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Mrs. Charles Dreis of Chokio was the winner of the $400 Wampum jackpot in Morris on a Wednesday afternoon in 1961, and received the stack of Wampum bucks from Elmer Lindrud, proprietor of Lindrud's Variety store.

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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of July 8, 1921

Patrick H. Canty died on Tuesday morning from injuries received in an automobile accident Saturday evening. The funeral was held yesterday morning at Assumption church. The Rev. Edward Jones officiated. Burial was in Calvary cemetery. Mr. Canty was born in Rochester on February 15, 1872. He came to Stevens county twenty-seven years ago, and was married to Miss May Carr in 1898. He was in the monument business.

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With expensive coats, and cheap beads and an old bath robe missing, with money in the cash register left untouched, and with three different holes drilled in the back door of the Weum-Beverud Dry Goods Co. store, it looks as if some very amateurish thieves robbed the store last Saturday night. Gaining entrance undoubtedly took a long time. One hole was drilled below the knob, but the thieves evidently gave up trying to enter at that point as soon as they struck the iron bar. They tried again higher up, just below the lock and succeeded in making a good sized hole, but were unable to reach the padlock that fastened a heavy bar across the door. They drilled a third time, this time above the knob, and broke the glass, making an opening large enough to enable them to break the padlock and open the door.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 2, 1961

Mrs. Charles Dreis of Chokio was the winner of the $400 Wampum jackpot in Morris Wednesday afternoon, and received the stack of Wampum bucks from Elmer Lindrud, proprietor of Lindrud's Variety store. Mrs. Dreis was in the Lindrud store when her name was called at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and thus qualified for the prize.

During the annual Award Day program at Morris High School last Friday, many junior high school students received awards for honors earned during the past year and for activities in which they participated. The four young people who were winners of the Junior High Citizenship awards are Robert Rose, Tamra Hall, Kay Yarger and Robert Hemming. The three students who were winners in the American Legion Auxiliary Essay contest were Gayle Larson, Robert Hemming and Loretta Kollar.

Twenty students received their diplomas Wednesday morning, May 31, at the graduation ceremony for St. Mary's junior high school. The graduating class assisted at Holy Mass and received Communion in a body. Monsignor B. Petermeier delivered the address. At the close of his speech, Monsignor Petermeier presented the diplomas to the following students: Sandra Bedel, Corinne Willert, Cheryl Lesmeister, Helen Jane Staebler, Barbara Unger, Diane Rodwell, Mary Kay Hennen, Barbara Murphy, John Burditt, Lynn Blomgren, Dennis Kieffer, William O'Neill, James Severson, Ronald Bauer, Joseph Van Kempen, Lawrence Eul, Margaret Lonergan, Mary Austin and Angela Murphy.

Commencement exercises at Hancock will be held tonight for 24 seniors, with the class of 1961 having the distinction of being the first to use the facilities of the new gymnasium of the Hancock schools. Members of the graduating class are: Cynthia Babb, Kathy Barsness, Bonita Bier, James Conroy, JoAnn Dahl, Beverly Duncan, Richard Fults, Sharon Goff, Charles Heil, Michael Jacoby, Karen Jensen, Marilyn Joos, Shirley Koch, Patricia Larsen, Sidney Messner, Kay Nylander, Elna Ras, Katherine Ruplinger, Gary Smith, Joy Sturm, Norman Toop, Avis Van Otterloo, Kenneth VerSteeg and Darrell Walton.

Mrs. Lee Schultz of Alberta is the new manager of the Jane Morris Shop in Morris, taking over her new duties on June 1. Mrs. Schultz originally from Hoffman, is well known throughout the area. She and her husband owned and operated the Schultz Store in Alberta from 1938 until 1960, when they sold the store. During the past year Mrs. Schultz taught in the Alberta school. She succeeds Mrs. Gertrude Vagner of Appleton as manager of the Jane Morris Shop.

25 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of June 5, 1986

Ten young ladies make up the autumn squad of Morris High School cheerleaders. The cheerleaders are Gail Hougard, Lori Oland, Shelley Fults, Linda Nelson, Lisa Kastel, Theresa Roers, Becky Stevenson, Lori Rosdahl, Shawna Smith and Deann Roers.

Bruce Burns, associate professor of education and a UMM faculty member since 1968, will be leaving in June to accept the position of Chairman of the Division of Education and Psychology at Minot State College in Minot, N.D. Burnes' popularity with students and the esteem in which he is held by the UMM faculty were exhibited by Burnes' being voted to be the faculty speaker at the University of Minnesota, Morris Commencement Exercises Friday, June 13.

