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60 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of Sept. 18, 1953 Lady Luck smiled her brightest on the ladies Wednesday–and four of them won the four big cash prizes totaling $425 given away in Morris that day.  Wednesday was the regular weekly Wampum Day in Morris and the Wampum jackpot of $250 was the largest single prize awarded. Combined with Wampum Day was Harvest Value Day, the monthly shopportunity day here. One feature of the bargain day attractions was a total of $175 in silver dollars given away by the clothing, variety, jewelry and drug stores which were especially promoting Harvest Value Day.  Winner of the $250 Wampum jackpot was Mrs. Ann Mahoney of Appleton.  Winning the top prize of 100 silver dollars in the Harvest Value Day drawings was Mrs. George Fogle of Morris. Winner of second prize of 50 silver dollars was Miss Ellen Thompson of Cyrus.  Third prize of 25 silver dollars was Mrs. Fred Rinke of Graceville.  

One hundred Stevens County homemakers attended an appreciation party in the Colony Room of the Del Monico Cafe last Friday honoring Mrs. Tone Long, who recently resigned as Extension Home Agent in the county to accept a teaching position in the Cyrus High School.  Mrs. A. Bresson welcomed the guests and introduced several speakers.  These included Mrs. Peter Erdahl, who reminisced over activities of the homemakers under Mrs. Long's guidance, and paid tribute to Mrs. Long for her untiring and unselfish work, which included many hours of overtime work; Ted Long (the only man in the midst of 100 ladies) who gave two humorous readings in his usual excellent manner; and Mrs. Ed Gausman, who commented that Mrs. Long's resignation is a great loss to Stevens County.  

Sarlettes Music Service, Morris' newest business enterprise, will open tonight in the Glass Block, in quarters formerly occupied by the Einarson Barber Shop. Announcement of the opening is made by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sarlette.  While opening for business now, a formal grand opening will be held at a later date, say the Sarlettes.  The new shop will be headquarters for band instruments, pianos, accordions, accessories and music, and will feature instrument repairing and piano tuning and repairing. (Congratulations on 60 years!)

At a meeting Monday evening of about 25 representatives of a dozen civic, service and study organizations of Morris, Stanley Cosgriff was elected president of a group promoting the establishment of a community chest or allied fund drive association in this city.  The meeting, held in the Town Hall in the Merchants Hotel, was in charge by R.B. DeWall and H. H. Carpenter, who some months ago were named co-captains to head a movement for the organization of a county-wide community chest.  


40 Years Ago Items from the Sun of Sept. 18, 1973 Members of the Investigation of Box Car and Other Transportation Problems committee of the Minnesota legislature conducted an open hearing Friday at the University of Minnesota, Morris' science auditorium, hearing testimony from elevator operators, farmers, and railroad officials concerning the boxcar shortage in grain transportation in this area. Jim Pesek, manager of the Chokio Equity Exchange was the first to testify, and stated that the six-month audit of 1973 showed that 516,000 bushels of grain had moved from the Chokio elevator in the first six months of 1973, compared to 736,000 bushels in the corresponding period in 1972, and 1.2 million bushels in 1971.  Dean Paulson, Stevens County ASC manager, listed statistics that area elevators averaged from three to five boxcars per week compared to standing orders of 20-40, and “needs” of 15-25 cars per week.  Elevator operators from throughout the area testified at the hearing, and all indicated the need for boxcars.  Most indicated that they also shipped by truck whenever possible, and for many operators, it marked the first year that they have not shipped exclusively by rail.  

The annual Fall Crops and Soils Field Day was held Thursday at the West Central Experiment Station at Morris.  About 225 visitors went on tours describing the research being carried on at the station.  


20 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of Sept. 23, 1993

School Board member Richard Felstul presented the Board's recognition to Otter Tail Power division manager Dennis Ellefson and marketing supervisor Bill Klyve.  Superintendent Dennis Rettke said the District had received a $6000 rebate from a project set out to replace lighting in the Elementary School and reduce the amount of electricity needed.

Four counties of west central Minnesota are projected to lose a number of their population by the year 2020, according to projections from the State Demographics Office.  Lac Qui Parle (-27.3 percent),  Swift (-26.6 percent), Big Stone (-25.8 percent) and Traverse (-24.8  percent) are four counties with the largest projected loss over the next 30 years.  Stevens County is projected to lose 10.9 percent of its population by 2020.

Homecoming queen candidates at Morris Area High School for 1993 are Jean Hoffman, Lori Schmidgall, Nicole Logan, Sara Kiser, Sadie McNally and Erin Ersted.  Homecoming king candidates for the 1993 MAHS Homecoming celebration are Mike Wolff, David Rohloff, Stuart Hennen, Duane Halbe and Jeff Paul.  

Members of the Morris Area Women of Today approved grant application requests totaling $1600 to fund eight community improvement projects. The grant funds were raised through their Coupon Fundraiser, which was conducted at Willie's Super Valu in Morris.  They raised over $18,000 through that project and donated $6000 to the Stevens County Hilfred and Estelle Lee Community Center and used $6000 to purchase playground equipment for Wells Park.  

Patricia O'Reilly, a senior at MAHS, and Missy Johnson, a sixth grader at MAES, are student representatives to the School Board for the first semester.  The two student representatives sat in on a board meeting with Ken Burt, director of the Midwest Special Education Cooperative, and Brad Korn, elementary principal.