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Morris Area HIgh School's graduation is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, at the elementary gym. The class of 2017 has 93 graduates.
It's only a suggestion at this point but Morris Mayor Sheldon Giese said the Morris City Council needs to investigate a paperless operation. Giese made the suggestion at the May 2 council meeting. In a later interview with the Sun Tribune, Giese said he made the suggestion after reading more about other governmental bodies making the change in a governmental news update he receives as mayor. City council members have a packet of meeting information for each meeting. Those packets include the agenda and information needed for items on that agenda.
Morris Area High School had its spring choir concert for choirs in grades seventh through 12 on May 15. The choirs included boys and girls choirs from seventh and eighth grade and the concert, Express and a cappella choirs from ninth through 12th grade.
Morris Area High School had its prom Saturday, April 29. This year's prom was called "This is the Moment" and it featured a vintage Hollywood theme.
Fifth grade teacher Caleb Greene has a classroom that's a little different when it comes to students taking a seat. Over the last year and half, Greene has collected different seating options for students. Those options include a fusion of an exercise bike and a chair, a tractor seat that rolls back and forth as well as a rotating seat, island stools at high top tables, rocking chairs, a bathtub, hokki stools, and a picnic table.
There will be an open house baby shower for Jasmine (Henrich) Hansen and baby from 1 to 3 p.m. May 27 in the gazebo at Hotel 200, Morris. There will be an open house graduation reception for Agnes Dieter from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Crystal Lanes & Entertainment Center in Morris. There will be an open house bridal shower for Tierney Holl bride-to-be of Jordon Gillespie from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20, at the American Legion in Morris. Share your favorite recipe with the couple in place of a card.
The Morris Tree Board has organized a planting day May 21 at Green River Park. Planting starts at 1 p.m. in the park at the intersection of Oregon Avenue and Elm Street. The group will plant 15 evergreen trees in the park, Granger said. The holes will be dug in advance. Adults and children can help plant the trees.
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly News. Note: I will have my annual graduation list in next week's column. If you have a graduate you want me to recognize, especially from higher education, let me know. It has been sunny and mild most of the week, although as I am writing this on Wednesday it has been raining most of the day. Farmers were busy making up for lost time in getting crops in.
The Minnesota Vikings didn't need to take over Morris last week, city officials gave them the key. The key to the city presentation was a symbolic gesture to welcome the Minnesota Vikings and representatives from InSports and Innovative Office Solutions to Morris May 3 and 4. The takeover was a reward for the Morris Area/Chokio Alberta football team for earning Minnesota's Football Program of the Year and the In The Game Award in a program sponsored by the Minnesota Vikings and Innovative Office Solutions. The program also earned a $10,000 donation.
The Class of 2017 graduated from Hancock High School May 19 in the high school gym. Twenty-eight students graduated in the senior class. Class speakers were Tyler Reese, Sabrina Mattson and Courtney Timmerman. While Reese's speech focused on the past, Timmerman's on the present and Mattson's on the future, all three said graduation would not have happened without the support of their parents and the faculty and staff at Hancock High School.