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The preparedness of the Morris Fire Department could result in some lower insurance premiums for property owners in Morris. Morris Fire Chief Dave Dybdal said the fire department received a 5/5X rating from Insurance Services Office. The rating applies to the fire department's public protection classification which is racing based on the skill of the department, the state of the water department and communications. Dybdal said the department needed to test water flow at hydrants, water flow capabilities and analyze emergency reporting, training and other factors.
Karissa Kuschel recently earned her Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor designation. She joined Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP (CDS) in 2014 as a Staff Accountant. Prior to CDS, she worked in private accounting and in the banking industry for over four years. She graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Morris Area Schools superintendent Rick Lahn had good news for the Morris Area Board of Education Dec. 19. "I'm happy to announce our tax levy is going to go down by a percentage and a half this year," Lahn said. The school board approved that decreased tax levy of $3,459,274.11 which is $56,568.74 lower than last year's $3,515,842.85. The decrease is 1.61 percent.
If the staff at the Morris Sun Tribune had a big old Christmas wish, the majority would probably like an undead Elvis to come in and sing "Blue Christmas." Or maybe any Christmas song. I'd think that was pretty cool, however, I am of the belief that Elvis is still alive and recently retired from his job at a Dunkin' Donuts in Des Moines, Iowa. Those folks thought he looked familiar but why would Elvis be at Dunkin' Donuts?
The use of technology is important, but Univesity of Minnesota Morris can get an edge over other colleges if those students get on campus to visit, said Jen Hermann, the director of admissions at UMM. "We exceed expectations when people come on campus," Herrmann said. The UMM's various campus scholarship days are an important tool to entice students to visit campus. The college recently completed a campus scholarship day earlier this month.
The Stevens County tax levy increase will be under 8 percent at 7.96 percent. The county board of commissioners approved the levy at the Dec. 20 meeting. The county had its Truth in Taxation meeting Dec. 13. The tax levy was set at $7,465,504. The county will use $10,000 from reserves for zoning spending rather than add that money into the tax levy increase.
The journey to their new home to worship the birth of Christ this Christmas started about a year ago for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alberta. The congregation's 100-year-old church was not handicapped accessible which was a challenge for funerals, weddings and regular worship. The cost and practicality to add an elevator or make other improvements were a concern.
The Morris Area High School choirs performed in a winter concert Dec. 12 in the concert hall. The choirs performed a variety of holiday music that included "Jingle All the Way," "Feliz Navidad," and "There is Peace." For photos and video of the concert, see the Sun Tribune Facebook page and website. See inside this issue for photos from the band concert.
The bands of Morris Area High School performed in a winter concert Dec. 19. The Jazz I, seventh, eighth and concert bands and the wind ensemble all performed.