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50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of June 4, 1968

The University of Minnesota Morris' fifth graduation ceremony will take place on The Mall on the University campus. One hundred fifty-six students will receive degrees from UMM, which then will have granted degrees to more than 550 students since its inception in 1960.

The Morris High School Class of 1968 of 148 members, which was graduated in commencement exercises last Wednesday, was the largest class ever to be graduated from Morris high school and it will be the last class to be graduated in the present auditorium-gymnasium facility.

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," currently showing at the Morris Theatre, is highly recommended by the pastors of the Morris Area Ministerial Association. Pastors of the Morris Area Ministerial Association include Pastors C. M. Grindland, Victor Schmidt, Howard Jones and Roger Stoehr; Fathers Thomas Kosel and Nicholas Eltgroth, and Msgr. Benedict Petermeir.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Hancock Record of May 31, 1978

Senior members of the Hancock High School chorus made their final appearance at Commencement Exercises. Choral members included Lisa Swanson, Chrysta Berget, Betty Beyer, Connie Wente, Carla Ver Steeg, Pat Greiner, Wanda Charles, Mary Schmidgall, Paula Krogh, Linda Holleman, Dean Meichsner, Bernard Van Eps, Bryan Wakefield, Eugene Hacker, Jeff Luthi, Jon Cunningham, Tracey Bell and Doug Morton. The rest of the graduating class included Bradley DeGier, Scott Dickinson, Everett Fehr, Craig Gillespie, Ted Gramm, Eugene Elder, Mitchell Hadley, Bonita Healy, Dean Jensen, Philip Jensen, Samuel Jepma, Henry Messner, Jon Osterman, Rodney Peterson, Stanley Schaefer, Allan Stettner, James Swenson.

Mr and Mrs. Kenton Brown were honored on their Golden Wedding Anniversary at an open house and program at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hancock. They have farmed in this community since their marriage. The couple have been active in their church and community. Mr. Brown has been clerk of Hodges township for many years and a member of the Agralite board of directors.

Commencement exercises will be held Friday evening for 15 Cyrus High School seniors in the school auditorium. Members of the class are: Alan Asmus, Sheri Bruland, Kevin Dosdall, Kevin Gunvalson, Suzanne Harris, Larry Hansen, Roger Hovendick, Kathryn Meyer, LeRoy Mickelson, Suzette Milner, Lowell Ness, Marie Ortiz, Lonnie Prather, ViAnn Solvie and Jodi Thompson.

35 Years Ago

Items taken from the Morris Sun of May 31, 1983

The Minnesota Highway Department Area Maintenance Garage will remain in Morris, and construction will begin by next spring on a new $1.8 million facility. State Senator Charlie Berg said that the plans for the new facility were originally drawn up eight years ago, and they have to be upgraded to comply with new safety codes and other regulations. He expects the bidding process to begin by late fall or early this winter.

Two buildings in Stevens County, the Alberta Teachers' House and the Morris Carnegie Library, have recently been entered on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is a listing of districts, sites and buildings considered to be worthy of preservation. The Staton house on Park Avenue in Morris, owned by Vincent and Joyce Dalager, received this important designation last year.

The MHS baseball team began tournament play in style with a decisive 10-0 triumph over Clinton-Graceville. Steve Selk was the number one hero of the Tigers, both at the plate and on the mound. He pitched six innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. At the plate, he was responsible for a pair of home runs and drove in seven runs. Other leaders at the plate for MHS were Ted Chizek (a double and an RBI) and Mark Brown (two-for-three). Coach Lyle Rambow was of course greatly pleased with his team's debut in tournament play.