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Morris,Minnesota 56267
Morris Sun Tribune
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Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 25, 1952

Residents in this area and throughout the Midwest began digging out Wednesday following the winter's worst blizzard on Tuesday and daily life and activities yesterday were gradually resuming their normal tempo. During the storm and in its wake were blocked highways, some drifts as deep as eight and 10 feet being reported; bitter cold which plummeted the mercury to 27 below here and even colder in other areas; a cessation of many usual activities for a two-day period; and throughout the Midwest a dozen or more deaths attributed directly to the storm.


Minnesota farmers enjoy one of the highest rural telephone developments in the United States, according to statistics released by the Northwestern Bell Telephone company. V.W. Scheil, local manager for the telephone company, said that in Minnesota territory served by the company, nine out of ten establishments in rural areas have telephones. Only Connecticut and Iowa can show an equal development. Much of this growth has come since the end of World War II, resulting from the increased emphasis placed on expanding the scope of farm telephone service. Not only do Minnesota farmers have more telephone service today than ever before, but their rural service has been improved substantially to a point where in some places it compares favorably with city telephone service. The old-fashioned farm line with anywhere from a dozen to 20 parties on the line is gradually disappearing. Today 63 percent of Northwestern Bell rural lines have eight or less parties as compared with 37 percent in 1946.

The liveliest topic of conversation in Morris for several days was the evening curfew question. Should the city's curfew ordinances as they now exist be enforced? Should the ordinances be brought up to date or otherwise modified and then enforced? Should there be curfew ordinances at all? If so, just what should they specify? These are some of the questions the city commission would like to have answered. In seeking those answers they have addressed inquiries to a number of organizations and official bodies asking for suggestions. City Attorney O.K. Alger advises that one existing ordinance, adopted in 1895, forbids any minor under the age of 16 to be on any street or public grounds after 9 p.m. unless on an errand for a parent or guardian. Another, adopted in 1910, excludes all persons under 18 from frequenting or patronizing pool halls and bowling alleys. Still another, adopted in 1923, forbids a proprietor to permit any person under 18 or who is attending school or college, to play pool or billiards, or bowl, without written consent of a parent.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 27, 1972

This gentleman, dressed not quite in harmony with the season or the sport of snowmobiling, evidently was trying to tell the Tribune staff something when he sent this picture to the Tribune. It hasn't been decided yet whether he was pointing out that not all Minnesotans bundle up to their ears when the mercury dips below the zero mark, or whether he wanted to reveal the secret of what snowmobilers really wear under all that garb. He is Norman Toop of rural Hancock and he braved the 27 degree temperatures of New Year's Day to get this photograph for posterity.

Digging out operations were coming to an end yesterday following the severest storm of the winter which swept through the midwest Monday. A cold wave that followed the blizzard dropped temperatures deep into the sub-zero range, registering minus 23 degrees on both Tuesday and Wednesday at Morris. Snow started falling during the night hours Sunday and by mid-morning on Monday was being whipped by strong winds. By noon visibility was near zero and became increasingly worse as the day progressed. At 4 p.m. the temperature had dropped to a minus seven degrees and winds were gusting up to 60 miles per hour. Highway department snowplows were called in shortly after noon and travel was all but halted.

The Board of Directors of the Production Credit Association of Morris had named Richard Stonestrom of Elbow Lake to succeed Chester H. Larsen as general manager of the association, effective Feb. 1. Mr. Stonestrom, an employee of the PCA of Morris the past 11 years, has managed the Elbow Lake branch office since 1962. He will move his family to Morris at the end of the school year. Named to the position of Grant County branch manager at Elbow Lake is Raymond Borowicz. Borowicz has his office in Morris, he spent the past year and one-half as an assistant county agricultural agent at Ada prior to starting with the PCA of Morris last October. He and his family reside in Morris.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of January 23, 1992

Bill and Phyllis Rickmeyer, owners of the Morris Coast to Coast Store, received an award commemorating their successful business operation since 1967 in Morris. They received the award during the Coast to Coast Spring and Summer Merchandise Show held this month in San Francisco, Calif. "Bill and Phyllis are prime examples of American small business working well," said Ken Hoffman, Coast to Coast president and chief executive officer. "On Sept. 5 of 1967, the Rickmeyer family chose to take a risk by investing substantial assets so that they could operate their own business. Now they are respected members of the business community, having proven that they are quality retailers in Morris' marketplace. Coast to Coast is proud to be part of their family."

Joanne Hart will be giving a reading from her latest book "The Witch Tree" at the Morris Public Library. The reading is sponsored by the Library Board. Following the reading, refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library. Copies of Hart's book will be available for sale, and she will be happy to sign them.

Sara Van Kempen, daughter of Doug and Mary Jane Van Kempen of Morris, is taking a January term class titled "Art in the Cities" at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. Van Kempen is a senior liberal studies major at CSB. Events will include exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, private galleries and collections.