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Funeral services for Helen Hovend of Morris were held on Thursday, May 4, at Pedersen Funeral Home. The Reverend Todd Mattson officiated. Burial was held on Friday, May 5, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Helen Loraine Tolstad, daughter of Martin and Marie (Swenson) Tolstad, was born on September 30, 1914, in Starbuck. As a child she followed her dad, who was a Civil Engineer, to build bridges in Montana and Kansas. At a young age, her family moved to Starbuck where she graduated from Starbuck High School in 1933.
As the nation finds itself embroiled in a debate over immigration, we hear the standard arguments for and against. Those favoring a more liberal approach to immigration warn of the economic consequences of turning away low-cost workers. On the other side, we're warned that immigration itself "costs" too much -- illegal immigrants are "taking" jobs from American workers, abusing public services, and committing crimes. What no one is debating, however, is the morality of immigration itself. Few Americans anymore believe that government action should be guided by reference to moral principles.
Karla Kopel of Donnelly, and Corey Smith of Madison, were married on February 18, 2006 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Karla is the daughter of Mike and Joanie Kopel of Donnelly. She is employed at Tastefully Simple in Alexandria. Corey is the son of Charlie and Gwen Smith of Madison. He is employed at Pauls Small Engine in sales in Alexandria.
Stevens County is moving ahead on plans for its own jail but designing it to leave open the possibility for regional use. The county Board of Commissioners discussed building a 20-cell, 40-bed jail and law enforcement facility behind the current courthouse, but building the structure large enough to allow expansion to 72 beds should the county or surrounding counties need more prisoners space in the future. When you move from 40 beds to 72, it requires different staffing needs, so its not to be taken lightly, Stevens County Coordinator Jim Thoreen said.
Midwestern poet Richard Newman traces the imaginary life of coins as a connection between people. The coins -- seemingly of little value--become a ceremonial and communal currency. Coins My change: a nickel caked with finger grime; two nicked quarters not long for this life, worth more for keeping dead eyes shut than bus fare; a dime, shining in sunshine like a new dime; grubby pennies, one stamped the year of my birth, no brighter than I from 40 years of wear.
Prep golfing was in the spotlight at Pomme de Terre Golf Course Tuesday for a West Central-South Conference meet. Seven teams vied. The top four scores on each team were used to compile team scores. TEAM STANDINGS Montevideo 167, Yellow Medicine East 168, BOLD 169, Benson 174, Lac qui Parle Valley 179, Morris Area 181, ACGC 200. MAHS INDIVIDUAL SCORES Max Martin 41, Adam Lesmeister 45, Corey OKeefe 47, Tyler Meichsner 48, Adam Kopel 50, Trevor Hopkins 56, Zach Stahman 65.
There is a day, week, month or even season for just about everything. If you listen and watch, it almost makes you laugh when they honor certain things like National Pizza Week or Honor Your Favorite Clown Day. Last week I heard of a special day and I thought, Finally! It was called Girlfriends Day. A day to recognize how important these special friends are to you. If I had heard about it sooner, I probably would have found a card or sent my girlfriends something on that day.
It has to set Stevens County Commissioners back a little bit, to talk seriously about spending $10 million of taxpayers' money and not have their heads chewed off by people who oppose the idea. In this case, the commissioners are looking at a county jail. They have been for the last two years, and have been talking seriously the last year about a regional jail.
Service Options for Seniors of Morris is building a new housing project in Morris. The new project, Skyview Plaza, will be next door to Skyview Court on Court Drive. Skyview Plaza will be a two story, 39 unit apartment building designed as independent living, owned by Service Options for Seniors, and managed by St.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has finalized its plan to increase the state's breeding duck population to 1 million by protecting and restoring 2 million acres of habitat over the next five decades. The DNR's long-range duck recovery plan, a draft of which was presented for public review in January, builds on the 2001 plan to Restore Minnesota's Wetland and Waterfowl Hunting Heritage. The new plan outlines the state's most ambitious goals ever to restore and protect prairie wetland and grassland habitat, accelerate shallow lake management and improve statewide waterfowl habita