Local NewsMinute: Douglas County Rollover, Habitat’s Breakfast, Icy Roads, And Grieving Families Get A New Outlet 14 Jan 18

Pancakes For A Cause

Earlier today, locals had a chance to eat their fill while putting a roof over the heads of local families.

Habitat For Humanity’s Stevens County Chapter is putting together an all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser at the American Legion of Morris, with proceeds covering the construction costs of new homes. Pam Mithun organized feed, and says the Chapter would like to do more, but money is what makes it all happen.

The Chapter plans to build a new house on the west side of Morris this summer.

Networking For Grieving Families

Starting today, the Pedersen and Starbuck Funeral Homes are offering a unique opportunity for widows and widowers.

After listening to the suggestions of bereaved families, and hours of work, Grief Care Coordinator Rose Murphy is putting together a monthly luncheon at the Old No. 1 Bar & Grill of Morris. Murphy sent letters to the last three years-worth of Pedersen’s clients, but stresses the lunch is open to everyone. She also welcomes suggestions for other events Pedersen could organize, as a way of taking your mind off the grief for just a few moments.

Pedersen is coordinating the reservation, guests must pay for their orders individually. The next session will be held on Sunday, February 11, in the Old No. 1 basement at noon. An elevator is located near the front door.

Local Roads Suffer Water Exposures

On Friday, brutal temperatures resulted in a water main break at the intersection of Columbia Avenue and 8th Street in Morris.

The breach was rapidly contained, says Director of Public Works Jim Dittbenner. Patchy ice may have accumulated on the sidewalk, and a couple of nearby properties may have received slight water damage, but large service disruptions were avoided.

Crews hope to apply a longer-term fix by the middle of next week, when temperatures are somewhat higher.

Additionally, thanks to another water leak near Ortonville yesterday afternoon, the westbound side of Highway 12 is down to one lane between Highway 75 and Second Street. MnDoT officials also cite low temperatures as the cause for an unusually large buildup of ice.

No word yet on a plan for long-term fixes, beyond waiting for warmer temperatures.

Farwell Resident Recovering From Rollover

On Friday morning, a Farwell woman was stranded near County Roads 7 and 26.

Around 8:16 a.m., Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies received a 911 call from 23-year-old Tammy Marie Tharp, who said she was trapped in her vehicle, and injured. With the help of Kensington Fire and Rescue, the State Patrol, and the Holmes City First Responders, Dispatchers guided the team to the victim by asking her to say when the sirens were getting louder.

Tharp was found in a wooded area, partially concealed from the road, with her vehicle on its roof. Deputies and a Trooper cut her seatbelt, and removed her from the car. North Ambulance transported her to the Douglas County Hospital, where she was still being treated as of last night.

The incident remains under investigation.