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A few weeks ago I shared that being an adult was nothing like I expected. Today, I repeat that sentiment. I didn't know that adulthood required so much courage. This past week, the members of Charlie Company left again. It was terrific that the soldiers and their families got to spend a few days together, and most of them came home for a five-dayfurlough. But here's the hard part: the moms and dads and spouses and children had to let them go ... again. I don't know how they did it. Clearly, these soldiers have brave families.
I learned with sadness that my long-time friend Willie Martin died the day before Thanksgiving. While there seems no good time for a loved one to depart this earth, Willie's exit at Thanksgiving seems fitting. The Morris community can be truly thankful for the presence of this man during the past half-century and change. Willie put "friendly" into customer service and meant it.
Local law enforcement officials continue to search for a Hancock man missing since Nov. 26. The Hancock Police Department and Stevens County Sheriff's Office are searching for Jack Leroy Eisel, 40, who walked away from a Hancock group home at about 6:00 p.m. on that day and has not been seen since. Eisel is 5-foot-9, 135 pounds. He has blue eyes, dishwater-blonde hair and has a goatee beard.
Congratulations and thank you to all those whose name appeared on Tuesday's ballot. Seriously, even though everyone I cast a vote for didn't win, it's a pretty awesome thing to have a choice. And I am sure that not one of the candidates spent the time and energy it takes to campaign thinking they would do less than their best if they got into office. Anyway, here's the thing about elections.
A few months ago, I shared with you the difficulty I was having thinking of something appropriate to say to a woman whose son was in Iraq and just had his tour of duty extended. I never did find the right words. Thankfully, her son is home and doing well. Today I am struggling to find the right words again, this time for those in our community who are just now sending the loved ones off to duty that very likely will put them in Iraq. I guess what is weighing most heavy on my heart is that we truly are sending a little slice of the American pie off to war.
Members of the Morris National Guard unit have an early morning departure on Thursday, October 14. The troops will leave Morris by bus at 6:00 a.m. Almost 50 members of Charlie company 1-151 Field Artillery are on their way to Fort Dix, N.J. The bus will travel down Atlantic Avenue from Coborns to Cenex South. The bus will then head west to Alberta and Chokio, then on to Graceville and Ortonville. The buses will not be stopping in any of the communities, and they will be led by law enforcement. Community members are invited to show their support for the troops by lining the street.
This week is, among other things, National Newspaper Week. Now, being a relative newcomer to this industry, Im not exactly sure what would be the appropriate way to observe and celebrate this week. I'll start by thanking the staff at the Morris Sun Tribune and Hancock Record. What an outstanding group of professionals! Evelyn Baas, Jennifer Bergerson, Patti Burns, Katie Erdman, Lonna Fulda, Janet Kehoe, Tom Larson, Barb Lienemann, Terry Manney, Heather Storck, Joyce Van Eps and Brian Williams put their best effort into each edition of the paper.
Minnesota's primary election is Tuesday. One quick look at the ballot shows there's not much to get excited about. For voters in my precinct and many others, there are no contested positions. Truth be told, in a couple instances, we're just lucky to have a candidate. But that's beside the point. Minnesota authorized the first statewide primary in 1899. The purpose of the primary election is to allow the major political parties to narrow the number of their candidates for a particular office to just one.
The swim/dive Gators of Minnewaska/Morris/Chokio-Alberta splashed into a new season on Friday, Aug. 27, in the Willmar Invitational The team now has 55 total members. "Before the pairing we had difficulty filling a roster," co-coach Becca Hennessy said.
We are coming into the last holiday weekend of the summer. It is a bit anti-climactic this year since many of us bid goodbye to summer with the start of school earlier this week. But let's not get Labor Day confused with the fall equinox. Quick history lesson: Labor Day as a national holiday grew out of a celebration and parade in honor of the working class by the Knights of Labor in 1882 in New York. In 1884, the Knights held a large parade in New York City celebrating the working class. The parade was held on the first Monday in September.