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Edited by Lynn Halbakken

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of September 5, 1972

Meals From Wheels of Stevens County, Inc. starts rolling today with volunteers from a number of local organizations delivering hot noon meals to persons desiring the service. The meals are prepared at the Villa of St. Francis. Deliveries of well-balanced or special diet meals will be made Mondays through Fridays to the aging, infirm, handicapped or convalescent at their homes upon request for a nominal charge.

Dedication date for the new Federated Church at Columbia and University Avenues in Morris has been set for Sunday, Oct. 8. The church building has been under construction since August of 1971. First worship services were held in the structure on July 23.

Miss Randee Wagner, secretary and assistant in the Stevens County Extension Office, has resigned her position effective Sept. 22. Miss Wagner will begin fall quarter studies at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus, to major in home economics. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Wagner of rural Morris.

George Q. Graff of Morris completed requirements and received the master of science degree from Bemidji State College at the end of summer school.

Meet the candidates for Clerk of District Court, Stevens County. Those running for this position are: Rolf H. Arneson, Richard W. Bluth, Kenneth G. Cruze, Ethel M. Loher, Carla Riley and Jerry Schmidt.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of September 1, 1992

Morris resident is cake mix inventor and SCMH benefactor. Estelle Lundring Lee, 93, recalls back around 1921 telling her home economics professor at the University of Minnesota that using so many bowls spread all over the counter was too many dishes just to make one lousy cake. "Well what would you do instead, Miss Lundring?" asked Lee's teacher. "I'd put it all together in one bowl and stir!" answered Lee. Lee went to General Mills with her idea of making a one bowl cake mix, General Mills purchased Lee's idea and soon brought out the first boxed cake mix. Lee is still accomplishing amazing contributions at 93 years old. Lee purchased over $7,000 worth of new equipment for Stevens Community Memorial Hospital, specifically a Zoll Pacemaker/Defibrillator. With consultation with Becky Lembcke, SCMH dietary manager, Lee donated 36 sets of dinnerware, two large stockpots and a condiment station.

Threshing Bee Royalty--Holly Hennen is the new queen and Amy Gulbrandson the new Little Miss Donnelly, reigning on behalf of the Donnelly community. Crowned as princess was Kari Kaehler.

Burton Nypen, Chokio superintendent from 1965 to 1974, has been hired as interim superintendent for the C-A Schools. Nypen will replace Fred Switzer, who has been the interim superintendent since Dr. Michael Kirkeby resigned in July.

Three Morris attorneys were recently elected to offices in the District 16 Bar Association, an affiliate of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Elizabeth J. Hinds was elected president, Kenneth L. Hamrum was elected vice president, and Bruce W. Klopfleisch was elected secretary/treasurer.

Richard Felstul of Morris State Bank was awarded a diploma at the 48th annual commencement exercises of the Graduate School of Banking on Aug. 21.


Last week, the new white way that brought street lights to the Morris business district in 1937 was mentioned. A reader came up with a good picture of main street Morris with the new white way lighting system. Thank you for the picture. Anyone with pictures of Morris to share with other readers, please drop them off at the Tribune office or email them to Actual pictures dropped off will be returned within a very reasonable amount of time. Your permission must be granted for publication use.