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You might remember finding a Morris Public Library survey in your mailbox during the month of September.. The University of Minnesota, Morris, Center for Small Towns worked with the Morris Public Library to develop and distribute a survey to learn what library resources the public believes are important and to gauge the public's support for the expansion and renovation of the library. The survey that was distributed by mail to households in the Morris Public Library's service area (i.e., the City of Morris and its nine surrounding townships) was an early step in gathering information.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said during a brief news conference at the Water Summit Jan. 27 in Morris that he was "more than optimistic" about the chances of a bonding bill passing in the Legislature.
To the editor I want to thank Rae Yost for the lovely article she published today (1/28) about the women who marched in Morris and in D.C. on Jan. 21. I am proud to live in a town where activism is important and where the local newspaper gives press to the movements aiming to create a just, fair, equitable society for all.
Two members of the Morris Area FFA recently made a presentation to the Minnesota Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee on Jan. 25. Committee chair Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria invited Jake Anderson and Briar Peterson to speak to the committee about genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Anderson and Peterson provided basic information about GMOs and the impact on wildlife and nature.
To the editor Given the events of the past several days, I have to express my horror at the path Donald Trump has chosen. He and his inner circle have upended the founding principles of our nation, and there seem to be no signs that they will slow their efforts to destroy what once made our country great. I would not be here had my grandfather been turned away when he left Tzarist Russia to come to America in 1917. I know similar stories hold true for many of us—all of us, save Native Americans.
Deadline for all Community Calendar items is 1 p.m. on Thursday. Meeting and open house announcements will be printed twice at no charge. Send your announcements to email@example.com . Saturday, February 4 MINNEWASKA SINGLES will have a game night at 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Glenwood, 186 Hwy 55. Bring a snack to share. For information call 320-283-5612. Monday, February 6 STEVENS COUNTY ECI MEETING will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the ECFE Parent Ed room in the Morris Area Elementary School.
These are the faces of the people who plant the corn or milk the cows or cut the day. To photographer Jon Solinger, these faces are art but also a documentation of today's agriculture landscape in western Minnesota. Solinger, of Pelican Rapids, will talk about his photography exhibit "Working Land" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Morris Public Library. The exhibit is on display at the library through Feb. 27.
Writing plays for Morris Area High School students is a way for Thomas McPhee to repay the happiness high school theater gave him. McPhee, a 2012 MAHS graduate, wrote the play "Metal Sands" for the high school's one-act play competition. Students will perform the play in regional competition today, Feb. 4.
The city of Morris recently did a lease purchase of some important fire department equipment. "Besides turnout gear, the air packs firefighters wear are the most important piece of safety equipment we use," Morris Fire Chief Dave Dybdal said. "Every call we go on, whether it's a fire alarm, carbon monoxide, anhydrous ammonia, car fire, hazardous material or structure fire, my guys are packed up and ready to go into a hot zone if needed." Nineteen new MSA G1 SCBA air packs will make going into those potential hot zones safer, Dybdal said.
Weather news: we had several days of light rain and snow this week, it has been cool. As I am writing this on Groundhog Day the sun is shining so I guess we are going to have six more weeks of winter. St. John's Kongsvinger news: Youth group tubing event at 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. at Andes. The Donnelly City Council meets at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at city hall. Rendsville 4-H will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 St. John's.