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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 11, 1952

School defense stamp program being pushed--Superintendents of schools in Stevens County will be asked to install the School Defense Stamp Thrift Program in conjunction with a statewide and national "Schools for Defense" drive, Jan. 14-31. County bond chairman A.W. Edson said that schools in the county not now having the plan in operation will be asked to make it available so that students may purchase Defense Stamps, and ultimately Defense Bonds, through systematic saving. The plan was announced this week to coincide with National Thrift Week, Jan. 17-23, in which the merits of thrift and regular saving are extolled by volunteer committees.

Louis Amborn is Morris' new chief of police, Maurice McCollar is assistant chief and Chris Troelson is patrolman following a shakeup in the police department. These appointments were announced by Mayor R.G. Leuty at the annual meeting of the city commission Tuesday evening. City Manager J.A. Mielke was re-appointed to that position by the commission Tuesday. He is beginning his 22nd year as city manager, having served in that capacity continuously since 1939. Other officials named by the commission at its annual meeting were Harry Ernest, assessor and office assistant; O.K. Alger, attorney; Dr. F.W. Behmler, health officer; Dr. C.G. Jennings, dairy inspector; and Mrs. Olive Peterson, restroom matron.

Sergeant First Class Howard C. Aanerud of Morris recently completed five months in Korea with Headquarters Battery of the 1st Field Artillery Observation Battalion. A veteran unit of the Korean war, the battalion operates radar sounding and observation posts along the front lines to locate enemy positions. SFC Aanerud entered the Army in 1946. He served in Korea following the occupation of Japan and returned to the United States for discharge in 1948. He was recalled to active duty in January last year and was stationed at Camp Rucker, Ala. before going to Korea. He wears the Korean Service Ribbon with two campaign stars.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 13, 1972

Making final preparations for the Mothers' March for the March of Dimes at a meeting Monday evening at the Trailways Cafe were Mrs. Roger Mohrman, Mrs. Gilbert Thompson, Mrs. Harley Hanke, Mrs. Ralph Krenz, Mrs. Ollie Grossman, Mrs. Newell Ueland, Mrs. Merlyn Shelstad, Mrs. Bruce Rolloff, Mrs. Sam Evans and Mrs. Fritz Spohr. Others not present were Mrs. Jack Koplin, Mrs. Lowell Zvork, Mrs. Norbert Budig, Mrs. Ed LaFave Jr., Mrs. J.A. Schultz, Mrs. Russell Anderson and Mrs. John Lannon.

Reorganization of Minnesota's 47th "Viking" infantry division, of which the Army National Guard company in Morris is a part, was accomplished Saturday, Jan. 8. Under the reform the Morris National Guard unit, now Co A (-), 1st Bn (Mech), 136th Infantry, will lose its mechanized status and is re-designated Co A (-), 1st Bn, 136th Infantry. Morris loses Appleton as a (Part) unit and in turn picks up Benson to form one company. Most of the members of the Morris unit will continue to serve in Morris. Captain Donald H. Grages, currently principal of Cosmos High School, will remain as the company commander of the Morris unit. 1-Lt. Ronald J. Renneker and 1-Lt. Stephen B. Nett will be in charge of the 1st and 2nd rifle platoons. 1-Sgt. Muehlbauer will continue as the company first sergeant. S-Sgt. Ronald H. Jacobson, who just recently became a full-time administrator, will be transferred to Alexandria under the reorganization and S-FC Melvin Wohlers will continue as the full-time administrator for the local unit.

Long overdue library book found--The finding of a book 22 years overdue from the Morris Public Library behind some furniture last week in the office of Sun and Tribune publisher Ed Morrison, confirmed what the S-T staff members have been suspecting for some time...the S-T building is approaching the silver anniversary of its last major renovating. The library book, "The Doctor Wears Three Faces", checked out Oct. 12, 1949, was discovered when the furniture in Mr. Morrison's office was being removed to accommodate the laying of the orange shag carpet which now adorns the floor. The red color of the publisher's face rivaled that of his new carpet when he learned the overdue fine, at a going rate of two cents a day in 1949, came to $162.40. He denied any knowledge of the book and designated an employee to handle its return with instructions to find out, if possible, who had checked it out. Upon inquiry a helpful and startled librarian reported records of unreturned books were only kept for a four or five-year period. This didn't solve the mystery, but didn't place blame on any one person either. When it was learned the present policy of the library consisted of a minimum charge of 60 cents for an overdue book, no matter how long it had been checked out, grins of relief appeared on the faces of all parties concerned and the fine was quickly paid.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 9, 1992

The City Council held a short organizational meeting Tuesday night. New council member Ron Pollworth was sworn in, as was Don Klein who was reelected to his position last fall. It was also Klein's turn in the rotation, and he was chosen mayor pro tem. Several people whose terms on boards and commissions are expiring, were reappointed. They include Pat Burke and Tom Hoffman to the Planning Commission; Sylvia Schmidt and Pat Dingman to the Park Board; Paul Martin to the Park Board to fill Jill Beauregard's term; Carl Benson to the Police Civil Service Commission; and Mike Lair, Rosemary Abbott and Ardath Larson to the Library Board.

Elizabeth Blake, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean at the University of Minnesota, Morris, is one of four women to be recognized by the Minnesota Women in Higher Education Organization. Blake, along with Pauline G. Lambert, University of St. Thomas, will be honored for their contribution to women within their institutions. Blake has served in her capacity at UMM since 1979. UMM Chancellor David Johnson said that this "has been a distinguished appointment, one which unmistakably has advanced the status of women."

The temperatures in Minnesota the past two weeks have been far above normal. Records at the West Central Experiment Station in Morris, indicate that the period from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3, have averaged 28.0 degrees Fahrenheit, far above normal for this period of 12.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Over the past 106 years there has been only one winter with warmer temperatures during this period; 1931-32 with a temperature of 29.9 degrees Fahrenheit. The remainder of the 1931-32 winter (January through March) averaged 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit above normal and snowfall was only 0.7 inch above the average.