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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 11, 1952

The annual district 21 high school Music Contest and Festival will be held at Morris April 18 and 19, with a record number of entries reported in the big event. Well over a thousand young musicians will be here during the two-day affair. Walter Sarlette, instrumental director in the Morris schools, is chairman of the district 21 committee and Supt. Frank Fox of this city is general chairman of the Contest-Festival.

Stevens County was one of thirty-seven counties in Minnesota in which more U.S. Defense bonds of all series, E, F and G, were sold in March than in the corresponding month a year ago, according to monthly sales figures released this week by Darrell Bandy, state bond director. Sales in Stevens County in March, 1952, were $41,007, compared with sales of $24,612 in the corresponding month a year ago. A good share of the ground regained in sales was accredited to counties most active in payroll savings campaigns and to an upsurge in bond-a-month plans encouraged as a public service by Minnesota bankers.

Emmett Barder was elected president of the Morris Teachers Association at its meeting Monday evening, succeeding Dan Moriarty who has headed the organization for the past two years. Mr. Moriarty is also a member of the executive committee of the West Central Education Association. Miss Harriet Halverson succeeds Mrs. Dagny Prickett as vice-president; Miss Ione Lindor is secretary, succeeding Miss Ella Juvlund; and Miss Olga Strand is treasurer, a position held the last year by Miss Charis Jones.

Orville Waller has purchased the Sugar Bowl Cafe in this city from Harry Sunquist and took possession of the business this week. The Sugar Bowl is now closed and will be closed for about a week, said Mr. Waller, while extensive remodeling and redecorating is done to the interior. The new owner plans to install a backbar and a number of booths. The booths, together with a single counter, will replace the former horseshoe counter in the place. Mr. Waller formerly owned and operated the Atlantic Cafe here.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 13, 1972

The Morris senior high school production of Eugene O'Neill's drama "Beyond the Horizon" has completed rehearsals and will present the play April 14 and 15. One scene, a fight scene, is rehearsed by cast members Peter Timmons, Rick Yerigan, Linda Jesness, Steve Schmidgall and Steve Sherstad.

More than 100 doctors and nurses from west central Minnesota participated in the day-long Coronary Care Seminar at the Sunwood Inn Motel last Saturday. A few participants included Jean Cosgriff, In-Service Director, Stevens County Memorial Hospital, local program coordinator for the seminar; Jacqueline Heubsch, R.N., CCU Training Program, St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Paul; Bob Rose, Administrator, Stevens County Memorial Hospital, and Dr. John McBride, cardiologist from St. John's Hospital, St. Paul.

The formal grand opening celebration at the Four Seasons Supper Club which started Wednesday will continue through Sunday, announces Wayne Smith, new proprietor of the club. Special menus, special entertainment and daily prize drawings are highlights of the grand opening affair.

SR.E1 Tone William Schmidt graduated from Navy Recruit Training on March 31 at San Diego, Calif., and is currently spending a two weeks leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Schmidt. He will be assigned to Navy School in San Diego on April 20.

A 246-mile underground natural gas pipeline that will pass close to Chokio and angle southeasterly across Stevens County was approved last Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR said the path of the 16-inch, pressurized line was found to have "minimal effect on the environment" and "the best possible alternative" among several routes. The pipeline will be buried a minimum of three feet and the surface returned to its original use.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 16, 1992

Roy Larson of Morris has been named vice president for division operations in Minnesota and South Dakota by Otter Tail Power Company. Larson will succeed Bill Giesen who plans to retire in October. Larson is currently Otter Tail division manager at Morris. The Otter Tail board of directors approved his nomination at a board meeting in Fergus Falls. He has been employed by Otter Tail since 1968; he was promoted to division manager in Morris in May 1980.

Three members of the Morris Area High School Speech Team progressed to the final round of Region 6A competition April 11 in Barnesville. Cara Mathison, a sophomore, placed third in the overall competition and is the first alternate to the state competition in Forest Lake. Junior Suzie Dosdall placed sixth overall with her Creative Expression piece. Moira O'Reilly, grade 8, received honorable mention in Extemporaneous Speaking. Sara Huntley (Informative Speaking), Camille Holmgren (Discussion) and Sadie McNally (Drama) also qualified to participate in the Region 6A tournament.

Three Morris FFAers received "Star" awards from the chapter recently. Troy Minners (Star Award, given to top FFA member receiving Chapter Degree), David Huebner (Star Farmer), and Galen Luthi (Star Agribusinessman). Della Luthi was the recipient of the Honorary FFA Degree.