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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 2, 1952

The Stevens County Highway Department's new 10-ton truck arrived last week Thursday from New York City. Little time was wasted in putting the truck on the job. After a final checkover by factory mechanics, the truck was put to work Friday afternoon. Two of the highway department crew, Chester Brandt and Vincent Kohler looked over the truck just before taking it out on the job.

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Estimated eight inches fell as February made its exit- February made its exit Wednesday on the crest of a storm that brought the season's heaviest snowfall. This made traffic Wednesday difficult and hazardous, blocking many rural roads, delaying train and bus operations and otherwise bringing a reminder that winter has not yet departed despite the two weeks of thawing temperatures that preceded this latest storm.

Nick Peters and Dermont Gresdahl recently came to Morris from Leeds, N.D. to become the new proprietors of the Phillips 66 service station on Atlantic Avenue at Second Street. The station was operated for a number of months by Sylvester Rudnicki. The station will be conducted in the future under the name "Peters and Gresdahl Phillips 66 station".

Two entries from the Morris public school for the county spelling contest on March 16 were selected Wednesday in the local contest among students from the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Ruth Stambaugh earned the highest score in the local contest and Sylvia Buss and Joanne Rotramel tied for second place. In the tie-breaking contest Sylvia scored the most words correctly and with Ruth will represent the public schools in the county contest. Although pupils from the lower grades showed good spelling ability the top winners were all from the eighth grade.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 2, 1972

Open house will be held Sunday, March 5, at the beautiful Sunwood Inn, the new luxury motel in Morris, to give area residents an opportunity to visit the motel the day prior to its opening for general business. A formal grand opening will be held at a later date, it is announced by Jon Bentley, Innkeeper. The elegant new motel, by far the finest in this immediate area, has been constructed by the Dan J. Brutger, Inc. firm of St. Cloud. Sixty sleeping rooms are housed in a two-story L-shaped wing of the building. The south end of the building houses a restaurant, banquet room, kitchen, lounge and a large swimming pool and sauna area.

The Four Seasons Supper Club, southeast of Morris on Highway 9, is now under the ownership and management of Wayne Smith, who comes to Morris from Canby. Mr. Smith has purchased the business from Alvin (Bud) Burchill and assumed management of the club last Friday. He was engaged in a similar enterprise in Canby. A native of Wadena, he has been located in Canby the past seven years. Mrs. Smith and the couple's three young sons will move to Morris in the spring.

Another couple married 60 years-Within a space of three weeks a second Morris couple will observe their 60th wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Engquist, will be married 60 years March 8. The Engquists have lived in the Herman and Morris communities all of their married years. They have two daughters and a son, Mrs. Ben Amborn (Ellen) of Chokio, Mrs. Wayne Bourcy (Signe) of Moorhead and Melvin, of Minneapolis.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 5, 1992

Sun Kahng, professor of economics at the University of Minnesota, Morris, has established a student exchange program with Yonsei University in Seoul Korea. Kahng spoke with the Yonsei officials to begin the process when he was in Korea during the summer of 1991. After several months of letter writing and negotiation, the formal agreements have been signed and exchanged, and Yonsei University is willing to accept the first UMM student next fall. Yonsei University is planning on sending its first student during either the winter or spring quarter of 1993. The UMM students will be able to stay in an international house on the Yonsei campus which houses all the foreign exchange students.

Nancy Ann Wilkerson, daughter of Wesley and Edna Ernst of Alberta, completed work for a master of social work degree during fall semester at the University of Kansas. Formal commencement ceremonies will take place in May.

Kurt Domnick, MAHS Tiger wrestler, took second place at 103 pounds at Section 6A wrestling. Kurt, along with Brian Trout, will advance to state from that class. Chad Stoneberg of Herman-Norcross placed third at his weight.

Vang Nic, son of Lee Xiong of Morris, has been accepted for admission into Mankato State University. The MAHS graduate plans to major in computer science and math.

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