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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 8, 1952

The privilege of representing Stevens County at the state fair, a cash award, and other prizes donated by the Morris Civic and Commerce Association are among the awards which will go to winners when more than 60 Stevens County 4-H young people who are enrolled in the bread project will compete at the West Central School. Miss Evelyn Morrow, district home supervisor, will judge the contestants' work and products.

Cpl. James J. McRoberts left on Saturday of last week for Camp Rucker, Ala. after spending his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis McRoberts, and with other relatives and friends.

A.F. Reidner filed Saturday for the re-election as representative in the state legislature from Stevens County. Mr. Reidner, former deputy county auditor and register of deeds for 26 years in Stevens County, will be seeking his fifth term as representative.

EMFA Joseph R. Michels of Newport, R. I. came Wednesday to visit at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs W.J. Michels. He is due to report at Newport again on July 16.

Bob Pollard, stellar center fielder for the Morris Eagles, is blasting West Central league pitching at a .395 clip to lead his mates in this department and to rank right near the top in league averages. Pollard, since joining the club on June 15, has rapped out 17 hits in 43 official times at bat. His hits have included six doubles and one home run. He has drawn seven bases on balls.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 11, 1972

A double anniversary was observed July 2 in the parlors of the Kongsvinger Church where Mr. and Mrs. George Jergenson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary along with their son and daughter-in-law, Rev. and Mrs. Conrad Jergenson of St. James, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The elder Jergensons, both of whom will observe their 90th birthday anniversaries this year, were married on July 17, 65 years ago. Rev. and Mrs. Conrad Jergenson were married on July 25, 1947, 25 years ago.

An open house in which numerous farm and other community organizations in the county will participate will be held in the Morris Senior High School gymnasium July 16 to honor Leif Lie, whose resignation as Stevens County agricultural agent became effective July 1. The county-wide affair, is being held as a gesture of appreciation to Mr. Lie for his 26 years of capable and effective work as agricultural agent in the county.

E.L. Dosdall of Hodges Township, chairman of the board of county commissioners for the past six years, filed last Thursday for re-election to the board from the fourth commissioner district. His filing was the third received at the office of County Auditor Elmer F. Anderson following the opening of the filing period Wednesday. Filing for re-election to the county board on Wednesday were Commissioner Paul Larson from the First district and Commissioner Wallace Staples from the Third district. Clerk of Court Elmer T. Jacobson, the fourth county official whose term expires this year, announced last week that he will not be a candidate for re-election to that office.

Harold Kaehler of Morris had a "rocket in his pocket" Saturday night as he won the 20-lap Mid-Season Championship for the Stock Class, as well as winning the heat race and the Trophy Dash. Harold drove 44, a 1962 Oldsmobile. There were over 1100 race fans on hand Saturday to see 29 cars tow in. That's a new record for the number of cars at the races in Morris. The pay-out was $1,000, as there was extra money added for the Mid-Season race that paid $200 alone. In the Stock heat race 17 cars were entered with Kaehler taking top honors.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of July 7, 1992

Morris Area Boy Scout Troop #467 conducted its spring Court of Honor Ceremony on June 14, at the Pomme de Terre Park Shelter. The Court of Honor recognizes Boy Scouts for their achievements completed during the past four months. Senior Patrol Leader Ryan Donovan introduced the Court of Honor. Dominic Lundebrek served as Master of Ceremonies for the program. The colors were presented by Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Tim Busian and Raccoon Patrol Leader Chris Brustuen. Local Scout officials for the 1991-92 year were recognized. These included: Scoutmaster Leroy Aker, Assistant Scoutmasters Andy Lopez and Lyle Lundebrek; Local Committee Chair David Day; Unit Commissioner Tom Turner, Merit Badge Coordinator Gary Donovan; and Sheldon Giese, treasurer.

Margaret Payne of Morris received one of 12 honorable mention awards in the Minnesota Monthly "Great Ideas" contest. According to the July issue of Minnesota Monthly, they "asked readers to come up with great ideas to make Minnesota an even better place to live." Payne's idea was for a "checkoff for scholarships for distinguished or disadvantaged students of the state university, college or technical school systems. These dollars would support the future leaders of the state."

Threshing Bee Queen Kris Wilke, a royal ambassador on behalf of the Donnelly community, was featured on a unit in the Hancock Fourth of July parade. The Threshing Bee is an end-of-summer highlight on the summer festival calendar in western Minnesota.

Five area students were included on the Moorhead State University Dean's List for spring quarter. Named to list from Morris were: April Lynn Hanson, Lori Marie Hoffman, Lori Kay Mahoney, Kristin Kay Wente and Nancy Jean Woodke.