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Let's continue

to help Van Horns

First of all, thank you to all who donated silent auction items for the Van Horn benefit. Families that made bars, those who helped in any way and especially those who came to the Barbecue Picnic Benefit at Alberta on May 21.

Clay and Marlene Van Horn, of rural Donnelly, lost their house to a fire on Dec. 19, 2010. It was a total lost. They have been living in an apartment in Morris until they get the site cleaned up and a new house moved in. We had been thinking and working all winter on how we could come together and help Clay and Marlene raise much-needed funds in this difficult time.

We decided to wait until spring and have the Barbecue Picnic Benefit, bring our petting zoo and pony rides. The plan was to have a "Fun Fund Raiser." We don't know if it was the dreary and wet weather, but the turn out wasn't what we expected.

So, we're making one last request for community and neighborhood support at this time of need! It doesn't have to be a large amount, but if many would send even a small amount, it would add up!

Please, do what you can and thank you. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at United Farmers & Merchant State Bank, P.O. Box 380, Morris, MN, 56267

David and Pam Erickson


City losing


This letter is written to address the issue of the Morris Liquor Store dismissing a part-time employee who sold to a minor while allowing the manager to keep his job after committing the same offense. Does anyone else see the blatant hypocrisy here?

As one of the over 100 applicants for the liquor store manager position. I can tell you that we pay a very good wage to this person to make sure that they enforce county, state and federal laws when it comes to the selling of alcohol. The fact that the manager sold to a minor but was allowed by the city to keep his job is unbelievable; it's incomprehensible to me that the city has now fired an employee for the same offense. If anything the city should be holding the manager to a higher standard and code of conduct. We are not talking about forgetting to file a report here, we are talking about an offense for which there can be grave and deadly consequences. We are talking about an offense that the city is charged with enforcing and has pursued the prosecution of other providers of alcohol who have served to minors.

City Manager Blaine Hill stated that part of the reason for the decision was because "it's easier to dismiss a part-time employee than a full-time employee." I believe that this is one instance in which the city needed to buckle down and do the tougher job and dismiss the manager for failure to properly perform the duties of his position, especially if they were going to fire the part-time employee for doing the same thing.

By failing to equally enforce the rules, the city has seriously diminished its credibility when it comes to holding any bartender or server in Morris accountable for this same offense. Sadly, this is clearly a case of do as I say not as I do.

Andrew "Drew" Israels



bravery, honor

Although the origin of the phrase "all gave some, some gave all" is unclear, it denotes the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women of our armed forces who have died defending our freedoms. Memorial Day, which we celebrate each year on the last Monday in May to honor our deceased family and friends, provides us the perfect opportunity to remember those who have given all for our country. This year, as you enjoy the holiday, don't forget about the brave soldiers serving us in Afghanistan, Iraq and in all corners of our globe and pray for their safe return.

Jeff Backer

Browns Valley

A Memorial Day poem

As we stand here looking

At the flags upon these graves

Know these flags represent

A few of the true American brave

They fought for their country

As man has through all of time

Except that these soldiers lying here

Fought for your country and mine

As we all are gathered here

to pay them our respect

Lets pass this word to others

Its what they would expect

I'm sure that they would do it

If it were me or you

to show we did not die in vain

But for the red, white and blue

Let's pass on to our children

And to those who never knew

What these soldiers died for

It's the least we can do

Let's not forget their families

Great pain they had to bear

Losing a son, father or husband

They need to know we still care

No matter which war was fought

On the day that they died

I stand here looking at these flags

Filled with American pride

So as the bugler plays out Taps

With its sweet and eerie sound

Pray for these soldiers lying here

In this sacred, hallowed ground

Take home with you a sense of pride

You were here Memorial Day

Celebrating the way Americans should

on this solemnest of days.

Submitted by Joyce Pieske on behalf of the Morris American Legion, AmVets and the Veterans of Foreign Wars