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60 Years Ago--Items taken from the Sun of August 28, 1952

Minnesota county "key" volunteer leaders in the 1952 Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation polio fund appeal is now under way. The leaders toured the Kenny polio treatment center as their afternoon highlight of the all-day meeting at the Nicollet Hotel which "kicked off" Minnesota's drive to raise its $482,640 quota. Neil Messick Jr., Minnesota's state Kenny drive chairman shook hands with Kenny therapist Vivian Hannan and thanked her for having conducted the group on the tour. Locals that attended include Mrs. Pat Knoll, Big Stone County chairman, Correll; Mrs. Ray Corson, Big Stone County city chairman, Ortonville; Mrs. Ed Dablow, Stevens County co-chairman, Morris; Mrs. George Cruze, county co-chairman, Morris; Miss Patti Knoll, Big Stone County guest, Correll; Mrs. Roy Steiner, Big Stone County worker, Ortonville.

A severe wind and hail storm swept sections of the county Monday evening, Aug. 18. On the Twenhart Olson farm, the barn was blown down and a silo was razed during the storm. Twenty-five or more neighbors, other friends and relatives worked the next couple of days after the storm clearing up debris or assisting with the field work while the ladies assisted in preparing meals at the Olson home for the volunteer helpers.

Ten more Stevens County young men, comprising the August Selective Service call from this county left Morris Monday morning for induction into the armed forces of the nation. Included in the contingent were the following: John A. Andert, Alberta; Douglas Berchem (transferred from Little Falls); Donald L. Bjorlin, Donnelly; Bernard Evink, Morris; Kenneth Harstad, Donnelly; Lloyd W. Heintzelman, Morris; Harold C. Krenz, Hancock; Albert L. Tomoson, Alberta; John C. Zeltwanger, Hancock; Danford B. Zentner, Chokio. On behalf of the Morris Civic and Commerce association the young men were presented with cigarette lighters before their departure Monday morning. Mrs. Vern Scheil, draft board clerk, announced yesterday that the September draft call from this county is for two men who will leave here Sept. 9. Eight men are being called from this county on Sept. 8 for pre-induction physicals.

Mrs. C.I. Hemming, formerly of Morris, was recently appointed public health nurse in Todd County and entered on her new duties last week. Mrs. Hemming was public health nurse in Stevens County for a number of years and filled the position most capably.

Another generally successful Stevens County Fair was written into the records over the weekend as the 79th annual exposition came to a close Sunday evening. Despite the break from the weatherman, the attendance lagged behind that of last year, however. Several probable reasons have been cited for the drop. One is the current polio outbreak in the state, with four cases being reported recently in this county.

Playing a big part in the success of the Stevens County Fair as a display center for products and articles raised or made by county residents were members of the 4-H clubs of the county. The club boys and girls had approximately 2,500 exhibits at the fair and their department was the largest, by a considerable margin, of any single department at the exposition. There were 11 4-H club booths, with Framnas Club winning the booth championship and the St. Mary's Club the reserve championship. The booths of the Rendsville, Donnelly Ever-Ready, Baker and Scott Clubs won blue ribbon ratings. The Horton, Smiling 4-H'ers and Swan Lake Clubs won red ribbon ratings, and the Peppy Peppers and Morris Busy Bees earned white ratings.

C.G. Clark, proprietor of the Morris Bowling Center, last week was appointed to a federal civil service position as meat inspector in the Hormel plant in Austin and left Sunday for that city to enter on his new work. The local bowling alleys, which are scheduled to be opened next Saturday evening for another season, will be under the management of Mrs. Clark.

40 Years Ago -- Items taken from the Sun of August 15, 1972

"Stepping into Fashion" were 85 young 4-H models as they modeled garments in the 1972 Dress Revue last Thursday evening at the Morris junior high school auditorium. Winning top honors for the evening were Bev Hector and Julie Sax of the Rendsville 4-H Club. Evelyn Healy, Hodges 4-H, was named alternate. Evelyn and Julie will represent Stevens County at the State Fair as Bev will be going down with her winning demonstration. Girls named to the Court of Honor were: Nancy Kampmeier and Mary Schuster of Baker 4-H; Cindy Roesler and Bev Stroman, of Scott 4-H; Judy Zeltwanger and Evelyn Healy, of Hodges 4-H; Sheila Bruns, Linda Sax, Julie Sax and Bev Hector, of Rendsville 4-H; Karen Horning, of Eldorado 4-H; and Rosemary Bakker, Moore 4-H. Adding a television flavor to the performance was Gary Perkins of KCMT-TV, who acted as master of ceremonies.

