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MORRIS, Minn. - The decision to move forward with a renovation to Morris Auto Plaza's 1960s-era building took seven years to make, but in the end made sense for Joel Krusemark and his family. "Our facility was extremely outdated," said Krusemark, president of Morris Auto Plaza. "It was in desperate need of some updating." Although Krusemark had been looking into a building renovation since 2003, General Motor's 2009 restructuring and resulting plan to create a consistent brand across its dealerships helped move the renovation from idea to action.
MORRIS, Minn. - Preliminary data from the first two testing periods of a new assessment tool indicates that Morris Area students are ahead of the national average in math and language arts, but are not growing at the same rate as the national average. Sarah Suchy, AYP Coordinator and Reading Specialist with Lakes Country Service Cooperative, presented the Morris Area School Board with results from the Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress, a new assessment implemented this year to help give more immediate and specific feedback about student achievement.
Despite voiced opposition from many local landowners, the Stevens County Planning Commission has recommended amending the Stevens County Zoning Ordinance to add a new shoreland commercial designation and re-zone property on Perkins Lake to allow for development of property previously owned by Luther Crest Bible Camp. The request to amend the zoning ordinance was submitted by Ben Hentges (B&H Holdings), the owners of the property at 45456 140th Street in Donnelly, Minn.
MORRIS, Minn. - Democrats in Districts 12 and 12A have selected their candidates to run in the election in November. DFL activist John Schultz ran unopposed for the Senate District 12 nomination at the DFL endorsing convention at Minnewaska Area High School on Thursday night. Schultz, of Correll, is a former investment banker and cattle farmer. Schultz told the assembled delegates that he has three principles for his campaign - good jobs, health care and education. He also called for honesty when it comes to taxes and education funding.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners awarded three construction contracts to Riley Bros Construction, the low bidder in each case, for summer road work at their regular meeting on Tuesday. Bids on all three projects were opened last Wednesday, April 11, and after compiling all of the information, it was apparent that Riley Bros was the low bidder on all three projects, said County Engineer Brian Giese. The bid for the first project, an improvement to Highway 9 in Alberta, from Riley Bros was $520,600, about $23,000 less than the estimated cost of the project.
MORRIS, Minn. - For many members of Morris' growing Hispanic community, life in Morris is a time set off by parentheses, a time to work before going back to the lives and families they left behind in Mexico. One of the major goals of Lazos, a community group that reaches across the various demographics of Morris, is to inspire members of the Hispanic Community to make something better out of their time in parentheses, to get to know their neighbors, to improve themselves and to grow as a person while they are here, said Edna Mar, owner of La Tienda and co-founder of Lazos.
MORRIS, Minn. - The City of Morris received another clean financial audit for 2011. Derek Flanagan, of Eide Bailly, told the Morris City Council Tuesday that the city had received a "clean audit opinion or an "unqualified opinion," which is "what you want and the opinion you have always received." The city's liquidity ratio, or the city's ability to pay bills as they come due, was positive, said Flanagan. This means the city has the cash on hand to pay bills.
MORRIS, Minn. - When hail hits, it's common to hear it described as "marble-sized." But that descriptor is mostly useless to weather forecasters, since marbles can come in a variety of sizes. Instead, National Weather Service Certified Trainer Nick Elms suggests carrying around 45 cents in your pocket during a storm. The range of coin sizes provide a standard measurement to assess hail with, which is more useful in providing information about severe weather to forecasters and those issuing weather warnings.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris City Council voted to double most of the parking fines in the city of Morris and at the University of Minnesota, Morris at their meeting on Tuesday. The proposal came at the recommendation of City Manager Blaine Hill, who told the council that the fee structure hadn't been changed for awhile and the current fee doesn't cover the cost of writing and administering to the ticket. "The fees themselves are not really a deterrent to anybody parking out there," said Hill.
MORRIS, Minn. - As a culmination of their most successful season to date, Morris Area's FIRST Robotics team, The Plaid Pillagers, are headed to the first ever state robotics competition in May. Since January, the team has worked to design, build, test and re-test their robot, The Plaiding Mantis, in preparation for two regional competitions - coming within a single match of qualifying for the national tournament.