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There are no major issues that would prohibit the volunteer fire departments in Morris, Hancock, Chokio and Donnelly from combining into a single, unified department - if that's what those involved decided to do. That was the takeaway message from consulting firm Emergency Services Consulting International on Monday night after a presentation to almost 80 elected officials, community members and volunteer firefighters about the feasibility of combining fire services in Stevens County.
A Morris man and Alexandria woman have been arrested and charged after a search warrant executed at a rural Alberta residence uncovered methamphetamine, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Daniel Jeffrey Zahl, 34, of Morris and Leah Jean Morhman, 25, of Alexandria have both been charged with 5th degree possession of a scheduled substance, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
MORRIS, Minn. - Morris is a funky college town surrounded by the prairie's natural beauty. Morris is where rural meets innovation. There is plenty to do in Morris. These were just three of the possible ways to market Morris as a tourist destination in the region, a consulting firm working with the City of Morris and the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce suggested this week.
A trail camera video and an attentive gas station attendant led to the capture and arrest of two men accused of committing a series of hunting equipment thefts in Stevens and Grant Counties over the last week.
Both High School Principal Mike Coquyt and Elementary School Principal Bran Korn provided memos to the board outlining building goals and focus areas for the 2011 - 2012 school year. One project at the high school that was discussed by the board was the Student Assistance Team - a group Coquyt said was in place to help monitor student grades throughout the year and provide another layer of intervention for students. Last year students only received grade updates twice a quarter - once at mid-term and once at the end of the quarter.
STEVENS COUNTY - The Framnas Township Board is dissatisfied with the cost and quality of their current road maintenance service and would like to renew service with Stevens County, a representative from their board told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. "All of the residents of Stevens County have certain expectations for road maintenance, and we in Framnas Township feel that we are falling short of those expectations with our present situation," said Kathy Dingman.
The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved hiring one new staff member in the Human Services Department and one intermittent part-time office staff member in the Auditor/Treasurer's office at their meeting on Tuesday. However, the new staff member in Human Services will not increase the size of the department.
The Morris Area School Board voted to go paperless for future meetings by purchasing five laptop computers for board members to use for school board business at their meeting Monday night in Donnelly. The council accepted a bid from Mobiz for a total of $3,970 for the five laptops and the software needed for board members to view each monthly agenda and supporting materials. Superintendent Scott Monson estimated that the district spends about $98 per month on staff time, paper and postage to provide printed materials for each meeting for a total of almost $1,200 annually.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited the West Central Research and Outreach Center on Friday night as part of a rural economic tour to nine counties in western Minnesota over the weekend. During her visit, Klobuchar took a tour of the renewable hydrogen and ammonia pilot plant and learned about the WCROC's solar heating and cooling systems. Klobuchar said she's currently working with a bipartisan group of senators to get a five-year commitment on the Farm Bill approved by the so-called Supercommittee, a joint panel tasked with recommending ways to reduce the deficit.
The Morris Area School Board goes on the road to the Donnelly Town Hall for their meeting at 7 p.m. tonight. Some items on the agenda include: A request for a two-day field trip for MAES sixth graders in May. According to the provided memo, the trip includes a tour at Hill Annex Mine, a tour at the Forest History Center, an overnight at Camp Mishawaka, a tour of the Soudan Underground Mine and a visit to the Museum of Mining in Chisholm. A look at goals and strategic focus areas for both buildings and the district as a whole.