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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 15, 1921

Dedication services for the new Alberta English Lutheran church will take place next Sunday morning at 10:30 at Alberta. Bishop C.J. Eastvold of Northfield, will preach the dedication sermon. It is expected that a large number of people of Morris will attend the service. The assisting pastors will be the Rev. G. A. Pilgrim, the Rev. Alfred Bredesen, the Rev. J. Thornell and the Rev. A. A. Reece.

Clifford Grindy of Cyrus, 18 years old, was drowned at Starbuck in a boat accident Sunday afternoon after he had saved one young girl from drowning. He was last seen when he was going after a second girl. Seven young people in bathing suits were in the rowboat when it upset, but no one was alarmed as the boat was near the shore. Four of them started at once to swim in, Clifford noticed that Miss Vivian Solvie, one of the seven was swimming with difficulty, so he helped her to the boat which was upside down. He then started back after another girl. His friends did not miss him for about 20 minutes when a search was begun. His body was found in six feet of water only a few feet from the over turned boat. All efforts to resuscitate him were vain. The girl he had tried to save succeeded in reaching the boat herself. Clifford Grindy's brother Franklin was also an occupant of the boat. Clifford was a junior in the Cyrus high school and would have graduated next year. He made is home with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Thoien.

A barn with nine horses in it burned to the ground in Graceville Sunday night. The barn was owned by George Griffith, brother of James Griffith of Morris. The fire had gained great headway before it was discovered, for it started soon after midnight, and people in the neighborhood were in bed. The Egan house next to the barn was badly damaged by the flames.

The Otter Tail Power Co., has installed a new line from Morris to Pennock which will give service to De Graff, Kerkhoven, Murdock, Pennock and Clontarf, Kerkhoven being the only one of the four which has had electricity before. The company purchased the Kerkhoven plant. It is planned to serve all farmers along the way. The cost is estimated at $85,000. The construction will be begin Aug. 1 and it is expected that the line will be complete by Dec. 1. Two more lines are under construction between Ashby and Evansville and Brandon, and between Bellingham and Louisberg.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 9, 1961

Dr. C.F. Ketterling, latest addition to the professional fraternity in Morris, will begin his dental practice here next Monday. Dr.Ketterling, who has been in practice in Wishek, N.D. for 11 years, will be associated with Dr. H.W. Jorgenson and Dr. Q.A. Dunnum in the new dental building at 201 East 6th street.

Because of complaints from some bidders and would-be bidders that the plans and specifications for the proposed new municipal liquor store building were inadequate to bid from, the city commission at its special meeting Monday night rejected all bids that were submitted. At the same time, the commission took steps to retain a registered architect to prepare adequate specifications. A registered architect was not employed to prepare plans and specifications before the first call for bids on labor and materials for the proposed building was issued. When the new specifications have been readied, the commission plans to issue a new call for bids.

Sue Stahler and Glenda Daniels, two of the instructors in the Stevens county swimming program which begins June 26, will attend the National Red Cross Aquatic School at Lake Okobogie, Iowa beginning Sunday, June 11 and continuing through June 21. To be eligible for this aquatic school these girls had to be 18 years of age and qualified senior lifesavers by Red Cross standards. Jan Ersted, the other instructor in the swimming program, attended the Aquatic School last year.

Crew members of the radar picket destroyer USS Herbert J. Thomas are visiting Portland, Ore., June 7-12, with nine ships of the U.S. First Fleet to participate in the 53rd Annual Portland Rose Festival. Serving aboard the destroyer is Leslie L. Thielke, radarman seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred A. Thielke of Morris. The Portland Rose Festival is a 10-day celebration that is world-renowned for its pageantry, colorful parades, and spectacular attractions.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 12, 1986

Irene Hansen, in the role of accountant, has been a cog in the effective work of the West Central Experiment Station over the years. The end of this month will officially mark the end of Hansen's career with the WCES. The career began in the fall of 1950, when the WCES existed side-by-side with the West Central School of Agriculture. She began under E.J. Volden, the business manager at that time. In all, the WCES is losing close to 110 years of experience via retirements. Irene is joined by Harley Hanke (animal scientist) and Les Lindor (ag engineer). The new accountant at the WCES is Terry Beseman, formerly manager of the GK Western store in Morris. Terry arrives on the scene with an economics degree from UMM.

