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The Morris Area volleyball team has been practicing in preparation for the season opener on Tuesday. Coach Mary Stark has 30 girls in grades 9-12. Five seniors and seven juniors return this year. There are nine players in both 9th and 10th grade. The team lost five girls to graduation, but Stark is filling those spots. "We picked up where we left off last year," said Stark. The team has already had a few scrimmages. Last Friday they were at Minnewaska to scrimmage Minnewaska, Brandon-Evansville, and Brooton-Belgrade-Elrosa.
Last month, I wrote a column about Tiger Woods winning the British Open and getting one step closer to Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 victories in Major tournaments. Woods dominated that tournament, winning it without using a driver. I predicted Woods would eventually beat Nicklaus, barring injuries. It was just a matter of how long it would take him. Tiger is now one step closer after winning the PGA Championship last weekend by five strokes.
As a girl growing up in Morris, Katrina Radke had big dreams. Those dreams came true when she swam in the Olympics. Today, with her husband, Ross Gerry, she is coaching and encouraging young athletes through swim clinics, like the one at the Regional Fitness Center this week. The Morris Tiger Sharks program sponsored two clinics at the RFC Tuesday and Wednesday. While in Morris, Trina was the guest speaker at the Morris Area High School Fall Sports Kickoff Tuesday evening. "It's really exciting to be back in Morris where I learned how to swim," Gerry said.
By Donald Kaul I'm shocked and awed by the stupidity of it all. I'm speaking, of course, of the war in Lebanon. People seem to be focusing on whether Israel's response to Hezbollah's attacks from safe harbor across the Lebanese border is "disproportionate." I'm afraid I don't understand the question. Since when is a response to repeated lethal attacks disproportionate? Was our dropping the atom bombs on Japan in 1945 a disproportionate way of ending World War II? No it wasn't. God was on our side then and He's on the side of Israel now.
By Don Eubanks Every day, without much public notice, people recover from a disease that is often misunderstood. Recovery rates for this disease are better than other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or hypertension. Yet individuals are often judged harshly and blamed for having this disease. The disease is alcohol and other drug addiction. Addiction is hard to understand. It's illogical. It's heartbreaking.
By Ted Kooser Those of us who have planted trees and shrubs know well that moment when the last spade full of earth is packed around the root ball and patted or stamped into place and we stand back and wish the young plant good fortune. Here the poet Roy Scheele offers us a few well-chosen words we can use the next time. Planting a Dogwood Tree, we take leave of you; you're on your own. Put down your taproot with its probing hairs that sluice the darkness and create unseen the tree that mirrors you below the ground.
Like most in the community, I have yet to really get to know new University of Minnesota, Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson. But I think the Morris area and UMM are going to like her, unless the qualities you'd like to see in the leader of your university is dour rigidity and a lack of passion. During her interview visit last spring, one of the first things Johnson said was that it was OK to call her Jackie. Pretense dropped immediately.
Again this year, Adair Horgen and Della Conroy will present several of Adair's arrangements in "Adair, Della & Friends." This year's theme is love songs and dances and will include old standards such as Brahms waltzes as well as familiar popular tunes such as "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You." The music begins at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall on Thursday, Sept. 7. Tickets are available at the PRCA at 630 Atlantic Ave., or at the door. In addition to Horgen and Conroy, a talented group of friends will also participate in the concert.
If "There's More in Morris," that means there must be plenty of people ready to design a logo to accompany the new "There's More in Morris" slogan for the City of Morris and the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce. Anyone interested in joining in the logon design contest must be 12 years of age or older to submit an entry. There also is a just-for-fun kids contest. The logo design must include the following: The new tagline or slogan, "There's More in Morris." The entry should be designed so it can also be used with or without the slogan. The design entry must be scalable to be used from
The Morris Area School District has released its bus route information for the 2006-2007 school year. ** See a complete list of bus schedules below ** As a new school year approaches, here are a few reminders to help students have a safe ride to and from school: Parents are asked to review the routes closely.