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60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 18, 1952

Shirley Wilts, Chokio, a member of the Eldorado Hustlers 4-H Club, has been chosen as the 4-Her to represent Stevens County in the Minnesota-Mississippi 4-H club exchange project this summer, County Club Agent Emma Hultgren has announced. Gertie Kruize of the Rendsville 4-H Club was named as alternate who is another outstanding 4-H member with a fine record of achievement such as being County Health Champion in 1946 and 1947. Shirley will be one of 27 4-H boys and girls, 16 to 20 years of age, who will leave Minnesota on June 17 by chartered bus for the trip to Mississippi. They will spend 10 days living in farm homes of Mississippi 4-H members, observing farming as it is done in the South. They will also attend the state 4-H Club Congress in Mississippi for three days and spend some time in the Sardis 4-H Training Center in Sardis, Miss., and the Southern Mississippi Youth Training Center at Ocean Springs, Miss. Sponsors of the exchange project this year are the Minneapolis Tribune and the University of Minnesota Agricultural Extension Service.


A million dollars in road work in Big Stone County may be undertaken before year's end, if the County Board acts favorably upon a proposal submitted to it yesterday by a group of farmers from Artichoke Township, which calls for the grading and black-topping of all State-Aid roads within the county. Under the proposal all State-Aid roads-covering 80 miles-would be properly graded and black-topped for year-around travel.

W.A. Bakey, S.A. Gausman and Sgt. William Bakey Jr. drove to Minneapolis Tuesday where Sgt. Bakey boarded a plane for the start of his return journey to Hickman Field, Honolulu, Hawaii where he has been stationed. He visited at his home for a couple of weeks.

Cpl. Kenneth L. Pederson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pederson of Donnelly, returned Saturday after a year's service in Korea. He has a 30-day furlough, after which he will report to Camp McCoy, Wis.

Deanna Lofquist of Chokio, Stevens County spelling champion, and her teacher, Miss Gladys Loughead, and County Superintendent Norene Hanson will go to Minneapolis today where tomorrow Deanna will compete in the Upper Midwest spelling contest sponsored by the Minneapolis Tribune.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 20, 1972

Development Week, May 1-7, was officially proclaimed this week by Mayor Chester Larsen. In attendance for the signing of the proclamation were members of the Walk for Development committee, Rev. Roland Severson, adult Advisor, Jon Dalager, high school coordinator, Rich Stoebe, UMM Coordinator, and Rick Varnum, project chairman. The Morris Area Walk for Development is scheduled for May 7.

The Dean Hinmon family will leave Morris late in April for Washington, D.C., from where they will go to Paris, France, and then to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Dr. Hinmon will be senior lecturer at Haile Selassie University.

Voters in the city of Morris will go to the polls in a special election in the near future to ballot on the questions of Sunday liquor and subsidized taxi service for Morris, it was decided by the city council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening in the conference room of the city library. The request for serving of liquor on Sunday was presented to the council by Jim Metcalf, representative of Dan J. Brutger, Inc. of St. Cloud, owner of the Sunwood Inn Motel. The council voted to place the issue before the people in compliance with a state statute following a required petition of 178 qualified Morris electors requesting the referendum. Gilbert Schmidgall presented a petition with the names of 1,122 Morris residents asking for the adoption of measures to provide taxi service in Morris. A temporary license was granted to Mr. Schmidgall to start such a service May 1 with a $100 a month subsidy but with the question of subsidizing the service in the amount of one mill. to be resolved by referendum as soon as an election can be called.

The extension of Texas Avenue from East 7th St. to Hwys. 28-59 was taken under consideration after consultation with Mr. Metcalf, representing Dan J. Brutger, Inc. Following considerable deliberation the council voted to extend Texas Avenue at cost to the city of around $5,000 for its portion of the street, contingent on the release from the UMM on a previous commitment to blacktop a section of East 2nd Street which was scheduled for this year. Dan J. Brutger, Inc. will defray the expense of the remaining portion of the street to be built adjacent to their property.

Terry Collins was elected president of the St. Mary's Home and School Association for the 1972-73 school year as a result of elections held at the annual meeting of the association in the St. Mary's school gym. He succeeds Richard Kaye in that capacity.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of April 23, 1992

The County Commissioners let the current commissioners' districts stand by default on Monday, after three votes to set new boundary lines failed on a two-two tie. Monday was the statutory deadline to redistrict and get the information to the Secretary of State's office. County Coordinator Jim Thoreen told the Board that when a county redistricts, all commissioners are up for reelection. If a commissioner's district boundaries don't change and the population change is less than 5 percent, then the commissioner serves out the original term. Commissioners' terms are four years.

Swimming will be added to the MAHS extracurricular schedule next year if the School Board votes next month to ratify a preliminary decision made Monday night. They voted to notify the High School League of their intent to participate in a boys swimming conference next year. Board member Doug Schmidgall, a member of a committee with Athletic Director Mike Martin and some parents, proposed that they begin a boys swimming team next winter. A girls team would be added the following fall- MAHS is currently committed to a pairing with Alexandria for girls swimming. The deadline to notify the High School League of the intent is May 1.

Tuesday's ice storm caused power outages in several parts of Stevens County. According to Chris Van deVoort, office manager of Otter Tail Power Company in Morris. Their problems were between Graceville and Alberta. Van deVoort said Alberta, Chokio, Johnson and the farm customers around those towns that are served by Otter Tail were without power for varying times. The worst area was in the Johnson area.