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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of March 31. 1953

Pvt. Raymond Lembcke, who recently entered military service, is at Camp Polk, La. for training with the famed 37th Infantry Division.  He has been assigned to Company B, 145th Infantry Regiment, of the 37th Buckeye Division.  

Burglars who gave evidence of being a bit compassionate along with other characteristics not so commendable broke into the Morris High School building Saturday night, cracked the safe in the office of Supt. Frank Fox, jimmied open a cash drawer in the office counter, and from these two sources helped themselves to currency and coins in the amount of $43.86.  That they had soft spots in their hearts, however, is indicated by the fact that $33.58 in Easter Seal coin cards, which were in the safe, was not taken, although the cards were taken out of the safe and left on the floor.  To get their loot of $43.86, the burglars did extensive damage, probably several hundred dollars' worth, and must have spent a lot of time and effort on the job.  

Old copies of The Morris Sun, between one and a half and two tons of them, helped to swell the wastepaper collection conducted by the Boy Scouts of Troop 68 Saturday and Sunday.  The Sun copies, some of them dating back to 1893, came from a storage loft in an addition at the rear of the Comfort Garter Co. building on Atlantic Avenue, former home of The Sun.  Altogether the scouts of troop 68 collected about 10 tons of wastepaper over the weekend.  

Gerald R. Aanerud, boatswain's mate third class, USN, of Morris is serving aboard the repair ship USS Minos.  She is a unit of Landing Ship Flotilla 2 engaged in one of the most extensive Atlantic Fleet Amphibious force exercises ever conducted.  Extending from the Caribbean area to the shores of North Carolina, the exercises are intended to maintain the combat readiness of personnel and ships.  

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of March 20, 1973

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tate of Morris recently enjoyed a week long cruise to Cap Haitien, San Juan, St. Thomas and Nassau on board the M-S Skyward of Norwegian Caribbean Lines as part of their Florida vacation.  

Miss Janet Utech, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Utech of Morris, has been accepted as a student at the University of Minnesota Technical College, Crookston, and will begin studies in the fall. Miss Utech plans to major in fashion merchandising at the two-year college.  

Three members of the Stevens County unit of the American Cancer Society were awarded plaques commending them for their service and interest in the organization at their meeting Thursday. Mrs. Ward Voorhees, president of the local chapter, congratulated George Dripps, Mrs. Elmor Ryhn, and Mrs. Conrad Johnson upon receiving this special recognition.  

Morris senior high school speech students participated in the Glenwood Bankers' Invitational Speech meet on March 17.  Fourteen Minnesota schools took part in the speech activities.  Morris students placed third in the finals.  Edie Martin won first place in extemporaneous speaking, Marlene Jacobson won a first place trophy in serious drama, and Julie LaFave won a second place trophy in the serious poetry division.  Three other finalists from Morris were Craig Birch in Discussion, and Deidre Lammers and Sara Imholte in Non Original Oratory.  

The new manager of the Donnelly Co-op Creamery Association of Donnelly is Edward M. Dummer, who comes from Bird Island.  He began his duties at Donnelly March 1.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of  March 16, 1993

Tigers take number one! Ryan Loge and Quinn Brustuen, co-captains of the MAHS boys basketball team, accepted the number one hardware from Roger Clarke.  Clarke is a Sub-Section One official. The Tigers defeated West Central in overtime Friday night at UMM.  The game's final score: 68-65.  The Tigers play at 7 p.m. tonight at Concordia College-Moorhead in the section semis.  Two games are on tonight's slate at the Concordia fieldhouse, which has long hosted this level of BBB play.  

Fifth and sixth graders at Morris Area Elementary School were part of the “World's Largest Concert” Thursday, when they joined students around the country to sing about democracy and freedom, and world harmony and peace.  The groups around the country were linked by a PBS broadcast from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  The event was part of the Music Educators National Conference, timed for “Music in Our Schools Month.”

Holly Witt of Morris has been named new executive director of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.  Witt, who begins the position March 29, replaces Gail Nelson.

The fourth Miss Morris Scholarship Pageant will be held April 24.  Candidates for Miss Morris this year include Becky Stock, Shannon Snowberg, Katie Day, Paula Lesmeister  and Brandi Logan.  They will make their first appearance with current royalty at a style show on March 28.  

University of Minnesota, Morris associate professor of art and mentor, Jennifred Nellis, and one of her two protegees, Therese Buchmiller Knierim, have received one of the eight $1200 scholarships offered under the 1993-94 WARM (Women's Art Registry of Minnesota) Mentor Program.  Louann Lewis is also one of Nellis' protegees.

Eric N. Lent from Donnelly, was named to the Dean's List of the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology for superior academic performance during Fall Quarter 1992.  This honor is awarded to students in the top 10 percent of their class.  Students in I.T. major in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences.