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10 Years Ago Items from the Tribune, July 13, 2000

At Tuesday's meeting of the Morris City Council, the Council held preliminary discussions about the possibility of allowing the City of Alberta to tie in to the Morris watermain. Alberta has the option of building its own water treatment, plant, ground storage tank, water meters, and a new well. While connecting Alberta to the Morris watermain would be more expensive, according to City Manager Ed Larson, it would also provide Alberta with a better quality of water.

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Prairie Pioneer Days begin tomorrow and run through the weekend. Highlights of the Celebration will be the 25th Miss Morris Program at the Morris Area High School, fireworks at dusk on Saturday night, the kiddie Parade on Sunday followed by the Grand Parade. Grand Marshals will be Bob and Marian Rose.

The University of Minnesota Morris and the West Central School of Agriculture will celebrate together this fall, the 40th birthday of the UMM campus and the 90th anniversary of the WCSA. Residents of west central Minnesota are invited to join with UMM and the WCSA in a yearlong tribute to those, in the words of UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman, "whose courage created this place . . . the citizens of West Central Minnesota, our founding faculty and staff members, the first students who came to the campus." The celebrations will begin this weekend.

25 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of July 11, 1985

The opportunities for fun this weekend are practically endless. A wide array of activities is planned for the first-ever Prairie Pioneer Days, which picks up where the Fall Festival left of. Morris is definitely "the place to be" on Saturday and Sunday, regardless of what your interests are. Any questions regarding the upcoming festival can to answered by the Chamber of Commerce office.

Prairie Pioneer Days officially begins Saturday, but a special program Friday night will put the celebration into an historical context. Fred Peterson, University of Minnesota Morris professor of art; Bert Ahern, UMM professor of history; and Carol Day, director of the Stevens County Historical Society will present a program on prairie heritage called "Places in the Heartland" on Friday, at the Federated Church.

Tips on preparing western style barbecue sauce and barbecued turkey were shared Tuesday afternoon at a regular session of the Morris Area Christian Women. Group members got together at the Sunwood Inn to hear Bonnie Wall of Morris make the presentation.

50 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of July 22, 1960

Mrs. W. W. Wieland has resigned as manager of the Jane Morris shop and has accepted a position at the Morris State Bank. She will begin her duties at the bank on August 1. Mrs. Wieland has been manager of the Jane Morris shop for the past five and a half years. During that period the store has been considerable enlarged and improved. No successor to Mrs. Wieland as manager of the shop has been named yet, according to James Morris, owner.

Mr. Jack Laimer, well known in Morris business circles for a number of years, recently accepted a position as assistant manager at the Habicht department store here. Mr. Laimer was formerly proprietor of the Laimer Clothing store which was recently sold to Wayne Morrissey of Minneapolis.

The delicious aroma of fresh baked bread was in the air Tuesday in the home economics building on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus when 19 4-Hers competed for title of county champion bread baker. Al Green of Green's Milling company presented cash prizes to the winner who included Janice Schester, county champion, Juanita Olson, second place winner, Cathy Christenson, third place winner, and Carolyn Olson, fourth place winner.

90 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of July 23, 1920

Car upon car stood in the parking grounds of the Agricultural School on Thursday, Visitors' Day, and crowds of visitors filled the campus from early morning until evening. In the morning the inspection of the experiment fields, the buildings, and the livestock began. The luncheon was served on the main campus cafeteria fashion. After lunch a livestock parade, showing forty animals representing the leading dairy and beef breeds in the district, took place.

There was a heavy electrical storm on Monday night, and at the J. J. Newell farm the lightning came in along the telephone wires and burned them up. The strongest freak of the lightning was discovered the next morning when Jay went out to the garage and found the engine in his automobile running as nicely as could be. Furthermore the electrical starting system, which of late had been giving considerable trouble, was found in good condition and it has been working fine ever since.

L. H. Ickler of St. Paul, has been elected president of the Citizens Bank to succeed H. Thorson, his father-in-law, who died in February. The election took place on Saturday July 17. Mr. Ickler was formerly vice-president of the bank, and Crisse F. Raiter was chosen to fill that office; S. A. Siverts continues as cashier. Mrs. Clara J. Ickler was made a director.

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