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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 5, 1952

Grant G. Gray of Morris flashed a $200 smile after he won the Wampum money last Wednesday. Gray received his winnings from Ben Watters, chairman of the Retail Trade committee of the Morris Civic and Commerce association.

A stubborn fire destroyed approximately 375 bales of new slough hay and about 50 bales of straw at the John E. Anderson farm north of Morris on Thursday. The fire, believed to have started from the heating hay, was discovered shortly after 12 o'clock noon. The Morris and Donnelly fire departments were summoned to the farm. A smoldering fire continued in the hay for several days and constant watch was maintained to keep it from breaking out again. Sunday's heavy rain finally helped to squelch the fire.

W.F. Cooley, Stevens County service officer, announced yesterday he now has on hand application forms to enable Korean veterans to apply for mustering-out pay. All who have served after June 27, 1950, and were discharged before July 16, 1952, should apply.

Premium list books for the 79th annual Stevens County Fair were completed in the shop of The Sun and The Tribune last week and on Friday were put into the mails to go to families throughout the county. Current indications are that there will be an abundance of exhibits at the fair, Aug. 22-24, reports Secretary Ralph Smith. There will be no swine exhibits however, in accordance with an order received from the State Livestock Sanitary Board last week. The order banned all swine shows until further notice because of an outbreak of vesicular exanthema, a virus disease which has appeared in hogs in some neighboring states.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 8, 1972

Henry Erdahl, vice chairman, Howe Anderson, chairman, and Marvin Bruer, regular member of the Stevens county ASCS committee, met with Dean Paulson, executive director of the county ASCS office at a noon luncheon at the Sunwood Inn on July 26 to honor Mr. Bruer for ten years of services a county committeeman in the Stevens County ASCS office. Mr. Bruer received a ten-year pin as well as a certificate signed by the state committee chairman. Mr. Bruer will retire from ASCS service this fall and will be replaced by an individual elected in the ASCS elections.

Theodore S. Storck was graduated Aug. 4 from the Los Angeles Police Academy as a Los Angeles police officer. Officer Storck has been assigned to the patrol section of the West Los Angeles Division. This division, the largest in the city of Los Angeles, covers the Santa Monica Mountains and beach areas of the city. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony M. Storck of Morris, he has a brother, Richard, on the Minneapolis police force.

A soil scientist who has just been elected to a three-year term on the council of the Soil Conservation Society of America will be a soil scientist for the Agricultural Research Service at the USDA North Central Soil Conservation Research Center at Morris, effective Aug. 20. He is W.C. (Bill) Moldenhauer, soil scientist, Soil and Water Conservation Research Division, Agricultural Research Service, and professor of agronomy at Iowa State University at Ames. Moldenhauer will represent the West North Central Region which includes the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

Greg Schwartz will come to Stevens County from Sibley County, where he is associate extension agent, to be extension agent in this county. He will fill the vacancy occasioned by the recent resignation of Leif Lie.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of August 4, 1992

A remote-driven vehicle built from ideas of MN/DOT workers in the Morris District could save the lives of highway workers around the country. Glenn Berkman, equipment shop supervisor at the Morris office of MN/DOT, was demonstrating the remote driven vehicle (RDV) for spouses of employees at the annual employee picnic last Friday. What it does is provide work site safety-protecting highway crews and the person who would be driving a shadow vehicle during road work. The crash cushion on the back of the truck would prevent injuries and deaths. The whole unit is designed to be hit.

Seventy-nine children from 29 communities in four states will take the stage along with five professional actors in the world premiere of Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's version of "Peter Pan" Aug. 6-9 at Roosevelt Hall in Barrett. Jason Burt of Morris plays Peter opposite Amanda Peterfish of Alexandria as Wendy in this unusual adaptation of the J.M. Barrie novel. Other Morris area children in the production are: Lizzie Johnson as one of the Lost Kids; Luke Smith, Mandy Leroux and Caleb Stengel and Paula Lesmeister as Beasts; and Brianna Ring as one of the Indians.