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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.
In the last several weeks the topic of a so-called "assault weapons" ban has been discussed at every kitchen table, as well as in every office of every elected official...
Our hats off to the person from Chokio who wrote the article about shopping in Morris. We agree with him one hundred percent. We came to the area from a big city and were surprised that a city the size of Morris had such little choices to shop at. We now drive to Alexandria and do most of our shopping. Think of the jobs Morris could offer people. It's Morris's loss. Marie and Arnold Schultz Starbuck, Minn.
Since the Courage Cottage is owned and operated by Stevens Community Medical Center, we share the same mission statement: "Caring is our reason for being." I am writing to tell everyone that this mission statement has rubbed off on the members of our community and those in the surrounding area. Our residents come to the Courage Cottage with many different diagnoses requiring diverse care. The one similarity between all our residents and their families is the tender loving care received by the entire staff.
On behalf of the clients the Salvation Army will be able to serve, I would like to thank the community for their support. We raised $13,855.55 during our Christmas Kettle Campaign. More than 30 individuals and 20 different groups rang bells to make this possible. Their contributions are a shining example of the true spirit of Christmas. To everyone who supported our Christmas Kettle effort, please know how valuable your contributions are.
I'm not sure if everything Douglas Harvey Peterson said in his letter is factual (Sun Tribune Jan. 5, 2013) but I do know the story was out that about 50 years ago when 3M was looking for a place to build, Morris was a likely spot, but the rumor goes that a greedy landowner wanted too much money for the land, and 3M built in Alexandria.
It is hard to fight ignorance, I know that is a harsh word but that is what this gun ban stuff seems to be. First what is an "assault rifle"? The word comes from WWII when the first of the smaller automatic rifles came into being and were dubbed "assault rifles" to differentiate it from the standard military rifles and machine guns. It seems the media loved the terrible connotation so in their chance to stir-up their anti-gun hysteria what could be better?
If everyone from Morris or the Morris area shopped 10 percent more in Morris how would that increase the selection in Morris when most of the things we shop for are not available in Morris to begin with? We would not need to make a resolution to do at least 10 percent less shopping in Alexandria if the leaders of Morris and Stevens County had done their job more efficiently. If the leaders of Morris and Stevens County would have let businesses like Walmart, Fleet Farm, Menards, etc.