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The 2005 Morris Area High softball team will take to the diamond with the confidence that comes from experience. The Tigers are blessed by a lot of that important commodity. Goals can be set high. High enough that Mary Holmberg, beginning her 25th year at the coaching helm, can achieve her 400th career win? It's possible. But the Tigers would need to rack up a great many wins for that milestone to become reality. Coach Holmberg enters the spring with 383 career wins at the helm of the Tigers. The magic number will be 17 for Holmberg to join the exclusive 400-win club.
The West Central Research and OutreachCenter’s wind turbine already is cranking out electricity, and the WCROC staff also is powering up for an Earth Day christening. Barring problems late in the legislativesession, those celebrations will include a visit from Minnesota Gov.
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The headlines have been the same in nearly every small school in the state: declining enrollment and budget cuts. It has been a nearly constant problem with which community after community has wrestled. And so far, the answers haven't been easy. Pairing and sharing. Open enrollment. Classes on interactive television. Another referendum.
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Change. It looks like such a harmless word when you type it. The fun part is trying to accomplish it. Just ask anyone who is making a New Year's resolution or has been told by their physician to make lifestyle changes.Frequently, when I am facing a new or difficult situation, or any situation where I haven't a clue what to do or think, I start looking for wisdom from others who have faced similar trials. This is where the internet is truly useful for me. I have found several web sites that include inspirational, motivational and thoughtful quotes on any subject imaginable.
When our first child was born, my husband used to sing Christmas carols to him whenever he was fussy. While this may sound like one of those touching, heart-warming stories, let me share two important facts: 1) Vaughn was born in April; and 2) he was fussy A LOT. But when I suggested to my husband that perhaps there were more appropriate songs and that the other families at the park were giving us some strange looks, here's his reply, "But these are the only songs I know all the words to." There's nothing like a good Christmas carol to take you back to when you were little.
The new year will bring a new look to your newspaper. Beginning in January, the Morris Sun Tribune will be published ondifferent days, on narrower paper, and with a somewhat modified design. "We think this is an exciting opportunity to better serve the community," said Sue Dieter, Sun Tribune Publisher and General Manager.
A few weeks ago I shared that being an adult was nothing like I expected. Today, I repeat that sentiment. I didn't know that adulthood required so much courage. This past week, the members of Charlie Company left again. It was terrific that the soldiers and their families got to spend a few days together, and most of them came home for a five-dayfurlough. But here's the hard part: the moms and dads and spouses and children had to let them go ... again. I don't know how they did it. Clearly, these soldiers have brave families.
I learned with sadness that my long-time friend Willie Martin died the day before Thanksgiving. While there seems no good time for a loved one to depart this earth, Willie's exit at Thanksgiving seems fitting. The Morris community can be truly thankful for the presence of this man during the past half-century and change. Willie put "friendly" into customer service and meant it.