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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.
Although sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States - more than the total death rate for breast cancer, lung cancer and HIV/AIDS combined - increasing awareness about how to help victims is an ongoing challenge.
Seventeen Morris Area students will be making the 12-hour trip to Indianapolis, Ind. for the FFA National Convention. While at the convention, delegates will attend sessions on leadership, hear speakers, and participate in the National Convention Days of Service by volunteering at two local charities in Indianapolis, said FFA Advisor Natasha Mortenson. The chapter will also be picking up a chapter award. The two teams competing this year are only the second and third Morris area teams to compete at nationals. Last year's Ag Issues team was the first group to compete.
Deb Newhouse came to the Hancock city council on Monday to update members on the Economic Development Authority's plans for a senior living facility. At the last EDA meeting, the group agreed to put its name on the senior living facility to give the project non-profit status as a benefit to those looking to donate to the project. Newhouse said she was asking the council for a sign of approval before the plans for the facility and the EDA's involvement were publicized further.
The Morris City Council approved a new three-year lease agreement with Info Link Wireless for space on the top of the water tower at their meeting on Tuesday. The agreement charges Info Link a rental fee of $170 per month. In his memo to the council, City Manager Blaine Hill said that four other organizations have leased space on the top of the water tower and pay different amounts. The highest fee is over $800 per month for Verizon, and the lowest is $0 for KUMM radio.