60 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of March 24, 1953
The Morris basketball squad members were treated to steak dinners by Vern Fuecker of the Grill Cafe and L.E. McRoberts of Loeffler and McRoberts Fairway Market last Tuesday night. Dick Rentz and Kenny Weltzin thanked Fuecker and McRoberts with a handshake to gesture the appreciation of themselves and the other Tigers for the dinners. The dinners, in turn, were a gesture of appreciation by the hosts for the performances of the Tigers during the past season climax of which came when the boys won the District 21 Championship and thereby earned their way into regional competition.
The Messner Drug is celebrating the recent completion of the extensive remodeling of its store exterior and interior with a big “Remodeling Sale” this week. The remodeling included the construction of an attractive new front on the building and extensive modernizing of the store interior.
An unseasonably heavy deluge of rain, a disturbing electrical storm, a bit of hail and later in the day, a generous fall of heavy, wet snow ushered in the first day of spring in this area Saturday. A series of tornadoes, unusual for so early in the season, skipped across these sections. One of the tornadoes was no further away than Pope County, dipping into the village of Sedan to demolish a church, flatten a warehouse, damage other buildings and blow in many windows.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Anderson of Morris were surprised by over 50 relatives and friends who came Wednesday afternoon and evening to help them celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. Wednesday, with its occasional snow showers and strong wind, was bad enough but Mr. Anderson said it was worse 50 years ago when they were married at Glenville, Minn. It rained so hard that all the wedding guests had to stay overnight.
40 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of February 27, 1973
Jack Erickson, son of Mrs. Mary Erickson of Morris, recently brought Red, a red-tailed hawk to help illustrate his oral book report, “The Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan,” by Rita Ritchie. This has been a project in Mrs. Erickson's and Miss Gruen's (UMM) sixth grade reading class. Some of the unique book reports have been dioramas, puppets, pantomimes, plays, illustrations and demonstrations.
Paul W. Olander of Great Falls, Mont., a native of Morris and son of Mrs. Bruce Olander of this city, on March 1 will become the new president of the Red River National Bank and Trust Co. in Grand Forks, N.D. Mr. Olander has been vice president of First National Bank in Great Falls since July 1, 1967. Prior to going to Great Falls he was vice president of First National Bank in Grand Forks for three years.
District 21 tournament action got under way last night with four games being played, and will continue tonight with three more games to complete first round action. The third round action, scheduled for March 5 and 6, will also find the four seeded teams-Breckenridge (No. 1), Morris (No. 2), Campbell-Tintah (No. 3), and Chokio-Alberta (No. 4) entering tournament play against the four teams emerging from the first two rounds of competition. The semi-final games will be in the UMM P.E. Center on March 8, and the championship and consolation finals, also in the P.E. Center, will be played March 9.
A Morris High School senior has applied and been accepted as a freshman at Moorhead State College. Starting his college career next fall at MSC will be Mark S. Thielke of Morris.
20 Years Ago
Items taken from the Sun of March 9, 1993
Linda Retzlaff, a second grade teacher at Morris Area Elementary School, has been named the Morris Area Teacher of the Year. Retzlaff, who has been teaching for 21 years, graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and spent half a year teaching third grade in Herman. The next fall, she started teaching in Morris, and except for three years off to take care of her children, has been “in second grade ever since.” She received a master's degree in elementary education through the program at UMM, in 1989. Her philosophy of education stems from the “awesome responsibility” that teaching is.
Joe and Jean Kohout have purchased Great Plains Supply in Chokio. Great Plains Supply is planning an auction on March 9, and the Kohouts plan to reopen the store as soon as possible after that. Joe said the store will be operated through the Great Plains Supply franchise. He also intends to employ the previous Great Plains Supply workers.
The Hancock Owls have repeated as girls basketball champions of this sub-section. They defeated Wheaton-Herman-Norcross in a hard fought thriller Friday night at the UMM P.E. Center. The Owls won 46-45. Next for them: the section tourney. Again, HHS will seek to repeat with the crown.
The '92-93 season ended in much the same way as the previous one for Tiger wrestling. Again, Kurt Domnick carried the Tiger wrestling banner into state. The passage of a year brought an increase in weight for the still-young Tiger. Domnick came out of this year's sectionals at 30-5, for the season, in won-lost.
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