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40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of September 26, 2012

Dr. and Mrs. Ketterling display some of the mementos the acquired during their two month stay in Madagascar. The Morris dentist and his wife, Irma, two daughters, Jenelle, 21, and Colleen, 17, went as volunteers to assist at an American Lutheran Church mission clinic and hospital. During their stay Dr. Ketterling worked without pay in the dental clinic of the mission complex, relieving the regular dentist for a period of vacation; his wife acted as his assistant.

Adult education classes for the fall quarter under the new community education program recently established in Morris will begin the week of Oct. 9, according to Community Education Director Dean Greenwaldt. All courses will be taught at Morris Senior High School evenings between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30.

Miss Connie Rohloff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Rohloff of Morris, is employed as a licensed practical nurse at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo, N.D. She graduated as an LPN on July 7 from the Fergus Falls School of Nursing.

The appointments of two new UMM faculty members have recently been approved by the Regents of the University of Minnesota. Dwight H. Purdy will be UMM's new Director of Freshman English. He and his wife Jeanne have two children, ages 3 and 1.

Mrs. Ida Stewart will be an instructor in the Education Division. Mrs. Stewart and her husband, William, have four children, ages 15, 14, 7, and 1 1/2. Mr. Stewart is executive director of MICCO, Model Inter-City Community Organization.

The Chippewa River Vocational Center opened on Aug. 28 with 135 students from five participating schools enrolled in programs. According to the local program director, Paul Thomas, the students enrolled in the five programs are taking courses not previously available in their home high schools. Chokio-Alberta, Cyrus, Hancock, Hoffman and Morris are the member schools that make up the Chippewa River Vocational Center. This year's programs are operating in four locations. The Auto Service and Health Occupations are being taught in the old Case building on West Highway 28 near Morris. There is one section of Building Trades in the industrial arts departments of the Hancock and Chokio-Alberta schools. Cyrus High School is the site of the Horticulture-Landscaping and Model Office programs.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of September 22, 1992

Dr. George Jay and his wife, Joan, and their four children returned Aug. 22 from an 11-day religious pilgrimage to war-torn Bosnia Hercegovina in the former Yugoslavia. They visited the village of Medjugorje, in southern Bosnia, near the Adriatic Sea. Bosnia Hecegovina is the scene of fighting between Muslim, Serbian and Croatian factions in a civil war that began last year following the break up of the Soviet Union. This was the second spiritual pilgrimage to the Roman Catholic village for Joan and George. They were there in June 1991 just before Croatia and Slovenia declared independence. Medjugorje is the site of what is known as a Marian apparition. George explained that 11 years ago the Virgin Mary appeared to six children on a hillside outside of the village. Now adults in their 20s, these six visionaries, he said, continue to see and speak with the Virgin Mary. Four of the visionaries see her daily at 6:40 p.m., he said. The village has become a shrine which, until the war, was visited by hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics from all over the world.

Members of the Evangelical Free Church in Morris decided last year to give money toward a mission project and to send a team to work on that project. So last month, seven members of the church joined 12 others from west central Minnesota and groups from Michigan and Florida for a mission project in the Dominican Republic. According to Pastor Mike Sager, one of the team members, they had heard about the "World Servants" through other west central Minnesota churches. That group does ministries in a number of third world countries and the Appalachia. This project was to build a school in the southern part of Santo Domingo, the capitol of the Dominican Republic. Lorraine Ross said they worked laying cement blocks. As a nurse, she also worked with a doctor and another nurse in some clinics the World Servants had set up. The doctor was Dr. Dave Swanson who used to live in Morris. Other team members from the Morris Evangelical Free Church were Laurie Ross, Lorraine's daughter from Arden Hills; Freemont and Alice Healy from Hancock; and Mindy Diehl.

Navy Seaman Timothy D. Frank, a 1986 graduate of Hancock High School, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Frank is also a 1989 graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, with a bachelor of arts degree. He joined the Navy in May 1992.

Jon Bock, a 1992 MAHS graduate, has been named an AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of exceptional achievement on college-level Advance Placement (AP) Examinations. Bock scored a 3 (out of a possible score of 5) on the chemistry exam, and 5s on both the English language and composition and mathematics calculus exams. He leaves this week for Stanford University in California. MAHS Counselor Bill Bolm and MAHS Principal Rex Hein presented a certificate to Bock.

Peggy Ascheman of Donnelly was named to the dean's list for Summer Session II at Willmar Community College.

Michael Mahoney has been promoted to an account officer for Farm Credit services of West Central Minnesota, ACA. He will serve Farm Credit customers out of the Morris and Graceville offices. Mahoney, a native of Morris, is the son of Marilyn Mahoney of Morris. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis with a degree in business management and finance.