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Oct 22

News Director: Bev Alquist
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The Stevens Community Medical Center is having a first annual Fall into Health event on Tuesday, October 28 at the Morris Area Elementary School. There will be a community meal, informational booths, lab draws, childcare, and Featured Speaker KSTP Sports Anchor Joe Schmitt. 

When Morris voters are at the polls in November, they will have to remember to write in their vote for Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer on their ballot. Voters have three choices for this elected position, Amanda Barseness, Sonia Amundson, and Neil Wiese. Barseness and Amundson were present at the debate last week. Wiese was not present for the debate.

Morris voters will be voting for the Morris Area School Board in the November election. Lisa Kurtz and Nancy Huot are running for a two-year term and Mike Odello is running for a four-year term.

The Alexandria Area High School Theatre Department will present Thornton Wilder’s drama ‘Our Town’, on November 7 and 8 at 7:30 both nights, and November 9 at two in the afternoon at the AAHS Performing Arts Center. This production is directed by Jessica Chipman, with Alex Shockley as assistant director, and Gabe Klepper and Claire Wilmesmeier as stage managers. Cast members include Spencer Vogel, Haley Wegner, Henri Santelman, C.J. Forester, Kari Norheim, Emily Prestby and Max Jacobson. 

Elizaeth Harris of Morris, has received the Stevens County “Pay It Forward” award. She was recognized for being President of Arc Stevens County for 25 plus years and 4-H involvement for 30 plus years. Harris has volunteered in many areas of 4-H and in recent years has helped with judging clothing and foods in Stevens County and surrounding counties. Harris has also been the pie baker at “Luther’s Eatery” sponsored by First Lutheran Church at Prairie Days each summer and prepared funeral luncheons at First Lutheran Church for several years. Harris was nominated by Allan Saugstad.

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed this as Minnesota Manufactures Week, highlighting the importance of the industry to the state’s economy. Last year, manufacturing contributed over $43 billion to our state’s economy and employed over 300,000 workers. Dayton says manufacturing accounts for one in nine jobs in the state, and each manufacturing job supports nearly two additional jobs elsewhere in the economy through supplier purchases and employee spending.

Ridgewater College is engaged in a collaborative process to develop specific actions to better serve over 435,000 students and communities, strengthen our colleges and universities and protect their unique character and autonomy. Ridgewater will host a gallery walk on Monday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 on the Willmar Campus in the Student Center room A240. There will be a walk on the Hutchinson campus on Nov. 18th. Community members are invited to both walks as well as faculty, staff and students.

Alexandria School District 206 received a clean financial audit opinion, according to information presented Monday at the board meeting. The district received a clean, unmodified opinion, which is the best designation a school district can receive. Further the district received a clean, unmodified opinion on compliance for the major federal award programs report. School District 206 expends more than $500,000 annually in federal awards; therefore the district is required to obtain an annual audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act. Thedistrict finished the year with favorable budget variances for both revenues and expenditures, allowing the district to recognize an increase to the unassigned fund balance. The district’s unassigned fund balance for the general fund stands at 13.6% of annual expenditures, slightly above the range of the board-adopted fund balance policy.

Two people from Granite Falls were injured in a rollover last night (Tuesday) in Blue Earth County. 44 year old Jodi Trotter and 51 year old Kariellen Twedt of Granite Falls were passengers in a vehicle driven by 49 year old Kenton Hustad of Mankato. Hustad and another passenger, 44 year old Tiffany Hustad, were not injured. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Hustad was traveling east on Highway 14 near Riverfront Drive when he struck a deer, went into the ditch and rolled.

As part of an ongoing effort to provide Minnesotans with information about Ebola and related precautions against the disease, the Minnesota Department of Health has established an Ebola Information Line. The number for the Ebola Information Line is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. Governor Mark Dayton says Minnesota’s best defense against Ebola is access to reliable information and resources. Dayton says this hotline will provide Minnesotans a reliable point of contact for any questions or concerns they have about this disease.” The line will be staffed during regular business hours, from 8-4:30 Monday through Friday. MDH has made arrangements for a translation service to help facilitate calls from those who do not speak English.

Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones says the city council had an ongoing discussion about the proposed lease with the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center. For the most part the council is in agreement on the new lease, except for the terms and conditions. The discussion then was a request from the Milwaukee Road asking the council if they’d be willing to sell the land. Basically at this point it’s been tabled until they have a chance to research that to see if legally they can and then the council has to decide if they want to. It’s still ongoing.

When the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners met yesterday (Tuesday), they approved moving forward with $1.835 million dollars’ worth of solid waste bonds for the leachate program at the county landfill. County Board Chairman Jim Butterfield, says Ehlers Inc. will be soliciting bids from eight or nine local banks. This is unprecedented but because of the low bond issue the county can use the local banks or attempt to use them. Interest rates are at historic lows right now, says Butterfield, and on Nov. 4th they’ll find out what the interest rates are coming in at with the quotes from the local banks. By doing so the county will save some dollars on the generation fees of these bonds. The county board does have the option to reject all the bids if need be and start over and go the traditional route. Butterfield said the county board wants to try keep these dollars local. “I think the banks will do a good job and give us something to look at Nov. 4th.”

71 year old Khamtane Yang of Walnut Grove has been identified as the man killed in a crash with a semi-tractor north of Walnut Grove on Sunday. According to the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office, the semi driver was 77 year old Walter Story of Walnut Grove. Story was taken to the Avera Hospital in Tracy, as were three passengers in the Yang vehicle, 12 year old Ricky Yang, 6 year old Robert Yang and 4 year old James Yang. Three of the four victims were airlifted to another medical facility. Khamtane Yang was airlifted from the scene and died at a hospital. Both vehicles were totaled. The crash is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Minnesota State Patrol.


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