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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of March 3, 1953

The Morris High School Tigers start their bid Wednesday night for District 21 laurels when they play the Benson Braves in a first round game in the south half district tournament on the Morris court.  Morris players are Arland Johnson, Bob Felstul, Ernie Kellenberger, Rollie Waller, Starch Hubbard, Warner Nibbe, Dick Tonn, Maurice McCollar, Dick Rentz, Kermit Holman, Kenneth Weltzin, Claude Biros, Steve Dupont, Richard Anderson.  Their coach is Orlin Pelk.

The Otter Tail Power Company paid the first installment on its property taxes in Stevens County Friday when P.J. Brewer, district manager of the company's Morris district, delivered a check in the amount of $7,067.15 to Kenneth McKay, county treasurer.

Shirley Loehr, Bette Morehead, Alpha Bresson, Connie Neuman and Wanda Splitstoser have been selected to represent Morris High School in the soprano solo division of the district music contest at Elbow Lake on April 17 and 18.  Their selection was made in a second qualifying round held last Thursday morning at the high school.  

A/2C Charles Brill, son of Mrs. Merle Stevenson of Morris, sailed from New York about Jan. 20 for overseas duty.  

The Stevens County chapter of the Red Cross will be unable to offer its popular six weeks' swimming program to children and adults of the county in 1953 unless the Red Cross fund quota of $5,115 is met in the annual drive which is getting under way.  That was the statement of Miss Hazel Bentson, Red Cross field representative, at the fund drive kickoff meeting last Thursday.  

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of February 20, 1973

Representatives of the Stevens County Unit of the American Cancer Society attended a workshop held recently at Alexandria to plan the annual educational ad fund-raising drive. In attendance were Mrs. Ward Voorhees, Unit president; Mrs. Sam Evans, Crusade residential chairman; George Dripps, Crusade business and industry chairman, and Stanly Sahistrom, Ph.D., president of the Society's Minnesota Division, State Crusade Education chairman, and provost of the University of Minnesota Technical College, Crookston.  

About 150 farmers applied for disaster loans at the Morris office of the Farmers Home Administration (FHA) on Friday, the day after a federal judge issued a directive that the FHA immediately resume accepting such applications from Minnesota farmers eligible for disaster emergency loans. Judge Miles Lord, who issued the directive in federal court in Duluth Thursday that the FHA should resume accepting applications for disaster loans, also set Feb. 27 as the date for trial of a suit by four west central Minnesota farmers who want the program restored.  

Dr. Charles Krassas of Morris was named central Minnesota's “Chiropractor of the Year” at the meeting of the Central Minnesota Chiropractic Association in Alexandria recently.  Dr. Krassas will be a nominee for state “Chiropractor of the Year” along with several other nominees from across Minnesota.  

A new “3M” detection system which will hopefully cut book losses has recently been installed in the UMM library, according to head librarian Russ DuBois.  The system is based upon the marker in books and magazines, which emits a low frequency signal.  Those who attempt to leave the library with materials not checked out will be stopped at the exit gate by a detection sensor, when a chime sounds and the gate locks.  “We expect to save time and money with this new system,” said DuBois.  

State Senator Charles Berg of Chokio, meeting with Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz in Minneapolis last Thursday, asked that loan storage payments to farmers be continued past the May 31 deadline if they are unable to ship grain because of the current acute transportation problem.  Berg and several transportation officials met privately with Butz, in a conference arranged by the Stevens County senator.  Lauren Carlson of Chokio also attended the meeting.  Butz later told newsmen he agrees that Minnesota has an “acute” shortage of boxcars but added, “I expect to see things ease up in a few weeks.”  

  20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of March 2, 1993

Dennis Benson, warden at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights, has been named by state Corrections Commissioner Orville B. Pung to succeed Robert A. Erickson as warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater.  Erickson retired Feb. 26.  Dennis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Myron Benson of Morris.  

St. Mary's sixth graders and their teacher, Susan Hennen, spent Feb. 1 to 5, at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland.  They were accompanied by Principal Jim Boyle; teacher Susan Hennen; and parents Ron Davis, Mike Fitzgerald, Bill Klyve, Barb Lienemann, Rose Murphy, Dan Murphy, Cindy Riedner and Ray Suess.  

Comm-Tech will hold an open house March 8 in the Comm-Tech wing of the Morris Area Elementary School.  Students' work will be on display and Comm-Tech staff and parents will be present to answer questions regarding the Comm-Tech program.

Four MAHS students advanced to state Science Fair competition, which will be held in Mankato in early April.  In addition, seven MAHS students received special awards at the Central Minnesota Regional Science Fair and Research Paper Program held Feb. 20, at St. Cloud State University.  The four students who received premium awards, a trophy, a $300 scholarship to St. Cloud State University, and a trip to the Minnesota State Science Fair were: 7th grader Jeff Boyle; 9th graders Robert HokansonNai Xiong and Melinda Diehl.

Second grader Tyler Kopel sang “My Country Tis of Thee” during the class'  “Proud to Be an American” patriotic program Friday.  Class members in Linda Retzlaff's class explained what the flag and Pledge of Allegiance stand for and told about the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The program was presented to students at Morris Area Elementary School and parents throughout the day.