Local NewsMinute: Winter Weather Delays, Montevideo Veterans, Hockey Serves Chili 17 Jan 18
Bloodmobile Working Overtime
Severe winter weather has resulted in more than 150 blood drive cancellations nationwide. Communications Manager Sue Thesenga from the American Red Cross in Saint Paul says this has left more than 5,500 donations uncollected.
More than donors, the Bloodmobile is still looking for a blood drive coordinator in our area, as well as sponsors, and volunteers for blood drive days. 
If you weigh at least 110 pounds, aren’t feeling ill on donation day, and are 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), you’re eligible to give blood.
 
Governor’s Bonding Proposal Puts Montevideo On A Lower Flame
Yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton released his $1.5 billion bonding bill, but not everybody is happy about what’s on his list.
Representative Tim Miller (R-17A) was angered that the proposal didn’t include funding for a new veteran’s home in Montevideo, but $35 million for the Minnesota Zoo made the cut. However, the home was highlighted on a supplemental list of “urgently-needed local bonding projects,” released by the Governor’s office.
Representative Miller’s District includes the cities of Clontarf, Danvers, and Holloway.
 
Pope County Marches On With Broadband
Last night, a standing-room-only crowd filled the Pope County Courthouse’s Community Room to hear what’s going on with local broadband.
The project began with committee meetings in 2016, reaching out to internet service providers in the County. A Blandin Foundation grant led to feasibility and engineering studies about where the money should go first, and State funds started trickling in. 
Throughout the public meetings, County Coordinator Kersten Kappmeyer and IT Director Donna Martin emphasized that Pope County has no interest in owning the infrastructure, merely wanting to smooth the way for the private sector.
 
Hockey Moms Raise Money For The Team
Last night, parents of the Morris-Benson Area Storm Hockey raised $450.00 for the boys team.
Erica Swenson is the mother of a senior, and helped organize the annual chili feed. All parents donated a crockpot-full of chili, and Swenson said the night was very sentimental for her. However, she loved seeing all the varieties of chili that come in.
Proceeds support transportation of and jerseys for the boys team.
 
“Come Grow With Us” Is Back In Action
Your home and yard will benefit from ideas available at this month’s “Come Grow With Us” event at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, in Morris.
Native Plants for the Landscape wil help you choose the right native plants and how to maintain these varieties. WCROC Horticulturalist Steve Poppe says pollinators benefit greatly from the increase in habitat.
Mary Holm, of Morning Sky Greenery, in Morris, will be the presenter. “Come Grow With Us” is a free event and will be held from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Ag Country Auditorium at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, in Morris.