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65 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 6, 1952

Wednesday's special shopping day in Morris for May will offer the first 1,500 mothers a beautiful orchid from Morris businesses. One lucky mother was present at the Cruze Electric and Sporting store. Ken Cruze pinned an orchid on Mrs. Don Vipond of Herman in Cruze's store.

As part of the local observance of National Home Demonstration Week last week, tailored garments made by a number of Stevens County homemakers who are members of tailoring classes were put on display in show windows of Morris stores.

Three Morris high school entries in vocal music competition in the state contest at the University of Minnesota earned A ratings. Vocal entries winning top ratings included the mixed octet, the girls' sextet, and Shirley Loehr, soprano soloist.

Plans for the annual Homemakers Short Course at the West Central School of Agriculture at Morris are announced by Miss Virginia Wempner, head of the Home Economics department. One feature of the program will be the discussion groups on family life, the topic for discussion will center about the child in school. Another topic, "What's New in Textiles", will be presented by Miss Phelps, professor of home economics at the College of Agriculture, St. Paul.

Plans to recruit volunteers to comprise a Ground Observer Corps of 84 men in Morris for the civil defense program were made at a meeting of a local group, headed by A. W. Edson, civil defense chairman in Morris. Aircraft that would be spotted by local observers would be reported to the Minneapolis Filter Center where information is collected from many similar post in the state. This information would then be relayed to an Air Force radar station. The system is intended to provide the Air Force with a quick and accurate picture of aerial activity throughout the region and to enable them to keep track of all aircraft in this section.

45 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 9, 1972

Members of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity entertained youngsters in grades 1-3 at Longfellow elementary school May 1 with a May Day party. The last hour of the afternoon was spent playing games, ending with the distribution of balloons and candy to the students. It was undecided who had more fun...the children or the young men from the fraternity.

Make of it what you will but the muskrat, or muskrats, who built a house out in a corn field on the Harry Blomgren farm, know last fall that this would be a long, wet spring? It has undoubtedly happened before, but it is still unusual to see a muskrat house in a corn field, even in temporary water.

John A. Hart, son of Mr and Mrs Nathaniel Hart of Morris, has received word that he has been awarded a T. J. Watson Foundation fellowship for travel and independent study. Hart, a graduating senior at Carleton College in Northfield, was one of seventy students throughout the U.S. who received one of the $6,000 fellowships this year. Hart's study will focus on the biology of the African rainforest as seen through the eyes of the Pygmies. He will travel in the Ivory Coast, Guinea, and the Congo. The late Judge Sheridan Flaherty and Alberta conservationist, Ernest Strubbe, introduced Hart to the study of prairie ecology and the birds of western MN when he was still in grade school. He gives credit also to Richard Grant, Ellen Ordway and to H. J. Kerneghan for fostering his interest in birds and wildlife while he was growing up in Morris.

Of the 772 starters registered to walk in the Morris area Walk for Development, 457 persons of all ages completed the route, making this year's effort an even greater success than last year when 556 were registered and 265 persons finished the course. The greater majority of the walkers were students from the UMM and senior and junior high school students from Morris and surrounding communities. A surprising number of elementary grade youngsters is reported to have made the walk with one seven year old walking the entire distance.

The Morris Tigers were forced to play catch-up baseball last week as they defeated a scrappy gang from Sauk Centre 3-2 in a West Central conference game played at Sauk Centre. The victory kept the Don Chizek led Tigers slate clean in the conference race with a perfect 4-0 record and their eighth straight overall victory. Coming up, the Tigers travel to Moorhead to play in the Moorhead Invitational competing with teams from Bemidji, Minot, North Dakota and Moorhead.

15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of May 2, 2002

The annual Walk for Life fundraiser for the Morris Life-Care Pregnancy Center began at the Eastside Park. Many participants assembled for starting time. It is the mission of the MLCPC to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of its clients, including pregnant women, their unborn children, their families and friends, as well as those suffering from the repercussions of abortion.

The first day of May is May basket time, a tradition appreciated at St.Mary's School in Morris. St.Mary's third graders were busy getting May baskets prepared for their surprise delivery around the community. The baskets satisfy one's sweet tooth! Third grade teacher Barb Spaulding helped students prepare their baskets.

Twenty-three teachers from all around West Central MN attended the 3rd annual Ag-In-the-Classroom Workshop at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Teachers were given a choice to attend 2 of 4 classes, each class offered hands-on science projects and supplies that will enable the teachers to incorporate agricultural related science projects into their own classes. Evaluations of the course completed by attendees were all very positive.

Students who compete in intercollegiate athletics at UMM may soon move from Division II to Division III play, announced UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman. The reasons for this decision are based on the possibilities of building a competitive program and enhancing the experiences of all student athletes.

The Chokio-Alberta Spartans rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh and held on to defeat the Morris Area Tiger baseball team by a final score of 7-5. The game,which was the opening game of the Morris Invitational Tournament for both teams, was played at Chizek Field with temps struggling to get into the 40s.