Morris Area Schools Superintendent Rick Lahn plans to retire effective June 30. Lahn's letter of retirement resignation is included in the Jan. 22 school board meeting packet. "Please know that it has been an honor and a privilege to work with each of you and the great staff we have in our school district," Lahn said in a copy of his resignation letter included in the board packet. "I am proud to retire as a 'Tiger!'" Lahn said in the letter.
Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores has filed for bankruptcy protection as it makes plans to close more stores.
She only needed to see the exhibit program in order to be impressed. Cam Erickson, the director of the Stevens County Historical Society and Museum, has seen some of the entries in the The Embroiderer's Guild of America's national exhibit "Through the Needle's Eye." "It's amazing," Erickson said.
A possible carrot washing and packing plant may need water and sewer service from the city of Hancock. Paul Schmidgall, a representative of the proposed project, said at the Jan. 14 Hancock City Council meeting that a site in Hancock and another near Morris are possible locations for the plant. The location in Hancock is near Hancock Concrete and not in city limits.
The sun and above-freezing temperatures are not kind to igloos. Although the roof of the eight-foot igloo was sagging in the middle and one side was bulging out, this handmade snow structure was still impressive, even after a recent heat wave. Several hours of work and the labor supplied by two adults and five kids transformed snow into an igloo on the rural Hancock home of Eileen and Steve Albrecht.
Water rates will nearly double in Morris on April 1. They will also increase in Alberta because the city buys water from the city of Morris. The increase is needed because of a new $18.6 million water treatment plant, city manager Blaine Hill said. The rate per 100 cubic feet of water, which is about 750 gallons, will increase from $2.50 to $4.53. In Alberta, the rate per 100 cubic feet of water will increase from $1.30 to $2.45.
The purchase of a new vehicle for the county sheriff's office will wait until at least next week, county coordinator Becky Young said. County commissioners at the Jan. 8 meeting asked sheriff Jason Dingman to learn if local Ford dealer Valu Ford could match the state quote priced for a 2020 Ford F-150 Responder Police Package pickup, Young said. Dingman obtained quotes from Valu and quotes from the state pricing dealer Hibbing Ford. Hibbing Ford provided quotes of $34,149.69 and $32,939.68. The Valu Ford quote was $36,166.
The leading candidate of three finalists for Morris Police Chief withdrew from consideration, city manager Blaine Hill said on Jan. 14. Hill said last week he expected to make a contingent offer on Friday, Jan. 11 to one of the finalists. "We will go back to the drawing board," Hill said on Jan. 14.
Deadline for all Community Calendar items is 11 a.m. on Thursday. Meeting and open house announcements will be printed twice at no charge SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 GATHERINGS FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS will meet for lunch at noon in the basement of the Old No. 1 in Morris. Order lunch off the menu and enjoy an opportunity to visit with old friends and meet new ones who are also experiencing life as a widow/widower. Monthly lunches will be held throughout 2019. For questions call Rose at Pedersen Funeral Home at 320-589-3220. MONDAY, JANUARY 14
Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly News "If you do not like the weather in Minnesota, just wait and it will change." That old saying was very evident in the past week as we have gone from some spring-like days to winter-like days and back and forth several times in the past week.