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One year later

One year ago, on May 12, Stevens County was hit by a huge storm that caused millions of dollars in damage. The storm brought up to 100 mile per hour wind and was later categorized as a Derecho. Power was out in the county for days.  During the last year, many Stevens County governing officials […]

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Sami Clear: Multi-tasking extraordinaire at the Stevens County Humane Society

By Thomas Hiatt In her short time here in Morris, Sami Clear has already acted in the capacity of both manager of Pomme de Terre Foods and volunteer coordinator at the Stevens County Humane Society. This experience in governing organizations goes all the way back to cashiering at her parents’ thrift store in St. Cloud

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The power of a letter

Once upon a time, a Morris Area Elementary 4th grade student, Alaina Hoffmann, sent a handwritten note (via email, and her mom) to her favorite author, James Riley. To her surprise, she received a response from him, saying that he was excited that she liked his books. Through a series of back-and-forth messages, the author

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Crystal Searle’s attorney asks to have charges dismissed

During a contested omnibus hearing in Stevens County 8th Judicial District Court last Thursday, the attorney for Crystal Rose Searle submitted four motions including one to have the charges against his client dismissed. Attorney Kent Marshall claims that there is a lack of probable cause to believe she committed the offenses with which she is

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Former Morris Mayor Sheldon Giese reflects on his two decades in local politics

By Thomas Hiatt Before his retirement in January of 2023, Sheldon Giese devoted twenty-one years in service to the city of Morris: five with the city council and another sixteen as mayor.  The beginning of his political career dates back to 2001 when he made an unsuccessful run for Morris City Council. After his loss,

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