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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of November 10, 1921

The billion dollar farm credit law authorizing the United States government's War Finance corporation to loan money for agricultural purposes was passed "to relieve country bankers of the necessity of compelling farmers to sell their products at prices which will not even pay their debts, and to permit farmers to buy young livestock." That was the explanation of the new federal credit law, made by members of the War Finance corporation's northwest agricultural committee, to county bankers at a conference in Minneapolis last week, called to study methods of obtaining loans under the new law. The greatest benefit of the agricultural credit act to the farmers, it was said, will come as a result of the financial relief to country banks, by enabling them to renew loans instead of being compelled to insist on liquidation.

Monday evening the Lyceum course will open here with the most expensive number of the whole season, the Paulo Gruppe company. This is musical a organization of four persons all of whom have won fame in music in many places, part of them in Europe as well as this country. This also will be the first entertainment of its kind to be given in the new Stevens County Memorial armory. The building, just completed, will be formally opened tonight. A record audience is expected. Many have been attracted to buy season lyceum tickets this year on account of the unusual excellence of the whole course. Seats will be reserved at Krueger's Drug Store starting Monday morning.

To observe Armistice Day, Nov. 11, a holiday has been declared and the annual Field Day events will take place at the School of Agriculture. The morning will be devoted to various field events in which all of the students of the school will participate. In the afternoon the football team will play the Morris High School. The evening's program will include appropriate Armistice Day services which will be followed by a moving picture show in the Assembly Hall. At the hour of 11 activity of every kind is to cease in every section of the great county while everyone with solemn reverence gives two minutes to silent prayer. The schools of the city and the post office will be closed in observance.

While many people were waiting about the streets Tuesday night for election returns, fire broke out in the J.B. Ormond law office resulting in serious damage there and in the Stevens County State bank which occupies the lower floor of the building. The fire ate its way through the floor into the bank, but was checked before it could do much damage there. However, the water poured into the bank in torrents, soaking a great many valuable records. With great care these records have been dried out in such a way that only a few have been lost. The loss to the bank is roughly estimated at $500. The fire was discovered by Ernest Eckes who was working in the Wells Bros.-Hanson Store.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 31, 1961

St. Mary's ninth graders prepared a panel to be presented to the St. Mary's junior high and all interested parents, on Nov. 10, as part of National Education Week activities at St. Mary's. Those on the panel are pictured as Joanne Staebler, Terry Lesmeister, Jim Hollenhorst, Mike Fluegel, Judy Waddell, Phil Dalseth and John Weller.

Forsberg's new Skogmo Store in Morris will open Friday, Nov. 3 in its new home at 520 Atlantic Avenue, in the building formerly occupied by the Morris Bowling Center, it is announced by Walter Forsberg, proprietor. The opening day will mark the start of an eight-day grand opening sale at the store, said Mr. Forsberg. The Skogmo Store was formerly located in the building at 616 Atlantic Avenue. Forsberg's Skogmo's store is associated with Gamble-Skogmo, Inc.

KMRS Radio at Morris, which has operated on a frequency of 1570 kilocycles since it was established in 1956, will change frequencies. The Federal Communications Commission gave final approval last week to change to 1230 kilocycles. The new frequency will permit longer hours of operation. The 1570 is limited to sunrise to sunset operation. In winter months this has meant opening as late as 8 a.m., and closing as early as 4:45 in the afternoon. When the change is made, KMRS will open at 6 a.m. year around, and operate through the evening until 10 or 11 p.m. The date of the change to a new frequency is not known at this time. An equipment engineer will be in Morris Tuesday to assist in selection of change-over equipment. The change could be in 30 days, said Cliff Hedberg of KMRS.

A total of 166 persons from Stevens county are enrolled this year as students at the University of Minnesota, it was reported last week. Of this record total, 142 are enrolled at the new University of Minnesota, Morris. Twenty-three are enrolled on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses of the University and one is enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Of the total, 116 are listed by the University as from Morris, six are from Alberta, 15 are from Chokio, 15 are from Donnelly and 14 are from Hancock.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 21, 1986

One marathon wasn't enough to suit Stevens County Sheriff Larry Sayre. Sayre was fresh from having run the famous Grandma's Marathon and four months later, the resilient sheriff has another completed marathon under his belt. Sayre traveled to the Twin Cities on the weekend of Oct. 11-12 for the Twin Cities Marathon. He was joined by wife Dorothy and children Ryan and Tracy. A special allure surrounded the Twin Cities event in '86. It was designated the U.S. National Championship Race, meaning the class of the U.S. Running community would be on hand. Sayre completed the Duluth course in a time of 3:18:37. The Twin Cities Marathon clock at the finish read 3:21:50 when he crossed the finish line. Having run two marathons so close together, Sayre now feels he'll be more conservative in the future. One marathon per year really seems sufficient, he feels.

Returning from a 20 day journey to Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Eastern United States were Leon and Velma Blomgren. They left Minnesota on Monday, Sept. 22, aboard the Minnesota Farmers Union Motorcoach. They traveled in a group of 40 aboard the Farmers Union's Motorcoach. This was one of the many tours that are arranged by the Travel Department of Minnesota Farmers Union.

Minnesota Army National Guard recruit John Hufford, Morris, gets a view of the military during a Basic Training Orientation Course (BTOC) held at Camp Ripley, the state-owned Army National Guard Training Center, Oct. 11 and 12. Hufford was among over 100 newly enlisted National Guard members taking part in the weekend exercise designed to prepare new recruits for active Army Basic Training before joining their local area Guard units.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune of September 4, 2001

Ryan Griffith 'bags' top prize in Minnesota Grocer's Association Contest. Griffith, who graduated from Morris Area High School this past June, was recently named the best bagger in Minnesota in the Minnesota Grocer's Associations Best Bagger contest. As the winner he received $2,000, a bag-shaped trophy and a chance to be a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. While Griffith is currently the reigning best bagger in Minnesota, he says his career aspirations don't include grocery sacks. He leaves for college this week and plans to study nursing at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

The American Legion baseball team of Post No. 29 supplied major thrills for area sports fans in the 2001 summer. The team reached the championship game of the Midwest Regionals. It took No. 2 in Minnesota Division II. The team, consisting of Joe Payne, Kyle Brustuen, Nate Smith, Jake Eiler, Mike Fohl, batboy Ryan Beyer, assistant coach Don Goracke and manager Bill Eiler were among the units in the Donnelly Threshing Bee parade held on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Filings for three city offices up for election this year opened Tuesday and will remain open until the end of the business day on Sept. 11. The three seats, all four year terms, are the office of mayor, currently held by Carol Wilcox, and two council positions, currently held by Jerry Schmidt and Jim Mahoney. As of Thursday afternoon, Jerry Schmidt had filed for the Council seat and Char Zinda had filed for mayor. Mayor Wilcox has announced she will not seek reelection.