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University of Minnesota-Morris soccer coordinator and men's soccer coach, Christian DeVries, has announced that six new faces will be added to the Cougar women's soccer team for the 2006 season, while 10 freshmen have announced their intentions to play soccer at UMM for the men's team, which will be embarking on its inaugural season in 2006. The Cougar women's soccer team, the two-time defending Upper Midwest Athletic Conference post-season tournament champions, will also welcome a new head coach.
All Morris Area High School Fall athletics begin Monday, Aug. 14. Times and locations for each specific sport varies. Some grade levels start practicing after school starts. Morris Area/Minnewaska /Chokio-Alberta girls' swimming and diving practice for grades 7-12 will meet from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the RFC competition pool. Girls should bring suits and be ready to swim. Morris Area/Hancock/ Chokio-Alberta girls' cross-country and MAHS boys' cross country grades 7-12 will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at the front door in the foyer area of Morris Area High School.
As anyone who has been involved in a construction project knows, just when everything is going according to schedule, snags occur that hold up progress. Currently, that is the case at the joint football facility for Morris Area High School and the University of Minnesota, Morris. While work is continuing on the landscape around the field and the concession stand/press box, the field itself is looking bare. UMM Athletic Director Mark Fohl said Tuesday that there has been a delay getting the turf for the field.
Agricultural educator Deron Erickson of Morris, Minn. received the "20 Year Service Award" at the annual Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators' (MAAE) Summer Conference held July 10-14 in Rochester. Erickson has been teaching agriculture a total of 20 years. He currently teaches farm business management at Ridgewater College of Westland Grant/Traverse County in Barrett. He previously taught at Morris Area High School from 1988-2000.
The Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday announced it is allowing farmers who have ground-water irrigation permits to increase the amount of water they can put on their crops. Kent Lokkesmoe, director of the DNR Division of Waters, said the amount allowed to be pumped from ground-water sources may be increased for the 2006 growing season due to higher demands caused by drought conditions. This is similar to actions taken by the DNR during the droughts in 1976 and 1988. Approximately 3,600 farmers have DNR permits to irrigate from ground-water sources, Lokkesmoe said. An additional 60
By Chuck Colson The headline was positively gleeful. On the website of the left-wing group DefCon this week, we read: "Science Wins the Day in Kansas." In fact, just the opposite happened. Science lost in Kansas to zealots who want to keep kids in the dark about the scientific controversy over evolution. In last week's school board primary election in Kansas, two conservatives who support teaching the evidence both for and against evolution lost to candidates who oppose such teaching.
By Sheldon Richman When a war breaks out somewhere, two sound principles for civilized people are: (1) demand an immediate ceasefire and, failing that, (2) keep the war contained -- do not broaden it, do not join in. We can gauge the civility of the Bush administration's neoconservative boosters by the fact that they reject both principles. They oppose an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East, even though it would spare the lives of hundreds of Lebanese and Israeli men, women, and children, because Israel would be thwarted in its ambition to remove an opponent of its occupation policy.
By Torrey Westrom Aug. 1 marked the day that dozens of new laws took effect in the State of Minnesota. In all, 113 bills were signed into law during the 2006 session, and I thought I would take a moment to review some of the highlights here. One of these bills I was proud to carry. The new law creates a misdemeanor to knowingly deceive another regarding the time, place or manner of conducting an election or the qualifications for voter eligibility.
Christian holidays and the school calendar I would like to respond to two letters to the editor that discuss Christianity and public school documents. As a Christian pastor, I would love to see more people hearing the message that God has reconciled us to Himself through the death of His Son and those same people clinging to the promise of eternal life which comes only through Jesus. But there are limitations. We can't put this distinctly Christian message up everywhere. We can't put it on the pages of our school calendar.
On Thursday nights in June and for one weekend in July, the Morris Kiwanis sell cotton candy to kids young and old, pouring colored sugar into the machine that will heat, spin and transform less than a handful of substance into a billowing cloud of pink wonder. This Wednesday evening, however, will be your only opportunity to get locally-produced cotton candy at the Stevens County Fair, which runs through Sunday. Yes, I recognize how absurd that sounds, "locally-produced cotton candy". Please note that I did not say pure, organic or natural cotton candy.