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MORRIS, Minn. - The search for a new principal for Morris Area Elementary School is underway. The Morris Area School Board formally accepted Brad Korn's resignation as principal at a special meeting this week. Korn will retire effective June 30. Korn announced his plans to retire at the end of this year to staff at a meeting last week.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Highway Department ended 2011 with a $1.357 million cash balance, which means the department will be able to free more funds for repairs and maintenance in the upcoming year, County Engineer Brian Giese told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. The resulting cash balance is higher than was expected during the 2012 budget development process thanks to unanticipated revenue from an insurance dividend, more contracted snow removal income and some cuts in services last fall, said Giese.
Landowners in Stevens County expressed skepticism and concern over a proposed ditch policy for Stevens County at a meeting at the Morris Armory on Thursday night. The meeting, convened by the Stevens County Ditch Authority, was designed to discuss and gather feedback about a proposed ditch policy to improve ditch management that has been developed by a small workgroup made up of landowners, county staff and commissioners Ron Staples and Phil Gausman.
The Morris City Council authorized City Manager Blaine Hill to begin advertising for bids for this year's street improvement projects at their regular meeting on Tuesday. The project includes regular street overlay work as well as improvements on a number of local streets - the Fire Hall parking lot, Iowa Avenue from East 7th Street to Highway 28, Glendale Avenue, Meadow Lane, Ridge Road and State Aid Highway roads along Wyoming Avenue from Highway 28 to West 8th Street, South Street from Atlantic Avenue to Columbia Avenue and South California from South Street to Elm Street.
UPDATE: Candidate Matthew Fredericks announced on Facebook that he plans to suspend his campaign. This story has been updated to reflect that information. MORRIS, Minn. - Believe it or not, Morris is the largest city in Minnesota District 12, which might make the 4,848 square miles of the district the most rural in the state of Minnesota, Minnesota Senate hopeful John Schultz told those gathered at the Stevens County DFL county convention on Saturday, March 24.
MORRIS, Minn. - Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson was in Morris on Monday, March 19 to congratulate Morris Area agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Natasha Mortenson and the Morris Area FFA as the recipients of the Ag Literacy Award from the United States Department of Agriculture for their Ag in the Classroom program. Frederickson said he hopes to engage state FFA officers monthly to learn more about what the department should be working on to help students and farmers.
MORRIS, Minn. - A group of Russian farmers and agri-business representatives were in Morris on Wednesday for a tour of Riverview Dairy as part of a multi-state tour of agricultural technology. Alexander Zhukovsky, Agro Director of Pepsico and WBD Russia, served as a spokesperson for the group. Zhukovsky said Pepsico recently purchased a large dairy company in Russia - the biggest acquisition in the company's history - as part of an effort to move into offering healthier products.
MORRIS, Minn. - In an effort to accommodate staff training for a new bullying prevention program, the Morris Area School Board voted Monday to add two early dismissals to the school calendar in September. The new calendar now includes early dismissals at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept 10 and Monday, Sept. 17. Staff would meet from training from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the afternoon. The six hours of training will be used to familiarize staff with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which the board voted to adopt in February.
MORRIS, Minn. - Minneapolis-based comic writers and artists Brittney Sabo and Anna Bratton wouldn't have been able to publish their first book without the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After years of working on their first full-length comic, the story of an overly-imaginative young boy growing up in the Great Depression, they received a grant to self-publish the book in 2010 from the Xeric Foundation, a private, nonprofit established by the co-creator of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comics, Peter A.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved an intruder/active shooter exercise at the Stevens County Courthouse for May and signed a memorandum of understanding with Pope County for a Veterans Justice Corps position funded through AmeriCorps at their regular meeting on Tuesday. Active shooter exercise planned for May On Tuesday, May 8, Stevens County personnel will participate in an intruder/active shooter exercise at the courthouse after the board approved closing the courthouse during the exercise.