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Looking Back 4/27/13

60 Years Ago Items taken from the Sun of April 21, 1953 The Minnesota Highway Department today is calling for bids for grading and concrete paving of 11.3 miles of trunk Highway 9, between Morris and a point 2.4 miles southeast of Hancock.  A portion of the 11.3 miles of No. 9 for which paving is contemplated now was relocated and constructed last year. That is the stretch from the Great Northern crossing between Morris and Hancock and the underpass 2.4 miles southeast of Hancock.  The highway has been moved to the northeast side of the railroad tracks, eliminating that crossing, and now skirts the village of Hancock.  The old stretch of pavement from Morris to Hancock is now more than 30 years old and was one of the first pieces of concrete paving laid by the state highway department in this section of the state.

Representatives of the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs and the Civic and Commerce Association of Morris are currently working on arrangements for the spring convention of the Tri-State Flying Farmers which will be held at Morris on May 2 and 3.  The service and civic club groups are working with local Flying Farmers, headed by Charles Schmidt, vice-president of the Minnesota Flying Farmers Organization, in making plans for the Tri-State Convention.  It is expected the gathering on May 2 and 3 will bring 150 or more air-minded farmers to Morris from the three states of Minnesota and North and South Dakota.  

Five national 4-H award programs important in training Stevens County boys and girls in gardening and home projects are being continued in 1953, 4-H Agent Emma Hultgren announces.  According to the latest enrollment figures, it is estimated that more than 1 1/3 million club members through out the nation will participate this year in the five programs.  In Stevens County, 499 boys and girls are enrolled in the five projects.  The programs are canning, clothing, food preparation, garden and home improvement.  

The exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of the Korean war, which started this week, is of particular interest to a number of Stevens County young men who have served in the Korean Theatre.  Among these is Don Bohlmann, who was in Korea for four of the nearly 14 months he was overseas as a member of the Eighth Cavalry Regiment.  This is the regiment in which Lt. Roy M. Jones, Minneapolis, first Upper Midwest soldier to be freed in the prisoner exchange, was serving when he was wounded and captured near the Manchurian border in November, 1950. That was before Bohlmann joined the regiment but when he became a part of it in Sept. 1951, a number of soldiers in it then had been members when Lt. Jones was taken prisoner, and were acquainted with him.  

By a narrow margin of 15 votes, the proposed $4,000,000 school bond issue for additional building facilities in Morris was approved by voters of independent District No. 1 at a special election Friday.  The stream of voters from 6 until the polls closed at 9 p.m. averaged about 200 per hour.  The election judges, W.J. Lee, Mrs. Frances Tomlin and Mrs. Floyd Stevenson, worked until nearly midnight that night counting and tabulating the vote.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 1, 1973

The state VFW baseball tournament will be held in Morris this year and members of Charles Leuthard Post, the sponsoring organization, are busy planning for the big event. In addition to raising funds to underwrite the tournament, the local post is also raising money to buy new uniforms for the Morris VFW team.  

One of the outstanding choral organizations in the United States, the Bethel Choir of St. Paul, will present a concert May 3 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The performance, sponsored by the Morris Campus Union Board, begins at 8 p.m. in Edson Auditorium.  

Dr. Charles F. Krassas of Morris was recently appointed to the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners by Governor Wendell Anderson.  The appointment, effective April 16, is for a five-year term expiring in 1978.

Rehabilitation of city well No. 2 was recommended by City Engineer Bob Walker to the city council at a special meeting Thursday afternoon.  The council, acting upon the recommendation, authorized the work be done on a project labor basis by Thein Well Company of Clara City.  

Sgt. and Mrs. Harland Fogle and Jackie left Tuesday for Biloxi, Mississippi.  Ssgt. Fogle is being re-assigned to Kessler AFB as an instructor in the newly established Command Control Course.  

It took 1,476 dimes to fill the March of Dimes cards at the Charles Leuthard VFW Post club rooms.  Those helping fill the cards were Mrs. Wes Gray, chapter chairman of the March of Dimes organization; Ken Cline, post commander; Dick Jacobson, county chairman for the MOD drive; Ruby Treischel, post hostess; Thelma Nelson; Leroy Ball and Frank Farwell, vice-commander.  

20 Years Ago Items taken from the Sun of April 13, 1993

Members of Faith Lutheran Church in Morris portrayed the Last Supper as part of Maundy Thursday services. The living Last Supper members included Dave Anhalt, Wayne Colrud, Vern Wevley, Ken Lesmeister, John Schultz, Jason Asmus, Dick Felstul, Rex Hein, Merrill Pedersen, Monroe Estenson, Charles Spohr, Al Buss and Don Geiszler.  

One of five young women will be crowned the new Miss Morris on April 24.  This year's Miss Morris candidates are Katie Day, Paula Lesmeister, Brandi Logan, Shannon Snowberg and Becky Stock.  The new Miss Morris will receive her crown from current queen Laura Sommer and begin a year of preparation for the 1994 Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant.  

Since 1987, Craig Murphy has operated the Murphy family farm about 12 miles southwest of Morris.  The family farm is a  special blend of traditional and modern practices known as organic farming. A diversified crop and livestock farm of 270 tillable acres makes up the Murphy farm.  This spring, as part of a demonstration project for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture,

Murphy will begin the 36-month process of converting an additional 195 acres to organic production.  

The American House Bed & Breakfast in Morris has been chosen by editors to appear in a new travel guidebook, “Great Affordable Bed & Breakfast Getaways.” Only those that received the highest ratings were selected to appear in the new book.  Judging was based on attractiveness of the inn, appeal of the area and recreation available to vacationers.