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A few months ago, I shared with you the difficulty I was having thinking of something appropriate to say to a woman whose son was in Iraq and just had his tour of duty extended. I never did find the right words. Thankfully, her son is home and doing well. Today I am struggling to find the right words again, this time for those in our community who are just now sending the loved ones off to duty that very likely will put them in Iraq. I guess what is weighing most heavy on my heart is that we truly are sending a little slice of the American pie off to war.
Members of the Morris National Guard unit have an early morning departure on Thursday, October 14. The troops will leave Morris by bus at 6:00 a.m. Almost 50 members of Charlie company 1-151 Field Artillery are on their way to Fort Dix, N.J. The bus will travel down Atlantic Avenue from Coborns to Cenex South. The bus will then head west to Alberta and Chokio, then on to Graceville and Ortonville. The buses will not be stopping in any of the communities, and they will be led by law enforcement. Community members are invited to show their support for the troops by lining the street.
This week is, among other things, National Newspaper Week. Now, being a relative newcomer to this industry, Im not exactly sure what would be the appropriate way to observe and celebrate this week. I'll start by thanking the staff at the Morris Sun Tribune and Hancock Record. What an outstanding group of professionals! Evelyn Baas, Jennifer Bergerson, Patti Burns, Katie Erdman, Lonna Fulda, Janet Kehoe, Tom Larson, Barb Lienemann, Terry Manney, Heather Storck, Joyce Van Eps and Brian Williams put their best effort into each edition of the paper.
Minnesota's primary election is Tuesday. One quick look at the ballot shows there's not much to get excited about. For voters in my precinct and many others, there are no contested positions. Truth be told, in a couple instances, we're just lucky to have a candidate. But that's beside the point. Minnesota authorized the first statewide primary in 1899. The purpose of the primary election is to allow the major political parties to narrow the number of their candidates for a particular office to just one.
The swim/dive Gators of Minnewaska/Morris/Chokio-Alberta splashed into a new season on Friday, Aug. 27, in the Willmar Invitational The team now has 55 total members. "Before the pairing we had difficulty filling a roster," co-coach Becca Hennessy said.
We are coming into the last holiday weekend of the summer. It is a bit anti-climactic this year since many of us bid goodbye to summer with the start of school earlier this week. But let's not get Labor Day confused with the fall equinox. Quick history lesson: Labor Day as a national holiday grew out of a celebration and parade in honor of the working class by the Knights of Labor in 1882 in New York. In 1884, the Knights held a large parade in New York City celebrating the working class. The parade was held on the first Monday in September.
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.