NEWS-June 11
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The city of Olivia’s technology committee is in need of a new member with the departure of Jake Odlund. This committee oversee and makes recommendations to the city council on technical issues. They were instrumental in the new city website, moving off the cable offices to the city office and have made recommendations for the updating of the city council chambers.  The city is committed to moving forward with technology in all areas of its operations. If this committee is of interest, you can contact the city office or check out the city’s website where you’ll find an application form.  This committee meets every other month.  



A Surplus Food distribution program will start in Morris in just over a week, with monthly distributions the third Tuesday of each month. On June 18th, volunteers will help pack and send home food at the Morris Area High School from 5:30 that afternoon until the food is gone. Student Council Advisor Peg Rinkenberger is helping to organize the event. She says home-bound individuals who would like a delivery of food can call the County Human Services Department to set up a delivery time. Distributions will be held at the high school on June 18July 16 and August 20. For information, call West Central Minnesota Community Action.  



The Morris And Cyrus School Districts are still waiting for a new district number before they can officially dissolve the two existing districts and form a newly consolidated district. Although the new district will assume the Morris Area Public Schools name, a new district number will replace Cyrus' 611 and Morris' 769. The school year officially ends on June 30 and district administration hope to have the new number in place by July 1.



Area Area high school parade bands will be gathering in Benson this week, to celebrate Flag Day and begin their summer of parade playing. The Pioneerland Band Festival parade is held annually on June 14th. Benson's 26th Annual Pioneerland Band Festival will feature many of Minnesota's finest high school bands competing for cash prizes beginning at 6:30 on Friday night. The parade route begins along Highway 12 west, then turns north on 14th Street and ends at the high school. Participating bands include Benson, Fergus Falls, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, and the Alexandria marching band.



The Benson Public Works and Burlington Northern Railroad have agreed on a scope of work to fix the sink hole caused by a storm sewer pipe that is cracked and broken next to the Chippewa River in Benson. City Administrator Rob Wolfington says the work should begin in the next two weeks and they have an estimated budget of about $100,000. He says the hole is probably five feet square and five to six feet deep. Wolfington sasid its caused by an old storm sewer that was built in the 1920s, and the project is complicated in that the pipe goes underneath the river and under a large 42 inch storm sewer making access quite difficult.



Five year old Fernanda Mendoza and her mother, 34 year old Claudia Ramirez, both of Montevideo, have been identified as the two who drowned after the boat they were in overturned on Lac qui Parle Lake near Boyd’s landing on Saturday. According to the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office, preliminary investigation shows that high winds and rough water led to the boat becoming water-filled and later turning over. 35 year old Fernando Mendoza was able to get away from the overturned boat, get to shore and call for help. Cold water temperatures, improper life-jacket use and non-use of life jackets appear to be contributing causes to their deaths, according to the sheriff’s office, who is still investigating the accident.



Officer Ted Agrabright has joined the Montevideo Police Department on a fulltime basis as of last Friday. He has worked for the police department on a part time basis since January of 2012. Agrabright has a law enforcement degree from Ridgewater College and degrees in construction and architectural drafting and estimating. He plans to move to Montevideo with his wife and two children when his home in Pennock sells. Agrabright, who is originally from the Wayzata/Orono area, is a former member of the New London Little Crow Ski Team.



The Roth Chevrolet dealership of Willmar has been purchased by Schwieters Chevrolet dealership of Willmar. The Roth family started in the automobile business in the early 1900s and now for the first time in four generations won’t be a part of the automobile business. Schwieters has two other dealership locations, one in Glenwood and one in Cold Spring.



Recently the Meeker County Sheriff's Office conducted an annual bike rodeo for the first grade students of the Dassel Elementary School. Approximately 70 first grade students attended the event. The students started off the day in the classroom learning the laws and rules of operating bikes safely on city streets. The students were taught safe riding techniques and the proper use of hand signals. Meeker County Deputies performed bike safety inspections on all of the student’s bikes before having them complete a driving course. The driving course taught students safe riding habits, the proper use of hand signals, and the correct procedures for slowing down, stopping, and turning. After completing the riding course, parents joined the students for a bike ride on the bike trail along MN Highway 12. The Wright County Sheriff's Office along with teachers and staff of Dassel Elementary assisted with the training.



The Alexandria Education Foundation has awarded Teacher Innovation grants totaling $20,000 in support of student-engaged projects that will enrich learning and encourage classroom innovation. Projects funded include Flipped Classroom/Blended Classroom for the Jefferson High School; Glass Fusing for the Voyager, Garfield and Miltona Elementary Schools; Technology Too for the Discovery Middle School; Exploring Science with Technology for the Early Education Center; and Digital Storytelling for the Miltona Science Magnet Elementary School.



U.S. Senator Al Franken says the five year Farm Bill passed by the Senate yesterday reforms federal farm programs, strengthens the farm safety net, and gives Minnesota’s farmers the certainty they need to plan for the future. The legislation, which cuts $24 billion in spending also contains several key provisions Senator Franken authored to help Minnesota. He helped author the energy section of the bill, which will produce jobs and growth in Minnesota’s agriculture energy sector. He also successfully fought to preserve the federal sugar program by voting to ensure that vital protections remain in place for sugar growers.



62 year old Eugene Zumhofe of Cyrus, better known as Buck ‘Rock and Roll’ Zumhofe, made his first appearance in Kandiyohi County Court in Willmar yesterday (Monday) on twelve felony criminal sexual conduct charges. Bail for Zumhofe remains at $100,000, and his next court appearance will be July 3rd in front of Judge David Mennis.


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