Stevens County, MN

Stevens County Environmental Services

Cleaning out your garage or basement and wondering what to do with those cans of unusable paints, stains and varnishes? Get rid of them free of charge on Wednesday, June 1st, from 10 am. to 2 pm. at the County Highway Garage in Chokio. Acceptable waste items include paint, stains, varnishes, aerosols, lawn and garden pesticides and flammable products. Examples of waste items not accepted are business waste, explosives, ammunition, asbestos, and fluorescent lights. Once again, this month’s collection will be in Chokio. For more information, contact the Stevens County Environmental Services today at 208-6558.

Stevens County Declares State of Emergency

Following a situation update by Sheriff Jason Dingman and Emergency Manager Dona Greiner at an emergency meeting of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners at 5 p.m. Friday, the board approved a declaration of emergency. Sheriff Dingman also noted that Stevens County Assessment Teams are actively out and assessing damages...

Severe thunderstorm warnings in the Twin Cities

Damage reports are coming in from parts of Minnesota that bore the brunt of Thursday's system, and it's looking like a particularly bad situation in Stevens County, with buildings, trees, and power lines taking major hits. Severe thunderstorm warning in Twin Cities. A storm system that brought winds in excess...

Hospital Week is Also During Mental Health Awareness Month

National Hospital Week continues, a chance to show appreciation for your local hospital and the caregivers within. Stevens Community Medical Center CEO Kerrie McEvilly told KMRS that the pandemic has been a stressful time for all hospital employees. SCMC has administered 16,000 COVID tests and given 5,000 COVID vaccines. “May...

WCI Foundation Update Given to City Council

An update of the work in the area for the past year by the West Central Initiative Foundation was given to the Morris City Council at their Tuesday meeting by Rick Schara of West Central Initiative. Schara said they are currently working on a new strategic plan that will be released soon. Serving on the West Central Initiative board since December representing Stevens County is Laura J.B. Schmidt. He also gave a rundown of the Foundation’s economic impact to Stevens County.

7th Walking Tour to Focus on East Side

The seventh walking tour organized by the Stevens County Historical Society and Museum will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and will focus on the East Side of Morris. The self-guided tour will start at Willie’s SuperValu where free popcorn will be given. Museum Director Cam Erickson told the KMRS Community Connection where the tour goes from there.

Flood Plains Discussion Ends in Frustration

A contentious two hour discussion on flood plains at the Stevens County Courthouse on Tuesday morning with representatives via Zoom from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and vendors for the Federal Emergency Management Agency held one point of agreement between all parties: the 1975 paper maps currently used by the county need to be updated.

County Approves Measures at Board Meeting

The Stevens County Board of Commissioners approved a number of measures at their board meeting Tuesday morning. They awarded a $2 million overlay project for County Road 9 to Central Specialties of Alexandria. They approved a summer intern for paralegal assistance in the County Attorney’s office. They approved a resolution to sponsor a grant of the West Central Trailblazers, which the County has done for a number of years as a fiscal host.

Wags, Whiskers, & Wine Benefit – MAY 7TH

Join the Stevens County Humane Society Benefit for Wags, Whiskers & Wine – Saturday May 7th at the Old #1 Southside. Reserve your tickets by May 3rd – email STEVENSHUMANESOCIETY@ GMAIL.COM to be included in the early bird drawing. Tickets are $30.00. Tickets are available at the door. Enjoy live music, craft beer, Minnesota Wine live auction, and prize drawings. Get your tickets today!!! Social hour begins at 6pm and Dinner at 7 pm – May 7th at Old #1 Southside, Morris.

4-H Horse Bowl Team Takes 2nd Place at State Competition

The Stevens County 4-H Horse Bowl Team took second place at the recent Minnesota 4-H State Horse Bowl Competition. The 4-H members who competed were Krista Duncan, daughter of parents Heather and Brett Duncan; Tessa Hennessy, daughter of parents Lisa and Josh Hennessy; Kallista Banister, daughter of parents Kim and Brian Banister; and Hannah Liljenquist, daughter of parents Kristine and Stephan Liljenquist. The Stevens County 4-H Horse Bowl Team is coached by Julie Kill and Jordan Supan.