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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 4 , 1952

Penny post card ceased to exist as of Jan. 1. The familiar, widely-used penny post card went through the mails for the last time Monday, Dec. 31, and then ceased to exist. The new post card rate went into effect Jan. 1.

Trio returns to Air Force bases--Cpt. Darrell Kirwin, Cpl. Don Beiser and Pfc. Jack Laimer left Thursday morning to return to their Air Force bases in Texas after spending the holidays at their homes. Cpls. Kirwin and Beiser go to Randolph Field and Pfc. Laimer to Connelly Field.

The New Year was ushered in with frosty temperatures that of 14 degrees below zero Fahrenheit but the temperamental weatherman relented Wednesday and the mercury began an upward surge that promised yesterday to carry it almost into the thawing range. The mild weather of last weekend, when daily high temperatures of 27, 32 and 33 above were recorded on Saturday, Sunday and early Monday, was followed by near-blizzard conditions Monday when snow, wind, and a sharp drop in the temperature to 5 below prevailed as the Old Year bowed out.

A commendable record of 15 years as treasurer of the First Lutheran Church in Morris was completed this week by E.J. Volden, who now retires from that position. Mr. Volden served as treasurer of the church in 1935, skipped a year, then resumed the position again and has served for 14 consecutive years.

Cpl. Jack H. Brown of Morris has recently been shipped from Camp Crawford in Japan to Yonchon, Korea. Jack is with the Quartermaster Company of the 45th Division and has been stationed in Japan the past six months.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 6, 1972

Construction work on the Sunwood Motel, the new luxury motel being erected in Morris by Dan J. Brutger, Inc. of St. Cloud, is "on schedule" and barring any unexpected delays is expected to be completed by the target date, Feb. 15. Innkeeper Jon Bentley is presently taking applications for the 35 to 60-member personnel needed to staff the motel.

Official ground breaking ceremonies marking the start of construction of Humanities Center will be held on the Morris campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Jan. 8. The brief ceremony will take place in Edson Hall Gallery Lounge. Actual construction of the three million dollar structure began ten days ago. The 'official' ceremony will provide an opportunity to learn about the basic design and purpose of the building and to view a model of the completed structure, along with pictures showing different aspects of the building. Humanities Center I, designed by Minneapolis architects, Rapson and Associates, has already won national recognition by "Progressive Architecture", a nationally-distributed quality trade magazine devoted to furthering the latest in design and architectural quality. Total cost of the building will be $3,104,689. Minnesota State legislative funds were appropriated by the 1969 and 1971 legislatures. Close to one half million dollars will come from an interest subsidy grant from the federal government. Completion of the building is expected by spring quarter, 1973. The public is invited to attend the 'official' groundbreaking ceremony in Edson Gallery Lounge Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Chester H. Larsen, presently manager of the Production Credit Association of Morris and mayor of the City of Morris, has accepted a position as vice president of the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of St. Paul, to become effective Feb. 1. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, has served on that organization's board of directors and was its president the first year that the Chamber had a full-time manager. He was active in the work of the West Central Educational Development Association, the local area organization that played such an important role in promoting the establishment of the University of Minnesota, Morris. The Larsens will continue to make their home in Morris for some time.

The Morris city council announces its members when it met in annual session Tuesday at the city offices. Members are Chester Birch, president elect Raymond Morris, Mayor Chester Larsen, city manager William J. Smith, and two new members on the council are Merlin Beyer and Brent Waddell.

The Board of County Commissioners met in annual session at the courthouse Tuesday and organized for the coming year by re-electing E.L. (Ted) Dosdall chairman and Robert Stevenson vice chairman. Other members include County Auditor Elmer F. Anderson, Commissioner Lawrence Kopel, Commissioner Paul Larson, Highway Engineer Lawrence Schaub, Commissioner Wallace Staples, and County Attorney James Martin.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 2, 1992

The County Commissioners put off Sheriff Larry Sayre's request to purchase a new patrol car on the state bid because they haven't approved 1992 budgets yet. The Commissioners held a special meeting Monday, to clear up end of the year items. Sayre also discussed the Sentencing To Service program that will begin this month. The program puts prisoners to work on public works jobs. A crew leader has been hired for the Stevens-Swift County program. Besides adult minimum security offenders, he said there are "tons of kids 17 and under" who will be on the program. Sayre said they will be in separate crews and not with adult offenders.

In 1992, there's one more resolution to add to your New Year's list...compost your leaves, grass clippings, weeds, prunings and other yard wastes. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) reminded all state residents that a ban on sending yard wastes to landfills went into effect statewide on Jan. 1, 1992. The MPCA said that these plant wastes can be composted and reused instead. The MPCA recommends checking with your county, city or township solid waste officials to find out how prunings are handled in your area.

Samuel D. Evans, West Central Experiment Station recorded the end of 1991's average temperatures and precipitation. December was the first month since June with temperatures above average. The month averaged 17.9 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.7 degrees above the 100-year mean. The high temperature for the month was 40 degrees Fahrenheit recorded on the 22nd. The low temperature was -14 degrees Fahrenheit recorded on both the 4th and 5th. Total snow fall for December was 6.1 inches, very close to the long-term average of 6.7 inches. Precipitation for the month totaled 0.61 inches, again very close to the average of 0.68 inches.