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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of September 23, 1952

Interest in the possibility that a supply of natural gas might be made available to the people of Morris was aroused last week when H.R. Sjocum, representative of the Central Electric and Gas Company, inqu;ired if the city would be interested in granting his company a franchise and right to distribute natural gas in the city. Mr. Sjocum stated his company was making a survey of the territory to see if there could be sufficient interest in obtaining a supply of natural gas developed in Morris and the other communities located in South Dakota and western Minnesota to justify the cost of construction of a natural gas pipeline to serve the area.

Mr. and Mrs. George Peters and children, Joyce and Douglas, recently moved to Morris from St. Louis Park and are now located in the former Sig Holme residence on East 5th street which Mr. Peters has purchased. Mr. Peters is district salesman in this area for the Philips 66 Petroleum company. The community extends a cordial welcome to the family.

The Messner Drug building is getting a "face lifting". Workmen started last week on a project which will find the drug store remodeled to the extent of a new front being installed. With the remodeling, the entrance into the store will be moved from the corner to the middle of the front and some of the large display space in the window area will be eliminated.

Cpl. Dean Towner arrived Wednesday from Camp Carson, Colo. where he recently received his discharge from the United States Army. He had been at Camp Carson since his recent return from Korea where he served for six months.

Cpl. Robert Lawler arrived home Wednesday after 16 months service overseas. He has been in France most of that time. He received his discharge from the military at Ft. Custer, Mich. He will be staying with his aunt, Mrs. Olive Peterson.

After months of litigation the village of Elbow Lake recently abandoned plans to establish a municipal light and power plant within the municipality and entered into an agreement with Otter Tail Power company to continue service there. In connection with the settlement, Otter Tail Power company agreed to reimburse the village for all reasonable and proper expenses incurred in connection with the municipal plant effort in return for proper indication on the part of the village that it will abandon its efforts to build an electric system.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 3, 1972

Paul Lesmeister and Rick Frass of Lesmeister Motors in Morris, recently attended the Ski-Doo Service School held in Duluth. The three-day service program was designed to acquaint Ski-Doo dealers and mechanics with the new features of the 1973 line. The students also reviewed basic snowmobile repair and maintenance.

A queen is crowned--This was the moment last Thursday evening when Jane Larson learned she was the 1972 Homecoming queen of Morris High School. The look of surprise, and disbelief, and happiness, on her face is quite apparent. Tri-captain Craig Birch of the Tiger football team placed the crown on her head at coronation ceremonies in the junior high school auditorium. The other candidates for Homecoming queen were Rose Weiler and Diane Bjorlin.

Miss Nancy Thorstad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gorden Thorstad of Morris, graduated with high honors from the Medical Institute of Minnesota at Minneapolis Sept. 22. Following a year of intensive in-residence training in the M.I.M. medical technician program, Miss Thorstad will now serve a three month clinical training period at Wesley Hospital, Wadena, after which she will be eligible for a MLA certification and a CLA national certification as a hospital laboratory technician.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of September 29, 1992

Members of the Outdoor Pool committee, the Morris Youth Hockey Association and the Morris City Council are reassessing plans for recreational facilities following the September 15 defeat of bond issues to build an outdoor swimming pool and an ice arena. The pool failed by a two-to-one margin, and 56 percent of voters said no to the ice arena. Mayor Lee Swanson said the City Council will now begin plans to improve the swimming pool at Pomme de Terre Park. Jim Beauregard said the Morris Youth Hockey Association will continue raising funds for an ice arena. He said the Hockey Association will be meeting this week to set goals, discuss what type of facility to build, and how to raise the needed funds.

Girl Scout Troop 71 went to an overnight camp at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Troop members are Kari Stoick, Jessica Nelson, Beth Lienemann, Alissa Maloney, Ashley Moloney, Jennifer Nelson and Kristy Stoick. Leaders are Margie Stoick and Marie Hansen.

Steve Lang joined University Relations at the University of South Dakota as a full-time information specialist. Lang, a native of Erdahl, first joined University Relations on a part-time basis in September 1991. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and has more than 25 years experience in community journalism and university relations work. He is also a newspaper columnist for the Morris Sun and free-lance writer.

Janet Ahern, mezzo-soprana, will present a vocal recital titled "Spring Revisited" Oct. 5, in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall on the University of Minnesota-Morris campus. The program will include pieces by G.F. Handel, Hugo Wolf, Clyde Johnson, Robert Burns and Hector Berlioz. She will be accompanied by Kay Carlson at the piano. Ahern, an assistant professor of music, has taught voice at UMM since 1970. Carlson, a Morris native, holds a bachelor of arts degree with majors in piano performance, vocal music education, and English from UMM.