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The Stevens County Sheriff's Department is down one squad car after an accident on Highway 28 that totaled a vehicle in the fleet last week. According to the State Patrol, Stevens County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Dingman was driving west on Hwy. 28 at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24 when he saw another car traveling eastbound crossed over into the westbound lane, onto the westbound shoulder and into the westbound ditch. The gray, 2002 Ford Taurus continued driving on the shoulder for about 350 feet, then exited the ditch and struck the front, left side of Dingman's 2007 squad car.
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Aaron Jordan was sworn in as Stevens County Attorney by 8th Judicial District Judge Charles Glasrud. Jordan, formerly the assistant county attorney in Cass County, was approved by a vote of 4 to 1 by the Stevens County Commissioners in July. His first day of work was Monday, Aug. 29. Per an agreement with the City of Morris, Jordan will also serve as the city attorney. Jordan will fill out the almost 3-1/2 years remaining for the elected office. Jordan is a North Dakota native who also lived in the Dassel and Cokato area.
Stevens County has a newly redesigned and rebuilt county website that incorporates notifications features, social networking and online access to county records. Scott Busche, Facilities/IT Director for Stevens County, said updating the website had been on his project list since he was hired with Stevens County at the end of 2007, but took a backseat to other more pressing issues until after the county moved back into the renovated courthouse in December, 2010. The board formally approved the new website project in February, 2011.
On Saturday, Aug. 20, the Morris High School class of 1951 gathered to celebrate their 60th reunion and celebrate a re-dedication of their class gift, a flag pole they moved from the old elementary school to the Morris Area Schools Memory Garden. The project was spearheaded by alumnus Joel Killoran who saw that his class' senior gift - the flag pole - was painted over and abandoned at the old elementary school site. After a call to the high school, Killoran said he discovered the district didn't have a record of gifts from various classes and decided to do something about the flag pole.
MORRIS - Business owners on Pacific Avenue expressed concerns to the Morris City Council about the scope and duration of a federally funded road project slated to start next spring. City Manager Blaine Hill said the city sent out about a dozen notices to property owners that will be impacted by this "small, federally funded" project. Because the project is being paid for with federal dollars, planning needs to happen now to begin work next spring. Frost has been "throwing out" the storm sewer underneath Pacific Avenue, causing a hump in the roadway.
MORRIS - After hearing comments from a number of area parents, the Morris Area School Board voted unanimously to hire a third 6th grade teacher for this year at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 22, after open enrollment increased the number of students in that grade.
After hearing comments from a number of area parents, the Morris Area School Board voted unanimously to hire a third 6th grade teacher for this year at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 22, after open enrollment increased the number of students in that grade. The board also authorized Superintendent Scott Monson and Morris Elementary School Principal Bran Korn to remodel a current pod in the elementary school to accommodate a new classroom before the school year begins. Board member James Solvie abstained from the vote.
When new University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler came to UMM on Tuesday, he repeatedly emphasized the campus' unique combination of a strong liberal arts core and emphasis on renewable energy and sustainability, calling UMM an "intellectual magnet" in the state. "This is a special place," Kaler told a gathering of about 50 community members. "This is a community that clearly values its students.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: According to the University of Minnesota, Morris Facebook page , power has been restored to the campus, except for the Science building, which remains closed this evening. All classes will resume and office open on their normal schedule Thursday. The first day of class at the University of Minnesota, Morris was interrupted this afternoon when a downstairs room of the Science and Math building filled with smoke.
MORRIS - The freshman class arriving at UMM for orientation this weekend will be the largest incoming class of first year students since 2003, keeping UMM's number of degree-seeking students over 1,800 for the 2011 - 2012 school year. Bryan Herrmann, director of admissions at UMM, said the class is about 10 percent higher than last year's incoming class, which included 419 first-year students. However, official numbers won't be available until 10 days after classes start on Wednesday, Aug.