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By Ted Kooser Remember those Degas paintings of the ballet dancers? Here is a similar figure study, in muted color, but in this instance made of words, not pigment. As this poem by David Tucker closes, I can feel myself holding my breath as if to help the dancer hold her position. The Dancer Class is over, the teacher and the pianist gone, but one dancer in a pale blue leotard stays to practice alone without music, turning grand jetes through the haze of late afternoon.
I played high school baseball back in the Stone Age of prep baseball (no, we didn't wear handle-bar mustaches, but I can recall the days when you had to buckle down bases with straps). In my senior year, our team was good enough -- and fortunate enough -- to earn a spot in the state tournament. I would say I "played" on that team, but that would be stretching the bounds of euphemism to its breaking points. I was a second-string rightfielder, which anyone who's ever played prep ball puts you just below the assistant student manager intern in the team pecking order.
The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance is holding the fifth-annual Photo Contest. The contest is open to amateur photographers of all ages and is free. The deadline for submitting photographs is June 29 at 5:30 p.m.
By Julie Buntjer Worthington Daily Globe Editor's Note: This is one story is a series on the renewable fuel industry. SIBLEY, Iowa -- People driving flexible fuel vehicles these days are cashing in on the savings when they pull up to the pump. E-85, a gasoline blended with 85 percent ethanol, is -- in some communities -- 45 cents less per gallon than regular unleaded gasoline. The price difference has created demand for flex-fuel vehicles, as well as for more pumps that carry E-85.
Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to a five-year low of 3.7 percent in May, down substantially from April's rate of 4.1 percent, according to figures released today by the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The over-the-year rate of growth increased to 1.7 percent with the total number of jobs remaining steady in May.
The Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrates its 50th birthday this year. To commemorate the milestone, the SWCD is hosting a Conservation Tour on June 22. The tour begins at 8 a.m. at Pomme de Terre Park, and a free lunch at the park following the tour will feature BBQ pork and pie. The tour will take participants to various stops around the county, showcasing lands that have been enrolled into a variety of SWCD programs.
The City of Morris received a letter from the Office of Administrative Hearings office acknowledging receipt of the city's petition to annex areas of two townships. The letter from Christine Scotillo, executive director of the OAH's Municipal Boundary Adjustment unit, stated that a hearing would be scheduled within 30 to 60 days, in accordance with state statutes. But Scotillo's letter also suggested that the city and townships should meet to try settle the matter locally. "Since a hearing is a very costly and lengthy procedure, we recommend that the city discuss the proposed annexation wit
ST. CLOUD -- The Morris Area baseball team had been riding the streak of all streaks. A team that had only twice won consecutive games during the regular season entered Thursday's Class AA State Tournament on a six-game winning streak, including five straight in the postseason. The Tigers pulled off the feat by playing an excellent brand of "small ball." They pitched well, played solid defense and while they didn't completely shed their reputation for light hitting, they certainly figured out how to hit at the right times.
JULIA MAY WULF was born on June 5, 2006 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Paul and Heidi Wulf of Hancock. Julia May weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. Grandpar-ents are Dennis and Judy Wulf of Hancock and Bernie and Joyce Messner of Hancock. Great grandparents are Vi Wulf, Frank and Gladys Messner of Morris, and Phil and Donna Mogler of Lester, Iowa. Great-great grandma is Lillie Luthi of Morris.
HAYLEY ANNE SCHMALL was born on June 10, 2006 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris to Grant and Sarah Schmall of Elbow Lake. Hayley Anne weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jerry and Audrey Schmall of Elbow Lake and LeRoy and Sheila Fahje of Alberta. Great grandparents are Mildred Orstad of Burnsville, formerly of Elbow Lake, and Lavon and Vera Lund of Danvers.