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90 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of October 14, 1921

The Stevens County Memorial Armory will be officially opened Tuesday night, Nov. 8 with one of the biggest celebrations ever seen in Morris. Governor J. A. O. Preus, Adjutant General Rhinow, General Harrison, Commander of the Minnesota brigade, Colonel Fulton, commander of the 5th Regiment, Colonel Brady, United States property and dispersing officer and Major Carter, battalion commander will all be in Morris to join with the people of the county in paying honor to the occasion. Following a short intensive speaking program, a big military ball will be held with all the members of company K in full military uniform.


An editor's chair was presented to J.C. Morrison by members of the Seventh District Editorial Association at the convention supper at the agricultural school last Friday night in recognition of service he has rendered country newspaper offices in his work for the installation of cost systems and better standards. Ludwig I. Roe of the Montevideo News, who presented the chair on behalf of the association, said it was through men like Mr. Morrison that country editors have been able to get their offices on a sound business basis.

The Stevens Township Fair was held last Saturday in Loveland Hall and was well attended. The township lived up to the reputation it has for making a great success of its fairs. Allen W. Edson, county agent reports that there was an unusually good display of Aberdeen Angus on Saturday. It was even better than the display at the Stevens County fair. One phenomenon was on display, a hen reputed to be nine years old who has not lost her enthusiasm or her ability in laying eggs.

50 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of September 5, 1961

The Morris Tiger football team beat the Graceville Shamrocks in the first game of the season. Gary Holdgrafer, left half, scored the Tigers' first touchdown of the season in the 20-0 win over Graceville Friday night. Holdgrafer added a second touchdown later in the same period. Tom Kellenberger headed for the corner to finish a 20-yard jaunt around left end for Morris' third touchdown in the Tigers' winning start of the season.

Two lighted traps are now in operation for trap shooting. The lighted traps operated continuously from 7 p.m. until after midnight. The skill of the league shooters appears to be at an all time high this year.

A graduate of Chosun Christian University, Korea, has joined the University of Minnesota, Morris faculty, according to Rodney A. Briggs, dean. He is Jooinn Lee, who has been appointed instructor in political science subject to approval of the University of Minnesota board of regents.

Two of the Alberta faculty members are new to the system this year. They are James Lenn, who will teach science and assist in coaching; and Frank Fredlund, who will be head basketball and football coach and teach social studies.

Three new teachers will be on the Chokio faculty this year. They are David Rampp, who will teach senior high English and remedial reading on the 7th and 8th grade levels; Mrs. Frieda Melchert, who will teach junior high English and girls' physical ed; and Mrs. Meryl Ulven, who will teach the sixth grade.

Harry C. Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Roberts, has been accepted for admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris in September. Harry plans to major in secondary education.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of September 11, 1986

A 'new' track is a joint undertaking- a conversation between MHS athletic director Bob Mulder and UMM athletic director Willis Kelly discussed the bad conditions of each schools track. Mulder and Kelly agreed that it seemed logical that a joint undertaking should be considered. Mulder approached Supt. Fred Switzer and Kelly went to UMM Chancellor Jack Imholte. Switzer and Imholte and the Morris-Donnelly school board all gave the go-ahead for it and actual work will begin within a week. The contractor is the Twin Cities-based "Action Courts," which constructed the UMM track in the first place. The oval will be shortened on one curve to create a 400-meter distance. Then the present surface of rubberized asphalt will be scraped off and a new latex surface will be applied.

Noor-Aiman Khan, a senior at Morris High School, is a semifinalist in the current Merit Program of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Academically talented high school seniors in all of the 50 states have qualified as semifinalists and will have an opportunity to advance in the 1987 competition for about 6,000 Merit Scholarships worth over $21 million. Khan plans to study law.

Lori Liebl, a South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy senior, is participating this 1986 fall semester in the practice-oriented Pharmacy Externship and Clinical Clerkship Programs. Liebl, daughter of Tom and Diane Liebl of rural Donnelly, will be completing her two five-week externship rotations at the Brookings Hospital Pharmacy and Snyder Clinic Pharmacy in Brookings, S.D. Liebl will graduate in May, 1987 with her bachelor of science degree in pharmacy.

Two area girls are in the Court of Honor at the 1986 State Fair 4-H Fashion Revue. Winning the honor were Jennifer Ettesvold of Pep and Progress 4-H Club for "Clothes You Buy", and Janet Thompson of Cyrus for "Clothes You Make."

In what Cyrus city clerk Earl Ettesvold calls "the biggest project this town has seen" in recent years, Cyrus is looking for a Nov. 1 target date for full operation of its new wastewater treatment facility now under construction just east of the city. Construction began June 9 on the five-pond facility, which will cost approximately $800,000 through completion. The vast majority of the project's cost is being funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the federal agency which is mandating the change from the city's current system of disposing wastewater directly into the Chippewa River. Additional funding is coming from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the city.

10 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun Tribune of July 19, 2001

Wendy Hauger, who had been crowned Miss Morris in 1998, became the first winner of the newly named Miss Midwest Pageant on Saturday. Hauger competed against Abby Meyer, Safia Orest and Tanya Bosl to win the crown. Bosl was named first princess. The other two contestants become ambassadors. When she's not attending to her duties as Miss Midwest, Hauger plans to continue to expand her dance studio, Encore!.

At Monday's meeting of the Morris Area School Board, Morris Police Chief Jim Beauregard put forward a plan to have one of the Department's officers to be named a School Resource Officer for the Morris Area School District. The officer would be a counselor and problem solver besides continuing the education programs that start at the elementary level, nurturing positive relationships between students and law enforcement. The officer would also be able to identify children at risk and assist with security issues if that were necessary.

An estimated 650 people turned out for the finals of the second annual Kiwanis Talent Contest held last Friday during Prairie Pioneer Days. The first place winner was Jim E. Morrison, of Morris, who presented an original monologue. Second place winner was the cast of the Fergus Falls community theatre production of Damn Yankees. Third place went to the local band Razin Cain.

Dominic William Klyve of Morris received the bachelor of arts degree on May 19, 2001, from Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts in the commencement ceremony. Klyve graduated with a major in physics. He is the son of William and Lynn Klyve of Morris.

Community promoters Mike Peterson, Josh Staples and Jake Beauregard were honored for their efforts on behalf of the skate park, Friday night at Prairie Pioneer Days. The three were called forward at the bandshell at East Side Park. They are the prime movers behind the concept, having begun research four years ago using the internet. The Morris Kiwanis bestowed the recognition in the form of certificates for "outstanding youth leadership."