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80 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of December 24, 1931

Man charged with murder here a year ago is captured in Iowa town. The suspect, hunted for more than a year in connection with the murder of Philip Roth whose body was found in the Pomme de Terre River, in Horton Township, nine miles south and two miles west of Morris, was reported arrested Wednesday afternoon at Thier, Iowa. Sheriff Stanley J. Ryan immediately notified County Attorney R.G. Cushing who instructed the sheriff to have at least two deputies with him when he went to bring the man to Morris to face a first degree murder charge. Sheriff Ryan left for Iowa Thursday, accompanied by James Ryan and George Rowles.

The Most Reverend Joseph F. Busch, D.D., acting as the representative of Pope Pius XI, will bestow the diploma and medal, "Benemerenti," upon Mrs. A.L. Stenger at the evening services next Sunday at Assumption Church in this city. On Christmas day Mrs. Stenger will round out 50 years as a member of the Assumption Church choir, the first 25 of which she was also organist. It is in recognition of these many years of service that the head of the church has conferred on her a decoration but rarely bestowed. The medal on one side bears a replica of Pope Pius XI in strong relief, and on the reverse side is the word "Benemerenti," indicating that the medal is intended only for one who has rendered distinguished service in the interests of religion. This single honor bestowed upon one of its members is highly appreciated by the Assumption congregation and its choir.

The Minnesota Highway Ddepartment is working on plans for bituminous treatment of about 1,000 miles of graveled trunk highways in 1932, according to an announcement by Commissioner C.M. Babcock. Added to the mileage already treated, this will bring the total bituminous mileage above 2,800. The plans of the department call for oiling or tarring all stretches of highway which are graded and graveled, if they are in shape for bituminous treatment and not slated for paving in the immediate future.

Nicolai Vinje, prominent business man here for nearly 30 years and one of the most public spirited citizens the community possessed, passed away in Minneapolis Saturday evening. Cancer was the cause of his death and for the last several weeks he had been receiving treatment in Rochester and Minneapolis as well as here. Nearly every activity of public benefit in this community for more than a quarter of a century contains a record of conscientious endeavor and in many cases leadership on the part of Mr. Vinje.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of December 7, 1971

A night view of the attractive new district office building of the Otter Tail Power Co. is quite a spectacular sight because of its artistic lighting. An open house in the Otter Tail Power Company's beautiful new district office building in Morris will be held Dec. 8, 9, and 10. Razing of the former Otter Tail building was started in April, 1970, and the new structure erected on the same site. The building has been occupied since about Jan. 1 this year.

Mrs. Daniel McNally of Morris was the happy winner of the $1,000 Bonanza Days drawing, sponsored by Morris businessmen, held Dec. 2. Chamber of Commerce manager, Dick Bluth, presented Mrs. McNally and her husband with certificates for $1,000 in merchandise redeemable in Morris stores. Mrs. McNally is the former Vicki Van Kempen.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of December 10, 1991

Ten originator members of the Donnelly Peppermint Homemakers Club, attended a reunion Nov. 16 at Elaine Johnson's home in Morris. The members spent the afternoon recalling the many lessons that they remembered. The lessons were taught over the years by two previous County Extension Leaders, Ruth Spidahl and Catherine Bentson and the current leader, Mary Ann Scharf. These monthly meetings would address different phases of homemaking. Those present at the reunion were: Carol Speer, Jerry Kopacek, Carolyn Smith, Jeanette Pedersen, Lillian Cin, Eloise Johnson, Lucille Roberts, Lyla Jane Cin, Marvel Wagner and Muriel Anderson.

The DARE Program, Adopt-A-Cop Program and all other Morris Police Dept. programs in the schools have been cancelled. Morris Police Chief Curt Wiese sent a letter to school administrators last week to notify them of the cancellation. Wiese's letter stated that due to the City Council's decision not to fund the police officer position that was lost last year and not to budget for extra overtime, the department will be left with "manpower to only provide basic police services to the public." The letter added that "we must now change our style of policing to reactive, and in so doing, I will have to reallocate our day shift manpower to other shifts." Wiese told the Morris Sun that he had no choice but to cut the programs. Also cancelled are the Adopt-A-Cop and other programs in which uniformed police officers spend time in the classrooms with elementary students.

Pat Flannery, Morris Postmaster, explained how the mail is sorted by hand to get it ready for cancelling. By next August, mail from Morris will go to St. Cloud and new machines will find the stamp and flip the envelope in the right direction so it can be cancelled. Within the next few years, too, machines will use the extra four digits in the ZIP Codes to sort mail and sequence it for the carriers. Although that will eliminate work for clerks and some positions nationwide, Flannery said it will keep postal rates down.