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MORRIS - The Morris Area School Board unanimously re-elected Kurt Gartland to again serve as chair for 2012 at their reorganization meeting on Tuesday night. The board also unanimously re-elected Stan Wulf as vice-chair. Lory Lemke stepped down as clerk/treasurer, and Dick Metzger was unanimously elected to fill that position. The board also approved their 2012 school board meeting dates, discussed board member compensation and approved other procedural issues at the meeting. Check out this Saturday's edition of the Sun Tribune for a full look at the meeting.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a one percent pay increase for the country's elected and appointed officials, but declined to increase their own salaries for the upcoming year at their last meeting of the year on Friday. In a 3-2 vote, the commissioners approved a one percent pay increase for the county's four elected officials: County Auditor/Treasurer Neil Wiese, Sheriff Randy Willis, Recorder Virginia Mahoney and Attorney Aaron Jordan.
MORRIS - Representatives from the Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and Morris Fire Departments have continued to meet and discuss the results of a study looking into feasibility of shared fire services across Stevens County. The four department chiefs, along with City Manager Blaine Hill, Stevens County Sheriff Randy Willis, and other representatives met in early December to review the results of shared services study and determine next steps. At that meeting, they decided the next step is to gather support from each government body to continue discussions.
MORRIS - The Morris City Council passed their 2012 budget Tuesday night, but may still need to make revisions after final contracts are signed with the city's two American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) bargaining units. The city has already signed a contract with the Law Enforcement Labor Services union (LELS). "It's just a budget, it's a tool to give us guidance on how to spend the money," City Manager Blaine Hill told the council. "We could turn around and do a budget adjustment once the final two contracts are done.
MORRIS - While many people think of retirement as a time to relax and settle down after a lifetime of work, Gene and Darlene Pasche of Morris have done the opposite - using the extra time to expand their volunteer activities even further. Through their connection to Orphan Grain Train, a Christian volunteer network that gathers donations for those in need around the world, the Pasches have helped ship food and supplies as far as Armenia and traveled to New Orleans and Texas to volunteer at sites that distribute the donations they help organize.
MORRIS - The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a $25 increase to the annual Solid Waste Service Fee (SWSF), endorsed a new Senior Companion Program through the Human Services Department and approved two revised joint powers agreement at their meeting on Tuesday. Bill Kleindl, environmental services/planning and zoning director, told the board that an increase to the SWSF from $20 to $45 per year is needed to keep the solid waste fund operating in the black.
MORRIS - Although John DeRung of Morris said he's "too darn cheap" to gamble, when the opportunity came to go to Las Vegas and participate in a national Texas Hold'em tournament he just couldn't say no. Earlier this month, DeRung and his wife Wendy took a trip to Sin City after DeRung qualified for a national tournament through a local poker league affiliated with the Free Poker Network (FPN). FPN was founded in North Dakota and currently has more than 265 participation locations across the country.
MORRIS - In a 4 to 1 vote, the Morris Area School Board passed an approximately $3.2 million levy, the maximum allowed by the State of Minnesota, for the 2012-2013 school year at their meeting on Monday night. Board Chair Kurt Gartland cast the lone dissenting vote. Board member Laura Carrington, who previously said she would not vote to increase taxes, was not at Monday's meeting. The levy is an increase of about $138,000 over the 2011-2012 levy, an increase of about 4.52 percent.
MORRIS - On the twentieth day of every month Mary Walker impacts everyone in the Morris Area School District. As the district payroll and human resource manager, Walker helps make sure everyone in the district - from regular staff all the way to ticket takers at athletic events - gets paid on the twentieth, whether payment happens via direct deposit or with a paper check. Walker was named Morris' 2011 Support Staff Person of the Year at the district's staff appreciation breakfast last week.
MORRIS - There's one more barber's chair in town. Bright's Barber Shop, which opened Monday, is a single-chair barber shop owned by 33-year-old Adam Bright, a former golf pro turned barber with an appreciation for the outdoors and a collection of family in the area. The shop is a new addition to the second floor of City Center Mall, 618 Atlantic Ave., and is open Tuesday through Saturday, by walk-in or appointment. Bright went to barber school in Minneapolis where he worked for two years before receiving his Master License.