Newsletter: Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Newsletter: Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Township Election Results from Tuesday Evening.
*Agram= Tom Leidenfrost elected supervisor, John Boeder also elected supervisor in Agram, Galen Stumpf elected treasurer.
*Belle Prairie= Francis “Babe” Brisk supervisor 22 votes, Sarah LeBlanc was elected treasurer, first time running received 23 votes.
*Bellevue= John Walburn elected supervisor, Christina Noyes was elected treasurer.
*Buckman= Alan Stangl elected supervisor with 26 votes.
*Buh= Kevin Virnig 3-year supervisor 15 votes, Tim Middendorf elected to finish 1 year supervisor term 17 votes, Amy Virnig elected treasurer with 16 votes.
*Darling= Michael Vetsch supervisor 14 votes, Jon Nelson elected treasurer with 12 votes.
*Green Prairie= Mike Schuett-Supervisor, Mary Hoover-treasurer.
*Leigh= Larry Hebler-elected supervisor. The treasurer position was write-in vote, the most going to Brenda Luberts. The board will contact her to see if wants the position but for now is undetermined.
*Little Falls= George Sandy Supervisor 24 votes, Joanne Sowada elected treasurer- 16 votes.
*Parker= Ron Wimmer elected supervisor 15 votes, Stephanie Scepurek elected treasurer with 14 votes.
*Pike Creek= Ron Hourscht elected supervisor, Sara Posterick was elected treasurer.
*Ripley= Glen Pugh supervisor with 29 votes, Heather Brill elected clerk with 29 votes, Patty Branchard elected treasurer, 28 votes.
*Swanville= Neil Johnson-Supervisor, the treasurer position was an open seat with most votes going to Michelle Kurowski. The board will now ask to see if she wants the position, but now left undetermined.

--The 2023 Morrison County Dairy Princess Coronation and Banquet will be next Saturday, March 25th at 8pm at the Falls Ballroom. Social begins at 7:30pm with dinner at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door for $20. This year the contestants are Madison Westerman, 17 of Little Falls, parents are Landon and Michelle Westerman. Erin Borash, 19 of Bowlus, parents are Ron and Ann Borash. Paige Gerads, 18 of Albany, parents are Jamie and Becky Gerads. Jazmin Virnig, 18 of Pierz, parents are Scott & Gina Virnig and Paige Fellbaum, 16 of Swanville and parents are Kennard & Laura Fellbaum. Those selected as dairy princesses will be the ambassadors for the dairy industry for the next year in Morrison County at many events.

--The Minnesota Senate has approved a bill to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of family income. The final vote was 38-26. The bill goes back to the House to work on some differing language. Last month, the House passed the measure 70-58. As a part of the federal government’s response to the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided free meals to all students, regardless of income, through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. While federal support did not continue into the current school year, several states have continued funding free meals for all their students out of their state budgets. The cost for the state would be $387 million for the first two years. Proponents of the bill say it would help families by cutting costs as food prices increase. Those opposed say it would be fiscally irresponsible to spend tax dollars where they are not needed on school meals for students who can afford them.

--Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Purva Watten stated they are doing a Take down of the lights that were put up all along Broadway and 1st Street (north East and South East) and some on Lindbergh Drive on the West Side of town. These lights are not functional anymore and hence will be taken down by volunteers. They will be taken down on Friday March 31st and picked up on the afternoon of Saturday April 1st. If you have questions on this or want to help with the volunteering, call the Little Falls Chamber Office at 320-632-5155 or email [email protected]

--On Wednesday, Little Falls Superintendent Greg Johnson and High School Principal Tim Bjorge testified at the State Capitol about a bill to create a transportation careers pathway for Little Falls Community High School Students with area legislators backing that bill.

--The Lindy Dancers fundraiser Taco Challenge is tonight at the Falls Ballroom. Come and enjoy and vote on the best Tacos in Morrison County. Sponsors showing off their tacos tonight are the Falls Ballroom, Sanchez Burrito, Silver Bullet Bar and Grill in Genola, AT Black and White and The Royal Catering and Private Event Center. There is a silent auction, gift basket drawings, 50/50 raffle and DJ music and cash raffle with a $7,000 grand prize all at the event tonight. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 for kids 5-11 and free for under 4. Tacos start to be served at 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Ballroom. Come and support the Lindy Dance Team.

--Marilyn Schreiner, age 93 of Pierz.

TODAY= rain showers, mixed with sleet, changing to snow, temps drop from the mid 30s to the mid 20s by afternoon, snow 1-2 inches possible with gusty winds 25-40mph by afternoon hours.
TONIGHT= snow showers early, gusty winds, low 6 above.
FRIDAY= light snow showers, gusty winds, steady temps near 15.
SATURDAY= partly sunny, windy, high 23, low around 5 above.
SUNDAY= sunny skies, warmer temps, high 31, low near 23.

GBB= state tournament action from Wednesday, Albany advanced to the semi's 51-38 over Perham. Goodhue ousted Crosby-Ironton yesterday 67-59. Becker beat Marshall 52-43 and Alexandria moved on to the semi-finals 57-39 over Hill Murray. More action today.
BBB= playoff action last night, Albany and Milaca advanced to the Section 6AA championship. Nevis downed Browerville 49-35 and will face Barnum in the Section 5A Championship. Pequot Lakes and Esko advanced to the Section 7AA Championship later this week in boys.
TWINS= Another Twins spring game today at noon on Q92 WYRQ.

--Saint Urho's Day is today. This is a fictional saint of Finland, created and elaborated by Finnish Americans in Northern Minnesota in the town of Menagha in the 1950s, to celebrate their heritage and extend celebrations of St. Patrick's Day. There is still a large statute of Urho in the town today. His celebration day is set to March 16, the day before the March 17 feast day of St. Patrick of Ireland.