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Edited by Lynn Halbakken

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of February 15, 1952

Carol Gilbert, age 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oren Gilbert, Morris, was medically discharged from the Elizabeth Kenny Institute, Minneapolis, on Feb. 11. Carol has been receiving treatment for polio since last July 21. One of her Kenny Therapists was Francis Horton during her stay at the Sister Kenny Institute.

Speaking on the subject, "Learning To Live In My Community," Beverly Henrichs of the Rendsville 4-H club was chosen county winner of the 1952 4-H Radio Speaking contest held at the West Central School Monday evening. She also won the contest a year ago. Miss Henrichs will represent Stevens County at the district contest in Fergus Falls on Friday, Feb. 22. There she will compete with the county champions from Traverse, Grant, Pope, Douglas and East Ottertail counties. Gertie Kruize, also of the Rendsville club, was chosen reserve champion. Mary Lou Kness and Dianne Bormann of St. Mary's, Roselia Graham of Framnas, Vernell Schaefer of Hodges, Joan Erdahl of Donnelly Ever Ready, and Barbara Henrichs, also of Rendsville, were the other contestants.

Col. R.H. Krueger, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Krueger of Morris, is commandant of a new AAA Officer Candidate School at Fort Bliss, Texas. The new OCS at Fort Bliss was opened last Nov. 19 with a total of 193 candidates from six Army areas in the United States. Approximately 2,500 officer candidates will be the yearly quota for the school.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of February 17, 1972

The Chokio American Legion Post has selected Tom Schuster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Schuster of Chokio, to attend Boy's State which will be held in June at St. John's College, Collegeville. Kevin Asmus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Asmus of Chokio, was selected as alternate. The boys are juniors at C-A and were chosen from among the scholastic top one-third of their class.

A group of Morris junior high students under the supervision of teacher, Miss Paula Nelson, have formed an ecology club named KEEP (Keep Earth's Environment Pure). In their concern about the environment problem the club decided to do something constructive towards ecology in the area and several weeks ago began a project to collect cans and take them to a recycling plant in St. Paul. Some of the junior high students in the club are Amy Vikander, Sue Granger, Sara Imholte and Julie LaFave. The club is presently raising money to pay for the transportation of the cans to St. Paul and to finance future projects.

Commander Clayton Anderson of Walter Tripp Post, American Legion Post, kicked off the "Gift of Life" program for 1972. According to Mrs. Adolph Olson, president of the American Legion Auxiliary, "It is estimated that more than one hundred persons will require kidney transplants in Minnesota during the next 12 months. We are told that it will require a pool of approximately 100,000 organ donor registrants in our state if we are going to meet the ongoing need for transplantable organs. Under the gift of life program any person may register to allow their organs to be used at the time of their death for transplant purposes." Commander Anderson and President Mrs. Olson have named Harvey Mathison and Mrs. Clyde Neal of the American Legion and Auxiliary as chairmen to head the 1972 Gift of Life program in the community.

Chester H. Larsen was honored at an Appreciation Banquet held at the Four Seasons Supper Club on Saturday night, Feb. 5. Mr. Larsen had been employed by the Production Credit Association of Morris from June, 1947 to Jan. 31, 1972 and was general manager of the association since 1950. He is now vice president of the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of St. Paul. Mr. Larsen was presented with a gift from the association. Don Beers was emcee of a short program which included a resume of the nearly 25 years that Mr. Larsen was employed by the PCA of Morris.

The Chokio-Alberta senior physics students and instructor Mrs. Ruth Anderson visited Concordia College in Moorhead last week to conduct experiments with radioactive materials. They also had time for visiting other departments of the college. C-A students Maria Berg, Gail Marty and Katie Reichmuth were a few who worked on a half-life experiment during their visit to the Concordia college physics laboratory.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of February 13, 1992

The overall number of cases handled by the Stevens County Sheriff's Dept. in 1991 was down from the number in 1990- "which is good," Sheriff Larry Sayre said. And the overall number of incidents handled by the Morris Police Department was down in 1991 compared to 1990, according to information from Police Chief Curt Wiese. He called it a real steady year- "nothing that really jumps out." Wiese said he thinks that the lack of major cases means the proactive approach the department has been taking is working.

Three teams from the Morris area will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament this Saturday, at South Junior High School in St. Cloud. This is the first year for OM in Morris, and coordinator Char Zinda said there are seven teams, but only three chose to compete. In OM, teams are given long term assignments to complete and then will be given spontaneous problems at the tournament.

A swimming pool/recreational facility is back before the community. The City Council voted Tuesday night to form an advisory committee to examine the feasibility of a municipal swimming pool and recreational facility. The proposal to the Council was from the newest member Ron Pollworth. Getting a facility of some kind, with pool or ice arena, had been one of the issues raised in the council election last fall. Mayor Lee Swanson said that naming an advisory committee does not mean that the City sanctions the idea at this time.

Queen candidates for Sno Week, at MAHS, are Kristi Erickson, Kim Schulz, Jenny Pew, Brenda Staebler and Paula Hatlestad. Sno Week King candidates are Eric Rose, Jon Bock, Nick Hennen, Andy Watzke and Joe Swenson. The coronation is Saturday night at the MAHS auditorium. Admission is a food-shelf item.