A total of 866 students have been recognized for scholastic achievement during the spring quarter at St. Cloud State University. Students from this area who earned the honor are Daniel Weiss of Morris, Laurie Ahrendt of Chokio, Allen Carlson of Chokio, Michael Nelson of Barrett, and Michelle Hamann of Danvers.

The grant was not funded, but the Morris Senior Citizens are not going to give up. The city did well, really, in its bid to get a Small Cities Administration Grant: out of 22 applications it came in sixth. The difficulty is that only five grants were awarded.

Grant writing was not the only thing that was done well. The Senior Citizens, through various fund raising efforts, collected cash and pledges worth $40,500-and in only eight months! They didn't limit themselves to one grant either. There is still another one pending, for which they have hopes. They have done other kinds of hard work, too. The finance committee of the Morris Senior Citizens' Club, Inc. has met every Tuesday since last October to work on plans. As it was, the group, which includes Vivion Teal, Chair, Carol Voorhees, Secretary, Kathryn Cook, Treasurer, Leroy Ball, President of the Club, Walfred Sanders, Chair of the Building Committee, Mae Waller, John Twenge, Judy Nord, Coordinator of the Aging for Stevens County, Keith Morrill, Alfred Hadler, Rita Arnold, Linda Dahl, Ernest Hoffman, Paul Larson, Lyman Eidsvold, Oscar Moe, and Jim Holmes, of the Senior Nutrition Program of the Lutheran Social Services, met to accept what was past and to look toward the future.

A Coon Rapids woman who entered the annual Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota pageant to be held June 7 at Stewart Hall Auditorium on the campus of the St. Cloud State University. Lavonne Hite, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schradieck of Morris, is being sponsored in the contest by Coon Rapids Lions Club and promoted by North Suburban Consumer Advocates for the Handicapped (NSCAH). She is the former secretary of the group. The pageant is designed to showcase women who are physically disabled, but have high levels of success despite their disability. Hite has been confined to a wheelchair since a car accident in 1967 when she was a senior in high school. A native of Morris, Hite was in the front passenger seat of a car when it was involved in an accident in Ortonville. The result was a broken back and severed spinal cord for Hite and four months recuperating at St. Luke's Hospital, Fargo, N.D.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of May 24, 2001

Twenty-three will graduate as the Chokio-Alberta High School holds its 2001 Commencement Exercises this Sunday, May 27, at the Alberta High School. Class speakers will be Bruce Ritter, Steven Hartman, and Jesse Mach. The class of 2001 will be presented by Dean of Students Michael Troen. Loy Woelber, superintendent and principal, will give the welcome and Lyle Hettver, School Board Chairman, will give the closing.

Sgt. Cal Van Horn, a 1970 graduate of Morris High School, will be the guest speaker for this year's annual Memorial Day program. He joined the Army National Guard here in Morris in Oct. 1970. He attended basic training and A.I.T. At Ft. Lewis, Wash. He was Honorably discharged in Oct. 1976 at the rank of Sgt. E-5. Van Horn has been very active in the American Legion, serving as Post 29 Commander in 1991. He served as 7th District Commander in 1995 and State Vice-Commander in 1999. Van Horn was instrumental in chartering the local Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 29 in 1995 and served as 7th District Advisor in 1997. He was elected State Commander of the Detachment of Minnesota in June of 2000, and is currently serving in that capacity. Van Horn and his wife Mary, have two children, Scott and Stacy, and reside in Morris.

Among the 850 graduates awarded degrees during Minnesota State University-Moorhead's annual spring commencement Friday, May 11, were Thomas Howden, Todd Travis, Mary Hennen, Mark Mahoney, Debra Rose, and Cory Schmidgall of Morris; Austin Wartner of Hancock; and Lori Gieselman of Donnelly.

Steven Edlund was among 568 students who participated in commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 6 at Concordia College, Moorhead. Edlund had the following majors: Chemistry, Biology, Pre-Dentistry. Edlund is the son of Leroy and Audrey Edlund, Cyrus.

South Dakota State University's spring commencement exercises were held Saturday, May 5 and included graduates Daniel Kobbermann of Hancock, and Thomas Schneider of Morris. Heidi A. Weber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brett Weber of Morris, graduated May 19 with a Bachelor of Science in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Northwestern College in St. Paul. Heidi is a 1997 graduate of Morris Area High School.

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