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Stevens County Commissioners said on Feb. 21 they reluctantly accepted the planned retirement of county assessor Judy Thorstad. Thorstad has worked in the assessor's office for 40 years. "I appreciate the time I have spent n Stevens County and also the support I have received in my office as county assessor," Thorstad wrote in her retirement letter. Thorstad's retirement is effective Aug. 31.
Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2017 Century Farms Program.
To the editor, I realize that for you, the reader, Valentine's Day has passed, and I hope it was a good one filled with love and hope. For me, it is Valentine's day today, as I am writing this letter. After a sleepless night with a beautiful toddler, I had a lovely Valentine's morning.
Juan Cid loves soccer. He can quickly recite the names of some top players in Mexico, who are also some of the top players in the world. "I've been playing soccer ever since I can remember," Cid said. "I've played (as an adult) in Willmar for over 10 years. I've been part of a league there for over five years." "For me, Morris has a lot of potential for soccer, especially for kids," Cid said. "I have three kids and I want them to be able to play soccer."
Singers are again invited to share their voices in the community choir that sings for the community Good Friday Tenebrae Service April 14 at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. The service is at 7:30 p.m. Linda Hodgson, choir director at Assumption Church in Morris, is again organizing and directing the choir. Last year about 70 singers formed the community choir. "It was very nice," Hodgson said. About 400 people came to the service, she said.
To the editor, Thank you, Rep. Jeff Backer, for your courageous votes in favor of the "buffer bill" in 2015 and 2016, and for your work on the conference committee that worked out the final details of the bill that ultimately became law. While buffer rules have been in place for decades in Minnesota, I'm glad Rep. Backer supported efforts to give these rules some much needed updates and teeth in order to start cleaning up some of the 40 percent of Minnesota waters that are impaired for conventional pollutants.
Asking the Big Questions The next Asking the Big Questions discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Come explore what the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) symbolizes as a Native American issue and also in the context of water rights and energy production. Guest speakers include NASNTI Postdoctoral Fellow Brian Twenter, Sustainability Coordinator Troy Goodnough, and a UMM student who has experience at the activist camp. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
When something bad happens, Dona Greiner wants Stevens County to be ready to safely respond. Greiner is the emergency management director for Stevens County. "I sleep, eat and dream emergency management planning," Greiner said. She recently received the "Outstanding Commitment to Emergency Management" award from the state of Minnesota and its Department of Public Safety and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
These kids were ready for an interview, even if it didn't mean taking a break from a play period. I was in the pre-kindergarten classroom this week at St. Mary's Catholic School in Morris. The kids in this class along with the other classes at St. Mary's participated in a cool way to say thank you. The students brought Valentines to various members of the community. The pre-kindergarten students in Michelle Nonnemacher's class brought Valentines to the Morris Police Department. "We went to the police station in the morning," Gabriella Jost said.