Editor's note: Items in Looking Back are written as they were in the date and year of original publication.


50 Years Ago

Items taken from The Hancock Record of April 24, 1969


Warren Bakker received the "Outstanding Athlete" award from Rev. Luther Tolo, president of the Hancock Lions club, at the 11th annual athletic banquet held at the Pomme de Terre club Monday evening. Warren, a senior, lettered in football, basketball and track and was all-conference in basketball. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Bakker. Appearing on the program were the boys octet; Mrs. Brent Waddell, who introduced the cheerleaders; Coaches Derry Peterson, Don Patnoude, L. W. Collins and William Richter who introduced the various squad members. The program came to a close with a showing of the Minnesota Viking football film.

A change in store hours for most of Hancock's business places will go into effect on May 2 when they will begin staying open on Friday nights to nine o'clock. Along with the new store hours comes the announcement that the Lucky Buck drawing will be held on Friday evenings at eight o'clock instead of three o'clock in the afternoon.

Sandy Gunvalson, Hancock high school senior, received word recently that a poem she wrote will be published in the National Poetry Press. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Gunvalson.

Mr. James Morton was re-elected to the Board of Directors of Planned Future Life Insurance Company at the annual stockholders meeting held in Mankato, April 17. Mr. Morton has been a director since 1965.

Open house at Hancock Hardware on Friday and Saturday was a huge success, according to F. W. (Shorty) Schmidgall, new owner. Receiving prizes at the drawing were Mrs. Fred Swanson, 4 gals. Paint; Mrs. Robert Bell, portable mixer; Otto Greiner, socket set and Ruben Krenz, hammer.

Army Specialist Four Clayton E. Erlandson, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Victor R. Gunvalson, live in Cyrus, Minn., received his second award of the Purple Heart during ceremonies near Long Binh, Vietnam, March 17. Spec. Erlandson was presented the award for wounds suffered in action against hostile forces in Vietnam.



45 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of April 30, 1974


Huckleberry Finn-ing...An accommodating tree, some warm weather and a free afternoon of fun. Sharing the comforts of the spacious tree were Brad Abbott, Ruth McNally, Ken McNally and Bart Abbott.

Sudhir Agarwal, a junior at Morris High School, was elected Governor of the Minnesota-Dakotas District of Key Club International at the District Convention held in Anoka April 19-21. Agarwal was the lieutenant governor of the Northern Division last year. New Key Club officers for the Morris chapter have also been elected. Ron Sharstrom is president; Craig Denton, vice-president; Dave Loher, secretary; and Bill Woell, treasurer. Dan Warnes is the club's public relations chairman and Kevin Kooda is club photographer.

Northwestern Bell Telephone Company has applied to the Minnesota Public Service Commission (PSC) for rate increases on most services the company provides in Minnesota. The new telephone rates proposed would increase basic one-party local residential service in Morris from $5.40 to $6.55 per month, and would hike coin phone rates for the first time in 23 years, from a dime to 20 cents.

The newly appointed Hospital Building Committee recently held its first meeting with architects from the firm of Medical Facilities Associates. Beginning planning involves the establishment of the needs of the hospital and medical delivery system as well as a review of the hospital's consultant's report of 1968. The present building committee appointed by the County Commissioners consist of Ed Morrison, chairman, Jim Martin, Dr. Eide, Dr. Kooda, Ted Dosdall, Bill Zeltwanger Jr, Roger Gerdes, Les Huebner and Bob Rose.

Organization of the Morris area "Bike For Life" is well underway. Modeled after the Walk for Development, the Bike For Life will take place on May 11. The money raised will be donated to both a foreign and local project. The foreign project is supported by the American Freedom From Hunger Foundation and will receive approximately one half of the total raised. The other half will be donated to the Stevens County Memorial Hospital Trust Fund as the local project.



15 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun Tribune of April 27, 2004


A 300-tile mural was unveiled at the University of Minnesota-Morris' Independence Residence Hall last week. Students of Kevin Flicker's variable topics course in tilemaking all created 30 to 40 tiles with a prairie theme, which were culled for the 300 "keeper" tiles. The tiles were fired as many as three times, with each step taking up to 16 hours to heat and another 12 to 16 hours to cool. The work is permanent, made of earthenware. Six of the students who helped create the piece are Karen Morlock, of Hastings; Adrianne Stark, of Hoffman; Stacy Schuett, of Starbuck; Manda Sovell, of Buffalo; Lori Borowski, of Fairmont; and Anne Meyer, of St. Joseph. Other students who worked on the project are Brianna Oseland, Brenda Taylor, Jessie France and Sarah Roesch. Flicker created the tiles that border the mural. Plant Services staff Dan Payne, Dave Mayo and Robert Thompson installed the mural and the ceiling light fixtures that showcase the work.

During Friday's Morris school board meeting, superintendent Keith Redfield estimated that more than 95 percent of the people in the job were first school principals. And during his interview to become Redfield's replacement, Scott Monson said that every other finalist for the job got their start somewhere. The seven-member school board voted unanimously to extend the offer to Monson during Friday's special meeting.

Fans gathered along the hill overlooking the UMM track for another big prep meet on Thursday. This was the Tiger Relays, a long-time tradition in Tiger track and field. The meet was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed due to rain. The weather Thursday was quite cooperative. MAHS boys results first place- In the long jump, the Tiger team of Jake Moen, Kevin Storck and Tore Bredvik with a distance of 54 feet even. In the pole vault, Kolby Harpstead and Leif Brustuen with a height of 18 feet/ six inches. In the 4 x 100m relay, the team of Tore Bredvik, Jake Moen, Brett Winkelman and Kevin Storck with a time of 45.13. In the 4 x 200m, the team of Tore Bredvik, Jake Moen, Brett Winkelman and Kevin Storck timed at 1:35.0.

Using a four iron, golfer James Carlson of Morris made a hole-in-one on Hole #1, par 3, with yardage of 148, at the Minnewaska Golf Club on April 22.