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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of September 2, 1921

More than 1,434 car loads of people from outside of Morris attended the celebration of the opening of the cement roadway between Hancock and Morris at the fair grounds last Sunday. "Ten years from now Minnesota will mean the same to tourists in summer that the state of California means to winter tourists now." said Mr. Forbes, of the Highway Commission, in speaking of how much Minnesota would benefit from her trunk highways.

Local authorities are to begin immediately the strict enforcement of the new state motor vehicle license law following notice this week from Mike Holm, secretary of state, that virtually all license applications are filled. Letters "A" and "B" on the license plates indicate that the certificate is for a passenger car, bus or hearse, the first letter denoting the $12 minimum and the other the higher tax payment. Truck license plates carry the letters "I" and "X" and must be displayed on all machines carrying other things than passengers. Roadsters with boxes are taxed for trucks. Dealers' plates can be used on cars being demonstrated to prospective purchasers.

Three churches, the English Lutheran, the Congregational and the Free Lutheran have been given eating concessions at the fair grounds during the county fair next week. With several other wiener and soft drink stands to supplement the regular meals offered fair visitors need not be worried about going hungry. Eating stands must be placed on every convenient corner of the grounds.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 28, 1961

It isn't every Flying Farmer's wife who has a good flying instructor in the family, but Mrs. Sommer has one with a background of both civilian and military experience. The occasion was a recent Flying Farmers meeting at Fergus Falls where the Minnesota group sponsored the ladies "Landit" program. This program is being promoted nation-wide by the Flying Farmers to further acquaint women with aircraft to the extent that they can land one themselves. Mrs. Sommer is one of the recent ones to accomplish to her own satisfaction the operation of the controls to a successful landing Her instructor-husband, Richard Sommer, farms near Morris.

Eight Stevens County 4-Hers are making preparations to attend the Minnesota State Fair. They were named winners in the 4-H Demonstration Day held July 25 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. A team demonstration on "Etiquette of Stars and Stripes" by Elinor and Dennis Carstens of the Hodges 4-H club had a refreshing approach to the use of the American flag. The Donnelly Ever-Ready club had three trip winners. Ricky Busch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Busch, showed the art of Splicing Ropes", Gary Moerke, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Moerke, proved the importance of a rope ladder for "Safety First" when a fire breaks out. Demonstrating the importance of fabric grainline and pattern layout in clothing construction was Kathleen Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith. Jean Greiner of Hancock Girls club gave the group "Tips on Ironing" to win her State Fair trip. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Greiner. A whole bag of babysitter's tricks was presented by Linda Helberg of the Swan Lake club. Linda is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Helberg of Cyrus. Carol Dosdall of the Hodges club proved "Outdoor Cookouts" can be simple with her demonstration cookout ideas to try this summer.

More MHS grads enroll at UMM- David R. DeWall, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. DeWall; Gary Diehl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Diehl; Terry L. Dolven, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dolven; Joanne Dupont, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dupont; Kenneth R. Fischbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fischbach, and Kay A. Joranger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Joranger, have been accepted for admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris in September. All are graduates of Morris High School. Next week more students of the Morris area who have been accepted for admission this September will be featured.

Dr. Robinson S. Abbott has joined the biology department of the University of Minnesota, Morris as assistant professor, Dean Rodney A. Briggs has announced. He comes to UMM from the botany department of Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Marine Pvt. William M. Zinda, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Zinda, Morris, is scheduled to complete a four-week individual combat training course, July 28, with the Second Infantry Training Regiment at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Stevens County has been selected to be the pilot county in the state for a new Americanism campaign-a project that has had its birth in west central Minnesota-and that will be expanded during the coming weeks to cover the entire state of Minnesota and which may grow into a national movement. The campaign, tabbed "Operation Pledge of Allegiance," will consist of the distribution, to every home in the county, of a beautiful, lithographed copy of the Pledge of Allegiance to the nation's flag and the republic it represents. The multi-colored pledge is 11 by 17 inches, unusually suitable for framing. The pledges will be distributed without cost. The distribution in Stevens county will be done by hundreds of volunteers in a concentrated, one-day, door-to-door coverage of the county. The date of the distribution campaign has been set for Monday, Aug. 7. When the volunteer workers distribute the printed pledges in the county on Aug. 7, they will aslo distribute to each household one or more United States Savings Stamp books for the particular use of the children in each family. The Saving Stamp books will teach a practical patriotism of their own, it is explained, and at the same time help to develop the habit of thrift and saving among the young people.

