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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 18, 1952

Mail call brings letters from home for four Morris soldiers stationed at Camp Rucker, Ala. with Company M, 136th regiment, 47th Infantry "Viking" Division. Sergeant George Olson, Sergeant DeWayne Michaelson, Corporal Albert Reimer and Sergeant first class John Fluegel received their letters from home in the company's day room.

E. J. LaFave Sr. was elevated to the presidency of the Citizens Bank of Morris at the annual meeting of its stockholders on Tuesday. He was formerly its executive vice-president. The new president of the Citizens Bank has been connected with the bank since August 1920, when he came here in the capacity of cashier. Under his direction the bank has grown to become one of the leading financial institutions in the area, and its annual report for 1951 revealed another fine growth in business during the year.

The Stevens County Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis spent $2,176.14 to assist a total of 11 polio patients last year, it was revealed this week by A.M. Rudnicki, chapter chairman. Making public the 1951 financial report of R.B. DeWall, chapter treasurer, Mr. Rudnicki declared that services made possible through funds raised in the 1951 March of Dimes underlined the need for a successful 1952 drive. During the year $590.00 was received in emergency aid by the Stevens County Chapter, Mr. DeWall said, and the chapter begins 1952 with $2,781.30 in unpaid bills.

Five Stevens county young men left Morris Thursday morning for Minneapolis and induction into the armed forces under the Selective Service program. In the group were Delbart W. Anderson, Chokio; Edward J. Sperr, Donnelly; Maurice D. Simpson, Chokio; Richard L. McNally, Chokio; and John E. Thompson, Hancock. Completing the county's quota of six for the month was Gerald J. Cook, who was transferred to a California board for induction. Another group of 16 young men from the county went to Minneapolis Thursday also for their pre-induction physicals, reports Mrs. Vern Scheil, draft board clerk. Mrs. Scheil was appointed board clerk last month to succeed Harry Lord when the latter was stricken ill.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 20, 1972

Sheriff Maurice McCollar was singly honored this week when he was invited to be a member of the 1972 Minnesota Law Enforcement Good Will People-to-People traveling delegation scheduled to visit a number of European nations in July. Nations to be visited by the Good Will Delegation include England, Sweden, the Soviet Union, Poland, Czecho-Slovakia and Germany.

The television sales and service part of the Andy Joranger Refrigeration and TV business in Morris was sold Jan. 1 to a former Donnelly native, Richard M. Busch. Mr. Joranger will continue to operate the domestic and commercial refrigeration services and sales end of the business and will share the building site at 719 Atlantic Ave. with Mr. Busch

Nine cars of an eastbound Burlington Northern freight train were derailed as the train was passing through Morris about 11 a.m. Monday. The derailment, occurring just north of the Burlington Northern station, was attributed to a "hot box." None of the cars, eight of which were loaded with lumber and one with sugar, tipped over. Work crews labored through a good portion of the night and all the cars were back on the track by Tuesday morning. The derailment did not delay other trains as they were able to proceed on passing tracks.

The Minnesota Livestock Feeders Association at its annual meeting on Jan. 12 in Sleepy Eye elected Lauren Carlson of Chokio to represent the association on the board of directors of the National Livestock Feeders Association headquartered at Omaha, Neb. Carlson was also re-elected president of the Minnesota Association for 1972.

Sid Wilcox of Morris is the newly-elected president of the Morris 9-F Sportsmen's Club, and new members of the club's board of directors are William Krump, James Storck and Willard Pehling following action at the club's recent annual meeting. The club also made plans to continue its pheasant project again. Harlan Van Horn and Dick Hufford will be in charge.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 16, 1992

The Veterans' Memorial committee members began a fund raising drive last week to build a Veterans' Memorial at Summit Cemetery. Committee members include Paul Jost-VFW Post 5039, Gail Nelson-Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, Gene DeGier-Amvets, and Rick Carlson-American Legion Post 29. Tax deductible donations should be made payable to the City of Morris and sent to the Chamber of Commerce.

The consolidation of LifeSpan, Inc., and Health One Corporation in the Twin Cities that was announced Tuesda, will not affect Stevens Community Memorial Hospital. SCMH is an affiliate of LifeSpan, but is not an owned affiliate. According to SCMH President John Rau, there is a management agreement between SCMH and LifeSpan to provide LifeSpan expertise to the hospital staff. Rau said SCMH would continue that affiliate relationship and will not merge assets. He said the only change patients will see is that SCMH is now "affiliated with an even larger group of medical facilities." Rau said he didn't see any downside to the merger for Stevens Community. It will become part of an even larger health care group and "can access the expertise of an even larger group of professionals."

The City Council voted Tuesday night to accept the proposal from Valnes Well Drilling of Morris to install monitoring wells at the wastewater treatment plant. The proposal called for the installation of four shallow wells and one deep one. The MPCA had requested that the City install the wells to determine if there were leakage from the treatment ponds and to determine the direction of the ground water flow.

The Morris Area Elementary School's push toward bringing students and technology together began in 1988 with the installation of a 24-workstation lab. When the district decided to close the middle school and transfer the seventh and eighth grades to the expanded high school building, the former middle school library was remodeled to accommodate a new and larger computer lab area for the elementary school. The decision to expand the computer lab coincided with the introduction of the new Macintosh LC computers.