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Looking Back 5-4-13

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 5, 1953

Walt Peterson, proprietor of the West Side neighborhood grocery, presented Mrs. Russell Brown of Morris with $150 in Wampum money last Wednesday. Mrs. Brown's name was drawn for the jackpot last week and she qualified for the prize by being in the West Side grocery, one of the Wampum firms, when her name was announced at 2:30.  

For the fourth consecutive year, a member of Orlin Peik's Morris High School biology class is a 7th District winner in the tenth annual Conservation Essay Contest sponsored by the Minnesota Federation of Women's Clubs.  The winner this year is John Kellenberger, whose essay has been selected by judges for the 7th District as one of the two winning entries in district competition.  The other district winner is Lanitta Bush of Russell.  By virtue of his first place award, John has been awarded an all-expense week's vacation at Douglas Lodge in Itasca State Park.  Previous district winners from Morris were Warner Nibbe, Joe Duft and Connie Neuman.

Nine of the 16 Morris high school entries in the regional music contest in Minneapolis Friday and Saturday were awarded A ratings, according to word received yesterday.  This is one of the finest showings made by local musicians in regional competition.   Particularly outstanding were the performances of the girls' glee club and the choir under the direction of Miss Nell-Marie Hoyem.  Both groups received A ratings to give Morris two of only five such ratings awarded by the judges to glee clubs and choirs in all four classes of high schools competing in the regional.  

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 5, 1973

Dennis W. Sayre of the University of Minnesota, Morris police, and Robert J. Schrieber of the Sibley County sheriff's office, are being congratulated by William B. Morris on getting their diplomas in special ceremonies Friday after completing a police training school at Marshall.  Mr. Morris was director of the training school, at which 40 Minnesota law enforcement officers completed the mandatory 280 hours of classroom instruction necessary to be a Minnesota law enforcement officer.  The class consisted of state officers, local patrolmen and sheriff's deputies.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ekern, owners of Lakeview Bowling Lanes in Morris for the past 11 years, announced plans Tuesday to start a new business enterprise in Morris called Lakeview Roller Rink.  The Ekerns have purchased the land that is contiguous with A&W Drive In, from Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bluth of Bemidji, Minn. The new metal building will have nearly 10,000 square feet in its interior., It will be one of the most modern roller rinks in this rural Minnesota area, it is reported.  Construction is expected to start immediately with plans for a gala grand opening to be announced some time in the near future.  

Gene Mechelke of the Morris senior high school faculty was recently informed by the board of directors of the regional Who's Who entitled, “Personalities of the West and Midwest,” that he has been successfully nominated for listing in the 1972 edition.  Mr. Mechelke, the holder of many awards, achieved particular distinction in 1967-1968 by being the only American successfully competing for an all-expense-paid Fulbright-Hays year's research grant to the Far East.

The beautiful new entrance to the Morris State Bank was recently completed.  The new entrance incorporates more than 10 tons of granite from the quarries at Cold Spring.  


Item taken from the Tribune of April 1, 1993

In an effort to keep the cost of postage down, the postal service is continuing to tighten its belt.  The latest effort to meet the ever tightening budget is a change in transportation.  Morris Postmaster Pat Flannery announced that to conserve fuel and cut maintenance costs, the mail carriers will be completing their appointed rounds on horseback.  Lessons on proper procedure and safety will begin immediately. Flannery said each carrier will be required to mount and ride at least three blocks without falling off. Flannery asked that postal patrons be patient with the carriers until they become accustomed to their new mode of transportation.  They may be a bit late at times due to chaps and saddle sores.  Two postal employees, Nadine Heck and Brad Hill, are the first to try out the new delivery system.