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

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of June 26, 1959

Two rare visitors have been discovered making their home in Stevens county this summer. They are a pair of avocets, beautiful shore birds whose usual habitat is the western states of Washington, Oregon, Utah and Idaho, though they have been seen at times in the western Dakotas. So rarely have they been found in Minnesota, that Minnesota bird books do not list them among the usual residents or visitors to this state. The avocets, regarded as the most attractive of shore birds, were discovered by Ernest Strubbe, nesting at a water area on the Carl Blomgren farm in Pepperton township.

An agricultural appropriations conference committee of the United States Senate and House yesterday agreed on an appropriation of $315,900 to finance the work of the new North Central Soil and Water research facility during the coming fiscal year.

The congregation of the Scandia Lutheran Free church, the first church to be established in Stevens county, will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its founding with festive services June 27 and 28. The Scandia church was organized in 1869.

Smiling Doug Garberick has joined a small, extremely select group of golfers who have scored holes-in-one on the Pomme de Terre course- and is now prepared to explain to one and all just how it is done. Garberick turned the trick Monday afternoon on the 135-yard No. 8 hole while playing with Dennis Ross and Bob Peterson, Sr. Holes-in-one have been few and far between on the Pomme de Terre course. Walt Ross (now retired) maintains he got the first one. The last one, prior to Garberick's accomplishment Monday, was scored by Bob King, now of Fergus Falls, in 1957.

Sunday, July 12, will be Minneapolis Police Day in Starbuck. Starbuck businessmen are sponsoring the Mill City band for a special afternoon concert to be held in the bandstand in Lakeshore Park. This will be the first appearance of the Minneapolis police band in Starbuck. The concert will continue for two hours and feature a wide variety of selections.

45 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Tribune of June 27, 1974

Tom Hennen, an employee of the Department of Natural Resources, puts the finishing touches on one of the signs surrounding Clear Lake southwest of Alberta. The 753-acre lake was designated recently as a waterfowl refuge. Helping Hennen erect the sign was Joel Boldenow and Bill Warfield. Responsibilities at the local level in setting up the refuge were handled by area game manager John Scharf.

The board of directors and the coaches of the Morris Boys Little League baseball program unanimously approved a decision Monday to allow girls to compete in the program. In an official notice by Stanley J. Cosgriff, local Little League commissioner, that the Morris Little League will comply with the decision of the National Little League program to "...welcome all girls in the Morris area into our program, who qualify by age..."

Morris has been selected as the site for the 1974 Minnesota Teen Program which will take place August 8-10. The program is in its fifth year and has been set up to recognize outstanding young men from throughout the state. The 120 youths, all spring high school graduates, will be staying at the Sunwood Inn and will be involved in a variety of activities during the three-day event.

The Reluctant Dragon, a children's theatre play with music, written by Dr. George Fosgate and Dorothy Simpson, is currently playing at the Central Minnesota Theatre Arts Center in St. Cloud. Fosgate, associate professor in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota, Morris, originally adapted a non-musical version of the play in 1963. Mrs. Simpson, former music instructor at UMM, now of St. Cloud, saw the play in 1967 and thought it would make a good musical. She and Fosgate began work adapting the play to music two years ago.

30 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of June 29, 1989

The new pastor of the Hancock Christian Reformed Church is the Rev. Gary Allen DeVries. The DeVries' have two children, Sarah Lynne and Megan Ann. The DeVries' have been impressed with the warmth and friendliness with which they have been welcomed into the community.

Last Tuesday was the day that the temperature skyrocketed. It is also the day the winds blew at 50 mph sometimes. But neither heat nor wind stopped the gentleman from Twin Cities Testing from climbing the Hancock water tower. Twin Cities Testing was hired by the city to inspect the water tower. A report will be released after the July council meeting.

Staff Sgt. David C. Rose, son of Delores Rose of Hancock, has been awarded an associate degree in applied science by the Community College of the Air Force. Rose is an instructor with the 3410th Technical Training Group at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

The Cyrus-Hancock baseball team had a very good year, as they won the Pheasant Conference Championship, and ended the season with 9 wins and 7 losses. Four people from the team made All-Conference: Mark Carbert, Cory Schoeck, Dan Osterman and Scott Van Eps. Carbert and Schoeck are repeaters from last year, and both also made All-District.