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80 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of December 11, 1931

The last two weeks had Dear Santa Claus letters from boys and girls in this community, this is the last segment of letters to Old Nick:

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Dear Santa, I like a new suit and gun and a few other toys for Christmas and hope the roads will be good so you can come. Your little friend, Paulus Wente.

Dear Old Santa, Will you please bring me electric stove with these pans, a cake pan, a pie pan, muffin pan, coffee pot a set of tin dishes. A doll with a Zipper suit. Thank you Santa. Your little friend, Barbara Shippey.

Dear Santa, I want a new sled. I would like an electric train. I want a brown bus. I want a scooter, too. Please bring me a red rattle for Billy. Please bring Bobby a little scooter. That's all. Jack Watzke.

Dear Santa, Is it very cold up north? I hope you will come to Morris this year. If you don't all the boys and girls will be very sad. Please bring me a doll, a doll bed and some silver ware. Thank you Santa. Veronica Bedel. St. Mary's School.

Dear Santa, I want a tool chest, a grader and a tractor, sled too for Christmas. Your friend, Clinton Smith.

Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs. Santa? I hope you don't feel too tired after your big trip. If you please, I would like a dolly, a pony and roller skates, a set of dishes and a piano also some candy and nuts. Good bye. Patricia Ann Eul.

Dear Santa, Don't forget to come to my house. I'd like a biplane, a toy air plane and some nuts. That will be all. Good bye Santa. James Eklund.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of December 30, 1971

Brent Waddell and Merlin Beyer will be sworn in as new members of the Morris city council at the annual meeting of the council Tuesday morning. They were elected to the council on Nov. 2 and will fill the seats currently occupied by Roy Lucken and S.A. (Tony) Gausman. Both new members-to-be of the council are Morris businessmen.

James A. Fougeron, formerly of Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Fougeron of this city, has been elected credit officer of Northwest Bancorporation in Minneapolis.

OTP approves large construction budget--Otter Tail Power Company's directors have approved a general construction budget for 1972 in excess of $18 million, reports Albert V. Hartl, company president. In reviewing Otter Tail's financial needs over the next five years, Hartl pointed out that during the period from 1972 through 1976 the company will be financing construction costing more than $93 million, the largest amount in any five-year period of the company's history. Accounting for more than half of the $93 million is the new 440,000-kilowatt Big Stone plant being constructed near Milbank, S.D., by Otter Tail, Northwestern Public Service Company and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Otter Tail's share of the Big Stone plant costs involves expenditures of $10 million in each of the years 1973 and 1974. The plant is scheduled to be in operation by May 1975.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of December 19, 1991

Judy Bluth's first-graders at Morris Area Elementary were interviewed for this year's annual Sun-Tribune Christmas feature. Their teacher herself has had to spend time away from the classroom lately, due to illness. One of her students said getting her back was No. 1 as a gift wish this holiday season. The whole class probably thinks that way. Here are some of the interviewed students wishes this Christmas:

Matthew Haugen would like a "remote control racecar" this Christmas.

Tera Taffe stated a desire for "Lights and Lace Barbie". Wesley Peterson has yet to get his Christmas gift wishes really pinned down. He said he'd like "anything". Jessica Gagner said she'd like Nintendo this Christmas. Adam Love said he'd like "Nintendo and power wheels". Ben Wellendorf would like a "GI Joe General" and "missiles that make sounds".

Teacher contracts in the Morris Area School District are still in negotiation. Board member Liz Harris reported to the Board Monday night that they had met again, and were to meet Wednesday night. She said they did agree to the amount of money that was available for the first year of the two-year contract. Contracts with teachers have to be ratified by Jan. 15, or the District will lose some of its foundation aids.

The Morris Area School Board approved a $1,631,439 levy for payable 1992, after their Truth in Taxation hearing Monday. In explaining the levy, Superintendent Dennis Rettke said the school's situation differs from the city and county because its fiscal year is not a calendar year. The levy payable in 1992 is for the school's 1992-93 fiscal year. Rettke also noted that teacher contracts account for 75 percent of the budget and contracts for 1991-92 are not settled yet. For revenues, the schools get about 75 percent of their funds from the state, 21-22 percent from the local tax levy and the rest comes from the federal government through various programs. Variable factors also influence budget planning, Rettke said those are the number of students involved and the valuation of property in the district, which is determined by a state agency. The trend in the Morris Area Schools over the years since 1985 has been "one of stability", he said.

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