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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, June 22, 2000

Budget cuts at schools around the regions have not been kind to the arts. That's why University of Minnesota, Morris assistant professor of studio art Jess Larson thinks programs like the Henjum Creative Institute are so important. Each summer since 1974, the Henjum Creative Institute has been a place for area high school students to explore and experiment with new forms of expression. The Institute has touched the lives of nearly 4,000 students in its 27 years.

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Brady Sharstrom, a Morris Area hockey player, is having a busy spring/summer. Besides school and being on the Morris Area baseball team and now summer ball, Brady was chosen to compete on Minnesota Hockey's Elite "Select 15" program. Jim Beauregard, president of Minnesota District 15 hockey, states that the Select 15 Team is a program designed to find and help further develop the top 15-year-old hockey players in the state.

25 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of June 20, 1985

Thirty-eight students from the Morris area graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris last week. UMM graduated a total of 286 seniors at its 22nd commencement exercises held Friday evening on the campus mall.

Harold Kvale, a lay leader in the Lutheran Church and head of the Farm Crisis Hotline ministry of the Southwestern Minnesota District ALC, will speak at Faith Lutheran Church 108 West 8th Street, on Sunday, June 23. The Glenwood native will share from his work in helping rural people in the current farm crisis and will outline the role churches can play in reaching out to hurting families. The Farm Crisis Hotline has been a resource for hundreds of farmers over the past hear.

50 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of July 8, 1960

Equipment and men of the Wayne Schmidgall Construction Company started excavation Wednesday for the new swimming pool that will be constructed at the Pomme de Terre Golf and Country Club. The contract for the pool, cost for which is being financed through the sale of additional shares of stock in the club, has been let to the Minnesota Pool Co., of St. Louis Park. It is expected the pool will be completed in about three weeks.

Chairman Alex Larson of the Stevens County ASC committee announces the opening of the 1961 Agricultural Conservation program. Initial requests for cost-sharing will be limited to tree planting practices only. Through the ACP the federal government provides cost-sharing for planting approved species of trees to farm owners and operators who request assistance.

Governor Orville L. Freeman has announced the appointment of Glen Daniels of Morris as chairman of the Morris Physical Fitness Council. As chairman of this council Mr. Daniels will spearhead a coordinated drive for physical fitness for the youth of Morris. The drive is part of a state-wide movement for youth fitness sponsored by the Governor's Advisory Physical Fitness Committee in cooperation with President Eisenhower's Council on Youth Fitness in its urgent appeal for state action on the problem of fitness for youth.

90 Years Ago Items taken from the Tribune of July 2, 1920

There is a grave is Summit cemetery in which sleeps a former member of the Campbell brothers Circus. The man was killed in Morris 15 years ago and whenever the company came to Morris, the members marched to the cemetery to decorate the grave. One of the Campbell brothers is now connected with the Campbell-Bailey-Hutchinson circus, which was in Morris last Saturday. The members of the band went up to the cemetery to visit the grave. They were caught in the rain and the hail but it does not seem to be in the nature of circus folk to be overly disturbed by weather conditions.

At the Commercial Club meeting Friday evening, the city commission asked for an expression from the Commercial Club on the question of granting permission to John Finnegan to open the Atlantic Avenue paving and install the street scale which he formerly had in front of his office. A notion was carried that the Club was opposed to the installing of a scale on any paved street. However, the Club expressed itself as in favor of the installation by the city of a public city scale at the same convenient point, on which grain, produce, livestock, hay, coal and other commodities could be weighed. The city formerly operated a public scale, but had to abandon it on account of the difficulty of finding someone to take care of it.

There is a florist in Morris. O. F. Crane arrived here from Pipestone last week, and has rented the former Dan Meyer Land office on Pacific Avenue. He sells potted plants, and hanging baskets, and makes a specialty of arranging flowers for special occasions. Cut flowers may be ordered from him, and will be delivered within a day after they were ordered. Mr. Crane states that if there is enough demand for it, he will establish a green-house here, so that cut flowers may be on hand all the time.

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