Just west of Pope County is the nearly square Stevens County (pop. 9,726). The county seat of Morris (pop. 5,286) has more than half the county’s people.
Morris and the nearby town of Alberta (pop. 103) were at the center of a 1975 earthquake that measured 4.6 on the Richter scale. It was Minnesota’s largest 20th-century earthquake, causing minor damage and no injuries.
Morris is the home of the University of Minnesota Morris, one of the university’s five campuses. UMM has about 1,900 students.
The campus began as the Morris Industrial School for Indians in 1887, became the West Central School of Agriculture in 1910, and opened as a University of Minnesota in 1960.
The former Carnegie Library (1905) in Morris is now the Stevens County Historical Society Museum.
The Morris Theatre (1940) shows first-run movies on two screens.
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