The Morris Area School District invites all Veterans, their families, and the general public to the Veteran's Day program at the Morris Area Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon,November 11th from 2-3. There will be a reception for the veterans and their families in the elementary cafeteria prior to program from 1-1:45. If you have questions, contact Peg Rinkenberger.
Sunday afternoon at three, the Stevens County Museum is doing a re-enactment of Theodore Roosevelt. The performance will be 40 minutes. Following the re-enactment, there will be a time of questions and answers. Gib Young will be acting as Theordore Roosevelt. He has performed at the JFK Library, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower. The local jazz band will be doing a performance at two.
Springboard for the Arts, the Center for Small Towns and the Forum of Regional Arts Councils are planning for the next Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will take place June 2-4 in Morris. The title of the 2015 summit is “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places.” They invite community and economic development leaders, artists and art organizations to submit proposals of all types, including panels, workshops, discussions, performances and demonstrations from rural thinkers, developers, leaders, artists and more. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 1st. To submit that proposal check their website.
There will be an Affordable Care Act Forum on Tuesday from noon to one at Christianson & Associates Willmar Training Room downtown Willmar. There will be discussion on the upcoming Dec. 1st health insurance renewals; premium increases for employers; and the latest updates to Affordable Care Act related regulations. You’re invited to attend this informal lunch hour discussion to explore how local area businesses are affected by the new rules and laws, including how they are handling large increases to their health insurance premiums. Experts from tax, financial and insurance fields will be on hand to discuss how the new rules and laws may affect planning, reporting and benefits. RSVP by calling Lynette at 235-5937.
At this week’s Benson School Board meeting there was discussion on increasing substitute teach pay and increasing that pay, according to Supt. Dennis Laumeyer. He says the board also approved the Minnesota State High School League grant and information they use for students who might not be able to pay to be part of those activities. In other business they also approved a new gymnastics cooperative agreement with KMS, Montevideo and Benson.
A conditional use permit to establish an off-vehicle park in Gennessee Township was approved by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. This park is about 40 acres in size and is not designed for racing, but for off-road veicles such as jeeps and ATVs.Jeff Thompson told the commissioners the course that will be set up will be a very technical course and riders will be going two to five miles an hour as they maneuver through. He also says it will take a while to get through this course. County Board Chairman Jim Butterfield, says it’s a private entity doing this and it’s just another thing to attract people to Kandiyohi County for tourism. Butterfield said its Hats off to Jeffery Thompson and his people for putting this park together. There will be camping there and they hope to have it has a family event.
The resurfacing project on Highway 12 at the Willmar Bypass has been completed and crews are in the process of removing the traffic control devices and opening the road to motorists. The turn lane at 7th Street SW is open to traffic but will have flashing lights, temporarily, while work on the signals is completed. This project began in early July and with an anticipated completion date of mid-November.
Yesterday (Thursday), the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force concluded an investigation into methamphetamine sales in the St. Cloud Metro area. The task force conducted a search in a residence in St. Augusta related to this investigation. About 6 pounds of methamphetamine were located along with $3470 in cash, and a handgun reported stolen from Wright County. The value of the 6 pounds of methamphetamine is estimated at $125,000 wholesale and estimated at approximately $260,000 street value. Arrested at the scene was 34 year old Joseph McMahon from the St. Cloud area. McMahon faces numerous charges that include possession of stolen property, 1st degree possession of controlled substance, and felon in possession of a firearm. McMahon was taken to the Stearns County jail and is awaiting his charges. A second search warrant, related to this investigation, was conducted at a residence in St. Cloud. 25 year old Alyssa Jarecki of St. Cloud had outstanding warrants and was taken to the Benton County Jail. She is expected to be charged with 1st and 5th degree possession of controlled substance, and possession of stolen property. Investigators located approximately another pound of methamphetamine, 6 grams of Molly, 125 grams of marijuana, $4150 in cash, and another stolen handgun out of Sauk Rapids. The estimated street value of this methamphetamine is $38,000.
Minnesota Housing announced funding awards of nearly $162 million that will create and preserve affordable housing across the state. This record level of funding comes just months after the Governor and Legislature approved the largest capital investment for housing in Minnesota Housing history. It will fund 78 rental and homeownership projects for a total of 4,000 housing units through a variety of financing sources. An additional $20 million, approved in the 2014 bonding bill to repair aging public housing, will be awarded in January, 2015.
Mediacom says Benson area customers will see the first effects of the company’s digital upgrade next week when analog reception is eliminated for a group of popular television channels. Thousands of digital adapters have been distributed in recent weeks to prepare customers for a phase-out of analog television reception. Those who are not yet ‘digital ready’ can still receive the device needed to ensure reception for channels 23 through 79. The first change to a digital-only format will occur on Tuesday, and a complete phase-out of analog reception for channels 23 through 79 will occur on Nov. 11th. As a result of this network upgrade, Mediacom customers will see the arrival of dozens of new high-definition television channels in December.