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A big bowl of dough twirls on an electric mixer. It sounds a bit like the agitator motion of a washing machine as the dough gently twisting through the mixer, the sound filling the background as Billie Osterman molds mounds of dough into smaller mounds. Osterman pats the dough, raises her hand and sprinkles some flour on the top. "All the dough is made from scratch," Osterman said. Now that it is graduation season in the area, the bakery department at Willie's SuperValu in Morris will need lots of that scratch dough.
"And whether you were drafted, enlisted, impressed or maybe shanghaied, every man and women who ever served signed a contract with the government.and that contract included up to and including your life. Sadly, as we realize, that contract was called in many, many times."
To the editor: Thank you to the people of our community and the businesses for supporting the poppy distributions during the American Legion Auxiliary's Poppy Days. The American Legion Auxiliary distributes the memorial poppies to remind Americans that millions sacrificed their lives and helped to keep our nation free. The brilliant red blooms of the poppy become a sign of hope and renewal.
Editor's note: This poem was submitted by Herb Kloos of Donnelly. The poem has been published in the Royal Arch Mason Spring 2017 edition. He was getting old and paunchy And his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, Telling stories of the past. Of a war that he once fought in And the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one. And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors His tales became a joke, All his buddies listened quietly
To the editor: I would like to congratulate the owners of the Town and Country True Value Store in Morris. The interior of the store is well organized, roomy and inviting after the remodeling. The inventory covers a wide range of items from household to clothing, to farm and business products and everything in between. The facade entry adds to an inviting appearance.
Ever since the 2014 Farm Bill authorized industrial hemp research, there has been more interest in growing hemp as an agricultural product for either seed production or fibers such as textiles, paper, and cordage. In Canada, industrial hemp was legalized in 1998, and 80,000 acres are currently grown there.
Morris Area High School had graduation May 26 for the Class of 2017. The class had 93 students. This year's valedictorians were McKenna Lubenow, Noel Schieler, Midori Soderberg, Ashley Solvie and Nicole Solvie. Check the Sun Tribune website for a story from the ceremony.
Horse riders will make camp in Morris on Sunday, May 28, as they pass through the region on the Trails4 Transplants 2017 ride. This is the sixth year for the ride that raises money and awareness for organ transplants. For Roger Hille, it's a personal ride he's taken each year. "My son-in-law is on his second liver transplant," Hille said. "I wouldn't have grandkids without (transplants)." "It's a beautiful way to raise awareness about a beautiful cause," Hille said of the ride.
When Nancy Zimmerman started working as a janitor at Morris Area Schools 32 years ago, the trophies inside trophy cases on the walls of Morris Area Schools had been neglected. "The trophy cases actually had cobwebs in them," Zimmerman said. Zimmerman had joined an all-male staff. As soon as she started she was assigned the cleaning of the trophy cases. She's tended to them ever since. She is so dedicated that even after she retired she returned to the district as a part-time janitor.
A few things set the Morris Area High School Class of 2017 apart, student speakers said during the May 26 graduation ceremony. Sixty-six of the 93 students made As and Bs in their junior and senior years, said Noel Schieler one of the five valedictorians for the class. Staff has told students, "we are one of the most competitive classes Morris Area High School has ever seen," senior class president Anna Grove said.