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Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

60 Years Ago

Items taken from the Tribune of May 9, 1952

Miss Corinne Woolridge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Woolridge of Morris, was graduated from Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing at its 51st annual commencement exercises in Gustavus Adolphus Church, St. Paul, on April 29. A graduate of Morris High School in 1948, Miss Woolridge has joined the staff at the Stevens County Memorial Hospital.


Mr. G. G. Gross passed away in the Stevens County Memorial Hospital on Sunday evening. Mr. Gross was a prominent merchant in Morris for more than 20 years, conducting a department store here from 1927 until 1948 when he sold his business to the Aldred and Habicht Company.

Another daily Morris-to-Minneapolis and return bus service is being announced this week by the Liederbach Bus Company. The additional service will make four buses daily from Morris to Minneapolis and return two by the Northland Grayhound Line. In connection with its new Morris-to-Minneapolis schedule, the Liederbach Company also announces that it will inaugurate bus service between Morris and Sisseton beginning May 16.

The new Stevens County Memorial Hospital at Morris is featured in the May issue of Modern Hospital Magazine, a leading national trade magazine, as "The Modern Hospital of the Month." A four-page spread, including text, floor plans and six pictures, is devoted to the hospital. A footnote explains that the hospital was selected for this distinction by a committee of editors, and that award certificates have been presented to the hospital, the architects and state officials. Title of the article is "They Solved The Problem of Space."

Sgt. Donald Eystad arrived home Saturday from Camp Rucker, Ala., having received his honorable discharge from military service. Sgt. Eystad entered active service with Company M of Morris when the local National Guard unit was federalized more than a year ago.

Sgt. Howard Aanerud arrived from San Francisco last Wednesday where he had disembarked after spending 11 months in Korea.

40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun o f May 9, 1972

Several hundred weary and tired bodies with blistered feet, aching muscles and sunburned faces crossed the finish line at East Side Park in Morris Sunday afternoon and evening having completed a grueling trek of 26.9 miles in the Morris area Walk for Development. Of the 772 starters registered to walk for the benefit of the poor, 457 persons of all ages completed the route, making this year's effort an even greater success than last year.

The womens bowling league champions are members of the Benson Drug team, which won the Hi Lo League championship the past season. Members of the winning team are Joyce Dalager, Donna Christiansen, Norma Amundson, Florence Lucken, Mary Lou Leuthardt and substitute Jean Wieland.

League Champions of the 1971-72 bowling season are the members of Luckens Mobil team. The happy team winners are Myron Syverson, Don Beers, Dewey Solvie, Roy Lucken, Dick Ross and Tom Eidsvold.

A newspaper editor from Kongsvinger- Kongsvinger Norway, that is- plans to visit the Kongsvinger Church at Donnelly on May 19. He is Terje Davidsen, sub-editor of Glamdalen, the largest daily newpaper in the Kongsvinger, Norway, area. In a letter to Mrs. Peter Erdahl, who had extended an invitation to Mr. Davidsen to visit the Donnelly community, the Norwegian editor said he would be most interested to meet people in the Donnelly community whose forebears emigrated from the Kongsvinger area in Norway, and wanted especially to visit the Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, named by early settlers in the Donnelly community after the area in Norway from which many of them came. The Kongsvinger congregation, one of the earlier rural congregations to be organized in Stevens County, was organized 96 years ago.

Joan Quackenbush, a junior at Chokio-Alberta High School, will leave June 25 for Asuncion, Paraguay where she will spend two months as a representative of the C-A Youth for Understanding Program. While there she will stay at the home of Miss Clara Olmedo, YFU student presently attending C-A and living at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Mathison of Alberta.

Karen Kutches, daughter of Irene Kutches of Morris, graduated from Ritter Beauty School, Fergus Falls, on April 15. She is presently employed with a beauty salon in Appleton.

Members of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity entertained youngsters in grades 1-3 at Longfellow Elementary School, May 1, with a May Day party. The last hour of the afternoon was spent playing games, ending with the distribution of balloons and candy to the students. It was undecided who had more fun...the children or the young men from the fraternity.

Andre Crouch and the Disciples will appear in Morris on May 14 in the Physical Education Center at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The Disciples will appear in Morris under the sponsorship of the UMM chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

20 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of May 12, 1992

Gary Lemme, new superintendent of the West Central Experiment Station, arrived in Morris about a week ago, and started his new position May 1. Lemme said his research background is in soils and environmental quality with an agricultural orientation.

The dedication ceremonies for the new Student Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris will be held May 15. Costing $4 million, the student center project was approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 1990, following an intense lobbying effort by the students, staff, faculty, alumni of UMM, area legislators, and business and community leaders. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held that October. The Student Center opened last February.

The Morris to Minneapolis bus service will be discontinued by the end of the month, or sooner, according to a May 7 letter from Steve Miller of Contemporary Transportation to Bob Works, director of MN/DOT's Transportation Programs Section. Miller sent a copy of the letter to the Sun-Tribune. In it, he said that although Morris has joined the "Heartland Express" system that MN/DOT set up to promote and assist inter-city transit routes in the greater Minnesota areas, "absolutely nothing has happened." Miller said the City has had a lot of trouble getting MN/DOT to do anything.

The Stevens County Historical Society will recognize the Yankee settlers in Stevens County in a Celebration of Yankee Heritage May 17. This event is the fourth in a series of annual events recognizing local ethnic groups.

Avis Brandt, well known locally as an artist and specialty cook, will be preparing rommegrot as part of the Syttende Mai celebration at noon, May 15, at the Morris Senior Center. Senior dining staff and volunteers will assist with the remainder of the menu. Artifacts, momentos and recorded music will add to the atmosphere as we explore and remember this traditional Norwegian holiday.

Gary L. Donovan, director of The Career Center at the University of Minnesota, Morris, was recently recognized as the National Career Development Practitioner of the Year by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) at the NCDA awards luncheon held at the Annual American Association of Counseling and Development (AACD) convention in Baltimore, MD. Donovan has been the director of career planning and placement services at UMM since 1973, and has taught in the UMM Continuing Education and Extension Program.

The first annual UMM Faculty-Staff Recognition Banquet will be held May 18 in Oyate Hall of the Student Center. Honored guests, who are recent retirees of UMM, will be Russell DuBois, Arnold Henjum, Lois Lovig, Lois Norbe, Mary Perkins. Donna Scarborough, Lila Watson and Martha Williams. The program will include presentation of awards and recognition of all retirees, employee anniversaries, special musical selections, and remarks by UMM Chancellor David Johnson.