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The Morris City Council will decide Sept. 11 if it will raise the pay for mayor and the four council members. The council held its first reading of an ordinance on compensation at its meeting Tuesday. The second reading and a vote on the issue is expected at the council's Sept. 11 meeting. Currently, the mayor receives $5,000 per year and council members are paid $4,000. The proposed resolution would increase the mayor's annual pay to $6,000 and council member pay to $5,000 per year. If passed, the salaries would be effective Jan.
Stevens Community Medical Center of Morris and Lakeland Hospice of Fergus Falls) have worked out an agreement for Lakeland Hospice to provide hospice services in the Morris area. Lakeland Hospice will be hiring any present SCMC hospice staff that are willing to work for them, according to a statement from SCMC. Employees will likely be employed both by Stevens Community Medical Center Home Care and Lakeland Hospice. Stevens Community Medical Center Home Care will provide office space in its Home Care offices for the Lakeland Hospice employees that will be working in both the Morris and Whea
GOLF Pomme de Terre Golf Club Men's League Tournament Results Championship Flight Match Play 1st Round Keith Graff d. (defeated) Mark Fohl Tom Zosel d. Dan Dripps Mike Weatherly d. Mike Vick Dean Danter d. Eric Meichner 2nd Round Zosel d. Graff Danter d. Weatherly 3rd Round Zosel (1st place) d. Danter (2nd place) Consolation Dripps d. Meichner First Flight 1st Round Randy Lussenden d. Chris Leman Mark Torgerson d. Dave Evenson Adam Lesmeister d. Mitch Kleespies Paul Watzke d. Tom Dahl 2nd Round Torgerson d. Lussenden Lesmeister d.
Join in the fun during the third annual University of Minnesota, Morris Cougar Fest, set for Saturday, Sept. 9. Pre-game activities for the entire family begin at 5:30 p.m. in designated areas adjacent to the football field. Free inflatable games, face painting, music and much more will all be part of the fun. Concessions stands will open at 5 p.m., sponsored by the Stevens County Pork Producers, Kiwanis and other local and campus vendors and businesses. Cheer on the UMM Cougars when they meet Carleton College during non-conference football action. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Last weekend two teams from the Morris men's softball league played in the Minnesota DD South State Tournament in Montevideo. Both teams advanced to the Class D Western National Championships next weekend in Sunnyvale, Calif. The Minnesota Mat/Evink Construction team was tourney runner-up and Old No./Midwest Health Benefits placed fourth. MnMat/Evink finished with a 4-2 record. After winning their first three, the team met up with the eventual champs, MKE of Watertown. Old No. 1/MHB lost their opening game, then won five straight before being eliminated.
Defending champion Northwestern College is the heavy favorite as the team to beat in 2006 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) football race. University of Minnesota, Morris is in third place with 62 points. In 2005, the Cougars were 4-6 and 4-3 in the UMAC. Northwestern earned four first place votes and 16 points to take the top spot in the North Division. In the overall poll, Northwestern received nine first place votes and 81 points in voting by the UMAC coaches. Westminster College tallied the other first place vote and 70 points. Westminster College was tabbed as the No.
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.