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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 27, 1953

LeRoy Ruona, 13-year-old Chokio lad, is one of Stevens County's polio victims whom the March of Dimes is helping down the long road to health again. LeRoy is in the St. Cloud Hospital where he has been a patient since shortly after being stricken early last October. He was able to spend an enjoyable week at home through the Christmas holidays however. The youth is keeping up with his school work with the assistance of a tutor. The March of Dimes, which now is conducting its annual fund campaign in the county, is helping him toward an earlier realization of his hopes by seeing that he gets the best possible patient care.

Clyde William Sagvold, Morris, is one of six students to graduate mid-year, Jan. 24, from Luther College, Decorah Iowa. Bill will work for Luther College soliciting students.

Serving aboard the fleet oiler USS Passumpsic, engaged as a replenishment unit for the Formosa Straits patrol, is Lloyd M. Plocker, seaman, USN, of Morris. While the Passumpsic is in the Formosan operating area, her crew will have many opportunities to get a closeup view of the native Formosan people and their customs. Formosa is the headquarters of the Chinese Nationalist government which is opposed to the Communist government now in control of the Chinese mainland.

Five more Stevens County young men left Morris on Monday to enter military service under the Selective Service program. Comprising the contingent were Jim Hufford, Raymond Lembcke, Wilbert Spohr and Robert Olson, the latter a transfer from Rapid City, S.D., all of Morris, and Philip Zimmerman of Chokio. Mrs. Vern Scheil, draft board clerk, also announced yesterday that the local board has received a call for nine men for induction in February. This group will go to the induction center on Feb. 12. Three other county men will go at the same time for physical examination she reported.

Lt. Richard J. Smith has arrived at Tokyo, Japan, and expects soon to go to Korea. The trip from San Francisco to Tokyo was made by plane, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Smith.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of January 11, 1973

Dedication services for the new First Baptist Church building in Morris will be held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14. The dedication service will be preceded by an open house, reports the Rev. Curly J. Werth, pastor. Coffee and cookies will be served during the open house. The First Baptist Church in Morris was organized in 1956. It has been served by five pastors. The present pastor, Rev. Werth, has served here the past year and a half.

The Morris Snowmobile Club will sponsor races Sunday, Jan. 14, on Crystal Lake at Morris. Last year's races drew 91 members and machines from West Central Minnesota and the western Dakotas. Spectators will be admitted free.

An open house at the Morris Public Library will be Jan. 21 and will have a dual purpose--to honor Miss Margaret Grove, who is completing a noteworthy career as librarian after filling that position for nearly 30 years, and enable library patrons and the public generally to meet and welcome Miss Grove's successor librarian. She is Miss Sarah Bodine, who comes to Morris from Edina and who claimed her new duties on Jan. 2.

A telegram signed jointly by the Stevens County Democratic Executive Committee and the Stevens County Republican Executive Committee was sent Wednesday to President Nixon urging him to restore the funds for the disaster aid program for farmers in this area. The executive committee of the DFL took action Monday night to appeal to the President for restoration of the aid funds. The Republicans took their action Tuesday evening.

State Senator Charles Berg of Chokio on Tuesday called for an emergency hearing in the Senate Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee on the crisis faced by farmers and grain elevator operators in the state. In a letter to the committee chairman, Norbert Arnold, Berg pointed to the 850 grain elevators bulging with grain that can't be shipped to market because of the lack of freight car hoppers provided by the railroads. "Millions of bushels of grain are stagnating in farmer's storage bins in this state at a time when consumers are crying for grain products," Berg said. "Farmers are experiencing a debilitating pinch in their income because grain cars are not being made available to the elevators."

More than 3,000 farmers and businessmen and others from a wide area throughout the state are expected to converge on Morris Saturday to attend the mass meeting called to protest the recent Nixon administration actions which sharply curtailed the agricultural disaster aid program. State Agriculture Commissioner Jon Wefald will chair the meeting here Saturday. Invitations to attend the protest meeting have been sent to government officials in Washington, including President Nixon; to all members of the state's congressional delegation in Washington; to national and state heads of farm organizations and political parties, and others. As of Wednesday morning, Seventh District Congressman Bob Bergland had announced definitely that he would be present at the meeting. U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey is expected to address the gathering by telephone from Washington.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of January 14, 1993

Mayor Lee Swanson presented a plaque to Wally Behm at the City Council meeting Tuesday. Behm has retired from the Police Commission after over 20 years of service, and his community service in Morris goes back over 30 years. Swanson told a group of UMM political science students who attended the meeting that Behm's service shows how someone can be involved without running for elective office if they are "willing to take time and be involved in city government."

City Hall and the Library are now officially smoke free buildings. The Council voted Tuesday to make that designation. City Manager Ed Larson told the Council that the Senior Citizens/Community Center was the only building that was designated smoke free. Larson said that with the EPA announcement that cigarette smoke is a "class A human carcinogen," it puts that smoke in the same class as benzene, asbestos and radon. With passage of the policy, the Council also voted to check further about prohibiting smoking in other city buildings.

Partners In Sync will host a Dialogue Night for teens and adults Monday night, Jan. 18, at Faith Lutheran Church. Students, grades 7-12, parents, and community persons are invited to attend what's sure to be an evening of enlightened discussion. Dialogue Nights, an important part of the Partners In Sync project, gives teens and adults the opportunity to discuss issues that directly affect teens and the adults who relate to them.

The Black Student Union on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris announces a series of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week, Jan. 18-22. All events are free and open to the public.