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60 Years Ago Items from the Sun of October 6, 1953

Miss Pat Kieffer reigned as Homecoming Queen over the 1953 Morris High School festivities Thursday and Friday.  Queen Pat was crowned at ceremonies in the high school auditorium Thursday afternoon.  She appeared in the Homecoming parade Friday afternoon and on Friday evening was presented to the large crowd at between-halves ceremonies at the football game.  At these ceremonies she was given a bouquet of a dozen red roses by R.B. DeWall, president of the Civic and Commerce association, on behalf of business and professional firms of the city.  

Cpl. Arnold Hennen and Pvt. Robert Hennen, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Hennen of near Morris, recently enjoyed four days together when Arnold visited at his brother's army camp in Austria.  Arnold is stationed in Germany.  The visit was the first for the brothers since a year ago in July when Arnold went overseas.  

It's going to rain in Morris Wednesday afternoon-but it will not be an ordinary rain.  This one will, to all practical purposes, be of dollars.  As a feature of the monthly Shopper Day here, 100 cards each worth one dollar in cash or trade will be dropped from a plane at three o'clock Wednesday afternoon over Atlantic Avenue, in the heart of the city's business district.  Whoever catches or retrieves a card may redeem it for cash or trade.

Unseasonable, but not unpleasant, early October temperatures found the mercury zooming to a high of 92 degrees on Friday and then hitting the 90 mark on Saturday. Yesterday brought an abrupt change and overcast skies and a chilly north wind reminded that this is still October.

Dr. W. M. Trygstad, who comes to Morris from Minneapolis, has purchased the dental practice of Dr. Jan J. Muller.  Dr. Muller expects to leave today for Portland, Ore., where he has accepted a professorship in the University of Oregon dental college.  He plans also to conduct a private practice part-time in Portland. Dr. Muller has practiced in Morris for seven years, locating here in 1946 following his separation from the Armed Forces.

Al Buscher of Morris has purchased the Star Grocery and tourist cabins at the south end of Atlantic Avenue from Jack Starr and will assume active management of the business today.  Mr. Buscher is well acquainted in Morris as he and his family have lived here the past 12 years. He has been employed as a salesman by the Coca Cola Company for 14 years, coming to Morris in that capacity 12 years ago.  

First Class Scout Gary Eidsvold of Troop 67 was presented with the Pro Deo Et Patria scout award during the regular morning services in First Lutheran church Sunday.  The award, one of the outstanding awards which a Boy Scout can earn, was granted in recognition of unusual activity and service to the church, including a total of 150 hours of assistance in the church and to church projects.  First Class Scout Eidsovld was presented for the award by Walter Monroe, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 67.  The Pro Deo Et Patria (For God and Country) medal was given by Rev. Lowell Larson to Gary's mother, Mrs. Lyman Eidsvold, who pinned it on her son's uniform.  

40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of October 11, 1973

The Morris public schools board of education called for bids Nov. 5 for the cost of construction for the addition of a media center to East Elementary School at their regular monthly meeting. The media center, which is planned to be constructed on the north side of the East Elementary School, opposite the present cafeteria, will be 62 x 62 foot addition. The center will house all media materials, both library and audio-visual, for grades three, four, five and six, as well as kindergarten materials.

Gary Donovan has recently joined the University of Minnesota, Morris as director of placement. In his new position, Donovan is responsible for UMM's job placement program.  Approximately 300 university students and alumni use this service each year for career and placement counseling.  Donovan replaces the late Herbert G. Croom who had served the University since 1943 at both the West Central School and Experiment Station and UMM.

Mike Tate, treasurer of Pomme de Terre Chapter Foundation March of Dimes, presented a check to Robert D. Rose, Stevens County Memorial Hospital Administrator.  The money, which is from the March of Dimes funds, was used to purchase a billirubin light and also for two textbooks on diseases of the newborn.  Stevens County Memorial Hospital is the only hospital of its size in West Central Minnesota to have a billrubin light used in treating jaundiced newborns.  

Vice-president of the United States Spiro T. Agnew, resigned Wednesday afternoon. Agnew, who was involved recently in a federal investigation concerning alleged kickbacks while he was governor of Maryland, served as vice-president for President Richard M. Nixon since Nixon's election to office in 1968.  

Elmer F. Anderson, who holds the longest record of continuous service among present county auditors, announced his retirement Wednesday at a special meeting of the Stevens County board of commissioners.  Anderson, 66, will step down from his post Jan. 7 after 39 years of service.  He successfully ran for the office of county auditor in 1934, and was re-elected to the position nine times.

 20 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of October 14, 1993

Brownie Troop 454 made the Coca Cola can and a thermometer in front of the Morris Public Library to show progress of a fund drive.  Troop members are Tara Williams, Megan Lange, Tiffany Thymian, Robyn Koehntop, Mary Johnson, Sandi Johnson, Tracy Williams, Ashley Lange and  Ashley McNally. Troop leader is Tammy Johnson and parent volunteer is Audrey McNally.  The Library Board and Friends of the Library are beginning a fund raising drive to raise $10,000 needed to plant trees and shrubs and put in a sidewalk from the Library and from the alley to the flag pole.  There will also be benches installed.  The project is one planned about 13 years ago.  Area Girl Scouts have adopted the project as a Service Unit.  The Coca Cola can on the Library Mall invites you to deposit aluminum cans there for recycling.  

Paul Hedberg, president and CEO of Western Minnesota Broadcasting Company, the licensee of KMRS and KKOK-FM in Morris; has announced the sale of the stations. Purchasing the stations is Midstate's Development of Fergus Falls, a subsidiary of the Otter Tail Power Company.  KMRS and KKOK-FM have been owned by the Clifford Hedberg family for 37 years.  KMRS was built in 1956, and KKOK-FM went on the air in 1976.  The Hedberg family stated that it's a big decision to sell the stations, but the time has come to do some future financial planning.

The top-ranked team in Minnesota nine man football survived week No. 6 of the schedule with a win by three points.  Chokio-Alberta scored on its first possession last Friday but this score was not an indicator of how this game would go.  It would end up hard-fought and relatively low-scoring. A 20-17 score can be termed “relatively low” in the nine-man football world, where scoreboards are frequently lit up.  The scoreboard that C-A fans watched last Friday was at Hancock. C-A ended up mighty thankful that they scored on their first possession.  Because each and every point on this night would end up most precious.