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15 Years Ago April 30, 1991 Sun Stephanie Erdahl was crowned Miss Morris 1991 at ceremonies Saturday night. First runner-up is Jenny Brandt and second runner-up is Renae Mahoney. Lori Gades received the Miss Congeniality award from Miss Morris 1990 Lynn Kissock. Emcee for the evening was Jim Thoreen. David Johnson, who became the third chancellor for the University of Minnesota, Morris on September 17, 1990, will be formally installed as chancellor during the ceremony of inauguration on the UMM campus May 10. The public is invited to attend the inauguration and reception.
By Sue Dieter Sun Tribune The Cyrus School Board, in a 5 to 1 vote, extended the contract for superintendent Tom Knoll for another year with no increase in pay. Lisa Krusemark cast the dissenting vote at Monday's meeting, saying the board should have evaluated Knolls performance before extending his contract. Tanya Hall supported the idea of an evaluation. "In order to grow as a board, we need to do evaluations," Hall said. "We're missing out on where we can make improvements." Knoll told the board that he'd like to have his contract settled as soon as possible.
By Sue Dieter Sun Tribune Morris Police Chief Jim Beauregard believes that communities have the power to fight the spread of methamphetamine. In fact, he is so convinced of that, he helped create a billboard with that message to spread the news. The billboard is currently by McDonald's and states "It takes a community to solve the meth problem." The billboard is only one piece of the plan Beauregard has been working on to respond to the problem of meth use and distribution in the Morris area.
There seems to be a growing list of Take Your (blank) To Work Days going on now (fill in the blank with almost anything -- son, daughter, mother-in-law, Culligan man, toaster, you name it). A group called Pet Sitters International for the last seven years has promoted Take Your Dog To Work Day. The eighth-annual TYDTWD is June 23. Cute idea, and the motives of Pet Sitters and its supporters are pure.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the new mural installed May 8 in the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Morris speaks volumes. University of Minnesota, Morris art students in Michael Eble's Media Studies: Mural Project and Public Art course partnered with the local outlet in designing and creating the mural. Salvation Army employees visited the class and discussed the importance of the Salvation Army in the community and beyond.
A friend of mine recently sent an e-mail asking if Major League Baseball will put an asterisk next to Barry Bonds' name after he passes Babe Ruth on the home run list. As of Friday, Bonds had hit 713, and soon will likely tie and pass the Babe. My friend points out that MLB put an asterisk next to Roger Maris' name when he hit 61 home runs in a season, one more than Ruth, because the season was longer when Maris set the record. Will Bud Selig do it because of the steroid allegations against Bonds?
The Morris Eagles town team was humbled in its season-opening game which was played Sunday at home. Raymond started its defense of its region title with a 14-0 drubbing of the Eagles, who were missing a few of their key starters, plus they'll be without former stars Jarrod Asmus and Adam Beyer this year. T.J. Hopkins was the starting pitcher and struggled.
Friends and family will gather in honor of former golf course superintendent Rick Lucken on June 24 at the Pomme de Terre course. The gathering will continue a tradition that began over eight years ago. A major purpose is to raise funds for the Rick Lucken Scholarship Fund. "But the bonus highlights are, of course, stories and laughter shared by all," Rick's daughter Heather wrote as part of a formal announcement of the event. The 36-team best-ball tournament will have a 9 a.m. "shotgun" start.
Holdingford was the site for "True Team" track and field competition, designed to test true team depth, Tuesday. Paynesville took first in the girls standings while Yellow Medicine East was first among the boys. The Tigers of Morris Area were ninth in the girls standings and seventh in the boys. Jasmine Henrich continued her run of impressive discus throws with a distance of 123 feet/three inches which was good for first place. Lexi Ekren took second in this event with a throw of 117 feet even. Jasmine Henrich was the No.
After going 1-3 in the first UMAC softball crossover at Martin Luther College, the UMM women nearly did a complete turnaround against the same four teams in the second crossover played at Northland College. The complete turnaround would have been 3-1, but those numbers stayed just a bit elusive as the Cougars succumbed to a late rally against Northland College at the end. But the Cougars could feel encouraged making strides over their previous crossover showing. The second crossover was played on April 28-29. UMM went 2-0 in day 1. On day 2, Saturday, St.