Eileen Bayer of Morris was filling a shopping cart with items Friday morning at Shopko in Morris in anticipation of the store's closing. "It's very sad. It's a great loss for Morris," Bayer said. The Shopko is closing at the end of the business day on Sunday, June 23. All Shopko stores are closing as part of the company's bankruptcy. Shoppers in Morris have known for a few months the store was closing and it was difficult news for shoppers such as Bayer. "Not very good," shopper Matt Fluegel said of his feeling about the store's closure.
Now that she's graduated from Hancock High School, Grace Ogren plans to return to one of her homes. Ogren will attend Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, in the fall for dental hygiene. Ogren spent nearly 13 years in the Wichita area before she moved with her family to Minnesota. During the 2018-2019 school year she told her mom Carly "I wanted to be back home," Ogren said. Although at home in Morris and in Hancock Schools, Ogren wanted to return to her other home.
I have been waiting 40 years for a sequel, if you will, to one of my all-time favorite movies.
Several year sgo the Susan B. Anthony $1 coin was being discussed and someone asked "Why does it have to be a $1 coin?" I answered "Because they can't make a 73 cent coin." The U.S. Government established the coin and circulated it from 1979 to 1981. It was circulated again in 1999. I'm sure the discussion about the coin happened in 1999, right about the time women made about 73 cents for every $1 earned by a man in the U.S. Study after study shows that not only do women get paid less then men in general but are often paid less then men for the same job.
A man in black pants and white shirt is seen coming and going from a house on the west side of Morris. A typewriter clicks in the middle of the night in rural Morris home. A guest turns the basement lights off and on in a Chokio house. A skeleton with a drawn sword appears to a man walking in Morris. All are stories included in Edna Mae Busch's 1995 book "Ghosts and Other Unexplainable Things."
A star spangled cowboy, not rhinestone. Gage Schmidgall was decked out in a red, white and blue cowboy hat and attire July 4 for the kiddie parade in Hancock. Schmidgall isn't a kiddie but he's a kid. He and several relatives and a friend got into the spirit of July 4 and dressed in red, white and blue. Most importantly, they carried empty ice cream buckets or small pails filled with candy. "The candy is the best thing about the kiddie parade," Emma Becker said.
Bargain hunters should be excited about two upcoming opportunities in the opening of The Hancock Clothing Bank at its new location on May 2 and the city-wide garage sales on May 12. I grew up traveling to garage sales with my mom and my aunt. Back then, it seemed like you could hit a garage sale on any given Saturday in a nearby town. The city-wide concept didn't seem to hit until I was well into my teens. By then, I didn't go to many garage sales.
What was your high school prom like? I remember a lot of crepe paper. So much crepe paper. Sandy Anderson remembers that she did her own hair for prom in the late 1970s at Cyrus High School. These days it's not unusual for a female prom attendee to have a hair stylist style her hair for prom. Often, there is a practice run before prom day. "My mom did my hair, Jodi Jurgenson said. Jurgenson also went to prom at Cyrus High School. Her mom also "made a couple of my prom dresses. I went all four years," Jurgenson said.
The Trump Administration's decision to rescind President Barack Obama's guidance to public schools that says transgender students should be allowed to use whichever bathroom matches their gender identity has drawn support and opposition. It's a tough topic. It's interesting to note that supporters and opponents will use words and phrases like the decision offers better protection for students or the decision will not protect our students.