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The track at the Stevens County Fair was prime for the Sta-bil 10,000 Lakes Mow Down Saturday night. But, like everyone knows, you can't mow wet grass, or in this case, a wet track. The mowers were willing to keep slipping and sliding around the muddy course, but a severe thunderstorm warning put a damper on the racing action. The grandstand was evacuated and the racers never returned from the halfway intermission. Steve Storck, Stevens County Fair Board President, said the fair is already hoping to see the lawn mowers back for next year's fair.
The grandstand at the Stevens County Fair was packed for the annual Demolition Derby Sunday evening. The number of entrants was down this year, but the crowd was entertained with plenty of crashes and smashes. The winner of the best paint contest was Spencer Berg. Three divisions of demolition were held including small cars, large cars and pickups. Ten large cars survived to compete in the championship. There were eight cars in the small car finals.
Ralphy Algarate was born on August 9, 2006 at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris to Sandra Rodriguez and Gerado Algarate of Hancock. Ralphy weighed 9 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Maria and Francisco Rodriguez of Mexico.
By William L. Bainbridge Over 50 million students and 3 million teachers are returning to 130,000 public and private U.S. schools over the next few weeks. The total enterprise investment will be about $543 billion in school year 2006-2007 for staff salaries and benefits, instructional materials, testing, transportation, food services, student support, maintenance of buildings and capital outlay for new buildings or expansions.
By Don Davis ST. PAUL - Minnesota's top election races are for U.S. Senate and governor - or at least that is the conventional wisdom. However, cumulative state and federal legislative races actually may have a greater impact on Minnesotans' lives. No one state legislator or member of Congress makes a huge difference in every day life, but what party holds legislative power is as important as anything in government. And Democrats at both levels of government make the case they will take that control in the Nov.
By Earl Tilford The scale of violence in warfare inevitably rises to meet the level of objectives. During World War II, Germany's strategic objectives included dominating Eurasia from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and from the English Channel to the Urals along with racial purification to achieve a "Jew-free Europe." Japan's objectives in Asia were just as encompassing. The major combatant nations mobilized totally in a struggle between entire societies in which civilian deaths exceeded combatant deaths by at least four-to-one.
It's been a long, hot summer, perfect for playing in sprinklers. The Morris Park Board would like to take that concept a step farther with the creation of an actual "Spray Park." What exactly is a spray park? Mark Torgerson, chair of the Morris Park Board, described it as an area where kids can cool down. According to the company that has been working with the park board, Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground, a spray park is a water play system without the deep-water worries. It is not a wading pool or kiddie pool, although similar toys are often found in these.
The annual Pomme de Terre Golf Course Men's Tournament will be held this weekend, August 19 and 20. The championship flight qualifying rounds begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Golfers will be on the course all day and should be finishing around 5 p.m. Sunday's tee time is 8 a.m. Course manager Chris Leman anticipates nine flights, from championship to senior. Championship and consolations matches should start around 1:30 p.m. and will be finishing between 3 and 5 p.m. The public is invited to come out to Pomme de Terre Golf Course and watch the championship matches.
Morris Police Fernando Jimenez Jimenez, Hancock, 5-4-06; uninsured vehicle, $582, 30 days, stay 30 days for 1 year. Fransico Javier Jimenez, Hancock, 5/4/06, driving without valid license, $182. Liam Francis Conger, Cook, 3/27/06, intent to escape tax, dismissed; unregistered- after/deface registration, $132, 10 days, stay 10 days for 1 year. Dylan James Farley, Waubun, 4/2/06, underage consumption, $282; 15 days, stay 15 days for 1 year. Brittany Ann Johnson, Fairfax, 7/29/06, underage consumption, $182. Peter Nicholas Verhulst, Lino Lakes, 4/20/06, financial transaction card fraud, dis
By Debi Ghate If termites are weakening a home's foundation, what do we do? We call the exterminator and eliminate the problem.