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65 Years Ago Items from the Sun of July 5, 1949

LeRoy Kingren, two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kingren of Morris, has been medically discharged  from the Elizabeth Kenny Institute in Minneapolis following eight months of Kenny treatment and arrived home last week.  Hospital costs for LeRoy at the Kenny Institute and at the University Hospitals have been paid by the Stevens County Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

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Only two vacancies remain at this time in the Morris public schools faculty for the 1949-50 term, it is reported by Supt. Frank J. Fox.  Six instructors have been secured thus far as replacements for faculty members who resigned prior to the close of the past term. The six new instructors are Arley Anderson, John Saari, Miss Charis E. Jones, Miss Valerie Huseth, Miss Arlene Jahn and Miss Ethel Heitke.

“First Nighter” buttons publicizing the first game of the Morris Eagles under the new baseball floodlights will go on sale shortly. Plans for the sale of the buttons, expected to be one of the most intensive selling campaigns ever staged here, will be completed at a meeting of the directors of Sports Associated this evening.  The buttons, attractively printed in red on a white background, will be principal special promotion for the initial game under the new floodlights, a game that is expected to attract the largest crowd ever to witness a baseball game in Morris.  With the purchase of a “First Nighter” button the purchaser will receive a ticket entitling him to admission to the initial game.

As the 1949 Opportunity Drive entered its final week, Stevens County was one of two additional counties in the state which went over the top in the sales of United States savings bonds, it was reported by Darrell Bandy, state director. The other was Dakota.  In Stevens County, total sales increased to $110,416, or 101.3 per cent of its Opportunity Drive quota. This puts the county in 12th place among the state's 87 counties, according to Supt. A. W. Edson, county savings bond chairman.  

A bolt of lightning struck the Robert Thedin residence during the severe electrical storm last Thursday and ran rampant through the house, stunned one member of the family, completely burned out the radio, damaged other electrical appliances, shattered all electrical fuses, blackened walls, tore holes in several curtains, and ripped the siding from the house where the bolt first struck. Fortunately, the lightning failed to start a blaze anywhere in the house.  The bolt entered in an upstairs room and followed the electrical circuit throughout the house.  Mrs. James McDougall (Fern Thedin), who was downstairs immediately below the room in which the bolt entered, was stunned by the bolt and momentarily blinded by a ball of fire. Mrs. Thedin, in the kitchen, was unhurt.  Glen and James Thedin, who were in the yard, saw the bolt strike but neither was affected by it.

C. F. (Chuck) Clark of Howard Lake is the newest member of Morris' business fraternity, having purchased the Morris recreation from Walter Ross and assuming proprietorship of the enterprise last Friday.  Mr. Clark was formerly in business in Howard Lake, operating a meat market there until he was burned out last May. Prior to that he had operated a recreation parlor in St. Charles. Mr. and Mrs. Clark and their son Aaron have moved to Morris.

25 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of July 6, 1989

The new Miss Hancock and Princess were showcased on a Fourth of July parade float in Hancock Tuesday. The new Princess is Nicole Christie and the new Miss Hancock is Jerri Kellenberger.

Kurt Gartland, ag loan officer at Morris State Bank, completed the Minnesota School of Banking sponsored by the Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) held June 25-30 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.  According to MBA President James R. Hearon III, Gartland was among the 65 students to receive a completion certification at the commencement ceremonies June 30.  Also attending the Minnesota School of Banking was Steven R. Krause, Assistant Vice President, Citizens Bank, Morris. The Minnesota School of Banking is one of six professional development schools conducted by the MBA.

Three area students have been named to the Moorhead State University Dean's List in recognition of academic achievement spring quarter. Named from this area were Jeffrey Haroldson, Peggy Lynn Henrichs, and Karla Renee Voorhees, all of Morris.Two area students were among 968 graduated from St. Cloud State University during spring quarter commencement ceremonies held May 26 in Halenbeck Hall. Jaqueline Rae Zurn of Morris received a bachelor of science degree. Allen Lee Carlson of Chokio, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree.  

The U.S. Flag has been much in the news of late due to a Supreme Court ruling deemed controversial by many. The outlook toward the flag was of one dimension Tuesday as it made its way through the Fourth of July parade route in Hancock. It was one of reverence. Boy Scout Troop 473 was featured along with Pack 473 (Cub Scouts) on a parade unit.

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