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It was a great year, assistant coach Jean Schultz said in reflection on the '04 summer softball season of the Willie's Super Valu elementary softball team. Willies was one of six teams vying in the league overseen by Morris Area Community Education, 'A lot of girls have improved through the years,' Schultz said Willie's showed a lot of heads-up play in fashioning a 9-0-1 record in the regular season.
It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since Herman made headlines worldwide. Busloads of women arrived in the tiny hamlet in July 1994, curious to see the nationally advertised gaggle of eligible men in an event called Bachelormania. For those unfamiliar with the hows and whys of this unusual incident in that community's history, check with any of your neighbors. Someone close to you will know about Bachelormania. I take more than the usual interest in the whole Herman bachelor story for a couple of reasons.
Facing possible dismissal, Stevens County Ambulance Service Director Randy Fischer resigned from that post on Friday, and two other county employees announced their resignations Thursday to pursue other jobs. County auditor/treasurer Mark Meuwissen will leave his position after five years and will teach business and other related subjects at Alexandria Technical College. Carol Meissner, director of Stevens-Traverse-Grant Public Health, will leave that position to work for Douglas County. Fischer's position was reviewed by the county board in two closed meetings, and on Thursday they recomme
Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a 13-year-old Rockville, Md., boy who "wrote books of inspirational poems that climbed the bestseller charts," died last week of muscular dystrophy. Among those attending his funeral, the Washington Post reports, was Jimmy Carter: Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, spoke of . . . Mattie's devotion to peace.
Minnesota has many seasons, most only minimally related to the weather. For those keeping track, we are now officially into the community festival season. This is a good season to be in Minnesota, but be careful. Community festival season is short. Before we know it, we'll be on the sidelines for a football game and into another season. Community festival season happens to coincide with "long time no see" season. Long lost relatives, former neighbors, co-workers and classmates from more years ago than we like to admit can be found on the boulevards of a parade route.
In two weeks, a team of folks from Morris will be in Atlanta, to give a 10-minute presentation to a jury which will name the next 10 All America cities. A lot of work has gone into preparing this presentation and while we think we've got a winner, we're not the judges. But it's hard not to look at the other 29 finalists for the title and think we're a bit out of our league. Honestly, what would make Morris more of an All-America City than Stockton, Calif. or Pembroke Pines, Fla.? On the other hand, where would you rather live?
Dee's methamphetamine addiction was apparent to those around her only on those rare days she didnt come to work high. Dee was edgy and shook when she didnt have her drugs, and those were the times her co-workers asked if she was, indeed, using. And that in itself is one of meths insidious telltale signs parents and friends need to watch for, Dee and another addict, Jesse, told the 150 people gathered to hear their stories Tuesday night at an informational meeting at Morris Area High School. People have this vision that its bikers and thugs being locked up, Dee said.
I learned to polka in an old barn that was made into a dance hall when I was 16. El Rancho was located north of Park Rapids on your way to Two Inlets. Judy Eischens taught me the polka, something I still enjoy. I can picture the couple who owned that place, but their names escape me now, as do the names of the bands that played there. Mostly, their names were relative anyway--you know, the band that Jayne's sister plays drums for, or the band that has Dave's cute cousin in it.
I would like to extend an invitation for actor and activist Peter Coyote to consider moving to Morris. Coyote was in Morris last week to deliver the commencement address at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Since I am a member of the media, I had the opportunity to visit with him before his speech. One of the things he said really started me thinking. In reply to a question about colleges like UMM, Coyote noted that he is a firm believer in the liberal arts, calling it the Whitman Sampler of human culture. Not the most profound thing I've heard, sort of Forest-Gump-ish, really.
Tom Larson has been named editor of the Morris Sun Tribune. Larson, a 43-year-old Benson native, has almost 20 years experience in daily newspapers as a news and sports reporter. Larson graduated from Benson High School in 1978 and earned degrees from the then-Willmar Community College in Willmar, and the University of Minnesota. "Larson brings a depth of experience and professionalism to the editors position that is the envy of many weekly newspapers.