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The Knotty Heart of a Story By Athena Kildegaard This is the garden that Barb grows This the zucchini whose yellow flowers opened in July when the wind died down This the tomato as red as dawn This the raspberry, this the plum, this the crabapple fallen down This the basket of peppers and thyme Barb carries to Irv who lives down her street. These are the tools that Irv hauls in a box This is the hammer his father held its handle carved from a birch that stood in the park until the wind of '40 pulled it down This is the hammer that struck the nails that built the shed that stands
It only makes sense that everyone attending the Symposium on Small Towns last week was proud to be from a small town. It's just funny how proud sometimes. During a legislative forum, one of the panelists commented that the only stoplight for four counties was in her district.
"Linking the World of IP to the Midwest" is the theme for the Midwest Specialty Grains Conference, Aug.
The Race to the Barn is on. Since June 1, the Stevens County 4-H has been engaged in a countywide fundraiser to raise money for new livestock building projects at the Stevens County Fairgrounds. The Stevens County 4-H is teaming up with the Stevens County Fair board to raise funds for a new livestock building and a one-of-a-kind remodeling project of the 4-H livestock buildings. The county 4-H program has found participation outgrowing the barns.
A Morris man has died as a result of a head-on collision south of Starbuck last week. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 53-year old Thomas Hein was driving a tandem-axel truck south of Starbuck on Highway 29 on the evening of June 6. A Ford Explorer, driven by 69-year-old Bruce Berg of Starbuck was travelling north. The Berg vehicle crossed the center line and collided with Hein's truck. Hein was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident but Berg was. Hein was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital where he later died.
"Working Better Together for the Common Good" was the theme for the fourth annual Symposium on Small Towns, held Tuesday and Wednesday in Morris. But why should rural communities and organizations work together? Jim Hoolihan, president of the Blandin Foundation, addressed that question in his keynote speech Wednesday morning. "I can get through many days without working together.
If Brittany Kill is named Miss Minnesota next Friday night, it will cap off what has been an outstanding year for her. Kill, the reigning Miss Midwest, is one of 17 contestants participating in the annual Miss Minnesota pageant June 16-17 at the Tedd Mann Theatre on the University of Minnesota campus. Kill admits no one is more surprised than she is to be participating in the contest. "When I was younger, I was a huge critic of programs like Miss Minnesota.
Discussions on the proposed Stevens County jail project continued at Tuesday's county board meeting. The board reviewed a proposal from commissioner Larry Sayre to remodel the current courthouse.
Funeral services for Jimmie Burbank will be held at 2:00 p.m, Saturday, June 10th at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home chapel in Alexandria with Rev. Rollen Halvorson officiating. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 10th in the Benson City Cemetery in Benson with military honors by the Benson VFW post #1403. Jimmie Junior Burbank was born January 14, 1921 in Glenwood, the son of Lawrence and Olive (Ferdon) Burbank. He was called from this life on June 6, 2006 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria.
Funeral services for Virgina "Ginny" Zimmerman will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls. Revs. Paul Nelson, Kate Bruns, and Ken Rust will be officiating. Interment is at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Fergus Falls. Virginia Ginny Zimmerman, 60, a resident of Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. She was born November 6, 1945 in Morris to Philip and Leona (Scheelk) Halbe. She attended St. Marys and country school graduating from Morris High School in 1963.