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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of February 3, 1953

Walter Ross is again the owner of the Morris Recreation and yesterday assumed active management of the bowling alleys and Snack Shop on the ground floor of the Recreation building. The pool hall in the basement of the building will continue to be leased by Bernard Handorff and will be under his management as it has been for some months past. Mr. Ross announced yesterday that the bowling alleys would be available for open bowling daily beginning at 10 a.m.

February has been designated as Minnesota Heart Month and during the month a campaign will be carried on throughout the state to raise $185,000 to assist in carrying on the work of the Minnesota Heart Association against the menace of heart disease now recognized as Minnesota's No. 1 killer. Stevens County is being asked to raise approximately $1,000 of the state quota, it was announced yesterday by Cloyde Morehead, chairman of the fund drive in Stevens County. The campaign in this county, as throughout the state, will again be conducted by the insurance underwriters. In explaining plans for the fund drive in this county, Mr. Morehead said the local underwriters will conduct a solicitation of the business district of Morris but said there will not be a county-wide solicitation. Colorful heart coin collectors will be placed in a number of business and professional places throughout the city however, and everyone who is not personally solicited for a contribution is invited and urged to put a donation in one of the coin collectors.

As a result of the serious illness of J.S. Jones, secretary of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, J. Morton of Hancock, president of the state Farm Bureau, will be required to spend a good share of his time for the immediate future in the state offices of the organization.

There will be a fold dancing party at the Morris Armory Friday evening, Feb. 6, from 8:30 until 12 o'clock. All are invited to attend and join the fun.

The Mothers' March against Polio in Morris last Thursday evening, climax of the intensive 1953 March of Dimes locally brought in the sum of $725 to be added to the fund for the continuing battle against polio and its dread effects, reported Mrs. Oren Gilbert, chairman of the March, yesterday. More than 90 Morris mothers and helpers took part in the solicitation Thursday evening.

The St. Mary's grade school basketball team defeated an Alberta team Friday night, 26-19. Schultz and Dennis Harren with 8 points each were the top scorers for St. Mary's. Loeffler added 5, Kieffer 3 and Cress 2. Other St. Mary's players were Paul Harren, Teddy Alm, Schroeder and Hruby. Loher was high point-getter for Alberta with 10 points, Hadler added 6. On Wednesday evening the St. Mary's cagers will play at Donnelly in a preliminary to the Donnelly-Elbow Lake independent game.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of January 16, 1973

An estimated throng of 4,300 area farmers, businessmen, church leaders and others from west central Minnesota filled the new gymnasium on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus Saturday afternoon to hear a series of speakers--national and state legislators and officials, national and state heads of farm organizations, a labor leader and just plain farmers--sear the Nixon administration for its recent cutbacks of federal funds for disaster relief, the Water Bank, the Rural Environmental Assistance Program (REAP), REA, housing program and other federal programs. Saturday's three-hour meeting was called and organized by FUSE (Farmers United for Survival in Emergencies) to protest as strongly as possible the action severely cutting back the federal aid programs. It was intended especially for farmers in the 15-county area designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as disaster areas following the excessive moisture last year and declared eligible for emergency disaster loans.

Three Morris high school students--Candace Steinkogler, Linda Hector and Debra Dripps--will be among students from 185 high schools in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin who will participate in the 22nd annual Luther College Dorian Music Festival on Jan. 21 and 22, on the Luther College campus in Decorah, Iowa.

The board of directors of Minnesota Farmers Union announced last week that Vincent Ritter of Chokio, president of the Stevens County Farmers Union, has been elected state vice president of the farm organization.

During the past month, final papers were signed legally transferring the former Federated Church property at West 8th Street and Nevada Avenue to Faith Lutheran Church for a purchase price of $21,250. Faith congregation, recognizing a need for more educational and administrative space because of church growth, began negotiating for the property last spring. Plans for the sanctuary have not yet been finalized but it is hoped that it can be used as a community concert hall and theater and for small informal worship services.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 28, 1993

The MAHS Snow Week '93 coronation was held Monday night at the high school auditorium. Crowned Snow King was Nathan Groneberg and Snow Queen was Kiltie Riley.

The Sears store in Morris will be closing by Dec. 31. The move is part of the company's major restructuring program to streamline its merchandise group by focusing on profitable core retail operations. Paul Bankord, owner and operator of the Sears Catalog store in Morris, said that as of last Friday, he was told that the store would be changing to a Sears appliance and electronic store with a new catalog for just that line. Then Monday, he received a telegram that Sears was "closing all catalog stores, period." The move will affect 2,000 rural stores, Bankord said.

Sidewalks along Columbia Ave. have "been on the table the last 15 years," Mayor Lee Swanson said Tuesday night as the issue came back before the City Council. Council member Don Klein suggested that the street could be widened and the sidewalk put right on the curb with no boulevard. Klein said the problem was compounded and speeds increased when Columbia Ave. was extended through to Highway 28. The issue will be added to the Council's work session on Feb. 8.

Citizens Bank of Morris recently received merit award in the 1993 Minnesota Bankers Association Community Relations Awards Program. The program is designed to highlight the community contributions of the banking industry in Minnesota.

Douglas Woolridge, son of Ronald and Lorraine Woolridge of Morris, received a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Graduation ceremonies were held Dec. 12.