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Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly spelled the names of Greg Boldenow and Gary Dierks. We apologize for the error. CHOKIO - Landowners who have land in the Chokio Waterfowl Refuge told representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at a public hearing Thursday that they would like to use the refuge land for personal hunting. Residents opposed to the petition to abandon the refuge said it was a safe haven for geese in the area, and eliminating the space would adversely impact hunting in the region.
MORRIS, Minn. - Morris residents may see a major change to the way special assessments for public works projects are calculated in 2013, but should not expect a tax increase of more than three to five percent, based on budget guidelines approved by the Morris City Council this week. At the city council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Blaine Hill asked the council to pass a set of guidelines that will help him and the rest of the city's department heads as they develop the city's 2013 budget.
Over the last 20 years, Morning Sky Greenery has taken root in the Morris community while continually branching outward as a nationally-recognized provider of native plants for major restoration projects and personal landscaping. Owner Sally Finzel will be offering tips and advice on using native plants in landscaping during a class at the West Central Research and Outreach Center Wednesday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Finzel opened Morning Sky Greenery in 1992 at a local farm with two partners.
One of the most exciting parts of vacation planning is choosing all of the attractions and restaurants I'm going to visit. However, I also find myself consistently baffled and overwhelmed by the number of choices there are to make when you visit a new and bigger place. Despite being excited about the plans that are in place, there's always this nagging feeling that I'm missing something potentially better because there are so many options. This is the paradox of choice.
MORRIS, Minn. - Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring veterans, those who have served as those who are still at war today, Morris City Manager Blaine Hill said during his Memorial Day address at Morris' 2012 Memorial Day program at the National Guard Armory on Monday. Hill is a veteran of the Minnesota National Guard, served with the Morris unit for 15 years, including as commander.
MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board voted Tuesday to hire a consultant to help interested districts move forward with potential consolidation with the Cyrus school district. The agreement is to work with consultant Mike Hoheisel of Northland Securities for a starting fee of $10,000, although that number could go up or down depending on how complicated the consolidation process ends up being. The resolution states that the cost of the fee will be split among whatever districts move forward with the consolidation process.
MORRIS - Due to low interest, Morris Area Elementary School will not offer a separate section of Monday/Wednesday/Friday kindergarten next school year, but parents interested in that option will still be able to choose to send their student only three days a week as part of the KinderPlus program. Cutting back the number of kindergarten sections will allow the district to add another section for second grade, which the Morris Area School Board voted in favor of on Tuesday. This classroom shift will bring the total number of elementary sections to 25 for the 2012-2013 school year.
MORRIS, Minn. - Just two weeks after accepting the resignation of Morris' long-time Finance Director Gene Krosschell, the Morris City Council voted unanimously to promote a current member of the city's finance department staff, Debra Raasch, to the position. The decision to promote internally will give Raasch two months to train with Krosschell before he retires on July 31 and the opportunity to work with City Manager Blaine Hill to fill her position as the city's general accountant.
MORRIS, Minn. - Four men have filed for office in three open races for seats on the Stevens County Board of Commissioners. Current commissioner Paul Watzke will seek reelection in District 1. Bob Kopitzke of Morris has also filed in District 1. Incumbent commissioner Ron Staples has filed for office in District 3. Donny Wohlers, owner of the Old No. 1 Bar and Grill in Morris, has filed for office in District 4 for the seat currently held by Commissioner Larry Sayre. Sayre has announced that he will not seek reelection this year.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to amend the Stevens County zoning ordinance to allow for potential commercial development on county shoreline and to rezone 53 acres of property along the lake for commercial uses after a short public hearing on Tuesday. The request to rezone the former Luther Crest Bible Camp property was submitted by current owners B&H Holdings - Jon Backman, Ben Hentges, Peter Hentges, Jackie Hentges. B&H Holdings hope to rent out the existing pavilion and cabins for weddings, family reunions and other events.