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A recent study found that in the year 2004, Americans reported having 30 percent fewer close friends than they did in 1985. One-quarter of the population reported having no close friends at all. This increased "social isolation," as the professors call it, came as a complete surprise to the researchers who conducted the study. In fact, they had embarked on their study hoping to discredit the 1995 book Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam. Putnam took a look at bowling leagues, among other groups, and found that people just aren't getting together like they used to.
Isn't it funny how one name can send you so far down memory lane that you almost have to take a vacation day just to find your way back? I was reading an obituary in my hometown newspaper and it hit me like a sunbeam following a downpour: Wattenhoffer. The landlord for my parents' first house in Park Rapids was a Wattenhoffer. Huh. Don't worry if you can't pronounce it. They're not from around these parts. But that one name reminded me of so much more, starting with Tiny's Meats, the butcher shop that Tiny Wattenhoffer had in Two Inlets.
Tim Grove said he doesn't expect any sibling rivalry to surface when the time comes to begin scheduling basketball practices with his brother Paul, the University of Minnesota, Morris' head men's basketball coach. It'll be a friendly family affair in the UMM basketball offices, Tim Grove said with a laugh. Grove has been named UMM's interim head women's basketball coach, said UMM Athletic Director Mark Fohl. Grove replaces Cougar women's basketball head coach Randi Peterson.
One of the simple pleasures of summer is the blinking of fireflies on a warm summer night. It evokes memories of camping, childhood, sultry nights, and canning jar lanterns. All of this summer magic is thanks to a peculiar group of insects known as fireflies or lightening bugs. These insects have a remarkable ability to harness light for their own use. Most fireflies belong to a family of insects called Lampyridae. They are not really flies at all but rather a form of beetle. Most fireflies use their ability to create flashes of light to attract a mate.
The Morris Tiger Sharks traveled to Fergus Falls for the 2006 Summer Season C and Below Northern Lights Swim Association Finals last week. The meet is designed for beginning swimmers and older swimmers who wish to work on their weaker events. No entry times above the C level are accepted. The NLSA has two finals each season: the first is for C and below times and the second is for faster A and B times.
Stevens County Commissioner Bob Stevenson, who has represented his district for 40 years, has withdrawn his candidacy. Stevenson filed to run again for the District 5 seat, but withdrew from the race on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Stevens County Auditor's Office. Stevenson was not immediately available for comment Wednesday afternoon. Four others have filed for the District 5 seat: Roger McCannon, Don Munsterman, Mary Ann Scharf and Melvin "Mel" Wohlers, of Morris. Tuesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for county and school board office filings.
Both parties involved in the ground breaking at the Francis Genereux home in Alberta Saturday realized a dream. Josh and Marianne Backman and the children Briauna and Dylan are going to realize their dream of home ownership about 15 years before they thought it possible. And as the Backman's home rises from its foundations, it will stand as a metaphor for what the Prairie Lakes Habitat for Humanity Stevens County Chapter hopes is the future of its organization. Earlier this spring, the Backmans were chosen as the first county family to be involved in the program's first home-building projec
Notices for anyone wishing to apply for the Special Agricultural Homestead provision are either in the mail or are available in the Stevens County Assessors office. Here's information about the provision. This is for property owners who do not live on their property but they or a qualified relative actively farms the land: 1. Applications will be available in the office on Monday, July 17, 2006. 2. Need to call for an appointment so the County Assessor can help you fill out the application. 320-589-7407. 3.
Garden tours, special events, horticultural demonstrations, hands-on family activities, picnic, music, art, farm tour, and an educational trade show will combine to create the 36th annual Horticulture Night. Horticulture Night is Thursday, July 27, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris. Walking Tours Each tour starts with a general tour of the garden and ends with the specific tour listed below: Annual Flowers--5 p.m.
Parents might spend years fighting creeping doubts about whether their growing children even like them, much less love them. Usually, as the children grow into adults, they make it clear to their moms and dads just how much they mean to them.