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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of October 21, 1921

Willoughby M. Babcock, curator of the museum of the Minnesota Historical Society, asks all those interested in forming a Stevens County Historical Society to meet him at the library on Friday evening, Oct. 28, at 8 o' clock when preliminary plans will be made.

Minnesota trunk highways are carrying an average of 565 vehicles a day--more than 26 percent increase over the daily average of 435 last year, and more than three times as many as five years ago, Charles M. Babcock, state highway commissioner announced this week. The engineers noted further that motor vehicles, which out-numbered horse-drawn rigs about 11 to 1 in the 1920 figures, predominate now on a 22 to 1 ratio. Increase of 37 per cent in the number of passenger cars and 30 per cent in trucks are shown, together with the decreases of 21 per cent in the number of wagons and 43 per cent in buggies on trunk routes.

Frank B. Hayes bought out the Sugar Bowl from L. D. Hammond of Minneapolis. He took possession this week. Mr. Hays is known for the success he made of the Morris Hotel where he was proprietor for several years. Success is predicted for him in his new venture. Light lunches including home made pie will be served in connection with the soda fountain.

The Olivia Times newspaper reported that the Western Minnesota School of Agriculture, located in Morris, is doing great work and is meeting the wants of a large section of western Minnesota. The school is conducted exclusively for the benefit of farmer boys and girls and is open six months in the year. It is well equipped and has the necessary means of carrying on the work to a good advantage. The editors in attendance at the Seventh District Convention last week were shown through the buildings and were impressed with the bigness and importance of this institution.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Sept. 12, 1961

Another upsurge in new construction and remodeling will bring numerous changes to Morris' downtown district during the next few months. The most recently announced pending change will have Forsberg's Skogmo store moving from its present location at 616 Atlantic avenue, in the quarters formerly occupied by the Morris Recreation Center. The building at 520 Atlantic Avenue is owned by Morris Aerie No. 620. Fraternal Order of Eagles, which has club and lodge rooms on the second floor. The extensive remodeling and renovating work will be done under the direction of John Nagle, general contractor. Walter Forsberg, proprietor of the Skogmo store, said he will have both the ground floor and basement quarters of the building. Under construction in the same block but across the street is a new addition to the Messner Drug Store building which, when completed, will give the Messner Drug Store a 50-foot frontage. The two store areas will be connected by a large opening.

Students and faculty are turning the former Willmar Air Force Radar Base into the state's newest area vocational school. Eventually, the entire base will be converted to educational use and will become Willmar Community College.

Farm products will provide the means for many students to attend college in west central Minnesota this year under a unique program of financial assistance called "Agricultural Barter for College" (ABC). Under the ABC plan farmers of the area once a year are consigning farm products such as eggs, poultry, hogs, grain, milk, flax, soybeans, or a portion of any agricultural commodity when it is marketed. At the time of sale the earnings from the chosen commodity will be forwarded to the college for student financial aids. The Farmers Union leaders from 15 western Minnesota counties announced the goal of the plan is to assure that no student who has the ability and desire to go to college shall be deprived of a college education because of lack of funds.

The new faculty at Morris High School this year include: Arlene Bergjord, home economics; John Anderson, junior high science; Mary Ann Sturdevant, English 10 and French; Janice Anderson, girls' phy. ed.; Janice Hesemann, grade 5; and Astri Erickson, elementary music.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of Sept. 18, 1986

Five weeks in Nepal and they didn't see the mountains or do any of the touristy things; and their most meaningful souvenir is a small stone. The Himalayas were obscured by the fogs of the monsoon season. For the rest, Garrett and Camilla Dalhoff went to Nepal as volunteers, not tourists. From several choices, they chose to work in Fr. Adam's home for mentally handicapped children and a home for sick children established by Mother Teresa. The school for the mentally handicapped was the first of its kind in the country, and Camilla said there were 26 children with over 200 on a waiting list. Upon returning home, they are back at their jobs--Garrett as a school social worker with the Midwest Special Education Cooperative and Camilla as a teacher of English as a second language for Laotian students in Morris.

Janet Olson is the new postmaster in Donnelly, effective Sept. 27. Janet is currently a clerk at the Morris Post Office, where she's been employed for seven years. The previous regular postmaster in Donnelly was Jim Root.

Graduation ceremonies were held Sunday, Aug. 24 in the Recital Hall of the Humanities Fine Arts Building on the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) campus for 39 area teachers who completed the requirements for the Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degree in elementary education. Francie Turner and Joanne Thompson, elementary teachers in the Morris school system, were among the graduates. This was the first graduation for teachers in west central Minnesota completing their M.Ed. Program requirements. A "second round" of the masters program has begun with more than 50 new students planning to complete their M.Ed. degree requirements at UMM.

The Alexandria Area Arts Association's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein smash Broadway musical South Pacific will open Oct. 2 in the Jefferson High School gym in Alexandria. Colleen Hennen a junior at UMM and a graduate of Morris High School, is playing the lead role of Nellie Forbush, the Navy nurse from Little Rock, Ark. A three-year veteran of the UMM Summer Theatre Program, she has appeared in several productions at UMM. Colleen is the daughter of Cinda Carlson and Tom Hennen, both of Morris.

Dave Stevenson bagged a fine elk last Friday while hunting in the Bozeman, Mont., vicinity. He took the animal via bow-and-arrow at a range of 28 yards, after having bugled it in. The animal weighed-in at 750 pounds and had a 5x5 rack. Joining Dave in the exciting hunting venture was Mike Fluegel.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of July 24, 2001

The 31st annual Horticulture Night will be held July 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC). Along with special demonstrations, new this year will be a walking tour focusing on insect and disease damage. Horticulture Night will also be the kick-off of the Minnesota Children's Garden, located at the WCROC gardens. Bring the kids so they can enjoy fun educational activities such as a corn maze, growing multi-colored flowers and growing a bean through a box maze. Each activity is designed to help children understand plants and the role they play in our daily lives.

The firm of Martin, Nelson, Glasrud & Klopfleisch of Morris, Minn., with a branch office in Wheaton, Minn., has been awarded an Advocacy Achievement Award by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota for their work as Judicare attorneys. One attorney/firm is selected annually from each of four Bar Association Districts in the 22 counties to receive the Advocacy Achievement Award. The award is given "In recognition of outstanding legal work making a difference to the disadvantaged."

Named to the University of St. Thomas dean's list from this area were Jodi Lindor of Chokio, Amy Gulbrandson of Donnelly, Emily Dudding of Morris, Colleen Fitzgerald of Morris, and Karen Zimny of Cyrus.

The Morris Area High School drama club conducted a car wash fund-raiser on the most ideal date on the calendar: the Saturday of Prairie Pioneer Days, when the town was abuzz with people and activity. The youth who worked hard at washing cars were Jacueline Rhode, Katie Glasrud, Joey Grussing, Molly Nelson and Greer Webster.

The grand opening of "John Stuart Ingle: Painter on the Prairie" was held on the Saturday of Prairie Pioneer Days at the Stevens County Museum. Ingle is a UMM art professor who is known internationally.