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Looking Back: 08-31-13

40 Years Ago: Items taken from the Sun of August 21, 1973

The Anton Schaefer family of Moore township were selected as Stevens county's "Farm Family of the Year" for 1973 in the contest sponsored annually by the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce. The selection was announced at the Saturday evening grandstand program at the Stevens County Fair. Members of the Schaefer family present for the acceptance were Mr. and Mrs. Schaefer and their children Rodney, Stanley and LuAnn. The Schaefers farm 640 acres in Moore township with his brother, Herman, stressing corn, grain and livestock. The family was cited on the strength of its activities in church, 4-H and other community affairs.

During his recent visit to Morris, Congressman Bob Bergland visited the North Central Soil Conservation Research Center and was informed of the research program underway at the Center as well as the work at the University of Minnesota, West Central Experiment Station. R. F. Holt, Director of the Research Center, briefly outlined the current program. Dr. Holt emphasized the twofold mission of the Center which involves the study of factors which limit crop production in this region, and the elimination of any adverse environmental impact resulting from agricultural practices.

Another highly successful Stevens County Fair-the Centennial Fair this year- was written into the records when the four-day exposition ended Sunday night. The fair closed with final-day crowds described by Merle Felstul, fair treasurer, as among the largest ever to attend a single day's events at a Stevens County Fair.

Susan Gudahl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gudahl of Herman, was among a class of 68 members to graduate from St. Luke's School of Nursing at Fargo, ND August 17. Miss Gudahl will be employed as a registered nurse at St. Luke's Hospital.

20 Years Ago: Items taken from the Sun of August 17, 1993

Nathan Evenson and Christine Bruske, a friend from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, took a camel ride on a trip to the Giza pyramids in Egypt. Nathan Evenson "had never seen Hebrew or heard it, or seen the alphabet" before he left last summer to spend a year studying in Isreal at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Evenson is the son of Dave and Yvonne Evenson of Morris. He graduated from the Minnesota Arts High School in 1991, as a member of its first graduating class. He then attended the University of St.Thomas in the Twin Cities. He said that as a Bible and theology major, he knew he wanted to study abroad some time. Now he will transfer to Wheaton College just outside Chicago, and add education to his planned major. He hopes to do mission work or Christian education somewhere overseas.

Roger Wendt of Morris is a candidate for a doctor of philosophy degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, following the 1993 summer session.

Betty Schmidt of Morris won first place in the local APPLEMANIA- "a search for the best apple bread in Minnesota" contest at the Morris Senior Dining Center. Helen Vix was second. Schmidt will advance to the Region IV competition Aug. 31, in Breckenridge.

Randy Anderson of Citizens Bank in Morris completed the Midwest Banking Institute (MBI) held at the University of Minnesota, Morris July 18-23. Thirty students attended the one-week school this year, which is sponsored by the state bankers associations of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and Montana.

This years Threshing Bee Queen candidates are crown hopefuls Nikki Bergstrom, Kim Kruize, Jaclyn Martin and Alisha Wevley. The new queen will succeed Holly Hennen. The "Little Miss Donnelly" hopefuls this year are Tiffany Koehntop, Amy Huebner, Beth Larson, Breanna Aschman, Amy Kloos, Kristina Rieck, Kristi Koehntop and Lori Nelson. The new Little Miss Donnelly will succeed Amy Gulbrandson. Randy Bannick will be coronation emcee.


In June 1959, husband and wife chiropractic team, Dr. Alwin and Dr. Patrice Toensing, started their chiropractic office in Morris. In the Morris Sun of August 21, 1973 the Toensing team were noted for a news story that appeared in the Yuma Sun of August 8, 1973. The news story, written by Cindy Frunstein of the Yuma Sun, was quoted as such: "Two new Yuma chiropractors were stars of a television show for a brief time in 1957 in New York City. Drs. Alwin and Patrice Toensing were the top attractions for a day on the now defunct NBC show 'Bride and Groom.' They were married on the show and 'all of our friends watched us get married on television,' Dr. Toensing said. The Toensings have been here less than two months. They are preparing an office at 250 24th Street, which is tentatively scheduled to open Monday. The Toensings moved to Yuma from Morris, MN, where they had a practice together for the last 14 years. The move was made, according to Mrs. Toensing, 'because of the weather, that's the only reason.' 'We loved Minnesota, she said, 'but the winters were cold and seemed to be getting longer.'"