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Scores of school children have learned a lot during visits to the Scandia Woods Environmental Learning Lab over the years. Soon, again thanks to those involved in SWELL, more kids will learn that dreams don't die, even after a devastating fire. Karl and Linda Retzlaff, contractor Mark Estenson and several volunteers have spent the last two weeks rebuilding the SWELL classroom building that burned early last fall. "We asked teachers and other community people if they wanted to rebuild it," said Linda Retzlaff. "Overwhelmingly, they wanted to rebuild.
Editor's note -- Not long ago, few Minnesotans could name the state's Auditor or Attorney General. Now, candidates for both offices are high-profile given recent -- and possibly future -- events.
The Morris VFW baseball team shut down Montevideo, 11-6, before being eliminated from the district 5 tournament by Madison, 8-7. Morris 11- Montevideo 6 A good night of hitting attributed to the win. "We hit .500 as team," boasted Voges. Dustin Sauter was 2-3 with two runs; Darrick Henrichs was 1-4; Matt Wohlers was 1-4 with one run; Luke Claassen was 1-4 with one run; Danton Hein was 3-4 with three runs; Mitch Daly was 2-4 with two runs and Tallack Dosdall was 2-3 with one run. Coach T. J. Voges said five doubles really helped out.
Sister's Day is Sunday, Aug. 6, and these are the times when you are really, really happy you write a newspaper column and your sisters don't (that sound you don't hear is me rubbing my hands together very gleefully -- OK, where to start this rip job ... ). Seriously, I have very little bad to say about my sisters, even though they outnumber me 4-to-1. And it's Sister's Day, which kind of implies that you're supposed to be nice to them. My oldest sister, Deb, is a gifted education teacher and a school counselor. She's about 10 years older than I (which makes her, what, 35 now?
The dog days of summer are now here. The non-waiver trading deadline has passed in Major League Baseball (as usual, the Twins did nothing except dump Kyle Lohse's contract). Early August also means that NFL training camps are getting started. The Vikings are back in Mankato, practicing in the 100 degree heat. Camp opened for rookies on July 27, and the veterans came in on July 30. New coach Brad Childress opened camp with a conditioning test for all the players.
BASEBALL Amateur Results/Box Scores Land O'Ducks Playoffs Best of three series Friday, July 14 Result Game 1 -- Dumont 8, Morris Eagles 6 (Dumont leads series 1-0) Sunday, July 16 Result Game 2 -- Morris 4, Dumont 1 (Series tied 1-1) Saturday's Result Game 3 -- Dumont 6, Morris 4 (Dumont wins series 2-1) Morris VFW Results & Schedule District 5 Playoffs Result Thursday, July 27 Morris 16, Ortonville 5 Results Friday, July 28 Willmar I 10, Madison 0 Alexandria 20, Montevideo 2 Madison 3, New London-Spicer 2 Morris 11, Montevideo 6 Results Saturday, July 29 Willmar 7,
As a man I'll never gain the wisdom Sharon Olds expresses in this poem about motherhood, but one of the reasons poetry is essential is that it can take us so far into someone else's experience that we feel it's our own. My Son the Man Suddenly his shoulders get a lot wider, the way Houdini would expand his body while people were putting him in chains. It seems no time since I would help him to put on his sleeper, guide his calves into the gold interior, zip him up and toss him up and catch his weight.
I'm a liberal. I pride myself on seeing both sides to every question. For example, although I am strongly "pro-choice" on the question of abortion, I can understand the "pro-life" argument, as well. There is a certain sentimental appeal to the idea that any abortion is the taking of human life and thus not to be considered under any circumstances.
The Morris Legion baseball team finished their season with two losses to Wheaton in the District Championship. Morris won the first game of the series, 5-0, but Wheaton regrouped after that and took the rest of the series. Wheaton defeated Morris in the second game, 9-5. Morris led early by two, and despite some good hitting from Matt Wohlers, Andrew Loher, Josh Griffith and Tony Schultz, they just couldn't regain their lead.
Two area volunteers were among 27 seniors in the five-county area served by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program who were honored this month. The volunteers were presented Certificates of Appreciation for contributing 500 hours or more of volunteer time to non-profits organizations affiliated with the RSVP program during the year ending June 30. Another 18 volunteers received Honorable Mention Certificates for serving 400-499 hours. For Stevens County, Mary Ann Reimers, of Morris, and Lorraine Lerbs, of Donnelly, both volunteer drivers, were made a member of the 500 Hour Club for 2005-