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As the buzz of chainsaws filled the air June 14 in Alberta, Stevens County and Alberta City officials were already working on how to help pay for the costs of the clean-up from the June 13 storm that toppled dozens of trees in Alberta and did other damage in the county. On the morning of June 14 it seemed it would take nearly dozens of chainsaws to remove the damaged trees that nearly filled several streets the night before. And it will cost money to do that clean-up.
The Morris Area Board of Education gave Winkelman Building Corp. a $19 million budget for a possible school renovation project, primarily in the high school. The board honed down potential renovation projects during a June 19 roughly 2 hour and 45-minute work session. The proposed project will require a public vote in November if it continues to advance through planning stages. The board plans to take action on a referendum resolution at the July 24 school board meeting.
When Bethany (Eastvold) Barnett was a student at the University of Minnesota Morris she wasn't thinking she'd someday write a book. Now, 15 years after graduating from the university she said developed her heart for hard work and an interest in literature and English, Barnett did the unexpected. She wrote a book.
When Kim Schroeder and Ashley Christianson were judging the Miss Morris contest several years ago, they started thinking about a way to give young girls in Hancock a similar opportunity. Hancock teenaged girls could compete for the Miss Morris title and the two women weren't looking to create a Miss Hancock competition. They did however, think a Little Miss Hancock contest would be a good idea. Five years later the Little Miss Hancock Contest continues to be part of the community's July 4 celebration. The Little Miss Hancock event is July 3.
The tools were ready, so were the air compressors and the checklist, but one key item needed to tune up bicycles was missing. The WD40 was missing. Hancock Lions Club members and at least one Hancock City Council member were tuning bicycles at the Hancock Bike Rodeo. The rodeo was sponsored by the Hancock Police Department and the city of Hancock.
An ominous cloud bank was hanging over Hancock around 6:30 p.m.June 13. Carolyn Peterson of rural Hancock saw it from the back door at Buddies Bar and Grill in Hancock. "When we were going down to the basement, I could see it right above the Hancock, it came down over the ballpark," Peterson said. The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for Hancock and that area of Stevens County right and a group of about 15 people were told to get in the basement of Buddies, Peterson said.
Sean Walker isn't yet a full-fledged cop but he's in Morris this summer to protect folks and to enforce city codes. Walker is the Morris Police Department's community service officer. He just completed his first year of law enforcement school at Alexandria Technical College. Residents will see him about town on a bicycle or in an older police vehicle. Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs said Walker will patrol the parks, including the Pomme de Terre campground, but also working with the city on code enforcement.
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. I want to especially welcome the new readers from the Hancock Record. Last week was very hot; this week has seen some severe weather in the area with several reports of tornadoes in the area on Tuesday evening. I understand at least one farmstead by Donnelly was severely damaged. Thankfully I have not heard of any injuries associated with the storm.
Tuesday, June 20 THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS Post 5039 of Morris meets at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of Old Number One. Members and eligible members urged to attend. Wednesday, June 21
The social justice arts troupe has been speaking a lot on behalf of Unspoken Voices in schools across the region but this summer, the stage has gotten larger. The troupe is the acting group of Unspoken Voices, a non-profit organization in Morris dedicated to educating on violence, awareness, prevention and how bystanders have a role in violence prevention.