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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 16, 1921

Blow up safe, get $2,300 and get away in automobile-explosion wakes town. Nashua people were aroused from slumber Monday morning early when bandits blew up the safe of the Nashua State Bank and escaped with $2,300. The thieves first locked the operator at the Soo Railway station and a passenger waiting for a train in a box car, then cut all the wires leading from town. A member of the gang guarded the garage man who had driven into Nashua while the rest of the gang was working on the safe. Although many residents were wakened, none gave very hot pursuit, and the men made their escape in an automobile left in a grove. They met with a mishap at Wheaton when their car got stuck in a ditch, but the accident did not delay them long. Proceeding to the garage, they held up the man in charge, secured another car and made their escape. Before locking the Nashua operator in the box car the thieves robbed him of $9.50.

Prairie chicken season opens today after being closed two seasons. Hunting licenses have not gone this year as fast as usual, according to Carl Wollthan, county auditor. Only 268 had been issued by the middle of this week. It is expected that many will get them the last minute. Seven or eight hundred have been issued in former years.

More than one hundred prominent business men of St. Paul, including jobbers, manufacturers, bankers and cattle interests, on Sept. 22, will speed across the state of Minnesota on a National Dairy Show special train to take the message of the value of the National Dairy Show to the farmer and the agricultural interests of the state and the country. This big educational exposition, which will bring together the choicest dairy cattle of the world and every type of dairy machinery equipment, will be held at the fair grounds Oct. 8-15. Eighteen towns, including Morris, will be visited according to the present schedule.

This year for the first time, watermelons have been grown in Stevens County for commercial purposes. Curtis Irwin has had a beautiful patch of melons this summer and has been selling them to laocal groceries. The flavor of a melon right off the vine is astonishingly unlike that of the variety that is picked green and shipped a long way. Anyone who tastes one off the Irwin vines can readily understand why they were awarded the premium at the fair.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 11, 1961

Darrell F. Kirwin, assistant cashier, Citizens Bank, will leave Aug. 12 for two weeks' attendance at the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This will be his second year at the school, which requires two weeks' resident attendance each year for three years to earn the certificate for graduation. Throughout the year between resident sessions, students are required to do extension work involving problems in all phases of banking.

The official opening and first shoot at the Morris 9-F Sportsmen's Club's new trap range just east of Morris will be held next Sunday. The public is invited to attend the shoot and inspect the new range, which marks the first step in the development of the 9-F Club's recently purchased 50-acre recreational area along the Pomme de Terre River just south of the drive-in theatre.

Plats of two new residential areas adjoining the city of Morris were approved by the board of county commissioners at its regular monthly meeting Monday. The residential area plats approved by the board were "Park View Heights," southeast of Morris near the dam in the Pomme de Terre River, owned by T. J. Stahler, 18 acres of which are included in the present plat, and "Rolling Acres," a 19 acre area on Highway 28, east of Morris and near the Drive-In Theatre, owned by William Dripps, six acres of which are included in the initial plat. A new home is already under construction in each of the new additions. Building the first home in the new Park Heights addition is Louis Amborn Jr. Building the first home in Rolling Acres Addition is Ben Bengston.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of August 14, 1986

The new Morris Senior Citizens Center will be built adjacent to City Hall, the Morris City Council decided Tuesday evening. Acting on the recommendation of the Senior Citizens' Building Committee, the council chose to build on the city hall site rather than on the site of the present senior center. The obsolete center will be demolished and that lot will be used for parking. The council met in a work session Thursday, Aug. 7 to discuss the response to the news that the city would receive a $200,000 grant to build the center.

Sharon Ehlers of Morris has been hired on a temporary basis as a new Swift County Extension agent, the Swift County Monitor-News reports. Ehlers will replace Dorothy Rosemeier, who is on temporary assignment as an area extension agent in southwest Minnesota. Ehlers, who will be responsible for home economics and family living, will be employed through June 30, 1987.

Following tradition, the "outstanding senior citizens" in Stevens County were honored prior to the early grandstand show at the fair. Emceeing the brief ceremony was county commissioner Paul Larson. Coordinator of Aging Judy Nord was also at hand for the ceremony. Winners of the '86 "outstanding senior citizen" honor was Harold Voss of Donnelly and Kathryn Cook of Morris. The other candidates John Twenge of Morris and Marlys Alm were present to congratulate this year's winners.

Dedicated adults play a valuable role in the success of 4-H in this county. This year's recipient of the 4-H Alumni award honored Dorothy Durkee, which she shared with Virginia Ritter. "Friend of 4-H" honored Irene Monroe.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 3, 2001

Volunteers build 'pocket garden' to beautify Atlantic Avenue. The idea of a "pocket garden" between Keepers and McGinnis Appliance was taken to Tom Hoffman, owner of the lot, by Barbara McGinnis. With a positive response from Hoffman, McGinnis then approached Mayor Carol Wilcox, who also thought it was a great idea. All the flowers in the garden were donated by Anderson Acres, Morris Floral and Pamida. The City helped by bringing black dirt and compost. Money to purchase landscaping brick was donated by Laird Barber, Fran Marks, and Community First Bank. Benches were donated by McGinnis and Wilcox and were assembled by Dusty Thymian with help from the McGinnis Appliance staff. A garbage can was painted and decorated by Cheryl Voorhees. The wood chips were donated by UMM and Craig Murphy provided organic fertilizer. The final touch, a sandbox for young children, was made and given by Ray Seuss at Morris Lumber and Millwork. Eul's Hardware will furnish toys for the sandbox. Everyone is invited to stop and sit a spell and enjoy the pocket garden.

Wednesday's announced merger of Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans means a Morris native will now head the nation's largest fraternal organization and a respected financial services firm. John Gilbert, son of Oren and Thelma Gilbert and a 1960 graduate of Morris High School, will chair the new company which will be headquartered in Minneapolis. Gilbert is currently the Chief Executive for AAL, headquartered in Appleton, Wis.

Blaine Koehl, Hancock; Amy Brandt, Aaron Krosch, and Jon Stein, Morris, have been named to the Honor's List for the spring 2001 semester on Ridgewater College's Willmar and Hutchinson campuses. In order to be included on the Honor's List, a student must carry at least 12 credits and maintain a 3.0-3.49 grade point average.

Laura Jo Busian, daughter of Michael and Cynthia Busian of Morris, has 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. Busian is a junior natural science major at CSB. To be included on the Dean's list, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.80 and no in-completes or unsatisfactory for the semester.

The Robert and Nadine Heck family of Morris have decided again to open their home to an exchange student. This time it is a boy from Denmark, whose name is Jeppe Lundsgaard. He will attend Morris Area Public High School at the start of school in September this year. The Hecks chose Jeppe because of his interest in basketball, which he competes in. Jeppe has had five years of English, with good proficiency, but he would like to try finding out what an ordinary day is like in the U.S. and learn something about it; and of course, get better at the language while he is here. He looks forward to playing basketball and meeting new friends. His future plan is to be a TV producer.