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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of February 10, 1953

A huge new transformer which arrived last week from one of General Electric's eastern plants and is now being installed at the Otter Tail Power company's sub-station between Morris and Alberta.  The huge transformer came by rail to Alberta on a specially built underslung railroad car, then was trucked by a crew from the Northolt Electric Co. of Grand Forks, N.D., which is installing the unit, to the substation.

Saturday, at Detroit Lakes High School's 2nd Annual Invitational Debate Tournament, Morris High School debaters tied for second place in the tournament's Division A debate and won first place in Division B debating.  Dennis Anderson, debating for Morris in B division, was named the outstanding debater of that division and received a Superior rating certificate. Gloria Abel, Dennis' colleague, received a Certificate of Excellence.  Also debating in the B division and turning in records of no defeats were Gary Eidsvold, Judy Sifers and James Gay, all of whom are freshmen at Morris High School.  Arlene Hansen, Marlene Sievert, Barbara Jo Fox and Donna Cook represented Morris in the A division, tying with Elbow Lake and Fargo for second place in the division with a record of five wins and one loss. First place in this division was taken by debaters from Barnesville High School.  

The Augustana College players who appeared in the Shakespearian production “Romeo and Juliet,” in the Morris High School auditorium Thursday evening were acclaimed by a capacity crowd for their splendid performance.  Contributing to local interest in the production was the fact that Jim Alger and Dick Wyman, Morris young men who are students at Augustana, were members of the cast.  Both portrayed their roles in a manner which left little to be desired and both earned the plaudits of the crowd.

40 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of January 23, 1973

The Fingerhut Corporation congratulated and rewarded workers in its Morris plant Jan. 18, for reaching the goal of 180 consecutive work days without an accident.  Fourteen employees, who were selected at random, won $10 each at a safety drawing that day. The prizes were in recognition of the employees  for their efforts in reducing accidents. The winners of the safety drawing were Vicki Christensen, Alberta; Judy Hickman, Morris; Marcella Tiffany, Morris; Ruth Brown, Chokio; Lois Lovig, Morris; Elrene Ehlen, Morris; Phyllis Smith, Morris; Francis Straight, Morris; Charles Stein, Morris; and Linda Kill, Alberta.

Legal action was initiated in United States district court in Minneapolis Friday seeking to compel the Secretary of Agriculture to reinstate the disaster emergency loan program for farmers, which was terminated by the White House on Dec. 27.  The suit, filed in the name of four west central Minnesota farmers who were deprived of filing applications by the early closing of the program, is brought against Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz; James Smith, administrator of the (FHA) which administers the emergency credit program, and Gorden Klenk, state administrator for FHA. Cy Carpenter, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, said that the Department of Agriculture broke faith with farmers in terminating the program.  

Bob Jordan, formerly of Morris, has taken a position with WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, it was announced this week. WBNS-TV news director Carl Papai said Jordan would be reporter-anchorman for the station's Eyewitness Noon News and Saturday Eyewitness Final. Jordan goes to WBNS-TV from KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa, where he was anchorman and producer. Prior to that he was news director at KCMT-TV, Alexandria, and before that was on the staff of KMRS radio in Morris.  

Record breaker, Gary Lembcke, the Morris Tigers' stellar center, had a remarkable weekend as the Tigers racked a pair of victories.  At Litchfield Friday night, Lembcke scored 37 points for a new school individual scoring record, breaking the previous record of 36 that he set last season.  The 37 points boosted his prep career record to 998 points, enabling him to top the charmed 1,000 point total against Appleton Saturday night.  His career total now is 1,011 points.  

Dennis Zahrbock of Morris won the Traveling Speak-Up Trophy at the Region 3 Jaycee meeting at Sunwood Inn here Saturday, the second consecutive time he has won the trophy. The contest features contestants from each of the several chapters in the region.

Bradley D. Madsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Madsen, Morris, and Robert F. Van Zomeren, son of Mrs. Frances A. Van Zomeren, rural Donnelly, entered the United States Air Force delayed enlistment program on Jan. 10, and will attend six weeks of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, beginning June 15, according to T-Sgt. Rudy Auch, Air Force representative from Fergus Falls.  Both Bradley and Bob are presently seniors at Morris High School and will graduate in June.

20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of February 4, 1993

Winners in the 1993 Morris Area Schools Spelling Bee are Brent Gausman, alternate; Bree Dalager, second place; and Matthew Fluegel, first place.  Bree and Matthew will go on to the regional Spelling Bee next month.  Teacher Mary Kern received a plaque from the school in appreciation for her years as coordinator of the Spelling Bee.

There are three major projects still up in the air for 1993, according to Tom Gillespie, city zoning administrator.  These projects are the Stevens County Arena, which is planned for the Fairgrounds; the expansion at Holiday Foods announced last fall; and demolition and development on Atlantic Avenue.  Any demolition of older buildings on Atlantic Avenue. will depend on a grant application.  

Otter Tail Power Company's donation will construct and furnish the grandstand seating area in the Stevens County Arena.  Their major contribution to the project brings the campaign total to over $190,000, or 38 percent of the $500,000 goal.  Dennis Ellefson, division manager for Otter Tail Power, said the company “is pleased to be able to support this project as it has the opportunity to provide benefits to many residents within our service area.  

Erv Krosch of Morris won a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 4x4 pickup at the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby held on Jan. 31, on Lake Minnewaska.  Krosch's winning walleye weighed 4 lb. 8 oz.  According to the Pope County Tribune, Krosch took his winning fish in just 20 minutes before the contest was to end.  There were 1300 people fishing on the lake that afternoon.  

Eric Loge of Brainerd has been excelling in the snowmobile racing world.  This racer has connections to the Loges of the Morris area. Eric is the son of Gary and Karen Loge of Brainerd and the grandson of Sig and Arlene Loge of Donnelly.  Eric won the Pro 500 class race in the Pabst-Thief River Falls 200 cross country snowmobile race.  Loge, riding an Artic Cat 440ZR, finished the 170-mile course in two hours, 14 minutes, 29 seconds, to win almost $13 thousand in cash and contingencies.  Eighty-four racers competed in the Pro 500 class, which is sanctioned by the International Series of Champions.