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MORRIS, Minn. - The moment Ryan Schamp realized he needed to change his lifestyle was when a doctor didn't bother to tell him his weight was a problem. On a visit to a local physician for an unrelated issue, Schamp weighed in at 360 pounds. "I was just flabbergasted," said Schamp. "The thing that bothered me most about it was that the doctor didn't even care because it was the first time he'd ever seen me. Back in my hometown, when my doctor saw me he'd just rag on me - 'Come on man, you used to be an athlete! You need to get back in shape!'.
MORRIS, Minn. - Rep. Torrey Westrom and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen were in Morris last Friday for a town hall meeting at DeToy's Restaurant where they discussed the state budget forecast, the debate on the voter ID amendment and upcoming concerns for rural Minnesota. "Two days ago we had the February forecast, which is always what we kind of use as the final budgeting tool for the state," Westrom told a gathered crowd of about 30 local residents. "We had very good news, we feel. ...
MORRIS, Minn. - Four candidates looking for local support for the November elections spoke at the Stevens County Republican's county convention last Friday night. Rep. Torrey Westrom, who will be seeking the District 12 Senate seat this fall, said he will need support from the district to win the election. "As you know, the redistricting map changed District 12," Westrom said.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris Area School District will be implementing a new bullying prevention program during the 2012-2013 school year that uses community data to develop a consistent message about acceptable behavior for students and staff across the district. Cheryl Kuhn, student leader advisor and service learning coordinator, presented the school board with information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a school-wide program designed to prevent or reduce bullying in schools. "In the research we did on programs, [Olweus] continually rose to the top," said Kuhn.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris City Council had a short meeting Tuesday night where they discussed the bill from Ferguson Waterworks for the water meter replacement project and what to do about two issues out at the Morris Municipal Airport. At a meeting earlier in February, council members questioned why the total payment to Ferguson Waterworks was about $28,400 more than the original bid amount.
MORRIS, Minn. - A childhood trauma and her own experience seeking therapy helped Hancock native Christine Morris find her calling as a therapist interested in helping people who have experienced trauma. Morris, a licensed associate marriage and family therapist, opened her practice, True Healing Therapy, in City Center Mall in Morris this week. Although Morris has experience counseling people struggling with anxiety, depression, anger management and other disorders, her current interest is in helping people who have experienced trauma of some kind.
MORRIS, Minn. - One common refrain Bob Griffith hears after telling people that he works as an emergency medical technician is that they couldn't handle the "blood and gross stuff" when responding to emergencies. But Griffith disagrees. "If you get some training and have knowledge of what to do, anybody can do this," said Griffith, training coordinator for Stevens County EMS. "It's not that I love the sight of blood and guts, I don't, but with training, you can handle emergency situations.
I didn't think Tuesday was going to be a very exciting day. Sure, I knew that the five-judge panel tasked with redrawing Minnesota's legislative district maps was set to release the results at 1 p.m., but I didn't expect there to be too many surprises for those of us here in Stevens County. As it turns out, I was completely wrong. Stevens County is now in Senate District 12 and House District 12A.
MORRIS, Minn. - The Morris Area School Board took the first steps down a long-range facilities improvement plan at their meeting Tuesday night, authorizing Superintendent Scott Monson to move forward seeking proposals for two potential construction projects. The more pressing of the two projects is to address a section of the roof on the high school that was first added in 1991. The roof was only designed to last 13 to 15 years, which means it is well past the recommended replacement timeline, said Monson.
MORRIS, Minn. - New legislative redistricting maps released on Tuesday left Stevens County in a bigger legislative district and without an incumbent state senator. Stevens County is now in Senate District 12 and House District 12A. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, who currently represents Stevens, Douglas, Grant and Todd Counties in Senate District 11, is now in District 8, along with fellow Republican senator, Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas. On Friday, Ingebrigtsen said he would seek election in his new district.