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Members of the Morris Jaycees and the 1983 sandbox fill project.1 / 2
Members of the Cyrus High School FFA team from 1958 (may not be in order) are: Dennis Wittwer, Lyle Hanson, Richard Pederson and Dennis Solvie.2 / 2

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of May 13, 1958

The Cyrus High School dairy judging team won top honors in the state Future Farmers of America (FFA) judging contest held at St. Paul. The team competed with FFA dairy teams from schools throughout the state and captured first place by nosing out Bemidji, the second-place winner. Members of the team are Dennis Wittwer, Lyle Hanson, Richard Pederson and Dennis Solvie. Eleven boys from the Cyrus FFA chapter participated in the state convention and judging contest. David Danielson received the State Farmer degree (an honor given to only 2% of the state membership). Kenneth Payne and David Danielson were the delegates from the Cyrus chapter. Daniel Dosdall, Ronald Barsness and Douglas Veum played in the state FFA band. Gerald Barsness and David were state chorus members. Donald Walker is the instructor in the Cyrus high school agricultural department.

A public park area at Pomme de Terre lake is being improved and furnished with picnicking and other facilities under the sponsorship of the Stevens County Wildlife Conservation league. Members of the league were joined at the area by boys of the three Scout troops in Morris who pitched in with enthusiasm to clean up the area. Conservation league members also constructed two fireplaces. Floyd Peterson and Leo Kopitzke donated their services as brick layers that day.

"Curtain Call," a sparkling old-style variety show, will be the deluxe entertainment offered to residents of this area at Morris on May 23 & 24, under the sponsorship of the Lions club of Morris. Lions club committees are busy now on the final phases of preparations for the big show, which will feature outstanding talent from several counties in a diversified program.

Establishment of a college-level branch of the University of Minnesota at the West Central School in Morris was recommended last Thursday by the Legislative Interim Commission on Agricultural Schools at a meeting held in the capital in St. Paul.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of May 9, 1968

It was a winning week for the Hancock High School linksters as they defeated both Appleton and Graceville. The Owls nipped the Aces by one stroke, 166-165, and swamped the Shamrocks, 185-166. Steve Eide and Rob Mikkelson were medalists at Appleton when they both carded a 39. Tom Eide came in with a 42 and Jerry Eide came in with a 45. Best four scores counted with Doug Schmidgall and Steve Swenson each having 47's.

Hancock Concrete Co. recently moved a crew and equipment to Bismarck, ND where they are making culverts for the interstate highway.

Iver S. Olsen, whose wife is the former Eunice Tollifson of the Hancock community, has been appointed assistant vice president and director of sales for the Chicago and North Western Railway Company. Mr. Olsen has had more than 45 year's experience in railroad freight sales and in his new capacity will direct a network of more than 100 sales and service personnel stationed throughout the U.S.

Commencement exercises for 32 Hancock High School seniors will be held May 23. Baccalaureate sermon will be given May 19 in the high school auditorium. The Hancock Ministerial Association is in charge of the service and the Rev. Luther Tolo, pastor of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, will deliver the address.

35 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of May 10, 1983

One of the standard summertime play-time activities of youngsters is sandbox fun, and the Morris Jaycees annually help parents with this activity by making sure plenty of sand and tires are available. For a mere $2 parents could obtain a wheelbarrow-full of sand and an extra $2 purchase a tire. Several of the Jaycees who were active in this year's event are Keith Bergerson, Cary Bergo, Scott Sonstegard, Dave Kratz, Dennis Ellefson, Roger Erstad, Mark Diehl and Dr. Jeffrey Hauger.

Elementary teachers in west central MN can earn a Master's Degree in Elementary Education under a program to be offered through the Morris Center for Continuing Education. The master's degree program is from the U of M-Twin Cities, College of Education. Dr. Bruce Burnes, UMM associate professor of education, is the Morris campus coordinator of the new Master's degree in elementary education program.

The MHS softball team continued on the winning trail at Graceville with an 18-12 victory over Clinton-Graceville. The Tigers hit with effectiveness and showed a balanced attack. Leading the charge was junior Sue Kaye, who appears to be coming on very strong, producing five hits, as two were triples and another two doubles. Another standout at the plate was Wendy Valnes, who rapped three singles in her five plate appearances. Tigers with two hits included Mary McRoberts, Misty Folkens, Julie Huebner, Rhonda Cline and Sheila Martin. Coach Mary Holmberg was very pleased with how the entire lineup produced at the plate.