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Memorial Day reflections The following poem was inspired by seeing my 76-year-old dad, J.G. Maughan, carrying the American flag at the head of the Memorial Day parade in Morris. He always hung the flag on holidays and included all of us kids in that activity. He loved his country and taught his children love and respect for the American flag and the sacrifices made for our freedome. When our oldest daughter, Bonnie, was three years old, she memorized this poem and recited it on junior Sunday school at our church.
Food Shelf has great support The Stevens County Food Shelf would like to thank all those who contributed food and dollars to our March campaign and to those who have contributed through out the year. Special thanks to the chuches, schools, clubs, businesses, and the University of Minnesota, Morris for all their help. The postal workers did a wonderful job of collecting food this year, too.
Support our veterans May is Poppy Month. It is also a month during which many activities include members of our community. From May 17-22, the members of the American Legion Auxiliary will be distributing poppies in stores and businesses. Remember that this year we are "Celebrating our Service to Veterans, Children and Communities." This is our opportunity to tell the story of how contributions from poppy funds directly benefit the many programs we have for veterans.
Adopt a Highway anniversary This May marks the 20th anniversary of Minnesota's Adopt a Highway program. In west central Minnesota, 126 groups have been a part of the program since 1990, including: Rendsville 4-H Club; Morris Kiwanis; Morris Area FFA; Federated Church; Swan Lake 4-H Club; Scott 4-H Club; Horton 4-H Club; Roger Gerdes and Grandkids; Harlan and Angie Van Horn; GFWC Morris Students Club; Hodges 4-H Club; Mark Holleman Family. I would like to offer a sincere thank you to every one of our volunteers - they are the real heroes of public service.
Rubber-neckers add to danger When I was young(er) and had done something pretty dumb, my parents would ask me one of two questions: Why I had done it? Or what I was thinking? After getting the typical "I dunno" answer, in frustration they would say, "What do you think God gave you a brain for? Use it!" So here's my question for the ridiculous bear watchers: What do you think God gave you a brain for? I am amazed at the traffic which, beginning Wednesday morning, continues to go by my house. Dozens of crazies drive by, cell phone in hand, to get a look at the bear.
Thanks to veterans Veterans, we write with a special thank you for all that you did to make the Welcome Home activities for Charlie Battery troops on April 3 even more meaningful. We were told by a returning soldier that the thing that touched his heart the most was seeing the lines of veterans in various communities (starting with Villard) standing and honoring them with their flag lines.
Increase organ donations If more people were as generous as Corrine Stein ("Organ donors give gift of life," April 3 Sun Tribune), we wouldn't have over 50 percent of Americans waiting for organ transplants dying each year. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage: give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors.
Thanks to all for a memorable day We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the citizens of west central Minnesota who did so much to welcome home the Charlie Battery troops of Morris and Ortonville from their year of active duty in Kuwait. Your presence and actions were very much appreciated by our soldiers and their families. Glenwood, Starbuck and Cyrus, thank you for the warm receptions that you gave them in each of your communities as our soldiers traveled on the buses to Morris.
End fibs about health care Is there no end to the fibs about the health care bill? Laying them to rest is like playing Whack-a-Mole. As soon as one is answered, another one pops up. The latest one is expressed at great length in a previous letter to this paper ("Changing the rules," Morris Sun Tribune, March 27). The letter writer claims that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, just passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, was not voted on by the U.S.
Changing the rules It is the final game of the Minnesota State Boy's Basketball tournament. Both teams have fought long and hard to get into the finals. The losing team cannot win because the three seconds in the lane rule greatly hinders their offense. This rule has kept them from victory because their offensive center needs five seconds. In the last half of the final quarter, this rule is changed from three seconds in the lane to five seconds. This team now wins.