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

45 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of June 6, 1974

Nearly 800 people watched 12 stock and "super" stock cars kick-off the 1974 local stock car racing season at the Morris Fair Ground, Memorial Day. Races in Morris will run weekly every Saturday starting at 8 p. m. There were two triple winners in the Memorial Day race. Fred Kaehler won the heat, trophy and feature in the "super" stock division and Darrell Hadler won the triple crown in the stock by winning the same three races in his division. Six cars ran in the first race, which saw Speed Anderson in car number 22 ahead at the finish line. Joe Riley in car 44 and Jack Hoffman in car 25 managed second and third place.

Friday the patrons of the Chokio-Alberta School District will decide whether they want to approve the issue of general obligation bonds in the amount of $115,000 to help finance the construction of a Community Center. C-A Superintendent Burton Nypen, said "It would be awfully sad if we lost this thing now because I doubt if we will ever get a chance to do it again." The district currently has $222,252 on hand to build the projected center, but raising construction costs have forced the district to seek approval of the bond issue.

The Morris High School baseball team earned the right to play in the state baseball tournament in St. Paul June 15, with an 11-7 win over the Wadena Indians. The win gave the Tigers the Region 6 high school baseball crown. Tiger pitcher, Dave Taffe, picked up the victory after a fantastic relief performance relieving starting pitcher Dan Johnson in the second inning. Taffe struck out nine men, and allowed just one hit in the five and two-thirds innings he worked. Having beaten Detroit Lakes 5-0 Tuesday in the semi-final round of the Region 6 tournament, Morris came through with 11 runs on nine hits, while committing three errors, to gain the Region 6 crown. Steve Kent, Dave Lembcke, and John Mullins let the Tigers in battling with two hits each.

Sylvester Liebl and his Jolly Swiss Boys of West Salem have been invited to compose for the American Music Corporation. If the composition is accepted, the band will be heard daily by millions of people. Sly is a brother of Joe Liebl of Lamberton, formally of rural Morris, and a cousin of Tom, Darryl and Dave Liebl, and Mrs. Stan Fossen, of this area. The Jolly Swiss Boys are to do a polka using the Campbell Soup slogan and the Oscar Mayer Weiner jingle. In 1972 the band received the National Polka Band of the Year award. They've made several records.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of June 12, 1979

Stevens County has two residents who will be in Norway June 18 through July 22 with the 4-H exchange. Dawn Lampert and Betty Zeltwanger, Hancock, are going from Stevens County. Zeltwanger will be one of the Minnesota delegation advisors and Dawn is going as a 4-H exchange. There will be 90 4-H'ers taking part in the Norske exchange. After three days of sightseeing in Oslo they will stay with a host family for four weeks. The exchange gives the participants a chance to learn about Norwegian life styles and attitudes, form lasting friendships and become better informed on world affairs.

The 10th annual Mr. Minnesota Teen Program is scheduled July 12-14 in Morris. The young man selected as Mr. Minnesota Teen from the 200 state representatives will participate in the first annual Mr. USA Teen Program to be held in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Aug. 3-13.

Julie Ann LaFave, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. LaFave Jr., Morris, was awarded the B.A. degree from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., at the college's 101st commencement exercises held June 1. Ms. LaFave, who majored in French and art history with an economics complement, was a resident advisor, an admissions representative, a French tutor, and a member of the governing council in her dormitory, and the library policy board.

The Legion nine, coached by Dan Johnson and Tom Beyer, rode the three-hit pitching of Dennis Taffe and Brian Brown to blank Browns Valley 10-0 in their season opener last Monday. Morris lashed 10 hits in the game, with Willie Bluth contributing a pair of bunt singles to the attack.

Mary Anderson of the Cyrus girls track team competed in the state track meet May 30 and 31 at Apollo High School in St. Cloud. Anderson ran fifth in her heat in the 100 yard dash with a time of 11.7 sceonds but did not qualify for the finals. In the Regional meet, held in Alexandria, she came in first in the 100 meter dash, second in the 200 meter dash and third in the long jump. The top two in each event from the region meet went on tho the state.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from The Hancock Record of June 17, 1999

Hancock elementary Track and Field MVP's from grades 4-6 were Allie Cunningham, Kathryn Miller, Casey Gramm and Corey Schaefer.

An announcement was made last week that the Hancock Record has been sold to Forum Communication Company of Fargo, North Dakota. The new owners are also publishers of several other newspapers including the Fargo Forum, Echo Press in Alexandria and West Central Tribune in Willmar. The sale of the Hancock newspaper was a portion of a sale by James and Ed Morrison, Morris, of their holdings in area papers and publishing entities. Also included will be the Morris Sun-Tribune, Morris Advisor and the Morrison's 30 percent share of Quinco Press, Inc. of Lowry where several area newspapers are printed.

The last year in this millennium prompted the theme for this year's July 4th celebration. Greg Joos of Maple Grove submitted the winning entry and will receive $30 in Hancock Bucks from the Lions Club. The theme Greg suggested was "Return to your roots, dream of your future at the turn of the century." A new event will also be organizing out at Page Lake where the first 5K run/walk will begin at 8 a.m.

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