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90 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of November 3, 1921

Miss Irene Labrie, county nurse, has resigned and her successor has been selected and will be in Morris before the end of the week, the nurse committee of the Red Cross announced yesterday. The new nurse is Miss Bertha Brubaker of St. Paul. She was formerly of the medical social service of the University of Minnesota and before that a representative of the infant welfare society. She was chosen from a large number after the nurse committee had recommended her to the board of county commissioners. Miss Labrie is Stevens County's first public health nurse and will always retain an important place in that work here through her exceptionally energetic methods of organizing a new field and quickly getting at actual results.


Twenty persons attended the meeting at the library last Friday night to discuss the possibility of a local historical organization and before they adjourned all had become enthusiastic members of the new Stevens County Historical Society. Another meeting will be held on Friday night of next week at the library when the organization will be completed and the present members hope the society will be greatly increased. A.A. Stone was elected president of the new society and Mrs. F. A. Hancock was made temporary secretary. A committee consisting of O.C. Hanson, Mrs. J.C. Morrison and Miss Agnes Torpey was named to draft a constitution and by-laws which will be presented for approval at the next meeting of the society. Tentative plans are to have the old settlers of the county prepare papers on different features of the early days and read them at the regular meetings of the society.

Tickets for the Lyceum course which opens at the new armory Nov. 14 were being sold in the city Monday by a number of teams. Several hundred tickets were sold, but the canvassers were unable to see all the people in the one day and have not yet reached the mark of 600 season tickets which is necessary to assure the financial success of the unusually good course that has been arranged for this winter. The rest of the city is expected to be covered the first of next week. The Paulo Gruppe Company of exceptionally talented musicians will give the first number. Paulo Gruppe the eminent violin-cellist has returned to his native America from Europe as a youthful prodigy a number of years ago when his successes practically spanned the limits of two continents. He has appeared in recitals and as soloist with orchestral companies in most of the large cities of this country.

50 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 17, 1961

The popular play, "Tom Sawyer," will be presented by Morris junior high school students the school auditorium Thursday evening, Oct. 19. Cast members include Loren Swanson as Huck Finn, Rolf Arneson as Ben Rogers, Bob Miller as Sid Sawyer, Dorothy Fougeron as Aunt Polly, Marcia Erickson as Becky Thatcher and Mark Kellenberger as Tom Sawyer. The play is being directed by Leonard O'Koren.

Lori Holdgrafer of Morris was chosen queen of the first annual homecoming celebration at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She received her crown at coronation ceremonies between halves of the UMM Cougar-Concordia freshman football game Saturday night.

Four in the race for city commission posts are Lyman Eidsvold, Harold Hruby, Les Collins, and Walter Peterson. Candidates for city mayor are Fred Hjort and Roy Lucken. Candidate for the office of municipal judge is Sheridan S. Flaherty, which is an office he currently holds. These positions will be filled at the general municipal election on Nov. 7.

25 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of October 7, 1986

Joe and Lois Tetrault were among the many people attending the annual American Legion membership supper Sunday evening. The Sun Tribune staff doesn't get to see enough of Joe these days--he's retired from the staff--so it's nice to share his smile via a photograph now and then!

Queen Liza Sifers was flanked by fellow queen candidates Karla Voorhees, Sandra Pasche and Linda Hennen on the vehicle that took them through the MHS Homecoming parade. Not present was candidate Dawn Wente, who had a sports commitment Friday (sub regional tennis).

University of Minnesota, Morris Chancellor John Q. Imholte has announced the appointment of Dr. Gary L. McGrath to the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UMM. McGrath will assume his new position Nov. 1, replacing Steve Granger in that position. Granger is currently on leave doing institutional research, and on Jan. 1, will become Coordinator of the Title III Grant Strengthening Project and Special Assistant to the Dean. As Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, McGrath will be responsible for student activities, health services, office of residential life, counseling, admissions and financial aid, and career planning and placement. McGrath is already quite familiar with UMM. He graduated from UMM in 1968 with a history major and a speech minor, and was Director of Student Activities from June 1968 to June 1972.

Voters in Morris will be asked to approve a bond issue Nov. 4, for up to $225,000 for park improvements. City Manager Ed Larson said two things will affect how much in bonds the City will sell. The first is whether the County contributes towards the cost of improvements at Pomme de Terre Park. The Commissioners have been asked to make a one-time contribution toward the Pomme de Terre part of the project since so many people from outside the City use that facility. A second factor which will affect the total cost of the project is that cost estimates for improvements at the parks were prepared separately. And the projects, if approved, will be bid together, so actual costs will probably be lower than the total of the estimates.

10 Years Ago

Items from the Sun Tribune of August 2, 2001

A follow-up picture from last week's article pertaining to the time capsule, this picture is of the 1971 Morris Centennial Kangaroo Court. Left to right in this photograph are Pete Cain, Don Klein, John Fletcher, Newell Ueland, Harold Hruby, and Don Giberson.

Out with the old and in with the new. That was the decision of the Elementary Building Task Force when it met this Tuesday. According to Morris Area Schools Superintendent Keith Redfield, the Task Force voted almost unanimously to stop considering options that would see the old elementary renovated for district purposes. Instead, the Task Force will begin just looking at options for building a new school near the current high school.

Clay White joins the Sheriff's Department. For about two years, Clay White was hoping for a full-time job with the Stevens County Sheriff's Department. For the past two months, he's had one. White, the newest officer in the Sheriff's Department, began his job at the end of May. He says it's a position he had been hoping to land for some time. White completed the law enforcement program at Ridgewater College in Willmar in January.

The 128th annual Stevens County Fair will be providing "Family Fun in 2001" starting Wednesday, Aug. 8, and running through Sunday, Aug. 12.

Local child care provider Sharon Aker was one of 90 speakers at the National Association for Family Child Care's 11th annual national conference, held July 20-21 in the Twin Cities. Aker spoke on the theme "Organize or Agonize" at the conference. She explains that her presentation dealt with how day care providers, and everyone, need to organize their lives to reduce stress levels. The theme of the conference was "Our Diversity is Our Strength."