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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 28, 1952

Eleven Morris high school students earned "superior" ratings in district speech competition at Chokio Tuesday and thereby earned the right to enter the regional contest at Detroit Lakes next Monday. Of the 11 students who were given "superiors" for their work in the district meet, seven were members of Mrs. Josephine Mangan's discussion group. Eight local young people were in the discussion competition and all but one of them earned their way to the regional. The seven were Coleen Miller, Frances Mich, Donna Cook, Gloria Abel, Marlene Sievert, Mary Christian and Joanne Erdahl. The other local winners at Chokio were Wanda Splitstoser in memorized oratory, Shirley Thurmer in original oratory, and Elaine Brudwick in manuscript reading.

The 20th anniversary of the Church of the Nazarene in Alberta will be observed with special services on Sunday, March 30. Three services have been scheduled, announced Rev. G.W. Schafer, pastor. Rev. S.C. Taylor of Fargo, N.D., who organized the Alberta congregation on March 27, 1932, will be the guest speaker at the anniversary services.

New pharmacist follows father's profession--Miss Ann Hadley of Minneapolis, who has accepted a position at the Sylvander Drug store in Morris and will enter on her duties here April 1, is following in her father's footsteps, profession-wise. Miss Hadley is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Willard J. Hadley. Her father is a professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota and is secretary of the Minnesota State Pharmaceutical Association.

Miss Betty Edson, who plays third trumpet in the Sioux City, Iowa Symphony Orchestra while attending Morningside College in that city, describes as a "big thrill" her opportunity to play with the orchestra in a concert last Friday evening at which Oscar Levant, famed pianist, was guest artist.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 30, 1972

The first annual meeting of the Provisional League of Women Voters of Stevens County will be held on Tuesday, April 11, at the Four Seasons Supper Club. Highlighting the evening will be an address by Mary Ann McCoy, president of the Minnesota League of Women Voters. Mrs. McCoy informed the Stevens County League that the state board has recommended to the national board that it be recognized as a local league following an 18-month provisional period. It is hoped that acceptance by the national board will be announced at the annual meeting.

As of March 15, Les Tiller of East Peoria, Ill., is the new owner of the Shell Cafe in Morris, having purchased the business from Mrs. Josephine Cline of Alberta. Mr. Tiller has no plans to reside in Morris and is presently looking for a manager for his new business.

The city council at a special meeting Monday evening appointed a number of city officials, approved appointments of other city employees and approved salaries for officials and other employees. City officials appointed by the council were: William J. Smith, city manager; Gordon L. Kolden, city manager; Henry Hull Jr., chief of police; Henry Hull Jr., ambulance administrator; Ray Leuthard, liquor store manager; John Getchell, fire chief; Margaret Grove, librarian; Warren Hood, Civil Defense director; Dr. R. M. Watson, health officer; William J. Smith, zoning administrator; LeRoy Krueger, plumbing inspector; Harvey Richardson, city assessor; Larry Pearson, building inspector. Appointments by the city manager approved by the council were: Gregory Jordahl, engineering aid; Marlys Bacon and Bonita Carlson, city office; William Storck, crew foreman; Cliff Sax, Dwayne Flannigan, James Storck Jr., Dale Crow, Thomas Brandt, Gilbert Schmidgall, Dennis Halverson and Darrell Hadler, street crew; Dewey Merritt, parking meters; DeWayne Michaelson, shop; Leland Arnold, water superintendent; Glen Helberg, water department; Louis Fischbach and Walter Ross, liquor store; Milo Brunkow, airport; Carl Tomalla, dump. Appointments by the chief of police which were approved were: Warren Hood, Robert Hockert, Jack Drinkwitz, David Stevenson, Ronald Smith, police officers; Clarice Yerigan and Dorene Jerzak, radio operators; Geraldine Anderson, police department.

Judy Hockert, a 10th grade student at Morris Senior High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hockert, was chosen "Model Teen-Ager" in a contest sponsored by the Ladies Auxilliary of the VFW Charles Leuthard Post 5039, Morris. Mrs. Gunda Fogle, Youth Activities chairman for the local auxilliary, announced the winner. Wallace Behm, senior high school principal, and Don Fellows, counselor, selected the candidates who participated in the contest. Judy has been very active in community service work, having donated 416 hours of volunteer work in various community service projects during the past eight months.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 2, 1992

The Morris Area School Board dedicated the recently completed addition to the Morris Area High School last Sunday. Voters had approved the $4.3 million expansion in May, 1990. New facilities--built in two phases--include 13 classrooms, locker area for seventh and eighth grade students, a media center, interactive classroom three computer labs at the high school and two at the elementary school, fire safety improvements to both buildings, gymnasium, wrestling room, weight room and expanded maintenance and food storage areas. Superintendent Dennis Rettke said that the project not only added space, but actually improved the function of the whole building. He said it has been a satisfying and challenging task to take the project from the original vision to completion; and he recognized the custodial staff, and Building and Grounds Supervisor Jerry Freese for their special work "beyond the call of duty" in getting the addition ready to open on time last fall. Following the dedication ceremony, school officials conducted tours of the building.

Sue Dieter, news director of radio station KMRS/KKOK in Morris, has been elected president of the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters. Dieter had served as the group's vice president. She succeeds news director Pete Schultz of radio station KGHS/KSDM in International Falls. The elections were held at the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters annual meeting in Minneapolis.

Ruth Fries, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kiser of Morris, made the dean's list for winter quarter at Northwestern College in St. Paul. Fries is a junior in math education. She is a 1989 graduate of Morris Area High School.

City Center Drug recognized- Enesco Corporation, one of the world's leading gift and collectibles producers, has announced that City Center Drug in Morris has been awarded the designation of 1992 Distinguished Service Retailer for the Enesco Precious Moments Collection. Fewer than one thousand retailers in the world have received this designation, according to Enesco President and CEO Eugene Freedman.