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MORRIS - On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Morris Area and Cyrus school boards met for the first time in a joint work session to discuss a potential plan to consolidate the two school districts. Declining enrollment and increased costs have left the Cyrus School District in debt and struggling to provide services to students.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners will continue explore changing the structure of the county's emergency management department after county staff raised questions about how a new position would impact chain-of-command in an emergency. Human Resource Director Janet Raguse presented the board with a job description for a new Emergency Management Director/Safety Coordinator at their meeting Tuesday. Currently, Sheriff Randy Willis serves as the county emergency management director, but earlier this month suggested changing the structure of his office.
MORRIS - State funding and taxes were consistent themes in a forum for candidates for Morris City Council late Thursday, Oct. 11 at the American Legion.
MORRIS - For the last four months, representatives from the Morris Area and Cyrus school districts have been working on a potential plan to consolidate the districts. In a series of three stories this month, we'll look at what consolidation is and why the Morris Area and Cyrus school districts are considering it, what are the major considerations in consolidation discussions, and what the next steps will be in the consolidation process.
MORRIS - On Thursday, Morris community members gathered in East Side Park for an event to educate the public about domestic abuse and sexual assault during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Speakers - which included UMM Violence Prevention Coordinator Bridget Joos, Morris Police Chief Jim Beauregard, County Attorney Aaron Jordan and Mayor Sheldon Giese - emphasized that domestic violence does happen in our community and that it is taken seriously.
MORRIS - Morris City Manager Blaine Hill presented the council with a draft of a major revision to the city's public improvement code, which he believes is necessary to reflect how public improvements are currently being made. In the proposal, the wording of the code will also be changed to reflect common language, including an update of terms and phrases to reflect the construction processes the city already uses. "I'm not asking for the City Council to take action to do an ordinance to update this code right now," said Hill.
MORRIS - Candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate have debated in two forums in Morris this month, the first at the University of Minnesota, Morris on Oct. 2 and the second at the American Legion on Oct. 11. Both forums featured Senate candidates John Schultz (DFL) and Torrey Westrom (R) for District 12 and House candidates Jay McNamar (DFL) and Scott Dutcher (R) in District 12A. Independence Party candidate for District 12A Dave Holman also attended the forum at the Legion.
MORRIS - On Wednesday, Oct. 10, several young Organic Valley farmers stopped at the University of Minnesota, Morris to hand out samples of milk and string cheese and talk about organic agriculture. The Generation Organic ("Gen-O") farmers have spent three weeks touring Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa in a bus powered by vegetable oil and biodiesel. Prior to their stop at UMM, the Gen-O farmers toured the organic dairy herd at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. The milk from the WCROC's organic dairy herd - about 2,000 pounds per day - is sold to Organic Valley.
MORRIS - Candidates running for the Morris City Council and the Minnesota House and Senate will meet for two separate candidate forums on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the American Legion in Morris. At 6:30, all six candidates for city council will participate in a one-hour forum organized by the city of Morris, the Morris Sun Tribune, and KMRS/KKOK. Three people have filed for an open two-year term on the city council - James Henricks, Brian Solvie, and Joshua Gladis.
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.