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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of September 15, 1953

Wayne, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Matejka of Donnelly, enlisted in the United States Navy in July, 1952, left in August for his basic training at San Diego, Calif., and in the spring of 1953 was sent to Guam where he has been stationed ever since.  

Morris will acquire a new business and service shop this week when Sarlette's Music Service will open for business. Proprietor of the new enterprise is Walter Sarlette, for more than 10 years head of the instrumental music department in the Morris public schools.  The Music Service will be located in the quarters in the Glass Block formerly occupied by the Mel Einarson barber shop.  Sarlette's Music Service will be headquarters for pianos, accordions and other music instruments as well as accessories and music.  It will feature a repair department and a piano tuning service.

The Expert Rifleman medal, second highest award in junior shooting, has gone to Daryl Roger Pring, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd D. Pring, Chokio, the National Rifle Association, Washington, D. C., announced last week.  In 11 months of shooting, Daryl has risen through 13 lower rankings to achieve the expert rating.  With one more award, he will be classified as a distinguished rifleman, along with other top junior shooters of the nation.  He is a seventh grade student in the Chokio School.

Sgt. Robert R. McNally was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon for meritorious achievement near Kumhwa, Korea on Sept. 16, 1952 when he assisted in the recovery of a disabled tank during intense enemy fire.  With complete disregard for his personal safety he saved a valuable tank from complete destruction. Lt.Col. Douglas G. Putnam, Commanding Officer Troop Command, presented Sgt. McNally with the medal in ceremonies held at Aberdeen Proving Ground last week.  Unmarried, Sgt. McNally is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McNally of Chokio. He entered the army in Jan. 1951 and has served at Camp Carson, Colo. and in Korea with the 73rd Tank Battalion.  

Beverly Jacobson was among the Stevens County 4-H young people who won blue ribbons in competition at the Minnesota State Fair this year, earning it with a home economics demonstration on “Milk Treats.”

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of September 11, 1973

The Assumption Board of Education held its organizational meeting for the 1973-74 school year Sept. 4. Norb Budig was elected chairman of the board.  Mrs. Betty Schultz will assume responsibility of vice-chairwoman and Mrs. Lila Kozel was elected to fill the secretary position.  Sister Cordelia Korkowski, assistant principal, was appointed clerk.  Newly elected board members who took their positions at the meeting were Bob McNally and Ron Lindquist, Maurice Weiler was re-elected for a second term.  The faculty of St. Mary's School was present at the meeting and were introduced to the board by Principal Jim Goslein. Other board members are Blanche Dalseth, principal, CCD school of religion; Father Stan Wieser, assistant pastor, Assumption Church; Sister Trudy, religious education coordinator; Father Lawrence Botz, pastor.

David C. Anderson, rural Chokio, has been selected as the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District “Conservation Farmer,” for 1973, it was announced by Douglas Rasmusson, Hancock, chairman of the district.  Anderson began working on a conservation plan for his 320 acre farm in Stevens Township early in 1970. Water erosion, soil structure, and wet soils are problems encountered on Anderson's Farm, and his conservation plan is geared to combat all three problems.

The Zip Code, the five digit number following the state in United States addresses, now appears on more than 85 percent of first class mail, according to Morris Postmaster Robert Guter.  He said the coding of mail has become even more important in recent months with a growing share of first class letters sorted on machines equipped with the Zip Mail Translator (ZMT).  Previously, postal clerks were required to learn the complex local and regional sorting schemes that are now carried in the ZMT computer.  The use of Zip Code has been mandatory since 1967 for second class and third class bulk rates.

The old and almost forgotten art of spinning is being revived once again in the upper Midwest and with the help of a Cyrus resident. But Selmer Alfson doesn't do the spinning, he makes the spinning wheels. He stumbled across the idea two years ago while reading the “Workbench” magazine. Since then he has made 14 and is presently working on his fifteenth.  Selmer, who will celebrate his 88th birthday later this month, is a self-employed carpenter by trade. Alfson's talents for carpentry goes back to the early 1900s.  In addition to several homes in Cyrus, he built four cabins on Lake Villard, one for his family and daughter, and the other two for ministers.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of Sept. 16, 1993

Waste reduction week is set for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 in the City of Morris and Stevens County. The city and county are concerned about wise waste management and pollution prevention. Mayor Lee Swanson and Commissioner Jerry Loher were present for the proclamation signing of the Waste Reduction Week.  Observing the signing were various dignitaries: Bill Kleindl (environmental officer for the county), Linda Retzlaff (second grade teacher), Char Zinda (youth development/volunteer coordinator), Mary Ann Scharf (representing Stevens County Extension) and Diane Nelson (high school teacher).

Rod Switzer, an assistant manager with Great-West Life and Annuity, Englewood, Colo., has been named an Associate of Actuaries (ASA).  He received a bachelor's degree in math in 1984 from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and a master's degree in math in 1986 from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.  Switzer, the son of Fred and Joanne Switzer of Morris, is a 1980 graduate of Morris Senior High School. He resides in Denver with his wife, Kristin.  He earned the ASA designation by successfully completing a series of examinations administered by the Society.

Pam Solvie, Gretchen Gillis, Jo Tate and Karla Johansen recently completed a training workshop on the Growing Healthy curriculum. Growing Healthy is a comprehensive school health curriculum spanning grades K-6.  Students gain skills and knowledge that encourage them to maintain life-long good health habits. The Growing Health workshop was held in Sauk Rapids at the end of August.