Lavonne Hite, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schradieck of Morris, was recently chosen as Ms. Minnesota Wheelchair 1986. Hite, who is from Coon Rapids, was one of 10 contestants ranging in age from 23 to 63, in wheelchairs but independent in life and spirit. Hite, who graduated from Morris High School with the Class of 1968, is a certified occupational therapy assistant.

Voters in Morris could find a bond issue referendum for funding park improvements on the ballot this fall. The City Council voted Tuesday night to authorize City staff members to begin getting information on facilities and costs. The main items under consideration are new restroom facilities at Pomme de Terre, Green River, and Eagles Parks. The project could also include improving the restroom facilities at Wells Park and East Side Park. There will be two graduations this year at the Hesse home in rural Alberta: Wendy Hesse graduated from C-A High School at the end of May, and this week Marcia Hesse will graduate from the University of Minnesota, Morris. The two were in it together all the way. They both entered as freshmen four years ago, and each is delighted with the others accomplishments.

Faith Lutheran Church is celebrating the groundbreaking for their new church building Sunday, June 15, and invites the public to share in the ceremony and the beef dinner, which follows immediately. Congregation members are encouraged to bring a shovel so all may participate in the ground breaking.

Seven students from this area completed their degree requirements since December 1985 and were eligible to participate in spring quarter commencement ceremonies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Graduates are Julie Ann Fehr, Thor Freeman Giberson, Joan Lorraine Smith, Kevin Roger Switzer, and Lance David Redfield, all of Morris; Wayne Allen Moser of Hoffman, and Patricia Ann Blume of Herman.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of May 29, 2001

The Morris Area High School Class of 2001 will complete their education odyssey this Friday, June 1, with graduation ceremonies in the MAHS gym. The student welcome will be given by senior speech participants Martha Crouse and Tressa Flicker. The first student speaker will be class Salutatorian, Keri Veenendaal. Class Valedictorian Adam Dagen will give the second student address. The Class of 2001 video, produced by Chelsey Rambow and Lacey Taffe, will be preceded by the A Cappella Choir's performance of "I Can Tell the World," arranged by Moses Hogan. The Class of 2001 will then be presented by MAHS principal George Morrow. Morris Area School District School Board Chairman Mike Schmidgall will present the diplomas. The recessional, arranged by Clair Johnson, will be performed by the wind ensemble.

Aaron Carlson Woodwork found a loyal employee at the laundromat. Chris Juergensen had been working at the coin laundry across the street from the Aaron Carlson Woodwork plant on East Seventh Street in Morris. "He used to come over and use our phone to call for a ride," says Doug Moser, company spokesman. "We were interested in hiring Chris because it appeared he was always there doing his job every day. And he's doing that for us now, right on time, every day." Earlier this month, Juergensen's accomplishments were honored by the Stevens County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC). And his employer, Aaron Carlson Woodwork, received the DAC's Distnguished Service Award for outstanding support of a disabled worker. Chris Juergensen is a good example of what a developmentally disabled adult can achieve, with the right kind of help, says Emmy Kvatum, director of the Stevens County DAC, "Chris is truly a success story-what DAC's are all about."

Angela Pederson, a senior at Morris Area High School, was recently awarded a McScholarship from the local Morris McDonald's and owners Mike and JoAnn Steen. Angela is one of 20 Minnesota high school seniors receiving a $1,000 scholarship through the 2000 McDonald's McScholars program. Angela is the daughter of Linda and Dean Pederson of Morris. She plans on attending Saint Cloud Technical College in the fall.

Karen Lubenow, a 2001 graduate of Chokio-Alberta High School, has been accepted to Minnesota State University Moorhead. Lubenow, the daughter of Richard and Judy Lubenow, Alberta, intends to major in biology.