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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 13, 1953

 Russell Prickett, formerly of Morris and now a senior at Hamline University, has just returned from two months study in Yugoslavia as a member of the Minnesota SPAN (Student Project for Amity Among Nations) program. Prickett was one of ten who went to Yugoslavia where he studied the local government, SPAN groups also visited England, Spain and India last summer.  Russell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Prickett of St. Paul, formerly of Morris.

Pvt. Robert Hennen of Morris, who is with the 202 Military Police Company stationed in Salzburg, Austria, was one of a group of 23 Catholic men and women from Salzburg, personnel or dependents assigned with U.S. Forces in Austria, who were granted a general audience with His Holiness, Pope Pius XII, at Castle Gandolfo in Rome on Sunday, Sept. 27. The group attended a special Mass in St. Peter celebrated by Chaplain (Captain) Cyprian Lauletta, Spiritual Director of the Society.  Reception of Holy Communion was followed by a communion breakfast.

Cpl. Arnold L. Hennen and Pvt. Jim Hufford, both of Morris, recently participated in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's largest post-war maneuver, “Exercise Monte Carlo,” in Europe. They were among 175,000 NATO soldiers from France, Belgium and the United States who joined forces to drive a hypothetical “Eastland” invader out of western Germany.

The per capita assessment for real estate and personal property taxes in Morris ranks about average for cities in this general area of the state.  It is, as might be expected, the highest among the municipalities in Stevens County however.  A study of property taxes in Minnesota's 800 municipalities, released recently by the state department of taxation, shows that the average tax assessed against every man, woman and child in Morris in 1952 came to $68.51.  

40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of October 18, 1973

One hundred years of membership. L. George Cruze of Morris was honored Oct. 9, by both the Mason and Eastern Star organizations for his 50-year membership in each. Henry Foelschon of Glenwood, district representative of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota AF and AM, gave Cruze an official recognition for his achievement with the Masons. Mrs. Jessie Splitstoser, Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, presented a 50-year Eastern Star pin to Cruze. It was exactly 50 years to the day that Cruze became a member of O.E.S. Dr. Charles Krassas, Worthy Patron of Eastern Star and Master of Golden Sheaf Lodge No. 133 AF and AM, was also present for the recognition.

Vincent Ritter of Chokio was re-elected to a fourth term as president of the Stevens County Farmers Union at its annual county convention held Oct. 10. Ritter also serves as vice-president of the Minnesota Farmers Union. Eugene Fynboh of Morris was re-elected vice-president and Betty Marlow of Chokio was elected secretary and treasurer.

The proposed cable television rate increase was approved by the Morris city council at their regular meeting Tuesday evening. The rate increase, which was to be effective Nov.1, increases monthly customer charges from $5 to $6. The hike was the first since Cable TV, Inc., set up operations here in 1963.  

Marlena Arndt, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Lowell Arndt, will perform with the Minnesota All-State choir in February at the Minnesota Music Educators convention in Minneapolis.  Marlena, a Chokio-Alberta High School student, was selected as one of 24 first sopranos from a total of 197 auditions held in Minnesota during the past year. Forty-one students from district 21 auditioned for choir places, and only nine were selected.  She has received three superior ratings in solo work during the past three years. Her teacher and accompanist is Barbara Zakrajsek.

Dan Jerzak, 17, of Morris, bagged a king-sized Canada goose Saturday while hunting in the Lac Qui Parle Refuge near Madison. The Canadian honker weighed 17 pounds and its wingspan measured well over five feet. A game official told Jerzak that his goose was the largest shot at the Lac Qui Parle refuge this season.


20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of October 21, 1993

When staff at the Swine Health Center in Morris wants to have a conference with colleagues in Canada, they could do it through an interactive TV studio at Morris Area High School. There's an “information superhighway” coming out in the next few years, SCEIC Director Michael Haynes told the School Board Monday night.  He said Highway 94 had bypassed Stevens County. “We'd better not let this one go by.”  He said a significant problem in the rural areas of the state was accessing information. Technology will allow that access and also allow research groups in this area to get their information to people who can use it.  Twenty-two organizations, both public and private, have formed a technology transfer group that has now applied for a $55,000 small business innovation grant.  Haynes said they were in contact with Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and Vice President Al Gore on the grant application.

The School District through Community Education has applied for a planning grant through the Minnesota Planning, Prevention and Intervention program to develop a Family Center in Morris.  Cindy Perkins, director of Community Education, told the School Board Monday night, that so many services for families are spread throughout the county.  A Family Center, she said, would offer “one stop shopping.”  Perkins said the planning grant would allow them to do an assessment of needs and facilities available. A Family Center would include spaces for ECFE, Kids Stop, day care and other services for preschool children. The Board approved the grant application.  

Alma Gieselman of Morris has been selected to receive the 1993 Volunteer of the Year Award from Arc Minnesota at its annual state awards banquet.  Gieselman has been active in Arc Stevens County for 35 years.

High school students in four districts will be attending a brand-new, $9-million school at Barrett in the fall of 1995.  Elections took place Tuesday in the four West Central Minnesota school districts-Hoffman, Kensington, Barrett, and Elbow Lake-Wendell. Last year, the districts entered into a cooperation and combination agreement.  All students in grades 7-12 throughout the multi-district will attend the new school.  



Taken from the Sun of October 19, 1993

Over 1500 coats were collected in the community for the Coat Drive sponsored by Stevens County Social Services, Salvation Army, UMM MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) and MAHS organizations. Washing some of the coats were MPIRG members Robert Amos, Tim Matejka and Courtney Collins; and Stevens County Social Services members Amanda Kill and Peggy Kill.  As a footnote to the drive, Peggy Kill said her daughter was helping sort coats and found a Morris Tigers jacket that the name “Susan” and year “97” had been embroidered on. She knew of someone in that class and thought it neat that the family had donated the jacket. Kill then ran into Peg Wellendorf, Susan's mother, and commented on the jacket donation. It turns out that the jacket had been stolen two years ago. It was returned to the family.