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By Jim Wright, Correspondent They are the next generation. At 35 to 51 years old, it took them a couple of generations to get that “next” because, in the Morrison County Public Works (MCPW) Department, experience definitely counts. Public Works Director Steve Backowski, a 30-year MCPW veteran, described the three men as “next generation,” largely because […]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer In January, Mid-State Education District, based in Little Falls, will be implementing a new program. Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) will begin assisting special education students and young adults with simulated work experiences. This hands-on transition program will give each “employee” the opportunity to learn exactly what they want to do […]

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By Jim Wright, Correspondent “We prevailed in a litigation that saved the county taxpayers about $200,000 over the life of the claim,” County Administrator Deb Gruber told the County Board Tuesday. A Public Employment Retirement Association (PERA) medical insurance determination, made in favor of a former employee, was overturned by the court. “The intent of the […]

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By Jim Wright, Correspondent “At times of the day, impossible to predict, incoming (911) calls and officer-generated traffic can be more than one dispatcher can physically handle,” Sheriff Michel Wetzel told the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. “There are days when up to 15 hours have only one dispatcher on duty in our public safety answering […]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer On Wednesday, Warren John Okerman, 46, Pierz, was in court for his plea hearing. At that time his defense lawyer, Scott Wonderlich, entered a plea of not guilty of third degree murder. On June 1, 2012, Okerman and Leslie Ellyn Peterson were together when she died. The complaint alleged that Okerman […]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer The association consisting of Shamineau Lake property owners is discussing the creation of a lake improvement district (LID). This LID would, through Morrison County, collect funds to combat Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive species discovered in the lake several years ago. While the county is more than willing to help the lake owners with […]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer After several years of unavailability, Budget Blinds of Brainerd is back in business. Recently reopened by Michael, Jane and Jordan Larsen, the company is serving all of Morrison County and both the St. Cloud and the Brainerd Lakes areas. The Budget Blinds franchise had one huge attraction. “The business model with […]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Three Morrison County sites are participating in the Minnesota Renewable Energy Tour this year. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, the public is invited to visit these sites to talk with home and/or business owners about their experiences with solar, wind, geothermal and other energy efficient measures. Locally, people […]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer The Morrison County Commissioners voted to allow two Lake Improvement Districts (LIDs) in the county to increase their assessments of lake shore owners. Representatives from the LIDs were present at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss the 2015 pending assessments. A LID assesses lake shore owners for the purpose of eradicating invasive species […]

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