Local NewsMinute: Unspoken Voices, Year’s End Award, Buffers, And Barn Fire 08 Feb 18

MnNRC Rallies In Johnson

Yesterday morning, a large crowd showed up at the Gillespie Family Farm of Johnson to discuss possible responses to Minnesota environmental policy.
Organized by the Minnesota Natural Resource Coalition, the meeting focused on three county commissioners from Kansas. They offered their disputes with state and federal agencies as a roadmap for West Central Minnesota to push back against the Dayton Administration’s buffer regulations.

Barn Consumed In Evansville Fire

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office thinks a heat lamp caused a barn fire north of Evansville yesterday afternoon.
At 3:38 p.m., Deputies and Evansville Firefighters were called to 20932 Horseshoe Road, where they found a small structure housing chickens and sheep ablaze. Mutual aid was called in from the Brandon Fire Department. The homeowners, Svetlana Fedje and Vladislav Connell, successfully evacuated all of their animals, but the barn was a total loss.

Locals Recognized By NFL

Before Super Bowl 52, a Morris nonprofit was formally thanked for its anti-human trafficking work.
Last week, Unspoken Voices was one of 100 Minnesota agencies invited to a luncheon at “NFL Headquarters Hotel.” Anita Liebl sits on the Board of Directors, she was impressed that Commissioner Roger Goodell and several NFL players took the time to speak about their own, personal efforts to combat domestic violence.

Picht Is The Volunteer Of The Year

Last night, Pay It Forward Stevens County presented their year-end award recognizing volunteers in our community.
Teague Picht has been very active at Morris Area High School including taking leadership roles in the FFA Chapter, helping with food drop events and student council. He also helps with technology and computer issues and helped set up computer labs.
He receives his name added to a plaque of past winners and $50 dollars from each of the nine businesses participating in Pay It Forward Stevens County will be donated to the charity of his choice.