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Looking Back 6-15-13

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of June 30, 1953

A new Super Valu Center, heralded as one of the largest and most modern food stores in the area, will open for business Wednesday in quarters in the Home Builders Co. building. Opening of the new Super Valu center by George Juergensen comes just 25 years after he first entered the grocery business in Morris as a clerk.  Later he managed a local store for a chain food store organization and 14 years ago entered into business for himself, in the store building from which the Super Valu has just moved.  A snack bar is also being installed in conjunction with the store.  Mrs. H. W. Johnson will be in charge of the snack bar under the supervision of Joe Buckley, proprietor of Lee's Cafe.

Cpl. Richard F. O'Neill, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. O'Neill of Morris, arrived home last Thursday, having received his discharge from the military at Fort Lewis, Wash. Cpt. O'Neill only recently returned from Korea, where he served for 18 months. A veteran of World War II service also, he entered the army two years ago.  He expects to resume his work as a member of the Morris post office force in the near future.  

Robert Norman of Granite Falls is the new owner of Lang's Bakery in Morris and will assume management of the business on July 1.  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lang, who have owned and operated the bakery for the past three years, have no definite plans for the future other than that they will be moving to St. Cloud where they have already purchased a home.  The Normans will occupy the apartment over the bakery.  

The 4-H Revue for Home Assistance and beginning clothing girls will be held July 9 at the Morris High School auditorium beginning at 1 o'clock, announces Mrs. Emma Hultgren, county club agent.  Home assistance girls will model aprons which they have made in the project.  Beginning clothing girls will model skirts and blouses or dresses or other garments which they have made.  

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 21, 1973

Bernice Fluegel

Colonel Robert P. Knight, state director of Selective Service, announced this week that the Stevens County Local Board office is being moved this week to its new location in St. Cloud, effective June 22. The announcement marked not only the closing of the local board office. It also signaled the end of a record of 16 years of efficient, helpful service as clerk in the county Selective Service office by Mrs. Lester (Bernice) Fluegel of rural Morris.  Actually, as she steps out of the county draft board office, Mrs. Fluegel is concluding about 30 years of service in government offices.  Prior to taking over the Selective Service office work, she was employed in the county ASCS office for a number of years.  

Miss Rita Mulcahy, formerly of Minneapolis, has accepted the position of librarian at the Morris public library and entered on her new duties Monday.  She succeeds Miss Sarah Bodine, who resigned the position recently to take a position in Minneapolis.  

A building permit for an extension to the Sunwood Inn of Morris was approved by the city council at its monthly meeting Tuesday evening.  Construction for the 60 by 80 foot addition began Wednesday.  It includes increased banquet and lounge area with a permanent dance floor and stage, as well as increased convention capabilities.  The addition is expected to be completed around Sept. 20.  

James F. Sherack has come to Morris from Karlstad to join the staff of the Morris State Bank, assuming his new duties on June 1.  Mr. Sherack was recently elected assistant vice president of the bank.  He will be a loan officer, specializing in installment loans, it is announced by Conrad Freeman, president of the bank.

The Fergus Falls Red Sox will come to Morris tonight to do battle with the Eagles in what will be the first of three home games for the Eagles this week.  It will be the Red Sox tonight, Alexandria here Thursday night, and Benson-DeGraff here Saturday night in a Fourth of July feature.  The Eagles see in these three home games a chance to pull themselves up in West Central league standings.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 10, 1993

Miss Morris 1992 Laura Sommer, along with her parents, Mary and Cal Sommer, attended the open house in her honor.  The Morris Area Chamber of Commerce honored her with the open house.  Laura, who leaves Sunday  for the Miss Minnesota Pageant in Austin, modeled the pageant gown she will wear.  

Area geologists were having their annual picnic at Pomme de Terre Park when the earthquake struck on Friday night.  UMM associate professor of geology Jim Cotter said 85 percent of the geologists in this town were congregated there.  Their reaction when the earthquake struck? “It was quite a joyful one,” he said. Cotter said it was odd for them all to be in one place when it happened, and to be with people who knew what had happened.

“Americans take a lot of things for granted. It is easier to be happy here,” observed Russian exchange teacher Marina Stolbunova. “When I go back to Russia, I will miss most of all the people here,” she emphasized.  “You realize the things in the material world are not the only important things.”  Stolbunova, 27, taught Russian during spring quarter at Morris Area High School as part of a three-year grant program to add Russian language to the curriculum.


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