Great Northern Railway told the Minnesota Railroad and Warehouse Commission Thursday that it wants to reduce the surplus passenger service it is running between the Twin Cities and Moorhead Fargo. The proposed changes would include removal of two trains, one eastbound and one westbound, now operating through Morris. These would be the westbound Dakotan (No. 9), now leaving here daily at 2:05 a.m. and the eastbound Western Star, now due out of Morris daily at 1:25 p.m.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 31, 1986

Joining the Stevens County Extension staff is Peggy Knudson, who will begin an 11-month appointment replacement for Catherine Huebner as county extension agent-home economist. She comes on the scene with impressive credentials, in terms of both experience and training. A native of Pequot Lakes, Peggy completed her college studies two years ago at the College of St. Benedict's. She graduated with a Home Economics Degree. She applied her home-ec expertise as a teacher at Foley for one year. Most recently, she has served as manager of Tricia's on the Main in Morris. The smooth coordination of the 4-H aspect of the fair is a hefty task. Much help is being supplied this summer by Melissa McNeill, a long-time active 4-H member and contributor in this area. Melissa continues to be a 4-H member (Swan Lake) but no longer exhibits. The 1985 Cyrus High School grad is well established in her college studies, having completed her freshman year at UMM. This summer, Melissa holds the title of 4-H summer assistant. In this capacity she works closely with county 4-H coordinator Mary Ann Scharf. Melissa took on her summer role after the conclusion of her spring UMM studies.

Morris resident Kim R. Harris is among the winners of the college-sponsored national Merit Scholarships who will attend the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. Winners of the scholarships, which are supported by 200 U.S. Colleges and universities, are chosen from among Merit Program Finalists who plan to attend a sponsor institution. Each scholarship is worth from $1,000 to $8,000 over four years. This year over 5,800 Merit Scholarships worth $21 million have been awarded. Harris is a 1986 graduate of Morris High School.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of June 26, 2001

Following a national search, LeAnn Dean has been named the new director of the Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She will assume her new duties on July 1. Dean has served as interim director of the Briggs Library since last year, and before that, as head of the Library's public services and as acting head librarian.

If the government of the State of Minnesota shuts down next week, Stevens County government would be affected as well. Just what the County will do to maintain services, however, won't be decided until later this week. " We're planning a meeting of department heads for next week," County Coordinator Duane Hebert told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners at their meeting last Thursday.

He's been at the USDA-ARS North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory (NCACRL) for as long as there has been a Soils Lab. Next week Ward B. Voorhees, Soil Scientist and Research Leader at the lab, will bring his 44 year career with ARS to a conclusion-sort of. "I'll be staying on as a collaborator," Voorhees says. "Which basically means I work and don't get paid," he adds with a smile.

Bachelor of arts degrees were awarded to approximately 350 graduates during the 38th annual Commencement ceremony held May 11 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Graduates from the area included: from Morris--Amanda Meyer, Courtney Miller, Alison Minke, Jason Mix, Marcelo Monteagudo Andrew Moses, Yvonne Motzko, Aaron Muelhbauer, Christopher Murray, Anne Nelson, Lucas Nelson, Rachel Neset, Mary Ness; from Alberta--Kelsy Anderson; from Chokio--Pamela Frasch; and from Hancock--Erik Kallio.

Matthew Horning, son of Tom and Pearl Horning of Chokio, and Mary Lonergan, daughter of David and Elsie Lonergan of Donnelly, have earned the distinction of being named to the dean's list for the 2001 spring semester at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University.