|The Rocky Mountain locust, no welcome visitor in the 1870s.|
The St. Urho's story has been crafted for the sake of levity. I know, true "adherents" will wrinkle up their forehead and act like they're taking offense at such a thought. Really they're irritating the people who cherish St. Patrick's Day.
In 1876, when Morris was five years old as a city, the magnitude was especially great. Farmers tried using sheets of tin covered with tar to combat. Burning? Not enough vegetation was even left to burn. Nets were fashioned at the end of long sticks. Man's efforts vs. nature's wrath were largely futile. Burning oil was applied. The Stearns County board voted to offer bounties for the choppers "and their smeary yellow eggs that covered every available surface," Ethelyn wrote. Bounties were paid "by the bushel!"