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On Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, Collection Registrar Tom Vail chiseled off the mortar on the top of the old school cornerstone to help open a time capsule placed there in 1914. The photo is part of the permanent collection at the Stevens County Historical Society.

1914 time capsule offers several mysteries to solve


MORRIS, Minn. -- On Friday, Nov. 20, 1914, a beautiful fall day, the citizens of Morris gathered at the construction site of the new high school to lay a cornerstone for the building.

Just three weeks after blueprints were officially approved, and "in the presence of all the school children of the city and a large number of interested citizens," representatives placed a small metal box in the granite stone -- a time capsule to be opened sometime in the future.

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune.