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MORRIS - The news that KSAX had ceased operating in Alexandria is bad news for all of us in west central Minnesota. First, 17 people, who did their best every day in a rapidly changing workplace, are unemployed today. Second, we have one less media outlet in rural Minnesota. Sure, the KSAX update was only 10 minutes at best, but that was ten less minutes of metro-only news that was at best marginally interesting and only served to remind me why I would not like to live there.
Stevens County farmers who farm along county ditches no. 2 and no. 4 will be getting a letter from the county soon, reminding them to leave the buffer strip alone. In his report to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, County Engineer Brian Giese noted that "the buffer strip has been infringed on a great deal" on ditch 2. Minnesota drainage law requires one rod, or 16.5 feet, of grass along drainage ditches to help reduce erosion and sedimentation. Giese also reported that a smaller percentage of ditch 4 was in violation but there were still some significant violations.
Assistant Stevens County Attorney Carl Thunem took the oath of office Tuesday, June 5. County board chair Larry Sayre administered the oath. Thunem was hired for the position of assistant county attorney for Stevens County in January, but was on deployment to Kuwait at the time. Thunem is a captain with the Minnesota-based Army National Guard Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. As a contracting officer representative with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Thunem provided support and training to the soldiers at Camp Arifjan.
From the time I was 5 until I was 11 years old, my sister and I shared a bedroom. There was one, full-sized bed with a fuzzy sticker directly in the middle of the headboard. That was meant to settle the 'whose half you're on' battles in the middle of the night without having to turn on the light and get Mom involved. We originally were going to sew something onto the mattress, but Mom caught wind of that brilliant idea and put the kibosh on it. My sister and I had little in common. I had Shaun Cassidy posters on my walls while she was past that stage in her life.
It's good to be home. I recently traveled as part of the Barnes-Aastad Soil and Water Conservation Research Association to Washington, D.C. My traveling companions were Dean Meichsner, Dan Perkins and Jim Wink. We spent four days visiting congressional and administrative offices in support of the USDA Agriculture Research Service and specifically the Soils Lab in Morris. This trip has been conducted annually by volunteer members of Barnes-Aastad for over 50 years. But now I'm home and happy to be here. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting Washington, D.C.
MORRIS, Minn. - Approximately 30 people gathered at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris on Feb. 21 to try to answer the persistent question of how to build a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community. The meeting was billed as a public listening session for local area residents to gather and discuss how to improve the quality of life in the Morris region.
It's always somewhat startling to me how quickly holidays are over. The day after is just another day and there will be no mention of yesterday. Christmas music ends at midnight Dec. 25. The 5th of July is no big deal. Black Friday has no Thanksgiving in it at all. I thought of this again on Wednesday as I sorted through the half-price Valentine candy. And I wonder if it's too late to tell you of my favorite Valentines? My husband's maternal grandparents, Carl and Ann Olson, were married for 77 years and loved each other to their very last days.
When you think of someone as being extraordinary, often what comes to mind is the kid who can recite Pi to its fiftieth digit, the 15-year-old college graduate or the fifth-grader who can play eight instruments and is hoping to learn the glockenspiel for her 13th birthday. Granted, those are some amazingly talented individuals, but I don't know that I would call them extraordinary. The difference between being talented and being extraordinary, I think, is that extraordinary only comes with effort.
This past Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, the top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq returned home to U.S. soil bearing the U.S. Forces-Iraq flag. The ceremony to retire the flag was the symbolic end to the War in Iraq. Under Army custom the flag will be retired and either stored or displayed. I watched the brief ceremony several times on many different television networks, and have read and re-read the remarks from the occasion. I was supposed to be writing the annual Dieter Christmas letter so the holiday cards could finally get in the mail and arrive before Christmas.
MORRIS - Every year about this time, I sit down and try to find a new way to remind you of the importance of shopping local. And I've been thinking about it since the first holiday display appeared in stores, right next to the back to school supplies. But I think many of you have already gotten the e-mail titled, "Christmas 2011 Birth of a New Tradition." I know it's been in my inbox at least three times. There are some valid points included in the message, so just in case you haven't gotten this yet, please read on.