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65 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of April 15, 1949

An attendance of 110 members and guests marked the quarterly meeting of the Morris Civic and Commerce association in the Federated Church dining hall.  Special guests of the association at the dinner meeting were members of the Morris high school basketball squad in recognition of the highly successful season the squad enjoyed, this including winning the championship of the strong West Central Conference. W. A. Bakey, president of the Civic and Commerce association, called on Lyman Eidsvold of the association's Conservation and Recreation Committee to preside during that portion of the program honoring the Tiger basketeers. Mr. Eidsvold introduced Assistant Coach Orlin Peik, who introduced the members of the squad: Co-Captains Lloyd Einerson and Goose LaFave, Don Beiser, Derl Reitz, Jack Laimer, Jerry Schmidt and Stan Amborn, seniors, and Bunny Yerigan, Ernie Zeches and Eddie Schultz, juniors. Sup. Frank J. Fox took occasion to note that Morris is the only city among West Central Conference cities which does not have a regular summer recreational program and suggested that a full-time recreational director to head such a program in Morris would be a valuable adjunct.  Earl Eames introduced Ralph Moffatt, formerly of Chokio. Ralph, a graduate of Morris high school, recently returned from Europe where during the past four years he attained considerable prominence in radio circles. After the Armed Forces radio service abroad, he stayed on in European radio as a civilian announcer. It was in this role with his “Midnight In Munich” disk program that he won a rather enviable popularity which led to numerous personal appearances at events in England.

The Stevens County Wildlife Conservation league elected Grant Treischel as its president for the coming year at its annual meeting.  Julian Schultz was elected vice-president, E.L. Cress was re-elected secretary-treasurer, and Ole Roberts was elected a trustee for three years.

Zibe Danzeisen announces this week that he will open a garage in Donnelly on April 18, and that he will be equipped to handle auto, truck and tractor repairs.

45 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of April 1, 1969

Ground breaking ceremonies for the new physical education building at the University of Minnesota, Morris climaxed as Provost Rodney Briggs; Bruce Rolloff, physical education and athletics director; E. J. LaFave Jr., representing the Morris Cougar Club, and State Rep. Delbert Anderson lifted the first spadesful of earth at the building's construction site south of Second Street. The groundbreaking took place Sunday afternoon.

Gov. Harold LeVander signed the “Monday Holiday” bill last Wednesday. The bill sets up five three-day holiday weekends, starting in 1971. Four holidays would be moved to Mondays, joining Labor Day in celebrations calling for three-day weekends. The state law coincides with a federal holiday law which also takes effect in 1971.

Wayne Vorland, president of the Chokio-Alberta FFA, has been chosen to participate in the FFA Good Will Tour to Europe this summer. Wayne will be one of a group of 20 to 30 from Minnesota. He is the first young man from Stevens County to be honored by the state FFA Organization to participate in this tour on the basis of his past performance as an officer, his records and his program of work in the local chapter. Wayne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Vorland of rural Alberta, must finance his own part of the tour in the amount of $1,100. To help him meet the expenses, the Chokio-Alberta FFA is initiating a fund drive, and contributions to the fund are being solicited by chapter members.

The total snowfall at Morris for the 1968-69 season edged a bit closer to the all-time record of 82.2 inches, established during the winter of 1950-51 – and spring appeared to edge a bit farther away, instead of closer, despite what the calendar says. The total snowfall to date for this season is 75.5 inches, according to Dr. Sam Evans, weather observer at the West Central Experiment Station.

Co-Captain Chuck Taffe of the Morris Tigers was named last week to the West Central Conference all-conference team picked by the sportswriters in the conference cities.  Taffe, 6-1 senior sharpshooter who was one of the leading scorers in the conference, was the lone Tiger named to the 10-player all-star team. Brad Svea, 6-6 Benson ace who led the league in scoring, heads the conference selections.

Glen A. Tomoson, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Albert Tomoson of rural Morris, is serving with Marine Force Logistic Command (FLC), headquartered at Camp Books near Da Nang, Viet Nam.  Force Logistic Command (FLC), with Headquarters near Da Nang, Viet Nam, receives and processes more than 40,000 supply requests a month.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 23, 1989

Recognition was extended at the Morris School Board meeting. School Board chair Roy Larson presented certificates of recognition to three teachers who will be retiring this spring; Don Fellows, Andy Papke, and John Anderson. A fourth retiring teacher, Ralph Krenz, could not attend the meeting. The four teachers have been at Morris a total of 108 years, and Superintendent Dennis Rettke said they have “made significant contributions to many people's lives and to the world.”

The Morris Area School Board met Monday to move the eighth grade to the High School for next year.  The eighth and ninth grades will have a separate lunch schedule, having lunch before the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The Board also voted not to proceed with any remodeling of Longfellow for use by students, no other definite plans of use or disposal of the property other than to continue using it for storage and some Community Education programs.

Distance-running, a staple of the summer community festival scene, has come to the Donnelly Jubilee/Threshing Bee. Donnelly promoter Ann Vangstad suggested the new Threshing Bee feature, which will be held Saturday morning, Aug. 26.  Donnelly has now come on board as a way to announce the Morris-Donnelly cross country program. The Threshing Bee stands to benefit from this bit of inspiration, already the talents of Delmar Holdgrafer, famous cartoonist in the Donnelly area, have been tapped. He has produced the T-shirt design that will commemorate the event.

A significant enrichment event for eighth-graders from a wide area took place Tuesday on the UMM campus. Dubbed “Youth Health Day” (the first ever), it was designed to help kids at that transitional time in their lives confront decisions facing them. Eighth-graders from a five-county area were attracted, over 500 total. A stage presentation kicked it all off, after which small groups were organized for discussion purposes. Co-sponsors of the event were the March of Dimes, American Lung Association, 4-H and County Extension.

The American House Bed & Breakfast in Morris, along with Lawndale Farm in Herman, and Peter's Sunset Beach Hotel in Glenwood, are among 75 one-of-a-kind inns listed in the 1989 edition of “Explore Minnesota Bed and Breakfast and Historic Inns,” published by the Minnesota Office on Tourism.