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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun September 29, 1921

The street was lined with people last Thursday evening to welcome the St. Paul manufacturers and jobbers when they arrived on the dairy show special. A splendid concert was followed by a few short addresses by visitors and some enthusiastic community singing. From here the St. Paul men went out on the Browns Valley branch, making stops at Alberta and Chokio in this county. In both places large numbers were on hand to welcome the visitors and their short stops were made as pleasant as possible.

Henry Kirwin of St. Mary's High School was given special mention in the award of prizes for essays by Minnesota school students on "Good Roads and Highway Transport." The first prize for the state was won by Miss Anna Overgaard of Willmar, whose essay will go in competition with winners from other states for the H.S Firestone national prize scholarship.

Fritz Buckentin, a resident of Morris for 40 years, died at his home Tuesday morning. Mr. Buckentin was active in the affairs of the city and county through out his long residence here. For nearly 10 years he was in business in Morris. He and his brother, Max, went into partnership and opened a drug store. The business continued for many years in the building now occupied by the Arvig Variety store. In 1885 his brother died and Fritz continued the business alone until December 1893. It was then purchased by J.R. Krueger.

The annual Stevens township fair will be held Oct. 8. It will continue throughout the day and evening. The annual fair in this township has grown until for the last few years it has attracted visitors from all parts of the county and many from outside. The residents of the township are making all their own arrangements this year as formerly and are calling in only a judge from the outside. Many from Morris are planning to attend the fair.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun August 22, 1961

The Martin Boettcher family of Rendsville township has been named the Stevens county "Farm Family of the Year" in the annual farm family recognition contest conducted by the Morris Chamber of Commerce. Announcement of the selection of the Boettcher family as the winner of the award this year was made Saturday evening before the grandstand crowd at the Stevens County Fair.

A "doubleheader" grand opening, involving Vern's North Star Service and Vern's Drive-In, is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, it is announced by Vern Fuecker. The new North Star Service station and the Drive-In are adjoining businesses located on highway 9, on the south edge of Morris.

The first Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District field day, named "Waterville," will be held at the Leroy Welfare farm, three miles north of Morris, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, according to Bill Oemichen, U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Waterville will be a "live" event. From 12:30 to 5 p.m., wagons will haul visitors to nine different practices being demonstrated.

Consolidation of Varnum's Skelgas Service with the Blue Flame Gas Service operated by the Home Builders Co. was announced Monday. The enlarged operation will be under the name "Blue Flame Skelgas Service" and under the management of Verne Cruze, who has headed the Home Builders company's appliance and gas department in the past. The merging of the two services and their future operation as one business was made possible by the decision of Rex Varnum, who has headed Varnum's Skelgas Service department, to move from Morris to Fargo, ND where he has accepted a sales position with the Crane and Ordway company.

New members of Alberta faculty: James Lenn will teach science and assist with coaching duties, and Frank Fredlund will teach social studies and will be head basketball and football coach at Alberta.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune Sept. 2, 1986

A delightful new sign is found outside of Country Day Nursery in Morris. Kids who are enrolled in Country Day sessions were assembled during an open house last Thursday. Artistic contributions to the sign were made by Yvonne Johnson (painting) and Allen Mathison (lettering).

David C. Benson, son of Carl Benson of Morris and the late Greta Benson, numbered among more than 260 entering freshmen named to the Entrance with Honors program at North Dakota State University. The Entrance with Honors Program is a statement of recognition and appreciation of an individual's high academic achievement and a vote of confidence in the student's continued academic success.

Top performers in the 1986 Ladies Day Club Tournament at Pomme de Terre golf Course are Marty Fluegel, medalist for the second nine holes and Helen Kolden, who won medalist distinction for the first nine. Kolden's success came on the heels of similar high distinction at the Alexandria Resorters Tourney.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune July 12, 2001

The Cyrus School District's new superintendent, Bob Vaadeland, is excited about the opportunity of working with the Cyrus Math Science and Technology School. Vaadeland, who has just finished his first year as the Minnewaska Area Schools Superintendent, began as the Cyrus Superintendent on July 1. He will continue to serve both districts throughout the next school year.

The first annual Miss Midwest competition will be held Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. In the Morris Area High School auditorium. The former Miss Morris competition was renamed this year, according to Miss Midwest committee member Dawn Kosbab, to encourage participation. The contestants this year are: Abby Meyer, Safia Orest, Wendy Raihelle Hauger, and Tanya Bosl.

UMM junior Katie Downing of Pendleton, Ind., placed third at the 2001 Women's Freestyle Wrestling World Team Trials at 149.75 pounds, qualifying for her third time as a member of the U.S. National Team. Downing finished third in the World Team Trials in 1998, and second in 1999. Downing did not make the U.S. National Team in 2000 as she missed the entire 2000 season with an injury.

Students from the area that participated in graduation at the Alexandria Technical College on May 16. From Chokio Kimberly Raasch, medical secretary/transcriptionist. From Cyrus, Belinda Boots, interior design. From Donnelly, Karla Kopel, marketing and sales; and Trish Thomas, marketing and sales.