and all contingency fees are within expected limits, the Council could vote by this fall to let the project out for bids. That limit is about $60,000, and the state will pay two-thirds of the costs from aviation fuel taxes. The City's share would be up to $20,000, much of which could be paid through airport operations.

A Morris institution quietly changed hands last month when the Meals on Wheels program was sold to the Villa of St. Francis. But there will be no changes in the way the program is operated.

Commencement exercises for the Morris High School Class of 1986 will be conducted tomorrow beginning at 8 p.m. in the MHS Gymnasium. Ninety-eight seniors will receive their diplomas. Father Bernard Kahlhamer of Assumption Catholic Church will give the invocation. Co-Valedictorian Alyson Ahern will deliver the first of three student addresses. Superintendent Fred Switzer will welcome the public and present scholarships. Then Senior Class President Jeff Riser will give his Student Address. The three Student Council Presidents: Carla Anderson (High School), Kevin Rohloff (Middle School), and Brad Fehr (Elementary School) will recognize retiring faculty members.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of

May 22, 2001

Josh Fischer, a 1997 graduate of Morris Area High School, is releasing his first CD, "Revolution," this month. It's a release he hopes will someday lead him to Nashville. "It's kind of a pop, new age, country mix," Fischer says of the CD.

Early May's flooding has led to Stevens County being declared a disaster area by the federal government. In response to Governor Jesse Ventura's request on May 9, President Bush has approved disaster aid to 31 counties and two tribal governments in Minnesota. The declaration makes state and local governments, as well as individuals, eligible for assistance. Stevens County has been declared eligible for both Public and Individual Assistance by the declaration.

Drew LeClair, of Chokio, is the teen representing Stevens County at the Target Market's first Statewide Board Meeting in St. Paul recently. The county representative was one of nearly 200 teens selected from around the state.

Piano students of Kay Carlson have been accepted into membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians, sponsored by the national Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of the American College of Musicians, in which Mrs. Carlson holds a Faculty membership and serves as West Central Minnesota Center chairperson and as a guild adjudicator. The students received their membership pins after playing their memorized pieces on May 12 at the UMM Humanities Fine Arts Center with Marilynn M. Moe from Fargo, N.D. as adjudicator. The pianists from Morris who participated include: Tess Cotter, Trevor Gillis, Joe Glasrud, Katie Glasrud, Mitch Grussing, Rachel Hennen Anthony Jay, Nicole Knochenmus, Whitney Krebs, Cassie Luetmer, Justin Luetmer, Peter Sarlette, Steven Sarlette, Lydia Schlicht, Peter Schlicht, Breanna Vick, and John Willis.

Melissa Noordmans of Hancock has been accepted for admission at Pensacola Christian College for the 2001-2002 school year. Melissa plans to obtain a 4 year degree in nursing. She was awarded a $1500 Nursing Scholarship.

It's been seven years since new welcome banners have been put up, reminding everyone they are entering a very special city. Atlantic Avenue is now adorned by new banners which were put up by the city maintenance crew consisting of Bob Miller and Doug Kill. The businesses of Morris pay for this refurbishing. Sponsors are listed on the banners.