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By Mitchell B. Pearlstein The "Minneapolis Star Tribune" recently had another superb editorial in its series of pieces on crime, disorder and vulgarity in Minneapolis. Just inches away, Lori Sturdevant's column discussed an ad placed in the paper by Growth & Justice, a very good "progressive" think tank, which contended that Minnesota is undertaxed, and that if income taxes were raised we'd all be better off. Among those who read the two pieces, many surely concluded that if taxes were raised, Minneapolis streets indeed would grow safer and more civil.
The Stevens County Prairie Lakes Habitat for Humanity chapter will break ground on the first Habitat House in the county at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Alberta home site. The site is on County Road 9 and Louise Avenue. The first Habitat for Humanity family of Stevens County, Josh and Mari Backman, and their two children, Brianna and Dylan, will attend the ground breaking. Pastor Stan Smidt, of Trinity Lutheran of Alberta, will provide the innvocation, and others from Prairie Lakes will speak briefly.
Those who attend and enjoy the annual Horticulture Night at the West Central Research and Outreach Center Gardens can this year meet and honor the man who helped start it all. The Wes Gray Backyard Garden will be dedicated during "Hort Night" on July 27. Hort Night is from 5 p.m.
BASEBALL Amateur Results/Box Scores Eagles 7, Appleton 4 (July 7, in Morris) Hitters AB R H RBI Jamie VanKempen 4 2 1 0 Tad Hopkins 4 2 3 1 Todd Hotovy 0 0 0 0 Ross Haugen 5 1 3 1 Matt Carrington 3 1 2 1 Cory Marquart 3 1 0 0 John Lembcke 3 0 0 0 Brock Pashen 0 0 0 0 Rob Sayles 0 0 0 0 Jeff Wold 4 0 3 4 Kirby Marquart 0 0 0 0 T.J.
Regular season in the Morris 18-U Girls Fast-Pitch Softball League wrapped up last week with three games. League playoffs began Tuesday. Results were not available when this edition of the Sun Tribune went to press. In the regular-season final week, Wheaton could not make it and forfeited three games. Schedules were rearranged so that the remaining three teams each would have two games. In the first game of the night, Benson-Hancock overtook Morris by a score of 12-6.
The Elementary Softball League playoffs kicked off last week, and Engebretson and Dairy Queen will play a winners bracket game today on the South field, and Ag Country and Thompson Insulation will play a consolation game on the North field. Both games start at 6 p.m. The playoffs began with a back and forth battle between Thompson Insulation and Bank of the West. In the fifth inning Thompson put up five runs to go up by four.
The Morris Eagles amateur baseball team probably is happy that, unlike its big-league counterparts, there's no All-Star Game break in their schedule. The Eagles will prefer to just continue playing like all-stars. The Eagles defeated the Appleton Aces 7-4 on July 7 at Chizek Field, running their winning streak to six games. The Eagles have won 10 of their last 12 and improved to 8-3 in the Land O' Ducks League and 13-9 overall. The Eagles finish the season on the road at Chokio at 8 p.m. today, against Dumont at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Wheaton, and at Ortonville at 2 p.m.
Megan Ronhovde, former West Central athlete and graduate, was one of five Iowa State University women's basketball players named to the 2006 Big 12 Conference women's basketball academic all-conference team. Ronhovde is the granddaughter of Florence Lesmeister, of Morris. Ronhovde is a two-time, first-team selection. Megan was also named to Iowa State's Dean List earlier this year. Ronhovde, a junior, played every minute in ISU's two Big 12 Conference championship games and logged seven complete games for the season.
Nominations for candidates to run for a position on the Stevens County Farm Service Agency Committee representing Local Administrative Area 2 are being accepted. This LAA includes the townships of Scott, Darnen, Stevens, Synnes, Horton and Moore. Lila Anderson currently serves on the County Committee for this LAA. Anyone living in LAA 2 who is an owner, operator, tenant or sharecropper in a farm or ranch is eligible for nomination.
Are you interested in influencing natural resources issues in Stevens County? You can. The Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District wants interested citizens to consider running for the office of SWCD Supervisor. The Stevens SWCD is governed by a board of five supervisors whose offices are filled by general election. The District 2 and 3 positions are up for election in 2006. Currently, Jim Krosch holds the District 3 (Baker, Stevens, and Synnes townships) position.