Herman will dedicate its new municipal airport on Aug. 20. The Herman Development Corporation has planned a festive aeronautical celebration, with skydivers, a jet fly-over, a radio-controlled model airplane demonstration, a U.S. Army helicopter, and a display of home built and agricultural aircraft.

George Libbon, rural Chokio, has been selected as the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District "Conservation Farmer" for this year, it was announced Monday. Mr. Libbon farms 400 acres in Eldorado Township and began working on his conservation plan in 1967 when he became a district co-operator.

Red Cross Bloodmobile representatives honored Mrs. Florence Stambaugh of Morris with a Certificate of Appreciation for more than 25 years of cooperation with the Red Cross during the bloodmobile visit here last week. Presenting the certificate were Louise Clark, head nurse of the St. Paul Regional Bloodmobile and Don Madsen, Stevens County blood program chairman. Mrs. Stambaugh, who has served in many areas of Red Cross work over the years, is presently Stevens County chapter chairman for the American Red Cross.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nelson, formerly of Cottage Grove, are the new owners of the Cruze Electric and Sporting Store in Morris and will take over active management of the store today. The store will continue under the name of Cruze Electric and Sporting Store. The Nelsons purchased business from Kenneth Cruze, who has been owner and part owner of the business for 26 years. The Cruze Electric and Sporting Store was founded 26 years ago by Verne and Kenneth Cruze and was operated by them as a partnership until 1958 when Verne sold his interest in the business to his brother, and the latter has continued to operate the store since that time. Kenneth Cruze is currently a candidate for clerk of district court in Stevens County.

Two Swan Lake Township farm wives can "bear-ly" wait for the Stevens County Fair to open Friday so they can begin marketing the toy bears they have been working on for several months. Mrs. Roy Jesness and Mrs. Arnold Strand have reserved a booth at the fair and will have on display and for sale a variety of more than one hundred completely washable panda, koala, polar and teddy bears in an assortment of colors.

Sister Audrey Jean Loher, O.S.F., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Loher, Morris, this year celebrates her Silver Jubilee as a religious. Sister Audrey Jean is serving in the foreign mission of Mocachi in the Andes Mountains of Peru and will not be home for the celebration.

Among the young people from this community who have been accepted for enrollment at the University of Minnesota, Morris and will begin classes on Sept. 25 are: Susan Smith, Terry Cook, Lynn Christiansen, Mike Behm, Sue Tomlinson, Nancy Rickmeyer, Gary Brown and Mary Welsh.

20 Years Ago -- Items taken from the Sun of August 18, 1992

The Morris Girl Scouts and adults enjoyed a trip to Europe, but it took a lot of work for the Girl Scouts. The girls and their troop had spent the past two and a half years earning money for their trip by selling pop and food at the Stevens County Fair, Prairie Pioneer Days and Fall Festival. They also held meatball suppers and did babysitting to earn more money. The Morris Girl Scouts and adults on the trip were: Bonnie Thedin, Tracy Thedin, Kim Kvatum, Jan Brown, Emmy Kvatum, Randee Waddell, Lenora Waddell, Nancy Thedin and Bonnie Plocker.

The county residents list transit needs for MN/DOT. About 75 people met at the Senior Citizens Center last Wednesday to talk about area and personal transit needs and wants. There are only four public transit systems in the nine-county region. One of these is the Morris Transit. Dale Maul, MN/DOT planner, asked participants what they would tell the Commissioner of Transportation if he were at the meeting. Morris Mayor Lee Swanson said his overall concern was the deterioration of transportation systems in rural Minnesota, and he pointed out that the welfare of the state starts in rural Minnesota with the farm to market road system. Swanson also told the MN/DOT representatives that rural Minnesota is becoming isolated. He said they should work to break down the barriers to inter-agency cooperation.

James Henry Unger, age 82, resident of Morris and long time main street business owner, died Aug. 14, 1992. He began his career in the furniture business by selling furniture polish door to door in Melrose where his father owned the parent Unger Furniture Store. The Unger family of stores grew to stores in Sauk Centre in 1927, Montevideo in 1936, and Morris in 1940.

Char Zinda, Swan Lake 4-H club leader, will study and strengthen her skills in the area of environmental learning when she attends the 4-H National Forum in Environmental Stewardship, Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, in Washington, D.C. Waste Management Inc. of Oak Brook, Ill. is providing support to the program.

LTJG Rick "Axel" Foley received his Navy "Wings of Gold" during a ceremony held July 17, at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas. In the past two and a half years, Foley has accumulated over 400 hours of academics, 300 hours in three different aircraft, and 180 hours in flight simulators. Foley is the son of Dick and JoAnne Foley of Alberta, a 1985 graduate of Chokio-Alberta High School and a 1989 graduate of the University of Minnesota and Naval ROTC program in Minneapolis.