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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of December 16, 1952

Robert Gerber and Gerald Bouressa, both of whom graduated from Morris high school with the class of 1952, recently enlisted in the United States Navy. They were taken to the Navy recruiting station in Montevideo last Monday by Fred Gerber, and went from there to Minneapolis for a California station.

J. A. Mielke was presented a check from Dr. F. W. Behmler on behalf of Walter Tripp Post American Legion. The presentation was made at the Legion meeting last Tuesday night. The gift was a token of the appreciation of the post for Mr. Mielke's many years as adjutant of the post, a job he resigned a few weeks ago, and his all-around interest in Legion work and activities in the more than 30 years he has belonged to the organization.

Theo H. Fenske, former superintendent of the West Central School and Station at Morris, was one of three prominent members of the University of Minnesota Institute of Agriculture staff whose promotions were approved Friday by the Board of Regents. Fenske will be named assistant dean of the Institute of Agriculture.

Morris High School debaters participated in the annual Prep Speech Fest at Macalester College in St. Paul on Dec. 5 and 6. Present at the tourney and taking part in the five rounds of debate were Marlene Sievert, Arlene Hansen, Barbara Jo Fox, Donna Cook and Dennis Anderson. Over 300 high school students from all parts of the state attended the speech fest. The local team placed 22nd in a field of 34 teams in terms of total points gained by individual speakers. Barbara Jo Fox, Marlene Sievert and Arlene Hansen all placed well in individual ratings, having excellent ratings.

Eighteen members of the Minnesota Flying Farmers from the Morris area attended the meeting of the state organization at New Ulm on Dec. 10. Charles Schmidt of Morris, vice-president of the Minnesota group, invited the organization to hold its January meeting in Morris and the invitation was accepted. Plans for the gathering, tentatively set for Jan. 8, are now being worked out.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of December 5, 1972

Les Staples, secretary of the Morris Lions Club, receives from club president Murl Erickson a plaque from Lions International designating him as a "100 Per Cent Secretary." The award was presented at the club's dinner meeting at the Trailways Cafe last Tuesday evening. The plaque honors a secretary who has done correctly, and on time, the work required of such an officer during the preceding year.

Varnum's Quality Hardware, for many years a well known business name on Atlantic Avenue, is now Varnum's Ace Hardware-and a large new sign erected on the front of the store a few days ago emblazons the change.

Supt. William R. Sandberg, head of the Appleton school system for a number of years, has resigned that position, effective Jan. 31, 1973. Supt. Sandberg is well known in the Morris area as he was extremely active in the work leading to the establishment of the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is a past president of the West Central Educational Development Association.

Shelly Vodden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Vodden of Morris, was one of five chosen for hockey cheerleaders for the season at the University of Minnesota Technical College, Crookston, recently. The cheerleaders were picked by a team of judges, who based their choice on poise, enthusiasm, coordination, voice, cheer, jumps, and stunts.

A certificate of need to construct an additional 16 rooms to the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck was approved by the Central Minnesota Health Planning Council during a public hearing at the courthouse in Glenwood. Construction on the additonal 16 rooms, which will increase the capacity of the home to 75 beds, is expected to begin next spring.

Over 1,000 adults and youth visited the Food for Better Health Trailer during its two weeks stay in Stevens County. Information was available on a wide range of nutrition topics. Teachers were able to obtain ideas and some materials for use in their classrooms. The young people picked up ideas for 4-H demonstrations or special school projects. The para-professionals who were trailer hostesses, Mrs. Alice Anderson from Morris and Mrs. Elverna Myers from Hancock, stated that many people asked about vitamins.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of December 1, 1992

An ad in the United Methodist Reporter for a short term volunteer dentist led Dr. C. F. Ketterling and his wife Irma to a two-month stay in Jos, Nigeria. Their time in Jos was at the Hillcrest Christian School, and they stayed in the Assembly of God guest house. The school is a cooperative run by 13 church groups. The 420 students in grades 1 to 12 at the boarding school are about half Nigerians and half expatriates. Ketterling said there were 28 nationalities represented on the faculty and staff, and 44 nationalities in the student body. The area seldom sees a dentist, he said. There was no dental chair, no water, no fan for the heat. Ketterling worked at extracting teeth with only the instruments and supplies he had brought from Hillcrest. Ketterling said it was fun to go back and work again. The Ketterlings celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on Oct. 4, in Nigeria.

Angela Nybakke, Chris Rach and Scott Schulz, Morris, are members of the University of Minnesota, Morris Jazz Ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. James Carlson, the Ensemble will take a one-day tour of Minnesota, performing concerts in public schools.

Dr. Roger Waage of Duluth has been recertified as a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice as a result of passing a recertification examination offered by the ABFP. He thus maintains specialist status in the medical specialty of family practice. Dr. Waage is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Waage of Morris.


The winning snow sculpture, a radio, of course, was won by the KMRS Radio staff. Staff members are Beth Evink, Bill Eckersen and Sue Dieter.