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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 14, 1952

George W. Beise, former Stevens County attorney, former municipal judge in Morris, and for 52 years a prominent, highly-esteemed citizen of the county, died Thursday morning. Mr. Beise, who had suffered with a heart ailment for several years, was stricken with a heart attack while shoveling snow in the driveway at his home in this city. His body was found in the driveway a few minutes after 12 o'clock noon by Walter Erickson, city mail carrier. Few men were so well known nor more highly regarded throughout the county than Mr. Beise. A practicing attorney in Hancock from 1900 to 1902, he came to Morris just 50 years ago and in the half century that he lived here he left a deep and indelible impression in the community through his participation in public affairs, as a public servant, and through his work in many civic and service organizations in the community.

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A two-way radio system has been installed by the Morris Cab Company in two of its units in order to provide faster service to its patrons. The system was installed on Tuesday and Roy Lucken, owner of the cab company, said it had a good workout Wednesday when the blizzardly weather increased the usual number of calls for cab service.

Pvt. Arnold L. Hennen is now stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. Five other young men of the community who left Morris with him on Feb. 23 are also at Fort Jackson. They are LuDean Bruer, Orven Graff, Don Frank, Bob Flannigan and Wally Eckhart.

Shirley Thurmer will represent Morris in the annual seventh district American Legion oratorical contest which will be held in Montevideo High School on March 19. Six schools have indicated their intentions of participating in the contest. They are Boyd, Elbow Lake, Glenwood, Montevideo, Morris and Tracy.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 16, 1972

Tom Garberick "clowns it up" for Tammy Thedin during rehearsal of a scene from "Goodbye To The Clown", a one-act comedy, being presented by the Morris junior high school freshman class March 17 at the junior high auditorium. Other members of the cast are Jim Martin, Sudhir Agarwal, Sue Hennen and Pat Kopel.

In manager's post--Janis Waller, a member of the staff at Nielson's Cleaners since 1967, has been promoted to the position of full-time manager of the business, with complete management authority. It was announced this week by Glenn Nielson, owner. The appointment of a manager for the shop was made by Mr. Nielson as he expects to be out of town a great deal of the time. He is a candidate and the only announced candidate to date, for the office of Department Commander of the Minnesota American Legion.

The Pioneer Home as an Art Form will be the subject of the program to be presented at the regular meeting of the Stevens County Historical Society on March 20. Mrs. Walt Monroe will describe six early Stevens County and West Central Minnesota homes from both architectural and historical points of view. Everyone with an interest in the early homes built in this community is invited to attend this program and is encouraged to share information about the subject with the Society. The Historical Society holds its meetings at the Museum on West Sixth Street.

Roger Schnaser, head basketball coach and junior high physical education director in the Morris Public Schools, on Monday tendered his resignation from the local faculty. Coach Schnaser, who graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1967, and Mrs. Schnaser, who graduated from UMM in 1971, will go to St. Cloud where both will pursue graduate work towards their master's degrees. Coach Schnaser will also be assistant basketball coach at St. Cloud State under head coach Noel Olson, former cage mentor at UMM.

The Lester Hill Corporation, one of the country's largest distributors of institutional equipment and supplies, has opened a branch office in the Chokio-Alberta High School in Alberta. The Lester Hill Corporation is a copyrighted office simulation published by the Gregg Division of McGraw-Hill Book Company. The simulation revolves around the Lester Hill Corporation with the instructor, Mrs. Esther Steuck, acting as the corporation's executive vice president and the six senior girls, Mary Berlinger, Diane Eul, Evelyn Osterman, Sharon Peterson, Karen Raasch and Mary Ritter, as the employees. To gain their positions in the branch office, the girls were required to write a letter of application and data sheet; complete an employment application; have a personal interview with C-A Principal Robert Glomstad, the interviewer; and take typing, clerical, and shorthand job employment tests.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of March 19, 1992

The Morris School Board voted to pair with Hancock for wrestling, Superintendent Dennis Rettke told the Board that practices for the team would be held in Morris, and one or two matches will be held in Hancock. Morris Area Athletic Director Mike Martin said Hancock currently has about 12 members on its wrestling team. MAHS expects about 30 participants next year. The Hancock School Board also approved the pairing Monday night. The Board was asked by a group of parents from the Tiger Sharks Swim Club to consider adding a high school swimming team. The Board appointed Martin and Board member Doug Schmidgall to work on a committee with three parents from the Tiger Sharks organization and a representative from UMM. They are to report by the next Board meeting.

Minnesota author Max Haynes visited the Cyrus MST School to cap off the school's "I Love to Read Month" activities. His presentation to kindergarten through third grade students was a demonstration of drawing techniques and storytelling from his books Dinosaur Island and Sparky's Rainbow Repair. Haynes also shared information about his "normal" work of illustration and design for clients like General Mills and Target. He also illustrates and writes greeting cards, mugs and t-shirts. Haynes autographed books for the Cyrus MST students.

Stevens Community Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of a cardiac rehab program in April. Cardiac rehab is for individuals who have had open heart surgery, heart attacks, or other heart disabilities within the past year which now limit their activities. The SCMH Cardiac Rehab program is staffed by a registered physical therapist and two registered nurses. The program will consist of various exercise graded to the person's ability including EKG, pulse, and blood pressure monitoring.

Jamie Vavra, daughter of Warren and Linda Vavra of Donnelly, and a senior at the Herman-Norcross High School, recently received the Lettering for Excellence Award. This recognition is awarded to 100 outstanding seniors in the state for remarkable academic achievements and ongoing community service.

Two area students have been accepted for admission to Fergus Falls Community College as full time freshmen. They are Roberta Peterson of Morris, who will begin classes next fall, and Deborah Taylor of Morris, who will begin classes this spring.

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