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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 20, 1952

More than 2,000 farmers, some of them coming from distances of more than 100 miles, witnessed demonstrations of an estimated $200,000 worth of modern hay making machinery. This "Hay Day", first of its kind at the West Central station, was sponsored jointly by the University of Minnesota and "The Farmer" magazine, with the cooperation of the implement dealers in the area who made the machinery available for the day.

The Morris Deanery of the Diocese of St. Cloud will commemorate the centennary of the diocese with a Field Mass in the East Side Park, Morris, on June 23. His Excellency, the Most Rev. Peter W. Bartholome, Coadjutor Bishop of St. Cloud, will pontificate at the Field Mass. The general chairman for the program is the Rt. Rev. Monsignor John Fearon of Morris, with the assistance of the pastors of the Deanery-from Chokio, Browns Valley, Collis, Dumont, Wheaton, Tintah, Herman and Donnelly. The music for the Mass will be sung by the Young People's Choir of Assumption parish under the direction of Sister Jeanette and Sister Cecelia, O.S.F.

Dalton E. "Bob" Nelson has joined the staff of the Morris Sun and Tribune and heads the advertising department of these newspapers. He has had considerable and varied experience in the advertising, public relations and newspaper fields. Mr. Nelson built radio station KNOX in Grand Forks, N.D. in 1946-47. During 1949-50 he published the McIntosh (Minn.) Times.

Six young people were confirmed by Rev. Raymond Mattock in the Pepperton Methodist Church on May 25. Confirmed were Patricia Ernst, Richard Laager, Diana Laager, Lois Blomgren, Joel Busch and Rita Blomgren.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of June 20, 1972

Kids, hundreds of them, were certainly kingpins for the day in Morris when the annual Fireman's Day was sponsored by the Morris Fire Department and one of the big thrills for the youngsters was rides around the city on fire trucks. Groups of kids toured the city aboard a fire truck between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., courtesy of the local firemen. Treats and a free movie program at the Morris Theatre added up to quite a day for the kids. Grownups were not entirely forgotten by the firemen either for in the evening the department sponsored a dance at the 9-F Sportsmen's Center.

Robin Dunnum of Morris is one of approximately 250 high school musicians from five states who are spending this week at the Dorian Music Camp on the campus of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. In addition to practice sessions in the massed groups, the students will have an opportunity for private lessons and section rehearsals, to study conducting, music theory and music literature and to participate in a string seminar or jazz ensemble.

Morris city voters will trek to the polls today for a special election involving the two questions of Sunday liquor in Morris and the subsidization of taxi service in this city. Voters will ballot on the question of the city granting licenses to hotels, restaurants and clubs for the sale of liquor on Sunday, and on the matter of the city subsidizing taxi service in an amount not to exceed $2,500 per year.

Cadet Raymond M. Farwell, Alberta, is one of 63 National Guardsmen and Army Reservists who have started the junior cadet phase of the Minnesota Military Academy during annual field training at Camp Ripley. Junior cadets will advance to the intermediate phase consisting of 12 intensive weekend training sessions during the year, and will return to Camp Ripley as senior cadets for annual field training in 1973.

Minnesota Highway Patrol teams which will enforce the state's new highway noise limit law have undergone training in the use of the noise measuring devices they will employ. Enforcement will begin this month at locations throughout the state. Under a 1971 law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle whose gross weight is 6,000 pounds or more or a motorcycle which scores more than 90 decibels of sound on the "A" scale at speeds above 35 miles per hour.

Ten students from this area were graduated on May 25 from the Willmar Area Vocational-Technical Institute. They were William Van Kempen, David Pedersen, Wayne Stoneburg, Dave Wulf, Donald Raasch, Michael Hadler, Barb Mattheis, David Schulz, James Root and Gene Struck.

Richard Felstul, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Felstul of this city, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in a ceremony conducted in Fridley, in the garden at the home of his sister, Mrs. Gerald Tollefson. Attending the commissioning ceremony from here were Mr. and Mrs. Felstul and Becky and Mr. and Mrs. Cal Mattheis and Mark. Lt. Felstul, who was graduated Thursday evening from the University of Minnesota, will report for duty in the flight program of the Marine Corps at Pensacola, Fla. on July 14. He and his wife, the former Debbie Mattheis, are currently visiting at the homes of their parents until he reports for duty.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of June 16, 1992

The MAHS softball Tigers received their third place trophy and the Sportsmanship banner at the conclusion of their state experience. Tigers head coach Mary Holmberg and assistant coach George Graff were proud of the Tigers win. Team players are Jean Tate, Erin Ersted, Sara Kiser, Jenny Henrichs, Jaime Caba, Jenny Brandt, Jill Carlsen, Krista Mohr, Kelly Fults, Michelle Ersted, Lisa Paulson, Renee Weiler and Tiff Lesmeister.

Charles Glasrud, a Morris attorney, was recently presented the Advocacy Achievement Award by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM). Glasrud, a member of the 260-attorney LSNM Judicare Panel, was recognized "for outstanding legal work making a difference to the disadvantaged." LSNM selects one attorney from the Sixteenth District Bar Association area each year to receive the award. That district covers six counties in west central Minnesota.

The Morris Area Academic Challenge program made a return visit to Houston, Texas for elite-level competition to climax the '92 season. The four MAHS competitors are Nathan Kieffer, Camille Holmgren, Karl Holmgren and Jon Bock. Morris scored an average of 240 points in three preliminary matches but didn't qualify for the championship round.

Jessica Larson and Kelly Larson, both of Morris, were amongst the 370 UMM seniors receiving degrees at commencement exercises last Friday.

The Veterans' Memorial was installed last Wednesday, at the corner of College Ave. and E. 7th St., next to Summit Cemetery. The American Legion Post 29 has been a major contributor to the project with an $8000 donation, but more donations are needed to complete the project. An avenue of flags will be installed later. The memorial will also be dedicated later this summer. Contributions of money for the project or casket size flags may be left at the Chamber of Commerce office.