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MORRIS - A tentative plea agreement has been reached for an Alberta teenager who is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree in the death of his mother. Jacob Seth Cobb, 18, will return to court Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a hearing on a plea agreement, said Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan. Details of the plea agreement were not released. According to court records, a jury trial scheduled to begin on Aug. 13 has been cancelled. Cobb was certified to stand trial as an adult in November 2011 for the December 2010 death of 50-year-old Tamara Lee Mason.
MORRIS - Scientists in Morris may be helping the United States military increase their use of biofuels thanks to a research grant from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy. The $7 million grant - which is spread among a number of United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service offices, university, and industry partners over the next four years - will be used to research ways to make biofuels a more economically viable option for the U.S.
MORRIS - Twenty-one teams helped raise more than $68,000 to help fight cancer as part of this year's Stevens County Relay for Life on Friday, July 20. The honorary chair of this year's relay was Karen Aslakson, Oncology Nurse at Stevens Community Medical Central. During the first lap, over 50 cancer survivors helped kick off the event. The track was lined by nearly 2,000 luminaries, which are purchased in the name of cancer victims and outline the relay track. Top fundraising individuals and teams were announced on Monday.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to deny a citizen petition requesting an environmental assessment on a proposed commercial development on Perkins Lake after a report found that the project would not cause any significant environmental effects in the area.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Attorney's Office has asked a court to determine if a man who was found guilty of sexual assault in Stevens and Kandiyohi counties should be committed to a sex offender program indefinitely or released. Jerry Everett Pahl, 40, who listed his last address in Hancock, Minn., was scheduled to be released from prison on Monday, July 30, after serving a prison sentence for felony domestic assault.
MORRIS - The filing period for elections to the Morris Area School Board and Morris City Council opens on Tuesday, July 31 at 8 a.m. and closes on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. Four representatives from the Morris Area School Board have terms that will be expiring at the end of this year - Stan Wulf, Dick Metzger, Brent Fuhrman and Jamie Solvie. There are also three openings on the Morris City Council. Two council members - Bill Storck and Matt Carrington - have four-year terms that expire at the end of 2012.
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.
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.
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.