Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune.
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MORRIS - After nearly a full year of work by a group of local volunteers, the Morris Area is poised to be designated a Yellow Ribbon Community, a designation for communities dedicated to supporting service members and their families. City Manager Blaine Hill, who has served as chair of the steering committee working toward this recognition, presented some of the work of the committee this week in advance of submitting the group's work to the state of Minnesota.
MORRIS - Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie visited the University of Minnesota, Morris on Wednesday as part of a state-wide effort to encourage voted to preregister and learn more about the candidates and issues on the ballot this fall. Preregistration for the November election ends on Tuesday, Oct. 16., and people who wish to vote using an absentee ballot need to get their paperwork started soon.
MORRIS - Since the Stevens County Drop-In Center was founded five years ago, the center has helped local adults with mental illnesses connect with each other and socialize in the community. To celebrate their five-year anniversary, the Drop-In Center at 15 East 2nd Street in Morris will be hosting an open house celebration for the community on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with coffee, cake and conversation.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners took to the streets of Stevens County on Tuesday as part of an annual tour of the county's roads and ditches. This season's big construction projects included new pavement and a mill and overlay on sections of County Highway 13 in the southwest section of the county, and a reconstruction project on Main Street in Alberta.
MORRIS - On Friday, Sept. 21, Morris resident Jennifer Amy-Dressler woke up to find the political signs in her yard were missing. One of the orange "Vote No" signs opposing the proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage was tossed in the street about a block away. The other - folded into the shape of a paper airplane - landed behind a parked car in the street. The same morning, a "Vote No" sign was found shredded on Wyoming Avenue, and several other signs were missing from yards on the west side of town.
For the last several weeks, my Facebook page as practically exploded with political posts. I have a fairly balanced split between Democrats and Republicans, which keeps me feeling connected to different sides of important debates. I try to keep my feed fairly a-political, except when it comes to football. It seems almost everyone agrees the replacement referees have been a major disappointment. At least there's one thing that we can all agree on (except, perhaps, Eric Bergeson).
MORRIS - The City of Morris hopes to finance the destruction of the old elementary school building using a combination of existing and new taxing districts. The city will hold a public hearing on a recommendation to modify two existing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts and add a third district on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:15 p.m. When a TIF district is set up, the organizers establish the land that will be included in the district and set a project plan and budget for the district.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council passed a resolution Tuesday declaring the Morris Floral greenhouses as substandard and authorizing their demolition. The Morris Floral building will be left standing, but the greenhouses and concrete beds behind the building will be taken apart and hauled away by the city crew. Hill said that there are cats and rabbits coming out of the collapsed structure, and it has the potential to become a health hazard.
MORRIS - A Stevens County man is facing seven counts of criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly sexually assaulted a girl repeatedly over a four-year period. Cruz Mar Del-Angel, 39, faces five counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for incidents that allegedly took place in Stevens County from approximately 2007 through 2010. According to the complaint, the girl told law enforcement that Del-Angel touched her in appropriately her on multiple occasions and forced her to have sex with him once.
MORRIS - Lee Byberg, a 50-year-old businessman from Willmar, believes that U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson has been in office too long, and that we need to step back to an era of smaller government to promote economy prosperity. Byberg, the Republican-endorsed candidate set to challenge Peterson, recently published a book outlining his plan for how to fix America. In the first 10 days after Builders of Our Land was published at the beginning of September, Byberg said he had sold 800 copies. Proceeds from the book sales will be used to help fund Byberg's campaign.