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Stevens County Sheriff Randy Willis presented a preview of the public jail facility to the county board at its meeting Tuesday. The presentation includes a video on the impact of jails in the community as well as photos of local jails in neighboring counties, costs and the current system of prisoner transportation. The board intends to use the presentation at a public meeting to discuss the jail plan. The meeting date has not been set. Willis will refine the presentation and present a final version to the board at its Aug.
Here's the text of an open letter from Stevens County Commissioner Bob Stevenson to county residents announcing his plan to retire from the board: Dear Friends, After serving as Stevens County Commissioner for 40 years, I've decided to retire from local government when my term expires this year. I have officially withdrawn as a candidate for office and I will not run for re-election this fall. It has been a great privilege to serve this community, and I'm deeply honored by the trust you placed in me over the past four decades.
By Earl Tilford When Hamas terrorists tunneled from Gaza into southern Israel, killed two Israeli soldiers and abducted Corporal Galid Shalit, that probably put the nail in the coffin of any prospect for a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority. Hezbollah's attack from Lebanon into northern Israel on July 11, resulting in death for more Israeli soldiers and two additional abductions, buried the coffin.
By Ted Kooser Here is a marvelous little poem about a long marriage by the Kentucky poet, Wendell Berry. It's about a couple resigned to and comfortable with their routines. It is written in language as clear and simple as its subject. As close together as these two people have grown, as much alike as they have become, there is always the chance of the one, unpredictable, small moment of independence.
Is property valued more than kids? I understand that property values are a huge concern for east side Morris residents in regards to a new jail. I do not, however, support the claim that we do not know who will be visiting the inmates. It will be family members, as well as friends and, yes, some will be drug dealers or much worse. These are people from our community who you work with, share roads with or possibly live next door to. How well do you really know the people around you? I know people in every part of Morris who use or sell drugs and do much worse.
Few of us have never uttered the words or entertained the thought, "I could do better than that," when contemplating some recent action by the representatives to our local governments. It's also safe to assume that those who say that have never been publicly elected representatives.
BASEBALL Amateur Results/Box Scores Land O'Ducks Playoffs Best of three series Game 1 -- Morris Eagles vs. Dumont, 7:30 p.m. Friday, in Wheaton Game 2 -- Dumont at Morris Eagles, 5 p.m., Sunday, at Chizek Field. Game 3 (if needed) -- TBA. Eagles 5, Ortonville 0 (July 16, in Ortonville) Hitters AB R H RBI Jamie VanKempen 5 1 1 0 Ross Haugen 4 1 3 0 Kirby Marquart 4 0 1 1 Matt Carrington 4 1 1 0 Tim Strobel 5 0 0 0 Tad Hopkins 3 1 2 1 T.J.
The Outdoor Life Network recently slotted the second season of Pheasants Forever Television to air on Fridays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. The season's first episode will air on Friday, July 28 and Sunday, July 30. There will be 13 original shows and 52 total airings with repeats. "We received excellent feedback from Pheasants Forever members and bird hunters everywhere about the first season of Pheasants Forever Television," reported PF President and CEO Howard Vincent.
As I was enduring the sweltering heat last weekend, I was thinking "cold" thoughts, hoping that would help. It did not. However, it did get me thinking about Minnesota Wild hockey. An ice rink would feel good right about now. Over the past few weeks, the Wild organization has made a number of moves, such as signing a number of free agents, trading for players, and re-signing a number of players.
The Morris Tiger Sharks traveled to Detroit Lakes for the A/B Northern Lights Swim Association Finals on July 19. While six Tiger Sharks swimmers qualified for this season-ending meet for swimmers with B or better times this summer (Augusta Finzel, David Lemke, Stefan Lemke, Brenna Monroe, Emma Roberts, and McKayla Smith), only two were able to make the trip. Accompanied by coaches Emma Durkee and Megan Lange, Brenna Monroe and Stefan Lemke swam in six individual events and registered season best times in all events. Brenna, in the girl's 9 to 10 year old category, took a first and second p