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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of February 22, 1952

Sgt. Kenneth E. Kussatz, of Donnelly received congratulations from Major General Robert N. Young, division commander, after graduating from the 2nd Division Leaders' School in Korea. A squad leader with the division's 23rd Infantry Regiment, Sgt. Kussatz has two years' army service. While at the school he was instructed in map reading, squad tactics, operation of weapons and other technical phases of combat.

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Old man winter dealt this area his mightiest punch of the season this week with a 15-inch fall of snow which, driven by shifting winds, blocked nearly all highways in the section for a day or more, smothered usual highway traffic, interrupted bus schedules and some train schedules, curtailed mail deliveries, forced postponement of a number of scheduled events, and resulted in closing of many schools for two and three days. A belt across central Minnesota, east and west, bore the brunt of the storm and the Morris area is reported one of the hardest-hit sections in the belt. This week's snowfall, which brought the total for this area for the winter to well over 50 inches, started Sunday afternoon and continued much of the time until Tuesday night.

Two young men enlist in Navy- Bill Jacobson, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Jacobson, and Jerry Carpenter, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Carpenter, have joined the ranks of Morris young men in the United States Navy. Jerry left on Monday and Bill left Wednesday for the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill.

Sergeant First Class Gene N. Bouressa, Morris, is preparing to return to Fort Campbell, Ky., after several weeks of extensive training in cold weather warfare during Exercise Snow Fall at Camp Drum in northern New York State. He is a member of the 11th Airborne Division, the largest unit to participate in the Army-Air Force winter maneuver. A mess steward in Company, Sgt. Bouressa was graduated from parachutist school at Yamoto, Japan after entering the army in March, 1943.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of February 24, 1972

Couple notes 60th Anniversary--Over 200 relatives and friends gathered at the Assumption Church parlors Sunday afternoon, Feb. 20, to help Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schmidt of Morris celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Among the many messages of congratulations and good wishes received by the couple were special greetings from President and Mrs. Richard Nixon, Senator and Mrs. Hubert Humphrey, Senator and Mrs. Walter Mondale, Congressman and Mrs. John Zwach and Congressman and Mrs. Robert Bergland. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt, esteemed residents of the community for many years, were married Feb. 19, 1912, in the Assumption Church in Morris.

The Morris Snowmobile Club is sponsoring a Drag and LeMans type race, Sunday, Feb. 27, on Crystal Lake, Morris. Races will begin at 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to all first, second and third place winners. All snowmobiles racing must be of the stock class. Proceeds from the race will be used to promote future activities and safety courses for snowmobilers.

Two Eyed Dondi, six-year-old registered quarter horse owned by the Ken Beseman family, with the help of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Henning of Lea Mar Ranch, Granite Falls, has been shown Two Eyed Dondi in 34 of the 39 approved quarter horse shows held in Minnesota last year. He was also shown at shows in Denver, Colo., and in South Dakota and North Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. Beseman and their three sons, Scott, Terry and Tim, are hoping to make Dondi the National American Quarter Horse Champion. The Besemans started raising registered quarter horses in 1965. At present they have 16 registered horses at their A and K Ranch, one mile south of Morris on Highway 59.

Dick Jacobson was recently named the Outstanding Young Man in Morris by the Morris Jaycees on the basis of his service to the community and his personal success. Dick and his wife, Barb, attended the Outstanding Young Men of Minnesota banquet on Feb. 19 in Mankato, sponsored by the Minnesota Jaycee organization, at which the Ten Outstanding Young Men of Minnesota were selected.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of February 20, 1992

The Morris Area School Board reviewed goals for 1991-92 at their regular meeting Tuesday. Goals included completion of Phase I construction, implementation of the Comm-Tech and SWEL projects funded by the Blandin Foundation, and continued phase-in of Outcome Based Education. Superintendent Dennis Rettke concluded that satisfactory progress has been made on all goals this year.

State first place winners at the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition held Saturday, Feb. 15, in St. Cloud are: Ryan Lussenden, Josh Helberg, Matt Huntley, Andy Moen, Casey Schmidt, and Chris Richards. Second place honors in regional competition went to: Mitch Wall, Kelly Lussenden, Leslie Westgate, Katie Lussenden, Jimmy Morrison and Marc Wolff.

Science Fair- MAHS sophomore James Van Alstine's exhibit is on "Do Blood Sugar Levels After Exercise Continue to Decline With Time?". James' project was one of six from MAHS that placed in the top 26 and which will continue to state competition.

Alberta sets new refuse system--Beginning Feb. 26, Alberta City residents will be using a new refuse disposal system. The Alberta City Council approved the new system at their regular meeting on Feb. 10. Ellsworth Engebretson of Engebretson Sanitary Disposal explained the new system to the Council. It will allow residents one 32-gallon garbage can or bag per pickup. The can or bag cannot weigh more than 50 pounds. Volume based pricing is now state mandated, and cities must all comply by January, 1993.

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