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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of February 24, 1953

Clayton Madison came to Morris last week, to become the new manager of the Red Owl store in Morris.  Mrs. Madison and their two sons will come to Morris as soon as living quarters have been secured.  Mr. Madison succeeds Everett Somer as manager of the local Red Owl store.  Mr. Somer, who has been in Morris the past year, has been promoted to the assistant managership of the company's supermarket in Mankato, fifth largest store operated by the company.  

The worst storm of the winter season plastered this area along with the southern two-thirds of the state and the midwest generally last Friday and “digging out” operations have been in progress ever since.  Estimates of snow which fell in this area ranged from four to as much as eight inches, but whatever the fall, much of it was piled into huge drifts which tied up most traffic until Saturday.  The snow, mixed liberally with dirt in this area, was whipped through the air by strong winds Friday and Friday night, and visibility during the height of the storm was limited in Morris to less than a block.  

February 25 promises to be a big day for the Tintera Implement Co. of this city with a double celebration planned-the observance of the annual John Deere Day and the formal opening of the company in its attractive new building on Highway 9, just southeast of the Minnesota Highway Department building.  Louis Tintera is the owner and his staff includes Elmer Weidler, salesman; Larry Quinn, mechanic; Ellen McDonnell, bookkeeper; Gerhard Rustad, mechanic; and Elmer Johnson, head of the parts department.

Last Wednesday was the grand opening of the Varnum Lumber and Fuel company at its new headquarters at 307 Atlantic Avenue.  John Bennett of the Great Plains Seed Co. was at the company's new seed and feeds department discussing farm seed.  Clint Chambers, representing the Hilltop Farm Feeds Co. of Minneapolis was also on hand to discuss various farm feeds which will be handled by the Varnum Company.  

Charles Blocher last Wednesday resumed his position at the Super Valu Market after spending two years in military service.  Mr. and Mrs. Blocher arrived home on Feb. 14th from Camp Rucker, Ala. where Mr. Blocher was stationed since entering service in Feb. 1951.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of February 13, 1973

 Two Rendsville 4-H club members, Linda Hector and Wanda Bruns, took top honors in the county 4-H radio speaking contest held Feb. 6. The contest, which had eight entrants, was divided into a senior division for students between the ages of 14 and 19, and a junior division for 4-H'ers between the ages of 9 and 13.  Linda Hector is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hector of Donnelly.  Second place in the senior division was won by Vicki Mathison of Scott 4-H.  Junior division first place winner Wanda Bruns is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bruns of Donnelly.  

Apparently the only hope for the re-instatement of the emergency loan program for disaster-distressed farmers, the program chopped off by administration order on Dec. 27, is in the success of the lawsuit recently initiated by the farm, rural business and labor community to have the program reinstated.  This was the word brought back from Washington D.C. last week by Kermit Stahn of rural Morris and Vincent Ritter of rural Chokio following their appearance Tuesday morning before the House Agriculture Committee.  

Cyrus High School's 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow is Mary Christianson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Obert Christianson.  After completing high school, Mary plans to attend the University of Minnesota in St. Paul where she will major in home economics.  

A new 4-H club, The Helping Hands 4-H, was organized as a part of the special education program at the Morris junior high school last month.  Miss Diane Ziegler, home extension agent, recently welcomed the new members by presenting them with 4-H pins.  Mrs. Dorothy Zinda and Miss Linda Kosel are the instructors and adult leaders for the club which meets every Tuesday.  

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of February 23, 1993

“Sock it to good books” was Friday's theme for I Love to Read Month at Morris Area Elementary School.  Teachers and students were to wear weird socks and read a good book.  Some of the students who wore weird socks were Lizzie Johnson, sixth grade; Kyle Harpstead, third grade; Matthew Haugen, second grade; and Megan Lange, kindergarten.  Some of the teachers who wore weird socks were Jane Tordoff, sixth grade; Julie Thomas, third grade; Marilyn Beyer, second grade; and Marty Fluegel, kindergarten.  

Stevens County could have a buyer for a portion of the old MN/DOT property.  County Auditor/Treasurer Dick Bluth told the County Commissioners last Thursday, that there were some interested parties  calling and wanting to buy portions. County Board chair Jerry Loher said they could sell parcels, but would not sell it off in 50-foot lots.  Commissioner Skip Sherstad said the last appraisal on the MN/DOT property had been for $250,000, with $50,000 of that for the buildings.  Sherstad told Bluth to tell the caller to make an offer for the property.  

Residents of the Morris area will have a unique opportunity to preview the Minnesota Opera's production of “Madame Butterfly” March 4 in the Recital Hall of the Humanities Fine Arts Building on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris.  An ensemble from the company will present “Essential Opera”, which is a recent addition to the Minnesota Opera's education program that is designed to strip away the spectacle often associated with operatic productions and focus on the human relationships that lie at the heart of the opera form.  

Students in Al Mathison's advanced art class worked with artist in residence Marcia McEachern last Thursday.  The Minneapolis sculptor demonstrated casting masks and full body casts.  Model for the body cast was MAHS junior Brandi Logan.  Mathison said the visit from the artist in residence was part of an ACE grant the school received.  After the visit, students worked on ideas for a sculpture that will go in the area beneath the skylight in the new Media Center.  That sculpture will be completed later this year.