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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 20, 1952

Pvt. James F. Thedin left Thursday evening of last week for Ft. Knox, Ky., after spending a five-day leave here at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thedin. He is with the 3rd Armored Division at Fort Knox where he just recently completed his basic training. He has now been assigned to an eight weeks school in the Signal Corps at Fort Knox.

A new curfew ordinance affecting young people in Morris under the age of 18 or who have not completed the equivalent of 12 full terms of public school was adopted by the city commission at its meeting last Wednesday evening and becomes effective two weeks thereafter. The ordinance prohibits such young people from being on the streets of the city after 10 p.m. from Sept. 15 to June 1 unless accompanied by an adult having them in charge, or by express direction of parents or guardians, or on designated errands, or unless returning to their homes from attendance at school, church, entertainment or amusement. From June 1 to Sept. 15 the deadline is midnight.

Ten new homes are built in Meadowbrook in Morris. Six of the 10 new homes in the development will be three-bedroom one story ramblers with full basements. Two will be two-bedroom one story homes with attic expansion space and full basements. The other two will be two-bedroom one story homes without basements. All the homes are FHA approved and construction supervised. The homes, incorporating many outstanding construction details, are expected to be ready for occupancy by Aug. 1.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 16, 1972

VFW Auxiliary Buddy Poppy chairwoman, Mrs. Henry Lembcke and Alvin Erickson, Post Buddy Poppy Chairman, displayed the hundreds of VFW Buddy Poppies that will go on sale in the area May 18 to 20, and the posters and campaign canisters that will appear in many of the community's business places. Mayor Chester Larsen of Morris has signed a proclamation urging citizens to contribute generously to the 50th annual VFW Buddy Poppy campaign.

Stevens County is one of ten counties in Minnesota in which the new Water Bank Program will operate in 1972, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The Water Bank Program authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into agreements with operators and owners in important migratory waterfowl nesting and breeding areas to preserve, restore and improve the nation's wetlands. Agreements will be for a period of 10 years and may be renewed for additional 10-year periods subject to such provisions that the Secretary determines to be desirable. To qualify for an agreement, a farm must have eligible type 3, 4, or 5 wetlands and some appropriate adjacent land which comprise a viable nesting and breeding area for migratory waterfowl. In all cases a field inspection will be necessary to determine the eligibility of the acreage offered for agreement.

Army Specialist Four Alan L. Werk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey W. Werk of Herman, recently was awarded the Combat Medical Badge in Vietnam. Spec. Werk received the award for service as a Medical Aidman while under hostile fire. The badge marks the wearer as a medical specialist who has accompanied a combat unit into action, and who has performed under the most trying circumstances.

The Stevens County Historical Society is making plans to celebrate the start of "the second hundred years" by observing Wadsworth Trail Days, June 4 through June 8. Opening day of the celebration will be June 4 with a tour of historic sites in the county. This will be similar to the one sponsored two years ago.

Rodney A. Briggs, former provost of the University of Minnesota, Morris, more recently acting secretary of the University's board of regents, was named executive assistant to University President Malcolm Moos at the regents' meeting last week.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of May 21, 1992

Desert Storm veteran Earl Cline will be the speaker for this year's Memorial Day program in Morris. The program, sponsored by the American Legion Post 29, will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, May 25, in the Morris Area Middle School Auditorium.

Gail Nelson was a write-in winner in the Morris Area School Board contest Tuesday. Nelson received 177 votes, ousting incumbent Elizabeth Harris, who had 91 votes. The other incumbent, Doug Wulf, won reelection with 223 votes. A total of 262 votes were cast in the Morris Area District, down from 355 voters last year when three candidates had filed for the two positions.

The City of Morris could be asked to change its voting wards for the County Commissioners' redistricting. County Board chair Jerry Loher asked City Manager Ed Larson Tuesday, if the ward boundaries could be changed. Larson told him that the City wards are set up for the convenience of voters. Loher said one of the possible redistricting plans being considered was moving all the residents in Ward I-A who live on the south side of W. 5th St. into Ward III. He said that would be enough of a change to equalize populations and retain the rest of the present boundaries of Commissioner District 5.

The B-Bop Hair Shop will have its grand opening Thursday and Friday, May 21 and 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Come in and meet stylists Jean Pew, Jamie Beyer (owner), and Darla Nelson. B-Bop Hair Shop is located at 11 East 7th Street.