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Donner and Blitzen visited Morris Nov. 25. The two reindeer didn't need slow to pull kids and adults through the streets. The sleigh had wheels to handle the snowless terrain. The event was sponsored by the Morris Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of kids and adults turned out for a sleigh ride and a chance to talk with Santa.
The first big snow storm of season arrived Nov. 17 and brought with it several inches of wet snow. "It was nasty, sticky, slushy, snow," Morris City Manager Blaine Hill said at the Nov. 22 Morris City Council meeting. The storm included snow and ice which made "for problems," city council member Bill Storck said. "A lot of problems," City Crew guyXXX said. "If there is ice under the snow when you are using a motor grader and pushing wet, heavy snow, it pushes you," City Crew guyXXX said.
Anyone who tries to tell me no one cares about newspapers any more should have been answering phones for us this week. Because of winter storm Argos, delivery of the Nov. 19 edition of the Morris Sun Tribune was delayed until Monday. And even though we posted notice of the delay on Facebook and Twitter, and the kind folks at KMRS/KKOK included our announcement with the other weather-related closings for much of Friday afternoon and evening, there were still phone calls at my home and my office throughout the weekend and most of Monday morning.
There will be an open house baby shower for baby Searle and parents Marilyn and Josh Searle, on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Ace and Lois Sperr farm two miles north of Morris on Highway 9. Please bring a book instead of a card. There will be a 60th anniversary open house for Roger and Ruth Gerdes on Sunday, Nov. 27 from 10:15 a.m. to noon at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. Hosted by their children and families.
The harvest still happened in a garden in Donnelly but it was different this fall. Janet Nordstrom wasn't there for the harvest or the planting. Nordstrom, an avid gardener and canner, died in January. "I have my own little garden a few feet away," Nordstrom's brother Richard Olsen said. The house and garden plots have been in the family for several generations since the late 1800s, Olsen said. His garden is maybe 20 by 20 feet, Olsen said. His sister's garden was about 20 by 50 feet, maybe 60 feet.
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. Winter storm Argos blew through our area last week. It started to rain Thursday evening and as the evening wore on temperatures dropped. By Friday morning, the rain turned to snow and the winds picked up, causing most schools and many businesses closed and no travel was advised. Warmer temperatures this week have melted some of the ice underneath the snow In St. John's Kongsvinger news: the KLCW advent brunch will be Nov. 27 at 9:30 am at the parish hall.
The Bello Cucina Italian restaurant in Morris will be back. Owner Jason Mueller said Nov. 23 construction started the week prior on the fire-damaged building. The building was damaged in a Sept. 4 fire when discarded cigarettes started a fire in the back of the building, State Fire Marshal Toby McLain said. The fire was contained to the rear of the building but smoke spread throughout the restaurant and into adjacent businesses, Morris Fire Chief Dave Dybdal said on Sept. 4. Mueller said he's received many questions and comments of support since the fire.
Etta Ann Greene was born on November 21, 2016 at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris to Heidi and Caleb Greene of Morris. Etta weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and...
Michelle Behr, has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris, the university said in a news release Nov. 22. Behr's appointment is effective Feb. 6 pending approval by the Board of Regents at its Dec. 9 meeting. "I am thrilled that we are able to attract a leader of Michelle's caliber," University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said in the release "Michelle's broad experience in the liberal arts, deep commitment to students, and engagement in the broader higher education community make her an ideal person to lead the Morris campus."
Lainey Jean Fragodt was born on November 16, 2016 at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris to Stef and Joey Fragodt of Morris. Lainey weighed 5 pounds 14 ounces and...