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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of February 17, 1953

Pvt. Kenneth Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hill of Morris, recently completed basic combat training at the Signal Corps Replacement Training Center at Camp Gordon, Ga.

In his basic combat training Pvt. Hill proceeded through eight weeks of instruction in military combat skills and in the use of such weapons as the M-1 rifle, bazooka, grenade launcher and machine gun.  

Orrin C. Turnquist, extension horticulturist will be present to assist with the organization of a Garden and Flower Club at a meeting to be held Thursday in the Armory.  A meeting was held last fall to determine whether there was enough interest in the formation of a garden club.  It was decided at that time that the group would meet early in 1953 to organize the club and affiliate with the Minnesota Horticultural Society.

Dr. F.W. Behmler, Morris, has been appointed Stevens County U.S. Defense Bond chairman, it was announced Friday by Darrell Bandy, Minneapolis state bond director.  Dr. Behmler succeeds Supt. Allen Edson, resigned, who had been chairman four years.  Two years ago, the new bond chairman founded the Morris Clinic, which he still heads.  As county bond chairman, Dr. Behmler will coordinate efforts to meet the 1953 Stevens County goal of $360,000.  

It's not baseball weather yet but the start this week of the campaign for members in the 500 Club of the Morris Eagles hints that it will not be too long before the diamond sport will be in the spotlight again.  The 500 Club is the organization of baseball fans and backers in the community who help to support the AA Eagles.  Membership fees in the club are $10 annually and as the name of the organization signifies, it is hoped that the club can secure as many as 500 members.  The player committee of the Eagles organization has announced that four players have linked contracts for the 1953 Eagles season in the tough West Central league.  They are Paul Scanlon, manager-catcher; Howie Tucker, ace hurler for the Eagles last year and one of the most popular players ever to don an Eagles uniform; Jim Plecas, capable first baseman; and Bob Pollard, speedy, hard-hitting outfielder.  

Varnum's Lumber and Fuel Company will have its formal grand opening at its new headquarters at 307 Atlantic Avenue, the site of the former H. Van Kempen Fuel business on Feb. 18.  Varnum's Lumber and Fuel company will be headquarters not only for lumber, fuel and building and remodeling estimates but for feed grinding, mixing, oat hulling, Hilltop Farm concentrates and feeds, seeds, and a complete line of poultry and stock equipment, it is announced.  

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 30, 1973

Senator Walter F. Mondale and Representative Bob Bergland will hold hearings in Alexandria Feb. 2 to gather first hand information on the impact that cutbacks in Agriculture Department programs will have on Minnesota farmers.  In the hearings, which will be held in Alexandria's Garden Center, Mondale and Bergland will place special emphasis on the Administration's cancellation of the emergency farm loan program making funds available to state farmers hit by heavy rains last summer.

The immensely successful dance marathon for muscular dystrophy was completed Sunday at the University of Minnesota, Morris PE Center after raising $5,289.81 at press time.  First place winners, Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Bopp, raised over $880 in the 48-hour stint, with second-place winners Verne Chandler and Colleen Forbord raising over $600.  Third place winners were Ross Wahley and Dave Lowery, with about $520.  Other contestants and sponsoring groups contributed about $3,200 altogether.

Laurie Watson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Watson of Morris, began as a sophomore at Willmar State Junior College this winter quarter.

Conrad N. Freeman, Morris, has been appointed Stevens County chairman for the 1973 Heart Fund Campaign, according to Ted Engelen, Alexandria, District 8 Heart Fund chairman. Freeman, who is president of the Morris State Bank, served as Heart Business chairman in Morris during 1971.  

Remodeling construction of the front entrance to the Morris State Bank is currently underway.  The remodeling will include replacing the floor in the entrance way, which has the words “Morris National Bank” inscribed on it. The Morris National Bank was in existence from 1912 to 1935, at which time it became the Morris State Bank.  The remodeling will also include changing the present outside surface of the building to agate granite. Construction is expected to be completed in two or three months.  

Seven Morris High School seniors have applied and been accepted as freshmen at Moorhead State College.  Starting their college careers next fall at MSC will be Jackie A. Bretz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bretz; Sharon L. Giese, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Giese, Donnelly; Linda R. Jesness, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Jesness; Gary W. Lembcke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Lembcke; Craig D. Murphy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Murphy; Rodney M. Otten, son of Mrs. Ed Wagner, and Michael J. Schultz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Myron J. Schultz.  

20 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of February 16, 1993

Ryan Donovan, an eighth grader at MAHS, is the 1993 MAHS Junior High School Geography Bee Champion.  He was busy inflating a globe in preparation for a picture of the school's semi-finalists. All eighth graders in teacher Tony Ludwig's geography classes were eligible for the Geography Bee written phase. The other semi-final round qualifiers in the Bee were Caleb Stengel, Greg Johnson, Bridget Rach and Dom Klyve. Final round participants were Caleb Stengel and Ryan Donovan.  Ryan took a written test for the right to compete in the Minnesota Geography Bee.  That test has been sent to Washington, D.C. for ranking. 

The state qualifier will go to national competition in Washington.  The National Geography Championship is sponsored by National Geographic World, the National Geographic Society and Amtrack.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, acting under the authority of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, has announced its approval of the application by Community First Bankshares, Inc., Fargo, N.D., to acquire and merge with Citizens Bancorp, Inc., in Morris, and thereby acquire Citizens Bank.

Kristi Olson has been named international trainer for Great Plains Software in Fargo, N.D. Olson has been employed at Great Plains Software for two and a half years as a product support specialist and is now a certified trainer.  Since August 1992, she has traveled around the country to train customers and partners in how to use the Great Plains accounting software. As international trainer, she will work in the company's foreign markets throughout Canada and Australia.  Olson is the daughter of Kenny and Judy Olson of Morris.