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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of March 10, 1953

In a game of heart-stopping suspense and thrills, the Morris high school Tigers nipped the Breckenridge Cowboys 44-43 in the Wahpeton, N.D. School of Science gym Friday night for the District 21 basketball championship and the right to enter Region 6 competition.  The Tigers had to go into an overtime period to defeat the Cowboys-and the winning bucket was scored by Dick Rentz in the final second of play.

Miss Virginia Loher  and Miss Jeanette Loher, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard and Lester Loher, respectively, participated in a Music Majors recital at the College of St. Benedict on Sunday evening, March 8.  Virginia is a member of the collegiate orchestra, and Jeanette is a member of both the orchestra and the choral club.  Both pianists are students of Sister Clement, O.S.B.

The school district reorganization proposal involving Cyrus District 58, seven rural districts in Pope County and four rural districts in Stevens County, was approved by voters of the districts at a special election on March 3.

Eli Nohl, Darnen Township farmer, was the winner of the $300 Wampum jackpot awarded by Morris business and professional firms last Wednesday.  Mr. Nohl was in the Fairway Market when his name was called at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and thus qualified for the prize.

George Townsend, about 50, mechanical foreman of the New Ulm MN Daily Journal died of a heart ailment Sunday at the St. Paul Hotel.  Mr. Townsend formerly published and edited the Chokio Review for about a score of years, moving to New Ulm eight or nine years ago after disposing of the Review to Floyd Goulet.  During the final several years he was in Chokio, he frequently assisted with the work in the shop of the Morris Tribune.  Mr. Townsend was in St. Paul to attend the meetings of the Northwest mechanical conference on newspaper production problems.  

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 1, 1973

Second round action in the District 21 basketball tournament is scheduled for tonight and Friday night, with games being played at Morris and Breckenridge, and quarter final action in the tournament will be spotlighted Monday and Tuesday, March 5 and 6, with two games each night at the UMM Physical Education Center.  The Morris high school Tigers are one of four teams seeded into the third round of District 21 tournament action.  The Tigers are rated No. 2 in the district.  

The mild weather that started in January continued through February.  Temperatures during February averaged 16.6 degrees, 3.8 degrees above the 84-year mean, and the warmest February since 19.1 degrees was recorded in 1964, according to data at the West Central Experiment Station. The high temperature for the month was 39 degrees, recorded on both the 4th and 23rd, and the low temperature was -24 degrees on the 16th.  

The Spartans of Chokio-Alberta, the No. 4 rated team in District 21 and co-champions of the Pheasant Conference, make their initial bid for district honors March 6, when they meet the winner of Friday night's Benson-Elbow Lake second round game in the Physical Education Center at UMM.  

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 4, 1993

Ray Suess and Howard Nordin, assistant manager, of Stenerson Lumber presented a pledge for cash and donations of materials to Dan Fuchs of the Stevens County Arena committee. With their contribution, Stenerson Lumber has become a benefactor in the fund drive.

Chad Swanson, data processing coordinator for Stevens County, will open his own computer business on April 1.  Swanson and the county commissioners discussed a draft agreement Monday, under which Swanson's company will lease space in the courthouse and provide computer services to the county. Swanson and all the employees in his department will resign their county positions to work for the new company, which will be known as Computer Professionals Unlimited, Inc.  

Fred Peterson, long-time professor of art at UMM, spoke on “Homes in the Heartland” at the Morris Public Library last week.  That is also the title of his recently-published book on the art and architecture of farmhouses in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin.  Peterson has visited most of the counties in these states where family farms are to be found-eliminating most of the Iron Range and the ranching country of the Dakotas-to see, photograph and draw homes dating from about 1850-1920.  He said he feels that this is a segment of American history that has not been studied, or not studied in this way. His principal finding was that valid artists and artisans, even though nameless, created buildings in the Heartland of which we can be proud.


Carol Day received a certificate from School Board member Jim Gillis for her contributions to the school including the SWELL project and slides and talks on history, travel and traditions.  Day returned the honor and thanked the Board for providing a fine school for the community.  (Morris Tribune of February 18, 1993).