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65 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of June 17, 1949

When Morris High School's annual Award Day exercises were held on June 3 for the presentation of letters, pins, and other honors won by students during the past school year, participating were several civic and service clubs of Morris which each year make special awards to students.  Mrs. C. A. Lee of Wadsworth Trail Chapter, D.A.R. presented Diane Larson with the certificate signifying her selection as the “Good Citizenship Pilgrim for 1949.”  Jim LaFave received from Merle Felstul, president of the Lions Club, the trophy awarded to him for his selection as the “Athlete Of The Year,” an award recognizing not only athletic ability but scholarship, leadership and other qualities.

Over 100 volunteer extension leaders of Homemakers groups in Stevens County have proved themselves to be effective teachers of furniture improvement, with approximately 800 pieces reported improved, according to Mrs. Tone Long, home demonstration agent.  A few of the fine pieces observed to date are pianos, bedroom sets, dining room furniture, treasured old keepsakes in chairs and tables, and slip covered chairs and davenports.

Members of the Morris Lions Club and their ladies will celebrate the 10th anniversary Charter Night of the club at a banquet and special program in the dining hall at the Federated Church next Monday evening.  

Excavating was started Tuesday for the new building addition to the Morris Public School plant, indicating that work will be pushed rapidly on the project by George Madsen, Minneapolis contractor who was awarded the job two weeks ago.  Much of the dirt which is being taken from the northwest end of the high school building, where the new classroom addition will be erected, is being hauled to the embankment on the northeast side of the gymnasium-auditorium structure, widening this embankment in preparation for the enlargement of the gymnasium as another phase of the building project.  To make way for the new classroom building a number of large evergreens had to be removed from the northeast end of the high school building. An effort is being made to save them, two of them being replanted in front of the gymnasium-auditorium and several others being replanted elsewhere on the school property.

Walter Tripp Post, American Legion, took action at its meeting in support of the new municipal recreation area on the easterly edge of the city, particularly promising support of the baseball floodlight project. A $13,000 floodlight system is expected to be a reality sometime early in July at the new baseball park being constructed in the recreational area.

Miss Mary Alice Norby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Norby, went to St. Paul yesterday where she will attend the third annual Girls' State at the State Fair grounds. Mary Alice was selected from the Morris high school junior class to attend this year's Girls' State, which is a unique training course in democratic leadership sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

45 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of May 27, 1969

Larry Juergensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Juergensen of Morris, will graduate from Luther Theological Seminary June 1, at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Mr. Juergensen graduated from Morris High School in 1961 and graduated from St. Olaf College, Northfield, in 1965 with a bachelor of arts degree. He took clinical pastoral education at California Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., and interned at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Wayne Kopitzke, a member of the Class of 1969 of Morris High School, will give the Memorial Day address at the community observance of the day on May 30.  

The University of Minnesota, Morris and the West Central Experiment Station building programs fared well in the state legislature's funding measure for the University of Minnesota for the next biennium. The legislative appropriation of $3,601,000 for the UMM building program and $203,000 for the building program at the West Central Experiment Station.  Largest single item in the appropriation for building at the UMM is the sum of $2,450,000 for the planning and construction of a new Fine Arts building. Other items include $412,500 for one-fourth of the cost of a new residence hall for 300 students; $350,000 for one-half the cost of new food service facilities; $120,000 for remodeling of Behmler Hall; $35,600 in planning funds for the second phase of the library; $20,000 for the removal of the old heating plant and railway tracks, and $25,000 for other landscaping and campus site development.  Funding for the West Central Experiment Station includes $130,000 for a new dairy research facility, $30,000 for constructing and equipping a garage and shop facility, $28,000 to construct and equip a sheep research facility, and $15,000 for a herdsman's residence.  

Annual commencement exercises at Morris High School will be held May 29 in the senior high school gymnasium.  This will be the first graduation program to be held in the new senior high school.  Scheduled to receive diplomas is a class of 153 young people, the largest graduating class in the history of the local high school.


25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of June 20, 1989

One of summer's local highlights is the annual Chokio Community Picnic day.  Part of the festivities included the parade that was held Friday morning. The Flintstones cartoon characters were re-created in one of the  parade's units. “Bam Bam” was played by Lacey Kolden, “Fred” by Zachary Anderson and “Wilma” by Lindsay Kolden.

Approximately 260 seniors earned bachelor of arts degrees during the 26th annual commencement ceremony June 9 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. UMM graduates from this area included Morris students:  John F. VanKempen, Braden K. Abbott, Bonnie Beyer, Thomas M. Eidem, Debra J. Eiler, Edwin L. Gudgel, Lynn M. Halbakken, Elanda L. Hanson, Michael J. Hockert, Thomas J. Kill, Michael A. Koehler, April J. Masters-Chizek, Melissa L. McNeil, Pat M. Schmidgall, Peggy L. Thieman, Michelle R. Smith, Constance R. Johnson-Anderson, Sandra D. Gonzales, Jane Thedin-Gunderson, Mark A. McCallum, and Ronald A. Kubik.  Graduates from Chokio included  Bruce H. Claassen, Janel K. Kolden, and Amelia A. Quackenbush.

The Bergmann's Orchestra from Trondelag, Norway, will appear in concert and will also accompany the famous Norwegian folk dancers from Roros, Norway, in their performance on June 22 at the Morris Middle School auditorium.  Their appearance is being sponsored by the Sons of Norway to help provide scholarships for youths wishing to attend the Norwegian Language Village camps.  The Bergmann's Orchestra is nationally known in Norway and performs often.  The new manager at Larry's Warehouse Foods is Ron Lammers, originally from Barnesville, has nine years in the grocery business, the last seven and a half of which have been as manager of Food Bonanza in Red Wing.  

The '89 campaign proved to be a highly memorable one for Morris High baseball. The Tigers ended up oh so close to qualifying for a coveted state tournament berth. Their season reached an end when, for the second straight year, their fortunes dimmed a bit in the region championship game.  Standing in their way was Sauk Centre, an always-tough opponent, which vaulted from the Browerville-hosted region level to state. State conquests had a disappointing tone for the Streeters, who, like the Tigers, carry the West Central Conference banner.