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Alexandria School Rakes In Its Final Campbell’s Donations

Now that the Labels For Education Program is officially over, Principal Dana Christenson at Voyager Elementary of Alexandria is taking stock of what it’s meant to his teachers.
Since 1974, the Campbell Soup Company allowed you to cut the barcodes off many of their products, and mail them to headquarters for credit towards your local school.
The program ended on January 2, Christenson plans to purchase winter sleds for his PhyEd classes, and general classroom supplies before Voyager’s points expire on May 31. As of New Year’s Eve, the School had 141 points in its account.

Erin Koehntop Takes The Reigns

RUSC Kinship Mentoring has a new Executive Director.
Erin Koehntop took over this winter, and she’s starting off her tenure with a call for new volunteers – it’s National Mentoring Month. In particular, Koehntop has a waiting list of five youth needing mentors, you’re asked to spend a minimum of four hours per month with your mentee.
She’s also looking for donations to this month’s Warm Hearts And Hotdishes Cookoff, you can arrange a delivery or pickup by calling 320 585 7872.

Morris Woman Speaks Up

A local woman is headed to the Super Bowl…but not to watch the big game.
Kilomarie Granda is the Executive Director of Unspoken Voices, a Morris-based non-profit focused on human trafficking in Greater Minnesota. Between February 1st and 4th, Granda will serve alongside Super Bowl officials and other volunteers, looking for the signs of sexual abuse.
Granda’s first order of business is a luncheon organized by the National Football League and Verizon Wireless for an “Unsung Heroes,” recognizing 100 Minnesotans who are advocates for domestic violence survivors.

UMM Athletes Give Back

Last night, the Cougar basketball teams showed off for the community…away from the court.
Players served dinner during the closing ceremonies for the 9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Day Of Service, held at Faith Lutheran Church of Morris. Noah Grove and Jeffrey Halverson are co-captains of the men’s team, and say they enjoy the break from the campus grind.
Every Thursday, the Team reads to Kyle Berget’s third grade classes at Morris Area Elementary School.

Public Comment Welcome In Pope County

If you live in Pope County, and want to learn more about your broadband service in the future, officials invite you to a meeting tonight.
Commissioners Paul Gerde and Larry Lindor are organizing a public update on the broadband project, which began in March 2017 with a feasibility study from the Blandin Foundation. The study focused on which style of broadband technology was a better choice for Pope County – wired, or wireless.
Other speakers for the night include Pope County Coordinator Kersten Kappmeyer, as well as Dalen Gasseling from Hanson Communications, and Dave Wolf of Gardonville Cooperative.
The presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Pope County Community Room.