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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of November 17, 1921

Stevens County's new Memorial Armory was opened at a social function last Thursday evening with brilliance that will long be remembered here. A large party headed by Governor Preus and Chief Justice Brown came from St. Paul to be guests of honor at the affair. Many from all parts of the county were present and several nearby towns sent delegations. The function was opened with a concert and formal program of speaking. The guests found the drill floor filled with chairs practically all of them were occupied early in the evening. The Memorial room drew many visitors who were greatly interested in looking over the splendid collection of war relics. The committee wishes to remind the people of the county that the room was built as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the service of their county and to house the collection of the committee. Stevens County has to date the finest collection in the state, the committee says.

Supt. P. E. Miller gave a talk Tuesday before the association of Flour Millers assembled in Minneapolis to discuss the possibility of obtaining from the Northwest a spring wheat that is hard and has the best milling qualities. Supt. Miller was called to this meeting because of the extensive experiments that are being conducted at the West Central School of Agriculture toward this end. Mr. Miller told the flour men that the school experimentation extending over a number of years showed that the use of phosphate fertilizer on Minnesota soil resulted in both an increased crop to the farmer and a wheat of much better quality for the miller. The flour men were deeply interested in the experiments that have been conducted at Morris and many of them are making a more extended study of the records.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of November 7, 1961

For the eighth successive year, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary recently presented a new United States flag to the Stevens County Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Glendon Rose, Americanism chairman for the Auxiliary, presenting the flag to Miss Martha Stahler, hospital superintendent.

Ralph Smith, efficient secretary of the Stevens County Agricultural Society since 1950, resigned that position at the annual meeting of the society Saturday evening. Wes Gray, also a member of the West Central School staff, was named to succeed him as secretary. All other officers of the society were re-elected. They are T.J. Stahler, president; Anthony Storck, vice-president; and Merle Felstul, treasurer. In a re-alignment of the board of the directors, half the directors were re-elected for one-year terms and the other half for two-year terms.

Homecoming at West Central was finale. The annual homecoming festivities at the West Central School of Agriculture were held last Friday-and in line with the phasing-out program for the school and that Friday's event thus will be the final homecoming at the school, the theme for the festivities was appropriately "Finale".

As of Monday, the Messner Drug store has doubled in size. Near-completion of the new addition to the building the firm has occupied for many years enabled work to be started yesterday to move the stocks and fixtures of several departments from the old to the new structure. The complete remodeling work is not yet finished but it was announced yesterday that a formal grand opening to celebrate the firm's enlarged quarters will start on Nov. 29.

Veterans Day replaces former Armistice Day. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 1961 is the eighth such day that will be observed in the United States. Originally celebrated as Armistice Day to mark the ending of World War I, Nov. 11 has become by act of congress, signed June 1, 1954 a day dedicated to world peace.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 28, 1986

There will be two races for Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) supervisors on ballots in Stevens County next week. And although candidates for supervisors have to live in the nomination district they wish to represent, all voters in the county are eligible to vote for them. In nomination District 1, incumbent Clarence Ettesvold is being challenged by Rick Stark. And in nomination District 4, incumbent Doug Rasmusson will face challenger Ken Koehl. There are five districts in the county, and supervisors serve a six-year term.

The city of Alberta held a public hearing Thursday evening in order to bring people up to date on the proposed sewage treatment system and to present preliminary information on future assessment. About 50 people gathered in the Alberta School gym for the program. The project was undertaken in response to the Pollution Control Agency's requirement that by July 1, 1988, every town should have a sewer system rather than individual septic tanks. After the deadline, cities are liable for fines if they are not moving toward a solution to this problem.

A Stevens County 4-Her, Melissa McNeill, has won the Minnesota 4-H Veterinary Science Achievement Award. As the State winner, she will receive an expense-paid trip, sponsored by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 6-11. McNeill, daughter of John and Bev McNeill of Morris, is a 10-year 4-H member. As a junior leader, McNeill has served as the Stevens County 4-H president, attended the Junior Leadership Conference in St. Paul, and was a camp counselor.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune of September 11, 2001

Morris' first woman mayor, Carol Wilcox, will be retiring. Wilcox served four years as the City of Morris mayor and served 16 years on the Council. She has been retired from teaching for eight years now and has decided not to run again so she can do other things she is interested in with more time to do them.

Community offers ideas for reuse of historic MAES. An arts center, museum space, and housing were some of the new uses proposed for the Morris Elementary School last week at a town meeting. The meeting was part of a study of potential uses for the public school complex, which would be vacated if the school district decides to build a new elementary school. The $12,000 reuse study is being conducted by Thomas R. Zahn and Associates, a St. Paul consulting firm. The company has done reuse studies of more than 30 historic buildings in Minnesota, including several schools. The Glenwood Public School is an example of reuse, as it was developed into Central Square, a multi-use complex of condominiums, retail and office space, and public performance and meeting spaces.

George Fosgate, retired Professor of Theatre Arts at UMM, is currently playing the role of Francis Nurse in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Ore. Also in the cast is former Morris resident Michael Fisher-Welsh who plays the role of Rev. Hale. Michael's father, Richard Welsh, was director of University Relations at UMM back in the '60s and he and Fosgate were on the committee that planned UMM's first graduation in 1964.

Winning Reserve Champion Intermediate in Team Oral Reasons General Livestock Judging and Reserve Champion Intermediate Team Beef Livestock Judging was the team of Kent Luthi, Bennett Smith, and Brett Tostenson.