Local NewsMinute: Morris Speech, Red Bulls, Transit, And Rest Stops 16 Feb 18

Alexandria Students Team Up With Minnesota Guard

Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard’s Concert Band comes to Alexandria. The 34th Infantry Division’s “Red Bulls” are teaming up for a performance with the High School’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra.
Band Director Casey Skalbeck is also a Sergeant in the Guard, his commander was looking for connections to schools outstate. He says Saturday’s concert is the “pilot run” for future Band appearances in Greater Minnesota.
The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. in the School’s Performing Arts Center, admission is free.

Speech Team Results

The Morris Area Schools’ Speech students are having a busy week.
On Monday, the Junior High Team took first place, against eight other teams, at the Battle Lake Invitational.
       In Dramatic Duo, Matthew Koktavy and Henry Berberi took second.
       Sam Jordan won second in Extemporaneous Speaking.
       In Humorous Interpretation, Michelle Johnson won seventh place, Alexis Lhotka got eighth, and Addison Abler was nineteenth.
       Kylen RunningHawk received dual honors – fifth in Storytelling, and seventh in Informative Speaking.
       In Creative Expression, Luci Bransel ranked second, Hope Sperr in third, Rachel Steen in ninth, and Avery Frank in eleventh.
       In Discussion, Tess Deane won first place, Anya Eckerle seventh, Taya Viker tenth, and Hannah Liljenquist in eleventh.
       In Extemporaneous Reading, Bobbi Wohlers got third place.
       In Original Oratory, Lakia Manska was in first, and Katya Lackey third.
       In Serious Drama, Morgan Mithun earned fifth place.
       Madeline Schamp came in fifth in Serious Poetry.
The High School’s Team competed in Wheaton yesterday, and will have home-field advantage for tomorrow’s meet.

MnDoT Working On Area Rest Stop

Truckers who use Interstate 94 will see an upgrade to the Lake Latoka rest stop, about two miles east of the Highway 114/Garfield Interchange.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is installing new equipment to warn truckers how many parking spots are available at rest stops five miles out in real-time. Project Manager Dan Rowe says having warning signs should reduce the amount of gas and time spent on finding a safe place. The signs would also display information about the next rest stop, to guide a trucker’s decision. 

Six other Minnesota locations – each for the traffic inbound to the Twin Cities – are being upgraded, at a total cost to the State of $1.4 million; all stops must be operational by next January.

MnDoT Seeking Comment About Rural Transit

Patrons of Morris Transit, Prairie Five, or Rainbow Rider have a chance to shape the future of your service. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking comment from anyone “applying for financial assistance for public transit in Greater Minnesota.”

There is no deadline for public comment, you can visit mndot.gov/transit to learn more.