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MORRIS - The Morris City Council took a few minutes at their meeting Tuesday to recognize two city officials who are saying farewell to city government this month. City Finance Director Gene Krosschell has had a nice symmetry in his 28 years with the city - he began work on July 30, 1984, and will retire on July 30, 2012. Mayor Sheldon Giese presented a reluctant Krosschell with a plaque that read, in part, "Thank you for your 28 years of service to the city as Finance Director. Your professionalism and attention to detail are obvious in everything you do.
MORRIS - Former Morris mayor Carol Wilcox will be returning to city government, at least temporarily, as an interim member of the Morris City Council. The council voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Wilcox, at Mayor Sheldon Giese's suggestion, to fill the seat being vacated by council member Twig Webster's resignation. Wilcox was not one of the three Morris residents who submitted letters of interest to Giese for the open seat.
Correction: This story originally stated that Cory Steiner was a principal at West Fargo High School. That is incorrect. Steiner was released from his contract in that district in June at his request. MORRIS - Six candidates are set to be interviewed for the open position as principal of Morris Area High School. Mike Coquyt submitted his resignation on June 20 and finished out his contract on June 30, although he has been contracted for an additional 15 days of work to assist with the transition to a new administrator.
MORRIS - When recently-retired Morris Area Elementary School principal Brad Korn showed families the old elementary school building, the deterioration of the building was constantly apparent. "When we'd give tours [of the old building] to new families or potential new families, they'd often make comments while going up the steps because the tile floor was worn through to the concrete," said Korn. Since moving to the new elementary school building, getting to the show off the facility has become a much more enjoyable experience.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners will consider whether an environmental assessment is necessary for a zoning amendment and proposed development at the former Luther Crest Bible Camp property on Perkins Lake at a special board meeting on Tuesday, July 31 at 9:00 a.m. The requirement to consider whether an Environmental Assessment Worksheet is necessary was prompted by a citizen petition with 165 signatures that was sent to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners, acting as the county Drainage Authority, has scheduled two public hearings to discuss changes to two ditch systems in the county. A public hearing to discuss the partial abandonment of County Ditch 17 is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 10:00 a.m., and a hearing to discuss a petition for outlet to County Ditch 1 is planned for 1:00 p.m. the same day. The first hearing is to consider abandoning a single branch of County Ditch 17.
Sometime within the next month, the Morris City Council has an important and challenging decision to make - who will they appoint to fill Twig Webster's seat when he retires on July 31? Based on the rules of the city charter, the appointed city council member will only officially serve until the general election on Nov. 6.
MORRIS - Minnesota corn was in excellent shape, but two weeks of dry weather during a critical stage of the crop's development is threatening a potentially tremendous crop. "The corn looks as good as it's looked in a long time," said George Nelson, a crop scientist with the West Central Research and Outreach Center. This year's corn crop is also ahead of normal, thanks to a dry and warm April and May.
MORRIS - What changes could be made to Minnesota's electrical system to make it more reliable, affordable and sustainable in the future? That is the question the Citizens League, a multi-partisan civic policy organization, hopes to answer with the help of feedback gained at a series of workshops across the state.
MORRIS - The City of Morris could have the option to demolish the old elementary school building by the beginning of October if the process to move forward with an Environmental Assessment Worksheet continues as planned. On Tuesday, the Morris City Council voted 4 - 0 (council member Matt Carrington abstained from the vote) to authorize City Manager Blaine Hill to publish an EAW with the Environmental Quality Board for the demolition of the old elementary school building. Next, the EAW will be published in the EQB Monitor and sent to more than 25 different organizations.