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Looking Back: March 31, 2013

60 Years Ago -- Items taken from the Sun of April 7, 1953

The Wampum jackpot in Morris for Wednesday will be $300, it was announced last Thursday by Ed Schuler, chairman of the Merchants' Wampum Committee. This is another special offering on the part of the Wampum firms.  Because last Wednesday's prize was won, the jackpot for this week would ordinarily start at $100 and increase $50 each week that it was not won.  The committee decided to start the prize at $300, however, and this amount too will increase $50 each week that it is not won.  Mrs. Clarence Juergensen of Framnas Township was the winner of the Wampum prize last Wednesday. The happy smile on her face is understandable because she received 450 Wampum dollars in her hands.  Rather a nice pre-Easter gift!  

Old Man Winter, reluctant to give way to spring, did an encore for the Easter weekend and a heavy, wet fall of snow that settled late Thursday and continued into Friday forenoon proved to be one of the most damaging of the season. Suffering particularly because of the estimated 3-5 inches of snow were power and telephone lines.  There was trouble in this respect in the Morris area but the entire west central Minnesota area was hit hard with the bulk of the trouble in the Benson-Willmar section.  

Grain markets continued  to weaken during the week ended April 2, the Department of Agriculture reported.  Factors contributing to the weakness were the optimism over developments in the Korean situation and some improvement in prospects for the new winter wheat crop.  Grain prices, along with securities, experienced substantial declines on Monday following the international political developments over the weekend, and although price changes during the remainder of the week were small, the general situation continued nervous and unsettled.  

Rev. Sylvester Treinen, assistant to the Most Rev. Lambert A. Hoch, bishop of the Bismarck, N.D. Catholic diocese, has been appointed chancellor of the diocese, it was announced last week.  He succeeds the Very Rev. William F. Garvin, who has been elevated to the rank of vicar general.  He is the son of W. J. Treinen of Morris.  

Election of members to the first board of education in the recently reorganized Cyrus district will be held May 19, with the period for filing of candidates opening April 19, it is announced.  On March 3, the voters of parts of twelve districts in and around Cyrus voted in favor of reorganizing into one large district. The new school board of six members will take over the business of the new district on July 1 of this year.

40 Years Ago -- Items taken from the Sun of March 27, 1973

Linell Gray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Gray of Morris, was named Girl's Stater from Morris High School. Alternate is Tracy Dunnum, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Quentin Dunnum of Morris.  Linell will attend Girl's State to be held on the St. Catherine College campus, June 3 through June 9.  Named Boy's Stater is Steve Kent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Kent of Morris.  Bruce Christianson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Christianson, was named alternate to Boy's State.  Boy's State will be conducted on the campus of St. John's University at Collegeville from June 10 through June 16.  Minnesota Girl's and Boy's State is an exclusive program of the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary, which teaches government, citizenship and Americanism.

Morris acquires a new professional service today (Tuesday) when Duling Optical opens in offices at 512 Atlantic Avenue.  Manager of the new enterprise is Kevin Ernst. Mr. Ernst is a native of Missoula, Mont., and is a 1972 graduate of the Anoka Technical Institute with a degree in optical technology.

An unusual record of 47 years of service as secretary of the Vinger Cemetery Association of Donnelly by Oscar Aanerud was concluded March 20 at the annual meeting of the association that afternoon at the Aanerud home.  Mr. Aanerud has been secretary of the association since 1926. Succeeding him in the office is his son, James, who was elected to the position at the annual meeting. Preceding Oscar Aanerud as secretary of the Vinger Cemetery Association was his father, who held the post for many years.

Sister Jean Yoerg, principal at St. Mary's School, has announced her resignation here effective at the end of the present school term.  She has been principal at St. Mary's since 1968.  Sister Yoerg will leave for Cochabanba, Bolivia, in July to study at a Spanish language school designed for persons beginning work in the missionary field.  After her studies have been completed, she will be stationed at a mission at Maracay, near the capital of Caracas, Venezuala.

20 Years Ago -- Items taken from the Sun of March 23, 1993

The Cyrus Math, Science, Technology School was selected as one of “America's Best Elementary Schools” by Redbook's America's Best Schools Project.  Over 550 schools were nominated by state and national education leaders, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and education reporters.  Of those, there were 126 winners in different categories, plus one school from every state and the District of Columbia.  The Cyrus School is part of a spotlight on schools in  the April issue of Redbook.  As a “Best of the States” winner, Cyrus will receive a $2000 grant from the SEGA Youth Education & Health Foundation.

A picture of agriculture with a view of the past and a vision of the future stitched up in a quilt is on display through March 29 at the Extension Office.  Liz Spohr, 4-H coordinator, said the quilt blocks were submitted for a contest by Successful Farming magazine.  Sixty-two people entered blocks and 29 blocks-made by people from Maine to Virginia to Colorado-were selected for the quilt.  

Lyle Lundebrek, assistant scoutmaster for the Morris Area Boy Scout Troop 467, was honored as the District Boy Scout Leader of the Year by the Lakes District of the Northern Lights Council.  The District Boy Scout Leader of the Year Award honors a district adult leader who has committed himself to the ideals of Boy Scouting and provided meritorious service to a local troop.  Scouting is a family affair for the Lundebreks. Son Dominic is currently completing his project for the Eagle Rank, Dustin is moving through the Cub Scout program, and Kristine is an active Girl Scout.  Lundebrek's wife, Liz, helps organize scouting activities as well.

A carving by Cyrus woodcarver Dan Helberg received the highest bid at the Northern Lights Royal Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet and auction held on March 6 in St. Cloud.  Helberg's carving of an elk fighting a bear is titled “All or Nothing” and is made of black walnut. The carving brought $1000, which was the highest bid offered during the program.