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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 13, 1953

New building construction and major remodeling jobs in Morris in 1952 represent an investment of approximately $450,000. It is reported by City Manager J. A. Mielke following a study of the building permits granted last year. In view of still tight credit restrictions, the scarcity of some materials, and still rising costs, the amount of building done in the city is regarded as an extremely fine showing. A total of 33 new homes were constructed in the city and the largest remodeling project last year was by Peace Lutheran church. The major business building projects for the year were the structures erected by the Tintera Implement Company and Elmer's Distributing. Largest remodeling project in the downtown business district was at the Messner Drug Store.

Minnesota's 47th Infantry "Viking" Division, including Company M of Morris, will return to the cities and towns of the state Jan. 16 after two years of active federal service. In simultaneous ceremonies conducted in 58 armories throughout Minnesota, 85 divisional units will return to National Guard status. The occasion will mark the second anniversary of the departure of the Vikings for Camp Rucker, Ala., in January, 1951.

Mrs. D. A. Rieber and son James left Sunday to visit Mr. and Mrs. John Heim and family at Fairfax Hills, Va. While there, they will also attend the inaugural of Dwight Eisenhower as president of the United States in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 9, 1973

Tobie Jay Escher, named the winner of the First Baby of the Year contest at the Stevens County Memorial Hospital, made his public debut as he snuggled safely in the arms of his mother, Mrs. Dwayne Escher of Morris. Tobie Jay weighed in at eight pounds, 15 ounces on Wed. Jan. 3, to claim more than $60 in prizes for himself and his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Escher are both students at UMM, both majoring in physical education and sociology. Mr. Escher will graduate in the spring. Maternal and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Bergner of New Richland and Mr. and Mrs. Merle Escher of Dumont.

The 4,500-seat Physical Education Center at the University of Minnesota, Morris is expected to be well filled Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, when farmers, businessmen and others from a 15-county area gather to protest the Nixon administration's recent order to the Farmers Home Administration to quit making disaster loans to farmers in disaster areas where excessive moisture last year inflicted heavy damage. Initial plans for the mass meeting were started in Morris on Jan. 2 when a number of leaders of farm organizations in the county, businessmen and others met to discuss the USDA's unexpected and upsetting order, and to form an organization known as FUSE (Farmers United for Survival in Emergency). Plans were furthered at a statewide meeting in St. Paul last Saturday, attended by some 125 state officials, heads of all farm organizations, area legislators and others. About 40 persons, mostly farmers, from Stevens County attended the meeting.

Otter Tail Power Company plans to spend $30 million for construction in its three-state area during 1973, according to Albert V. Hartl, company president. The new Big Stone plant under construction near Milbank, S.D., accounts for a large portion of the figure, Hartyl said, indicating that during 1973 Otter Tail has earmarked slightly more than $20 million as its share of the plant's estimated total cost of $120 million. It is scheduled to be in operation by mid-1975.

Thomas E. Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy F. Sullivan, rural Morris, became a member of the United States Air Force at Fargo, Jan. 2, and is presently undergoing six weeks of transitional training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Upon completion of the six week transitional training, he will begin his specialized training in electronics, the field of his choice before enlisting.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of January 21, 1993

The Morris Kiwanis Club is celebrating two anniversaries this week. Kiwanis International celebrates its 78th birthday on Jan. 21, by focusing its volunteer efforts on the needs of young children from prenatal development to age five. The Morris Kiwanis Club also celebrates a birthday. The local club was chartered on Jan. 22, 1923. Local Kiwanis officers present for the celebration included Dave Anhalt, secretary/treasurer; Pat Flannery, president; Nick Wolff, vice president; and Al Olness, vice president elect.

Special needs students in the Morris Area District are benefiting from a new program that places them in work experiences in the community. Joyce Nelson, work experience coordinator for the Midwest Special Education Cooperative, told the School Board Tuesday, that she has 10 students placed in jobs and referrals for 14 more. Superintendent Dennis Rettke said he had never seen such positive self esteem in some of the students. Nelson agreed that the work experience has meant an "immediate bump in self esteem."

King and Queen candidates for Snow Week at MAHS were announced Tuesday. Queen candidates are Beth Leuthard, Laura Sommer, Suzanne Dosdall, Heidi Jergenson and Kiltie Riley. King candidates are Brent Kosbab, Jay Rieppel, Nathan Groneberg, Jason Bahr and Trevor Schmidgall.