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Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, August 3, 2000

The Rev. Hilda Parks, the new minister of the Federated Church, says she sees her job as being a teacher. Parks came to Morris after being appointed here by the United Methodist bishop. According to Parks, the Federated Church Council has felt it was time for a woman to head their church. It was also time for a United Methodist Affiliated minister. "When this church combined, the constitution said that the church would alternate between a United Church of Christ and United Methodist minister" Parks explains.


The Morris Area Blandin Community Investment Partnership will hold its first annual "Prairie Renaissance Celebration" on Thursday, Aug. 3 in East Side Park. The event will feature storytelling, music, the band "Aerhardt", skateboard demonstrations, a chance to talk with neighbors, and food. Families and individuals are encouraged to pack a picnic supper and meet at East Side Park. Watermelon and beverage will be provided.

Six constants will be battling for the honor of smooching swine in this year's eighth annual Salvation Army "Kiss-a-Pig" contest. Charity "Sweet Stuff" Ciaramitaro, from Ardelle's Eatery; Brian "Hot Lips" Curtis, from KMRS-KKOK radio; Vicky "Soup Queen" Dosdall, from the 4-H food stand; former wrestler George "The Mind" Graff, from Superior Industries; Paul "Pucker-up" Martin, from Willie's Super Valu; and Dr. "Smiley" Sam, from Stevens Community Medical Center will each be pitted against each other in a battle to raise money for the Salvation Army.

25 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of August 1, 1985

The Rev. Dean Larson, new pastor at First Lutheran, has some unusual ties to Morris. He can look out the window of his office and see the house where his parents lived when his father, the Rev. Ernest Larson, was visitation pastor at First Lutheran in the early 1970s. Larson came to Morris from Gaylord, where he had bee pastor of the American Lutheran Church for 12 years. He also served at Fergus Falls and Broadus, Mont. Rev. Larson and his wife have two children.

E. J. LaFave Jr., president of the Citizens Bank of Morris, announces that a new loan officer has been added to the bank's staff. Paul Gandrud Jr. began working at Citizens Bank in July. Gandrud has 12 years of experience and loan administration. He graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and also served in the United States Air Force. Paul and his wife Jean have two children.

The University of Minnesota, Morris will hold this summer's third freshman registration session on Sunday and Monday Aug. 4 and 5. One hundred twenty-six students are expected to register. The freshman will be addressed by UMM Academic Dean Bettina Blake and UMM Academic Assistance Center Director William Campbell.

50 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of August 12, 1960

The beautiful new swimming pool at the Pomme de Terre Golf and Country Club, completed just a week ago, has drawn many expressions of admiration from those who have seen the pool. Put into use for the first time last Saturday, the pool has been a prime attraction this week for stockholders and club members and their families. While it is a private club venture, the pool is also being made available during specified hours and at specified charges to other persons who visit it as guests of members.

Lakeview Lanes, Morris' new and completely modern bowling center on highway 28, on the west edge of the city, will have its grand opening today. Walter Ross is the proprietor. The eight gleaming new alleys in a colorful setting in a brand new air-conditioned building will provide Morris with one of the finest bowling establishments in the area. Visitors to Lake-view Lanes on Friday will have an opportunity to watch the intricate automatic AMF pinsetters in operation. There is also a lunch counter, lockers, and dressing rooms.

One of the community's newest residential areas, the Elles Addition on the southeast edge of the city, will be annexed to the city proper under an ordinance that received its first reading at the regular meeting of the city commission Monday evening. The Elles Addition, comprising of 40 acres, is being developed by Les Ogdahl of Glenwood. Three new homes are presently under construction in the addition.

90 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of August 13, 1920

The New Boys' Dormitory at the West Central School of Agriculture will be completed within the next three weeks, and will be put into use immediately at the opening of school on Oct. 4. With the addition of the building, which will accommodate 75 boys, this school has a housing capacity of 225 students. Practically all of the junior class of 1919-1920 have signified their intention of returning to school, which will make the largest senior class in the history of the institution.

Twenty-four men were placed on farms in the county by the Stevens County Farm Bureau during the month of July, and up to Aug. 7, 17 during the current month. Not only were they placed, but when possible, were taken out to their destinations by County Agent Nash. The services of the Farm Bureau are given free to both the men and the farmers; and farmers who wish to get into connection with the labor agencies in the cities, should communicate with Mr. Nash.

The annual picnic of members of the Assumption Church parish will be held at Perkins Grove at Lake Pomme de Terre on Sunday, April 15. Ice cream, lemonade, and coffee will be furnished, and each person will bring his own lunch and cups. There will be a ballgame, and various amusements are being planned for the children, with prizes for the winners. The autos heading to the picnic will be ready to start immediately after high mass.