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Whether or not you are Trump supporter, the choice of Betsy DeVos as the nation's education secretary is difficult to stomach. While DeVos said in a Feb. 8 speech after her selection as education secretary that students come first and she will work to find common ground, we need to be suspicious of those words. Yes, we need to give her a chance now that she is leading one of the most important foundations of America, but if we really care about the future of education in the U.S., we need to be cautious and watchful of DeVos.
To the editor: It is very difficult to deny the existence of media bias in the face of so much media bias. What is inexcusable about this bias is the fact that it is so transparent and easily exposed, regardless of what Korrie Wenzel would have us believe. Much of the news we receive in the United States is free of charge and worth every penny. Finding the facts unfortunately requires a bit of work, but if we're going to put out the effort to generate an emotional
Cities have aging water lines and sewer lines that may need repair or replacing. Counties have county tile and open ditches in drainage systems in need of the same attention. Stevens County has a big ditch in need of attention in County Ditch 18 that runs through portions of Baker and Scott Townships.
The amount landowners pay to drain their fields of water in the Stevens County Ditch 18 will change but how much is yet to be determined. The Stevens County Board of Commissioners told about 12 landowners the benefits on the ditch system must be redetermined because petitions for repairs will cost more than the available money to do them. Benefits are the amount a landowner is assessed and pays each year for the ability to drain water into the ditch system. The benefits have been the same since the ditch was built in 1916.
Weather news: Last week the groundhog predicted we are going to have six more weeks of winter this year. It appears his prediction will be true because we've had some of the coldest temperatures in about a month and some light snow this week. Youth group tubing event at 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at Andes Tower or St. John's Konsvinger youth. There are still several dates left to sponsor in 2017 for the KMRS radio broadcast of church services. Contact the parish office at 246-3211 and reserve a date.
About 15 percent of the students at Morris Area Elementary School achieved perfect attendance for the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year, principal Shane Monson said. Monson said the achievement is notable and so is the overall daily attendance at school. "We are around 97 percent consistently," Monson said of daily attendance. "We work hard to encourage families of our students to make sure they are in school," Monson said. Attendance has a direct tie learning for students, Monson said.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 8 p.m., at Easy Does It House, 7 East 1st St., Morris; Saturday, at 9 a.m. Big Book Study. FIRST THURSDAY Morris Area Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meets at the Morris Public Library at 7 p.m. TUESDAY NIGHTS Alcoholics Anonymous at 7 p.m. at 205 16th St. N.in Benson. 320-843-3262. Al-Anon meets 7 p.m WEDNESDAY
Indivisible Morris received some national attention Thursday, Feb. 9, when the group was featured as the lead-in to a story update on the movement on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show. Indivisible is a national movement and the Morris group started last week. Indivisible is an organization that provides members with strategies for grassroots response to President Donald Trump's agenda or as its website says "A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda."
Although much of the Stevens County Courthouse is roughly 10 years old, its safety could still be improved, county coordinator Becky Young said at the Feb. 7 county commissioners meeting. "We have a few weak points in our system although it's a relatively new building," Young said."We've already had a security system evaluation so we know our weak points." The courthouse's 1952 model was significantly revamped several years ago and a 23,000 square foot addition that includes the law enforcement center and related departments was also added.