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Writing plays for Morris Area High School students is a way for Thomas McPhee to repay the happiness high school theater gave him. McPhee, a 2012 MAHS graduate, wrote the play "Metal Sands" for the high school's one-act play competition. Students will perform the play in regional competition today, Feb. 4.
The city of Morris recently did a lease purchase of some important fire department equipment. "Besides turnout gear, the air packs firefighters wear are the most important piece of safety equipment we use," Morris Fire Chief Dave Dybdal said. "Every call we go on, whether it's a fire alarm, carbon monoxide, anhydrous ammonia, car fire, hazardous material or structure fire, my guys are packed up and ready to go into a hot zone if needed." Nineteen new MSA G1 SCBA air packs will make going into those potential hot zones safer, Dybdal said.
Weather news: we had several days of light rain and snow this week, it has been cool. As I am writing this on Groundhog Day the sun is shining so I guess we are going to have six more weeks of winter. St. John's Kongsvinger news: Youth group tubing event at 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. at Andes. The Donnelly City Council meets at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at city hall. Rendsville 4-H will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 St. John's.
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At least two members of the audience at the Jan. 27 Water Summit sponsored by Governor Mark Dayton at the University of Minnesota Morris were concerned that farmers receive too much of the blame for poor water quality in Minnesota. The MPCA estimates that 40 percent of Minnesota's lakes and streams are impaired waters. The estimates are based on regular monitoring of the state's water.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said during a brief news conference at the Water Summit Jan. 27 in Morris that he was "more than optimistic" about the chances of a bonding bill passing in the Legislature.
Two major marches in Washington, D.C. will already have been completed by the time this edition of the Sun Tribune goes to press. The first was the Women's March in D.C. on Jan. 21. The second was the Right to Life March Jan. 27. Two important marches that demonstrate one of the cornerstones of democracy: the right to assemble and protest peacefully.
The Morris Sun Tribune received several awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association Contest. The newspaper earned first place in the General Excellence category for weeklies of 1,501 to 2,500. Judges comments were: "Attractive throughout, packed with news, good editorial page and great sports."
JoLette Faye Searle was born on January 22, 2017 at Stevens Community Medical Center to Marilyn and Josh Searle of Morris.
These aren't your grandmother's quilts. While grandma's quilt is beautiful and keeps your warm the Lion King quilts to be on display at the Stevens County Historical Society Museum aren't designed for your bed. "Some people will see these as paintings until they get close and realize it's fabric," said Karla (Voorhees) Overland of Baxter. Overland owns Cherrywood Fabrics of Baxter. Cherrywood hand dyes cotton fabric used in fabric art. Some of her fabric is used in quilts, garments and other items.