Local NewsMinute: Science In Morris, Opioids, Glenwood Renovation, Training In Madison, And Government Deadlines 12 Jan 18

American Farm Bureau’s Convention Has Local Implications

Now that he’s back from Nashville, Tennessee, Kevin Papp is reflecting on a five-day whirlwind of discussing farm policy.

Papp is the President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, and spent the last week at the American Farm Bureau’s 99th Annual Convention. Locally, one thing he discussed in depth is the opioid crisis, and what it means for small town-Minnesota.

Stevens County and others are weighing whether to join in an opioid-related lawsuit, and Papp has been paying attention. He adds it’s too early to know whether the Farm Bureau will also get involved in court.


Mandatory Training Can Be Fun For Local Teachers

Bright-and-early Monday morning, over 600 teachers will gather at Lac qui Parle Valley High School for one of the biggest training seminars in West Central Minnesota.

The 2018 MELT Sessions are open to any school within the Minnesota River Valley Education District. Assistant Director Brandon Raymo says teachers don’t have many chances to choose from over 100 sessions, covering everything from opioids, to mental illness, to new inventions (let alone at a reasonable price).

Participating schools include Benson, Dawson-Boyd, and Ortonville.


Glenwood Construction Almost Over

You only have to endure lane closures in Downtown Glenwood for another week, says the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Interim Public Affairs Coordinator T.J. Melcher says the disruption is thanks to a business on the corner of Highways 28 and 29 getting its exterior renovated, and needing to bring in heavy equipment for the job. Since January 2, the westbound side of Highway 28 – between First and Franklin Streets – has been narrowed during business hours.

While Melcher admits it’s inconvenient, he emphasizes this is a better option than closing the lane on-and-off. The construction lasts until January 19.


Morris Students Can Go To Saint Cloud

Yesterday afternoon, seventh and ninth graders at Morris Area High School showed off their science projects to a panel of local experts.

Kevin Pope is the Fair’s co-organizer, and loves seeing his students connect the classroom’s lessons to real-life phenomena. Getting to make something tangible with their interests is a bonus, which range from the accuracy of .22 rifles, to the “five second rule,” to dissolving gummi bears.

The Blue Ribbon Winners can choose to send their project to the Regional Contest next month. A link to the full list of winners can be found here.


State Agencies Seek Your Input On Area Projects

Public comment periods end at 4:30 p.m. today for the renewal of permits at Bongards’ Creameries of Perham, and the Benson Power Plant.

Bongards’ turns milk into cheese, and whey into protein powder. The byproducts are discharged to Perham’s Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The Benson facility uses a single power boiler to burn solid biomass, propane as the ignition fuel, and the emissions are released through a 300 foot exhaust stack, with electronic monitors for noxious gases.

You can learn how to submit comments on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website.


This is a sample of what’s happened for Friday, January 12, 2018. If these got your attention, listen to the KMRS News At Seven, Eight, Noon, and Five to hear the voices behind the stories.