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Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly News Joint services at 9:30 a.m. on 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays of the month at Kongsvinger and the 2nd, 4th Sunday at St. John's followed by a coffee hour at both churches. Communion service 1st and 4th Sundays. The parish is again coordinating the annual block party on July 30 at St John's from 5-7 p.m. with a free-will offering for the food shelf.
Thirteen local kids will be participating in the Miss Morris/Miss Midwest program at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the Morris Area Elementary Concert Hall. The kids will participate with the 11 candidates for Miss Morris/Miss Midwest .
The Miss Morris and Miss Midwest scholarship program is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the Morris Area Elementary School Concert Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for those 10 and under. Eleven candidates will participate in the contest.
A contractor was knocking down the walls of the old Morris water treatment plant on July 16.
I was in a downtown in a small Minnesota town not too long ago in front of a bakery when I looked down the street in the opposite direction. An Amish man was helping an elderly non-Amish man walk away from a Mexican restaurant. Across the street from those two men, an East African woman in her hijab walked across the street. In the background was a steel monument to the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II. The raising of the flag by Marines included Ira Hayes, a Pima American Indian.
The main parking lot at Hancock School will be closed starting Tuesday, July 16, for construction. School officials said at the July 15 schol board meeting that construction workers would be installing pre-cast concrete walls for the fitness classroom addition and doing other work near the parking lot. The work requires the main parking lot to be closed. Staff and visitors will need to use the north entrance by the multipurpose gym to enter the school, principal Tim Pahl said.
More than 15 area agencies participated in a June 26 disaster exercise in Donnelly. The scenario was a tornado that hit Donnelly, Stevens County Emergency Management Director Dona Greiner said. Participants responded to four incident sites of a farm vehicle rollover, a search and rescue in the Donnelly City Hall, a scene size-up and staging of a fire in a school and incident command.
There’s something tall and flowery growing in some road ditches in Stevens County. It might be attractive enough to tempt some people to pick it as a flower but don’t, said Bryan Tolifson, the maintenance supervisor for the Stevens County Highway Department. Those tall stalk plants with small yellow flowers are wild parsnips. They are noxious weeds and the Department of Natural Resources says in its material the weeds can cause burn-like sores on the body when a person comes in contact with it. The DNR has classified wild parsnip as a prohibited noxious weed.
Babies were due to arrive and nurse midwife Paige Hardy had to make sure she was there for the delivery at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris during the April 11 and 12 blizzard. Hardy and her husband Rich set up the couple's Ice Castle fish house in a parking lot at the University of Minnesota Morris on Wednesday, April 10, to make sure Hardy could cover her on-call shift from 8 a.m. April 11 to 8 a.m. April 12. Rich Hardy works at UMM and got permission to park the house on campus.
MAHS crowned Riley Decker as homecoming queen and Camden Arndt as king Sept. 24 in the concert hall. Homecoming activities continue this week. For a complete schedule, see the insert in this week's Stevens County Times and make sure to hang the spirit poster in a window.