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A group of folks gathered in Morris last week for a workshop sponsored by the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission, or SCEIC. The workshop was titled, "Building on Success." As you probably already read, some of the news wasn't so good, especially looking at the demographics of the area.
Later this week, the staff at the Morris Sun Tribune will pack up and move to new offices at 607 Pacific Avenue. We are all very excited about this and look forward to settling in our new building. Plans are underway for an open house in the new facility and believe me, we can't wait to show you our new place. We'll let you know when we're done unpacking. It has been an adventure getting to this point. We have had to clean out our offices and think carefully about what we want to move with us and what will be left behind.
There are a lot of things I am trying to be in this life--respected, punctual, generous. I also try very hard not to be a hypocrite. So it is with some reluctance that I admit that I watched the Miss America program on Saturday night. But please hear me out before you brand me with a scarlet "H". Miss America 2006 is Jennifer Berry. Jennifer is an aspiring teacher from Jenks, a town of about 10,000 in eastern Oklahoma. She performed a ballet as her talent.
Here's a study I'd like to see documented in the New England Journal of Medicine: How pancakes cure kidney disease, cancer and birth defects. They also can be used to buy fire trucks, houses and computers. Of course, it's the money not that pancakes that we're talking about. Or is it? I drove for half an hour, then stood in line for at least that long Sunday just to get two pancakes and a half a glass of juice. I paid about $10 for each of one of those pancakes. And my daughter ate most of them.
You know you're old when your Christmas list includes new racks for the dishwasher, new slippers and a clock with a battery back up. But, boy that is what I really want. Sure, I'll gladly accept jewelry, a new flat-panel monitor, a Big and Rich CD or the Chocolate Factory. All of these have been suggested by my children as more appropriate Christmas gifts than what I say I want. But I really do need new racks for the dishwasher.
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Most days, I consider Morris to be an intellectually stimulating and pleasant community where people experience clean air and water, little traffic, varied housing and -- perhaps most important -- each other. It was no surprise to me when the Minnesota Design Team asked about the heart of the community and the answer came back as the people. But that doesn't mean this is a placid and uncomplicated place to live. Sometimes, it is just plain hard to live in a small town. People here have differences of opinions, long memories and no particular fondness for change.
The Discovery Channel has a show called "Dirty Jobs." Each week, host Mike Rowe introduces us to ordinary people with dirty jobs. And just to make it good television, Rowe tries to do the job, working alongside rattlesnake catchers, fish processors, bee removers and septic-tank technicians. I've only watched short segments of the show, mostly to learn the hows and whys of each job. Oh, and it never hurts to see what other people do for a living to start seeing the benefits of your own occupation.
Late-night college bull sessions can get interesting, fueled by caffeine, idealism and little sleep. But when morning light and reality hit, the plausibility of the plans hatched the night before often fades to black. The idea to start a second student-run newspaper at the University of Minnesota, Morris wasn't new, but until now, initiative never successfully followed insight. The Counterweight, with a fourth edition about to hit the news stands, might prove to be an exception.
There have been a number of surveys going on in our community recently on everything from kindergarten options to business needs. Coincidentally, I have conducted my own rather informal and highly unscientific survey and have found nearly unanimous agreement among our downtown business on one point: the trees on Main Street are a nuisance and should be cut down. Why, you ask?