Local NewsMinute: Shutdown, March, Hockey, Turkey, And Pancakes 22 Jan 18

Shutdown Spotlights Local Politics

The federal government is now closed, and local political figures are weighing in.
Dan Pagel runs the Stevens County Republican Party, he says Democrats caused the shutdown by blocking a procedural vote needed to bring the actual funding measure to the Senate floor, and doing it for partisan reasons.
Wes Flinn is in charge of outreach for the Stevens County DFL, he counters that the shutdown “isn’t just about a wall,” and Republicans are causing real harm to both federal workers and students who live in the area.
Late Friday, the University of Minnesota released statement saying that “contingency plans [are] in place” for what the shutdown means to the Morris campus.

Debate Over The Meaning Of Weekend March

Yesterday afternoon, Indivisible Morris organized the 2nd Annual Women’s March through Downtown Morris.
Ann Borman was one of the co-organizers, who argued that the march raises awareness about voter registration, caucusing, and women running for high office.
Bill Schultz wasn’t convinced. He’s in the leadership of the Otter Tail County Republican Party, and believes that Indivisible, as a group, has a partisan agenda that doesn’t match up with reality.
Over 160 people attended the March.

Eagles Fry Some Fish

On Friday, crowds packed the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club in Morris to eat fish, and support hockey. Ashford Swenson is a senior, forward, and captain on the Morris-Benson Area Storm’s Varsity Squad. After graduation, he will miss the conversations he gets to have with the community, during these events.
The Team and the Eagles set up the annual fish fry to cover the costs of new jerseys, and traveling by coach bus.

Gobbling Up? It’s Not A Trap.

From the moment the doors opened Saturday night, people were streaming into the Morris Armory.
The Stevens County Gobblers held their 12th Annual Banquet to raise money for local conservation and wildlife enthusiasts. Dillon Gillespie is a senior at Morris Area High School, and a leader in their Trap Team. Because his members help during the event, the Team gets a cut of the profits.
The Team has helped for the last two or three years, and once he graduates, Gillespie will miss the thrill of competition the most.

Lions, Shelters, And Pancakes, Oh My

Yesterday, the Wendell Lions Club woke up early for Ted’s Famous Pancakes. President Mickie Rogal says the proceeds will support construction of a new picnic shelter in town. The final numbers aren’t in yet, but Rogal hopes yesterday’s warmer weather led to lots of money for the cause.

Another Lake Ice Accident

On Friday, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies were scrambled north of Holmes City after a report of an ATV going through the ice.
Brian John VanNevel and two friends were driving near Cherry Point on Lobster Lake, when his 2016 Honda Pioneer dropped into roughly six feet of water. All three were able to escape without serious injury.
Sergeant Wade Lerfald from the Sheriff’s Office reminds you that ice can look deceptively thick, and to always be cautious when traveling through unfamiliar territory.