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65 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of April 1, 1949

Assumption Church of this city recently received delivery of and has had installed a new pipe organ. The organ was built for Assumption Church according to specifications made by the Rev. Norbert Bertken, O.S.B., who enjoys a national reputation in this field. The pipe organ, together with installation cost $8,500, is the gift to the church from the children of the parish who have contributed to its purchase Sunday after Sunday since January 1935. A suitable bronze plaque will be placed in the choir loft to attest for all time that the organ has been made possible by the generosity of the children of Assumption Church. Arrangements are being made for a pipe organ concert to be given here by the Rev. James Kelly, O.S.B., of St. John's University Music department immediately after Easter.

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For 85 boys and girls of the community the start of spring kindergarten this week meant the beginning of a new adventure in their young lives.  This is one of the largest primary groups ever enrolled and gives strength to previous indications that next year's enrollment in the public schools will be a record one.  The expected increased enrollment next year poses some problems for the school administrators-chief among which will be the necessity for finding quarters outside the school buildings for at least three classes since it is likely it will be at least a year before the new building which will be erected will be ready. The primary youngsters are meeting in the Longfellow School, with Miss Christine Einarson of Bird Island as their teacher.  Half the boys and girls attend school mornings, the other half in the afternoons.  

Wm. A. Bakey, one of Morris' foremost hobbyists, has been invited to bring a part of his widely known display of polished and rough stones to the fourth annual exhibit of the Minnesota's Mineral Club at the Curtis hotel in Minneapolis next Sunday.

Four Morris boxers will be featured on a big fight card at New York Mills April 2.  Appearing in the main event of the event will be Graham Behl of this city and Charles Bellecourt of White Earth, Northwest Golden Gloves champion.  In the semi-windup Charles Manska of Morris will oppose Bill Hendriks of Detroit Lakes, a district Golden Gloves winner.  Dick Behl and Norman Behl will also be competing that day.

Dick Wyman, one of four Morris High School students competing in the regional speech contest at Detroit Lakes on Monday was accorded a “superior” rating in the dramatic division by the judges and was named alternate contestant to the state contest from this region. All the other Morris contestants earned “very good” rating in the regional meet.  They were James Alger in original oratory, Betty Edson in the humorous division, and Jeanette Neuman in discussion.  Accompanying the students to Detroit Lakes were Mrs. T. J. Mangan and Mrs. Alice Weickert of the faculty, and Jerry Carpenter and George Fischer, other speech students.

The Morris Literary Club closed its year's work Monday afternoon with a colorful “Guest Day” luncheon that was a most fitting climax to the observance of the Minnesota Territorial Centennial which has been the theme of the club's program the past year. Guests at the luncheon were greeted at the door by Mrs. F.J. Fox and Mrs. E.H. Podell, dressed as Indian maidens, creating an immediate touch of the unusual to the occasion.  The main feature of the program proper was a review by Mrs. James C. Johnson of the book, The Wadsworth Trail, written by Miss Grace Cynthia Hall of Morris.  

Miss Louise Behmler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. F.W. Behmler of Morris, was signally honored at the School of Nursing at the University.  Miss Behmler, a senior in the School of Nursing, was selected as the outstanding senior in Powell Hall, the selection being based on scholarship, nursing ability, leadership, etc.  As a result her name will be engraved on a large plaque which hangs in the lobby of Powell Hall which honors the young women annually chosen for this recognition.

45 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of March 20, 1969

Two employees of the North Central Soil Conservation Research Center, Morris, were recently awarded USDA Certificates of Merit. Laurel W. Maanum, farm equipment operator, was given a cash award for demonstrating exceptional interest and ability in his work and performing duties in an outstanding manner for the period Nov. 1, 1967 to Oct. 31, 1968.  A quality within-grade increase was received by Charles G. Senst, Agricultural Research Technician, stationed at the Lamberton satellite location for demonstrating exceptional  interest, enthusiasm and ability in performance of his duties for the period Nov. 27, 1967 to Oct. 31, 1968.

“Two Fools Who Gained A Bit Of Wisdom” is the title of one of three one-act plays to be presented by the junior class of Morris high school in the junior high auditorium on March 27 and 28. Four class members who will portray characters in this production are Marcia Dalseth, Jim Morrison, Mari Schroeder and Jeni Klein.

The Craig Krosch family of rural Alberta returned from the North Dakota Winter Fair at Valley City a very happy group. Their Arabian stallion, Azlaf Rafsey, trained by Jim Hoxtell of Ortonville, won two first places and one second place. Miss Judy Scott of Glenwood placed first on Rafsey in junior equitation. Mrs. Krosch placed first with Rafsey in western pleasure, owner to ride.  Jim Hoxtell placed second in the egg and spoon race with Rafsey.  The Kroschs' half-Arab gelding, Jet Set, placed third in halter.

Mrs. Ronnie (Priscilla) Muehlbauer of Morris was the nearly-overwhelmed, but elated, winner of the $800 Wampum jackpot in Morris Wednesday afternoon. The jackpot this week was the largest ever in the history of the Wampum promotion.  Mrs. Muehlbauer was in the Messner Drug, a member of the Wampum promotion, when her name was drawn at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and thus qualified for the record prize.

