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Ben Karlen, senior music major at the University of Minnesota, Morris will have an original composition featured on a CD, titled "Holidays of the New Era." Karlen is one of only a few undergraduate students to receive this honor, which is usually afforded primarily to faculty or graduate students. Karlen said he was surprised to have his piece recorded at such a young age. His composition, "O Magnum Mysterium," was inspired by the text of the same name. The composition took about a year to write and is about five minutes long.
"In case you can't tell, I love 'em," Sam Schuman said to the commencement audience that filled the UMM P.E. Center for the 43rd ceremony on Saturday. Sure the audience members could tell, without any doubt, as Schuman helped usher the graduates into the world beyond with the official commencement address. The commencement was Schuman's last in his role as UMM chancellor. Upon taking the podium for his address, he reminded the grads of advice he shared with them several years ago.
Minnesota's small towns and rural areas will be on center stage early this June to show how they are "Working Better Together for the Common Good" - the theme for the combined Symposium on Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Summit, June 6-7 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Budget deficits and changing priorities pull more and more federal and state resources out of rural areas and leave growing responsibilities for all kinds of community and economic issues to local leadership. Relative to a metropolitan area, the per-capita leadership requirements of small towns are staggering.
Before you start your engine for a summer road trip, remember to buckle up. The Stevens County Sheriff's Office will conduct added patrols from May 22 to June 4 in a statewide "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement sweep. The Safe & Sober effort is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Previous May efforts have helped increase Minnesota's seat belt use rate from 79 percent to a record high 84 percent over the last three years.
Lakeshore property owners are reminded that removing aquatic plants or altering shoreline may require a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. DNR staff members who issue permits for shoreline alteration or aquatic plant removal can help lakeshore owners avoid harming the lake or river near their home, said Steve Enger, DNR Division of Ecological Services. "Aquatic plants and natural shorelines provide habitat for fish and wildlife, help maintain water clarity and protect shorelines from erosion," Enger said.
Funeral services for Lyla Mae Jarvis of Morris were held on Thursday, May 11, at Assumption Catholic Church. Father Alan Wielinski and Deacon Stan Hennen officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Lyla Mae Anderson, daughter of Howe and Martha (Carbert) Anderson, was born on July 19, 1929, in Browns Valley, where she was baptized on February 9, 1930, by The Reverend Joseph S. Goehring at the Presbyterian Church. When Lyla was six years old, her family moved to Herman where she began her schooling.
Morris residents will be switched from twice-weekly garbage pick up to once a week beginning Aug. 1. Refuse customers who currently are allowed to put out two 33-gallon containers per week now will set out one 68-gallon container once per week.
Work on a shared football facility for Morris Area schools and the University of Minnesota, Morris is expected to begin next week. Dave Aronson, UMM's coordinator for the $2.8 million project, said bid negotiations set the project back a couple weeks, but hes confident the facility will be ready for the fall football season. "I think we can make it," Aronson said. "Of course, it's still weather-contingent and with construction there could be some surprises out there. But we're optimistic.
Jacqueline Johnson has been to Morris once, but as a top administrator at a private liberal arts university, had long known about the University of Minnesota, Morris. She'll soon begin getting to know both UMM and the Morris area a lot better. Johnson on Wednesday was named University of Minnesota, Morris chancellor. Johnson is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Buena Vista University, in Storm Lake, Ia. Johnson will assume the chancellor's job Aug.
GRACE ALMA ANDERSON was born March 30, 2006 at MeritCare Medical Center in Fargo, No. Dak. to Curtis and Amy Anderson. Grace Alma weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. and was 18 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Lloyd and Jan Anderson of Alberta and Don and Bonnie Gieselman of Donnelly. Great grandparents are Lorraine Jordahl of Vergas, Mae Anderson of Donnelly, and Elsie Spiczka of St. Cloud.