Local NewsMinute: Internships, Plumbing, Jazz, MSHSL, And Politics 07 Feb 18

Building Committee Receives An Update

Following the discovery of crumbling infrastructure beneath the Morris Area High School, District officials are pondering their next move. Superintendent Rick Lahn says it all started after the Referendum was approved, and crews ran robotic cameras through the plumbing.
Crews will now have to open up the floors, and replace much of the piping, which could spike the total cost of the project. Lahn still hopes to send Requests For Proposals this spring, and to see renovation work start immediately after the school year. The Building Committee is meeting at noon.

Summer Work Available With State Agency

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for interns to work in their Eighth District. Senior Planner Siri Simons says it’s open to candidates with a bachelor’s degree, who are willing to work full-time for twelve weeks over the summer. The position pays $12.66 per hour.
MnDoT is also offering paid internships in their aeronautics, commercial vehicle, transit, and transportation system management divisions. You can apply by visiting mn.gov/careers before next Monday, and searching for Job Posting 19440.
The Eighth District includes Sunburg, Pennock, Milan, and Louisburg.

Here We Come A-Caucusing

Last night, members of both parties gathered to chart their political futures. First-time Caucusgoer Sarah Eckel, who went to the DFL Caucus in the Morris Area High School Cafeteria, says she feels compelled to step up, “otherwise, who else is gonna do it?”
Republicans caucused in the Old No. 1 of Morris, Chairman Dan Pagel says caucus preparations can be “a little hectic, but that’s what makes it great.”
Any resolutions submitted last night for the parties’ platforms will be handled at the County Convention level.

Jazz At The Bar

Also at the Old No. 1, the University of Minnesota Morris’ Jazz Combos were swinging across the hall. Dr. Jonathan Campbell is the Director of the Jazz Program, he says these off-campus performances are “a getaway” from their studies. Many of his jazz students aren’t music majors, so even if these performances are a requirement of his classes, it’s still a hobby.
The Combos will perform for free at the Morris Public Library on Wednesday, March 7.

Alexandria Student Up For High Honors

Allison Prestby of Alexandria High School will represent Section 8AA for the Minnesota State High School League’s Triple-A Award.
The Award is for seniors who have earned recognition in the classroom, on the field, and in the fine arts. The League announces the State winners in an on-court recognition ceremony during the Boys’ Basketball State Tournament next month, each will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.