Gov. Harold LeVander Monday announced the appointment of Terrance P. Collins as municipal judge for the city of Morris. Collins will replace Judge O.K. Alger who was elected probate and juvenile judge for Stevens county last November.  He has practiced law in Morris since his graduation in 1963, first with the firm of Stahler and Giberson and later with Giberson and Collins.

Five Morris young ladies, all graduates of Morris High School and currently student nurses at Ancker Hospital in St. Paul, received their nurses caps at exercises held March 14. The girls are Gail Meyers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Meyers; Rebecca Welfare, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Welfare; Martha Halbe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Halbe; Fran Dalseth, daughter of Mrs. Blanche Dalseth, and Bonnie Hennen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hennen. The parents of the Morris student nurses attended the capping ceremonies.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Moe attended the graduation exercises at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis March 15. Their daughter, Mrs. Carol Larson, and their son-in-law, David Larson, both were awarded their master's degrees at the exercises. Mrs. Larson in library science and Mr. Larson in English.  

Naval Aviation Officer Candidate Gary R. Van Horn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rex C. Van Horn of Morris, has made his first solo flight. The flight was made in a T-34 “Mentor” trainer after five months of training.  The “Mentor” is the military's version of the civilian Beechraft “Bonanza.”  He will continue on to more advanced phases of his flight training for approximately 13 months before receiving his pilot's “Wings of Gold.”

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of March 14, 1989

 Kevin Werk, son of Wayne and Kathy Werk of Morris, will attend the Concordia Norwegian Language Village near Bemidji this summer.  Sponsored by Concordia College, Moorhead, the Language Villages are informal experience-based programs introducing young people aged seven to eighteen to 10 foreign languages and cultures.

Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission members got a report on AURI activities from interim director Mary Ann Scharf at their meeting Thursday.  She said the priorities for AURI are to develop value added uses for ag products.  The population has stabilized so it won't consume any more food, and Scharf said AURI would be looking at industrial uses, alternative crops, sustainable agriculture, and new products from animals.

The Morris Cadet Girl Scouts hosted a fund-raising steak fry Saturday night at the Morris VFW Club lower level.  The Girl Scouts are raising money for a trip to Tensleep, Wyo. in late June.

The City Council discussed the draft of a joint powers agreement on a municipally operated cable tv system. City Manager Ed Larson said the draft of the joint powers agreement had also been reviewed at a meeting in Appleton last Wednesday by representatives of six of the 10 communities that have been involved in the cable tv discussions.  Larson said the agreement proposes that the cities proceed in phases for a municipally operated cable tv system.

Community Education's Spring Quarter recognition was given to Phyllis Rickmeyer, current chairperson of the Community Education Advisory Council. Phyllis accepted the award from Carol Jacobson, who is also on the council.

Sheila R. Roquitte, daughter of Dr. B.C. and Ruth E. Roquitte of Morris, has enrolled as a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University for the 1988-89 academic year. Salutatorian of her class at Morris High School, Roquitte also received letters in track and cross country.  She was president of International Thespians and a member of the National Honor Society.

Troy Huna, Krista Van Moorlehem, and Anthony Lewis, all of Morris, have been accepted for enrollment at Moorhead State University.

    It was the first anniversary of the first meal served at the Senior Nutrition Center in Morris.  The occasion was marked by cake, coffee and lively socializing at the Center Tuesday afternoon.

    Bob Carruthers, president of First Federal Savings Bank, announces the hiring of Holly Witt as Real Estate Loan Officer.  Prior to her employment with First Federal, Witt was a real estate sales person with Realty World, Morris State Agency, for three and a half years. Witt is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris.

regions. The Hancock girls basketball team will be heading to state on Thursday when they plunge into action vs. Eden Valley-Watkins at the Met Center.

The Starbuck Times and editor Ron Lindquist were honored by the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest during the annual convention held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis last weekend. Linquist was singled out as the winner of the Herman Roe Editorial Writing Award.  A total of 73 entries were made for this award, which is given to only one newspaper, regardless of its size or being a daily or a weekly publication.

The Minnesota Viking Basketball Team, featuring stars from the NFL Team, will play the Morris Allstars on April 8 at the PE Center at the University of Minnesota, Morris.  Starring for the Allstars will be Player/Coach Perry Ford also Dale Henrich, Jerry Witt and others. All proceeds will go to the Post Prom Party Parents.  The Minnesota Vikings active roster while on the barnstorming tour includes Alfred Anderson, Joey Browner, Steve Jordan, Darrin Nelson, Ted Brown, Scott Studwell, Allen Rice, Rufus Bess, Mark MacDonald, Keith Millard, Leo Lewis and Walker Lee Ashley.  

The Morris Speech Team placed sixth overall out of 18 schools at the invitational meet in Willmar Thursday.  Individual winners were: Karen Chae, Michele Gibson, Nathan Evenson, Richard Chae, Nicole Wolff, Jenny Power-Ettesvold, Jeni Schmidgall and Heather VanSlooten.

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