Last August driving down Third Street in Morris, a car pulled out from the curb, putting a deep crease in the side of my nearly new 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup. I was devastated to see the damage, but the male driver assured me he had insurance and provided a Morris police officer and me with his insurance papers. The Morris Police then did a review of the accident which … [Read more...] about Letter: Don’t Drive Without Liability Insurance
Letter to the Editor
I want to wish Chris Melberg, of Morris Floral, good luck in his new location, which is behind Twisted Ivy Boutique (same building.) I also want to thank Chris for his hard work, for his awesome bouquets, many of which my husband, Robbie Baum, purchased as surprises for me “for no real reason than ‘just because’.” I also want to thank you to Chris for his donations of … [Read more...] about Letter: Thanks Chris Melberg! And Good Luck!
At the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, President Biden boasted about America’s earnest intent ”to lead the world by example” in putting the brakes on the increasing climate catastrophe. Biden promised, as leader of the world’s third-largest coal consumer, “We’re going to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by well over a gigaton by 2030.” That promise rang hollow when the … [Read more...] about Letter: Exposing The Walls That Block Climate Solutions
Get vaccinated for COVID-19, or if for some God-forsaken reason you decide you are not going to be vaccinated, make certain you tell anyone you are going to be near for more than a few minutes, that you are not vaccinated. I write this, because a few weeks ago I was working outside, sitting with this person for about 30 minutes, without a mask. I assumed he had been … [Read more...] about Letter: Get Vaccinated To Protect Others
In Albert Lea, 290 students are quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure after one week of school. In Colorado Springs, my niece and nephew were sent home after two weeks of school. Two weeks after Atlanta schools reopened, a doctor charted the percentage of children with COVID-19 cases; at the eight schools with mask mandates, only one had a rate higher than … [Read more...] about LETTER: Can We At Least Talk About Covid-19 In The Schools?
The City of Morris Tree Board encourages citizens to water the small boulevard trees near them to aid the city’s watering team. High windy heat and this continued drought are stressing all vegetation but especially those trees planted in the last five years. They need our help to live. Please give each tree a slowish soak of 5 gallons per week, preferably in the morning … [Read more...] about Letter: Tree Board encourages residents to do their part
If you live in Morris, or an area served by Otter Tail Power Company, when you get your power bill, you might wonder what the CEO of Otter Tail Power Company gets paid a year. Well, he receives $4,318,288 a year. Yup, you read that right. The latest figures from the Star Tribune reveals Charles McFarland gets a salary of $679,688; a bonus of $1,058,928; a … [Read more...] about Sky High CEO pay in Minnesota
On behalf of my 14-year-old son and family, we'd like to thank the team of professionals at Stevens County Medical Center for taking care of our boy after fracturing his arm in a football related incident. From the moment we entered the front doors, the greeter along with the registration desk staff knew my son was in pain and made sure he found his way to Urgent Care. From … [Read more...] about Letter: Compassion and Professionalism at SCMC
Minnesota Clean Car standards were recently approved after a lengthy, 18-month rulemaking process by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), including extensive public comment and approval by an administrative law judge. Clean Cars will do two things: require that gas and diesel vehicles sold in MN meet a "low emissions standard" (the same as the federal standard in … [Read more...] about Letter: Don’t Let Legislators Take Away Your Vehicle Choice
Morris felt like home when I first set foot as a freshman at the university in 2014. I believed kind and amazing people lived in this town. I was able to forge great bonds, met amazing friends, and it felt like Morris had the kindest people until the pandemic of 2020. In 2020, Morris became a place where I learned life lessons I never thought I would have to … [Read more...] about Letter: The Town I Once Loved