Local NewsMinute: Taxes, Legislature, And FFA 20 Feb 18

Tax Assistance Continues In Town

Bob and Mary Amundson have had a “full schedule.”
For the last two weeks, they’ve teamed up with Stevens County Human Services to provide free tax preparation services at the Morris Senior/Community Center. The Amundsons estimate they’ve served around 35 people in the last two sessions alone.
You can schedule an appointment by calling 320 208 6600.

Backer Returns To Saint Paul

Representative Jeff Backer (R-12A) is about to begin his fourth session in the Minnesota Legislature.
During the interim, Backer introduced or co-sponsored five bills. One of them, HF 2760, gives the second reimbursement rate increase in two years for ambulance services towards low-income persons. Backer says he’s often asked to “carry” bills related to paramedics, since he’s been one for 24 years.
The Legislature gavels into session at noon today.

President Koehl Reminds You About Auction

It’s National FFA Week, and local leaders are hoping to draw your attention to the activities of local students. President Kevin Koehl of the Stevens County FFA Alumni Association wants to see more schools launch their own FFA chapters, and encourage young talent to stick around after graduation.
The Alumni Association’s Annual Student Auction is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on March 16.

MASD Calls Attention To Special Education “Financial Crisis”

This Session, the Morris Area School District is hoping the Minnesota Legislature will step up.
During its last meeting, the Board unanimously approved a resolution asking State and federal authorities to increase special education funding. The resolution points out a failure “to adequately fund the mandated programs and services arising under IDEA,” a 1975 law passed by Congress, with federal agencies providing 25 percent less reimbursement than was promised.

The School Board meets at 7:00 p.m. tonight in the Elementary School Choir Room. On the agenda, a resolution for a budget revision recommended by the Finance and Facilities committee and a resolution for the issuance of $19 million dollars in general obligation school building bonds.