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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun October 6, 1921

The convention of the Seventh District Editorial Association will open in Morris tomorrow. Editors are expected to keep arriving by train and automobile. Headquarters will be opened in the morning at the Commercial club rooms. The meetings of Saturday will be held in the commercial club rooms where the editors will "talk shop." Several interesting outside speakers will address the convention.

The Alberta Confectionery changed hands last week. Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Andert have turned the business over to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Treschel.

Kitty and Levina Hickman narrowly escaped serious injury Sunday when their car overturned four miles east of Alberta. In order to escape a collision with another car, they turned a corner too sharply and in trying to straighten the car, turned completely over, pinning the girls underneath. They managed to crawl out from under the car. The girls were uninjured except for a few scratches.

New well at Starbuck--Mr. John P. Green of the Republic Construction Co., of Albert Lea who has the contract for the construction of the waterworks system for the village, and Mr. R.E. Bowerman, engineer, were here on Wednesday to make the tests on the new well drilled by P.C. Hegard & Sons, to supply the new water system.

Around the state: With more than 1,500 persons from over the entire state in attendance, the cornerstone of the Gustavus College gymnasium was laid.

With the erection of several business buildings and dwellings at Ebro, near Bagley, another prospective city is added to Minnesota municipalities.

St. James and Madelia formally celebrated the opening of the new highway connecting the two towns.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun August 29, 1961

Two more appointments to the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Morris are announced by Dean Rodney A. Briggs. James A. Reyniers Jr. has joined the faculty as instructor in Spanish. He comes to UMM from the University of Maryland. The other appointment announced is that of Sen Fan as instructor in mathematics. He previously taught mathematics at Nanyang University, Singapore, and ChengKung University, Formosa.

H.J. Kerneghan, chemistry-physics instructor in Morris senior high school, a member of the local faculty for 16 years, and a veteran of 37 years in public school work in Minnesota, went to St. Paul Sunday where yesterday he was honored at the Minnesota State Fair as Stevens County's "High School Teacher of the Year." Mrs. Florence Hagstrom of Wheaton was Traverse County's representative a the annual Recognition Day Program. Mrs. Hagstrom is a sister of Mrs. Alice Weikert, Morris junior high school principal.

Ervin W. Nelsen, formerly of Morris, received from LCDR. Ervine B. Ehlers, SC, USN, a pin in recognition of 30 years of federal service. Mr. Nelsen, son of Mrs. Chris Nelsen of this city, served actively for 20 years in the United States Navy and for the past 10 years had served in the Office of Navy Personnel in Washington, D.C., where he and his wife make their home.

Alice Hennen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Hennen Sr. of Morris, has been accepted for admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris in September. Alice is a 1961 graduate of Alberta High School.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune Sept. 9, 1986

Scott Rortvedt of Morris was awarded a $2,500 scholarship for finishing 3rd with his father, Dave Rortvedt, in the Major division of the Avco National Family Bowling Tournament. The finals competition was held over Labor Day weekend at Bowl America Shirley in the Washington, D.C. area. Thirty-seven states and Canada were represented by 228 bowlers in this unique parent/grandparent and youth handicap doubles bowling tournament.

Area residents are invited to an Open House at the recently completed Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Area Maintenance Headquarters building in Morris on Thursday, Sept. 25. The 46,000 sq. ft. building is the headquarters for Mn/DOT Road Maintenance activities in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Traverse, Stevens, Swift and Big Stone Counties. Also housed in the building are construction field office personnel and a motor transportation representative. The building is located at the southeast edge of Morris near the Jct. T.H. 59 and T.H. 9.

Kathryn Cook was chosen by the Senior Citizens organization this year to represent Morris in the Stevens County Outstanding Senior Citizen contest. She was honored at the Stevens County Fair and represented the County at the State Fair.

St. Cloud State University graduated 353 students at the conclusion of the summer session Friday, Aug. 15, in Atwood Center Ballroom. Graduates from this area include Paul Burnes of Morris, Bachelor of Science; Beth Goracke of Morris, Bachelor of Science magna cum laude; Janice Swanson of Morris, Master of Science; and Heidi Hollen of Chokio, Bachelor of Arts.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from Sun Tribune July 17, 2001

For 50 years, the Martin family have been Morris' "People Lovers", and hopefully, says Paul Martin, that will continue for another 50 years. This Thursday, Willie's Super Valu will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with food, music and fun. Willie's owner, Paul Martin, says it's a chance for the Martin family to give back to the community and give the community a chance to celebrate along with the Martins. Willie's was started by Paul's father, Willie, five decades ago. With the exception of three years in the service, Willie says he has been working in the grocery business all his life.

When eight-year-old Preston Moser crashed his sled playing outside the day after Christmas, he knew something was wrong. When his parents took him to the doctor, what they found out was more wrong than they could have imagined. Preston was diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis, Wilms' tumor, began a several month process for Preston. Today, however, Preston, now nine, is doing well. He will serve as this year's honorary chair for the Stevens County American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. That event will be held July 28-29 at Pomme de Terre Park. The event will include a program featuring Preston lighting the luminaries remembering those who have had cancer. Music, food and fun will be provided for those participating in the event.

More than 1,300 students received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of St. Thomas' spring commencement. Matthew R. Fluegel graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in political science; Jeremy W. Korn, bachelor of arts; and Karen J. Zimny with a bachelor of arts in justice and peace studies.

The Morris Area Hershey track and field program finished up its season on Saturday, July 7, at the state track meet in Pipestone. Every one of the team athletes placed in the events they participated in. The state meet was the determining meet to get a chance to go to nationals. In order to be placed in the national meet, you need to place first at the state meet. Unfortunately, nobody from the Morris Area team placed first. Overall, everybody fared well. The athletes that made it to the state level are: Kayla Mitteness, Christine Grotjohn, Lincoln Arnold, Lori Meyer, Elizabeth Hennen, Asha Bezanson, Kristen Mitteness, Mandi Kloos, Jimmi Lembcke, Lydia Geiszler and Nicole Munsterman.