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Doug Rasmusson passed away Sunday at the age of 78. Unlike many of you, who knew him for decades, I talked with Doug only about a half-dozen times in my 15 months at this paper. Like many of you, however, I enjoyed every minute. And I am proud the Sun Tribune was able to include his column weekly on these pages. Doug could say in 10 words what many of us can't say in 10,000. Evoking powerful, poignant and humorous memories and emotions with a brevity of words is a gift shared by only the truly talented writers. To use a Doug-ism, it's a skill he had in spades.
The Morris Area school board is expected to vote on making more than $637,000 worth of staff reductions and other cost containment measures on Monday. The board meets at 7 p.m. in the Morris Area High School Media Center. The budget moves were necessitated by aprojected $621,000 shortfall for the 2005-2006 school year.
A lingering concern as the Morris Area School District readies for the opening of its $27 million elementary school this fall is the fate of the current 17-acre elementary building site. The building site is on the National Register of Historic Places, a lofty standing that nonetheless would mean nothing should the building and acreage become an albatross for the district because of demolition and asbestos removal costs.
At times it seems the only thing I can do is be thankful it isn't me. Honestly, thank goodness that I am not Terri Schiavo's parent or spouse. Because, honestly, I don't know what's right for her. But I have seen both sides of having to make the decision on how best to help a loved one.
The 2005 Morris Area High softball team will take to the diamond with the confidence that comes from experience. The Tigers are blessed by a lot of that important commodity. Goals can be set high. High enough that Mary Holmberg, beginning her 25th year at the coaching helm, can achieve her 400th career win? It's possible. But the Tigers would need to rack up a great many wins for that milestone to become reality. Coach Holmberg enters the spring with 383 career wins at the helm of the Tigers. The magic number will be 17 for Holmberg to join the exclusive 400-win club.
The West Central Research and OutreachCenter’s wind turbine already is cranking out electricity, and the WCROC staff also is powering up for an Earth Day christening. Barring problems late in the legislativesession, those celebrations will include a visit from Minnesota Gov.
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The headlines have been the same in nearly every small school in the state: declining enrollment and budget cuts. It has been a nearly constant problem with which community after community has wrestled. And so far, the answers haven't been easy. Pairing and sharing. Open enrollment. Classes on interactive television. Another referendum.
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Change. It looks like such a harmless word when you type it. The fun part is trying to accomplish it. Just ask anyone who is making a New Year's resolution or has been told by their physician to make lifestyle changes.Frequently, when I am facing a new or difficult situation, or any situation where I haven't a clue what to do or think, I start looking for wisdom from others who have faced similar trials. This is where the internet is truly useful for me. I have found several web sites that include inspirational, motivational and thoughtful quotes on any subject imaginable.