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MORRIS, Minn. - The filing period for national, state and county elections begins Tuesday, May 22 at 8 a.m. and ends Tuesday, June 5 at 5 p.m. The Minnesota primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14. Voters in the Stevens County area will have the chance to vote in a new state senator in District 12 and a new state representative in District 12A.
MORRIS, Minn. - Up until just a few years ago, University of Minnesota, Morris professor of political science Paula O'Loughlin thought that she would begin and end her academic career at UMM. But the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and explore a career in academic administration at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. changed O'Loughlin's plans. "I love working with students one-on-one, but I can do more for more students in an administrative position," said O'Loughlin. "I think there's a time where you need to move to grow.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Highway Department will add staff and equipment to expand and improve blading and snow removal services on county roads and for local townships. On Tuesday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners authorized County Engineer Brian Giese to purchase a new motorgrader and hire a full-time heavy equipment operator/maintenance worker to run the equipment.
MORRIS, Minn. - Each day, more than 100 people are killed in traffic accidents. Of those 100 people, 10 will die in an accident with a truck driven by a professional truck driver - about 3,600 people over the course of a single year. Don Osterberg, Senior Vice President of Driver Training, Safety and Regulatory Compliance at Schneider National (SNI) hopes to improve those statistics, assisted by work done by University of Minnesota, Morris faculty and students to better understand the economics of the trucking industry and factors that impact driver health and safety.
MORRIS, Minn. - Four long-time teachers and staff in the Morris Area School District who are retiring at the end of this year were honored at the district's annual retirement breakfast this week. Morris Area Elementary School Principal Brad Korn, elementary teacher Muriel Lindback, high school English teacher Cathy Matthews and speech language pathologist Sharon Stock were recognized for their years of service on Wednesday. More than 100 district staff were also on hand to thank two young teachers, Holly Bjorklund and Nate Anderson, for their service in the district.
MORRIS, Minn. -- The Morris City Council accepted a bid from Riley Brothers Construction for the city's 2012 road improvement project at their meeting Tuesday, which was held in the Morris Area High School auditorium. The bid from Riley Brothers was one of two bids the city received for the project, which will involve milling and overlays on a number of local streets. Riley Brothers had the low bid of $356,000, compared to a bid of $391,159 from Central Specialties of Alexandria. The engineer's estimate for the project is $392,014.
Over the last three weeks, there has been heated debate at public hearings and in our letters to the editor section about a proposal that will open the door for the former Luther Crest Bible Camp property on Perkins Lake to be reopened as a commercial venture. In brief, B&H Holdings, co-owned by Jon Backman, Ben Hentges, Peter Hentges and Jackie Hentges, would like to amend Stevens County's zoning ordinance to allow for a new zoning district for commercial development along shoreland.
Margaret Kuchenreuther is a planner. Since moving to Morris in 1991 to take a job teaching biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, Kuchenreuther has volunteered with groups and organizations working to build a long-term plan for the community. This month, Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology, was recognized for her long-term commitment to community engagement as the only University of Minnesota faculty member to receive the 2012 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award (OCSA).
By Kim Ukura Sun Tribune The Stevens County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on a proposed change to the county's zoning ordinance and a request to rezone a 53 acre property on Perkins Lake to allow for commercial development at their meeting on Tuesday. The request from B&H Holdings is to rezone the property previously owned by Luther Crest Bible Camp to a commercial site. The owners hope to rent out the existing pavilion and cabins for weddings, family reunions and other events.
MORRIS, Minn. - At their meeting Monday, the Morris Area School Board considered a draft copy of a 10-year facilities plan developed by ICS Consulting, which includes a breakdown of potential projects for the elementary school, high school and bus garage, as well as a set of miscellaneous projects to consider. "I think it's a really good starting point for us," said Superintendent Scott Monson. The draft plan includes more than $7.25 million in potential projects over the next 10 years.