Olivia Bungum

Stevens County Food Shelf provides resources in and around the community

In recent years, food costs have increased at an alarming rate. According to the US Department of Agriculture, prices for food at home rose 11.4% in 2022, and that was on top of the 3.5% increases seen in 2020 and 2021. 2022’s increase was the largest annual increase in food prices since the 1980s. Inflation […]

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Freedom isn’t Free: World War II veteran visits with Representative Paul Anderson

At nearly 106 years old, David Jergenson has quite the life story to tell. A native of Cyrus, Jergenson served in World War II and now shares his stories with those who are willing to listen. Jergenson has told his story to Pioneer PBS, given speeches to school assemblies, and most recently visited with Representative

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Always on the cusp of pop culture: John’s Total Entertainment celebrates 30 years

In 1993, a store called John’s Sportcards and Comics opened in a small building in what is now the Willie’s Supervalu parking lot. The owner of the store, John Amundson, was interested in sportcards and memorabilia, and says that comics kind of came with the territory. During this time, a new game called Magic the

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Erickson celebrates five years with Stevens County Historical Society and Museum

The Stevens County Historical Society and Museum gained a new executive director five years ago when Cam Erickson joined the team on Oct. 1, 2018.  Originally from Verndale, Erickson lived in southern Minnesota for at least 25 years before relocating to Morris when she married Deron Erickson. Erickson has a background of teaching, and owning

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Hard work, passion, and some sweat equity lead to opening of Dalen Repair in Morris

At the age of 17, Joe Dalen decided he wanted to be a mechanic. His grandparents lived between Cyrus and Starbuck and always brought their vehicles to Scott Estenson for repair and maintenance work, so that’s where Joe went to get his start. He worked summers through high school and the end of college in

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Music to our ears: Sarlettes Music celebrates seven decades in business

Sarlettes Music in downtown Morris is celebrating 70 years of serving the community musicians and music students.  In 1953, Walt and Florence Sarlette opened the doors of Sarlettes Music in 1953. Originally located on West 6th St. in a building where McGinnis Appliance now stands, the music store was in a two-story building known as

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Morris Area Schools farm-to-school program fills up local students’ plates

What do your kids eat every day at school? No doubt this is a question that many parents and guardians wonder about when deciding if they should pack a lunch for their children’s school day. With the Morris Area School District, you don’t have to wonder. The Morris Area Schools take part in a farm-to-school

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Morris City Council deliberates granting a liquor license, discusses boulevard clutter

The Morris City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8 was short, sweet, and to the point. With two council members and city manager Rebecca Schrupp not in attendance, the meeting lasted only half an hour.  Mayor Kevin Wohlers opened the meeting by quoting Zig Ziglar: “Research indicates that employees have three prime needs: Interesting work,

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