Covid-19 Updates

Starting on Monday, April 13th, the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office and Morris Police Department will collect supplies for our local healthcare providers, day care providers and other essential services.

We are asking for clean, unopened personal protective equipment (masks, gowns, face shields, medical gloves), sewn face coverings, unopened hand sanitizer, and unopened sealed sanitizing wipes.

Please call the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office to schedule a time to drop off items, 320-208-6500.

There continues to be a need for food shelf donations, non-perishable food items may be dropped off inside the back door of the Old # 1 in Morris. Food shelf monetary donations can be dropped off at Bremer Bank in Morris.

Thank you for supporting our local needs!

Sheriff Jason Dingman and Police Chief Reggie Welle.

More information is available at
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that people stay home when sick. Don’t go to work and don’t head straight to the clinic or hospital without calling first. Precautions recommended are those commonly recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water…Stay home when you are sick…Cover your cough…If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, call first.

The risk of COVID-19 is considered very low for those who haven’t been exposed, and the risk of coming into contact with a person is also low, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

Governor Walz Extends Stay Home Order in Minnesota

Walz extends order until May 18, allows curbside pickup for retail stores and strongly encourages all Minnesotans to wear masks when outside the home.

https://www.scmcinc.org/

 

http://sfhs.org/

  • Morris Health Services which includes West Wind Village, Skyview Court, and Skyview Plaza is taking precautionary steps to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our settings. Morris Health Services is not allowing visitors at this time in any of our settings with the exception of end of life care. We encourage loved ones to communicate in other ways such as social media, phone calls, etc. We are committed to staying in touch with families to update them on any news, emerging issues or changes.  Although, there are still many unknowns, we do know that the population we serve is at a greater risk.

Local Church Announcements

  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Morris, Minnesota, will remain locked until April 10th.
  • Shalom Community Lutheran Church of Starbuck, MN, will be streaming all their Sunday  9:30 a.m. services and Wednesday Night Bible Study is at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Nora Lutheran Church of rurual Kensington – No Lent service or Confirmation– No Sunday Service.
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Chokio and Trinity Lutheran Church of Alberta will not have worship service or church sponsored events in our church till further notice.
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Herman canceling all church events.
  • Mercy Center at Holy Rosary Parish in Graceville will be closed until further notice.
  • East Zion, West Zion and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Churches are postponing Worship Services and All Church Meetings.
  • First Lutheran Church in Morris has suspended worship services for Sunday and Wednesdays until further notice.
  • Faith Lutheran Church of Morris, MN, will be cancelling all events. Services will be available on the church website.
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church and Konsvinger Lutheran Church in Donnelly, MN, is cancelling the Lenten Service, all Sunday school, Sunday service, and confirmation.
  • Crosswind Lutheran Parishes of Starbuck, including Inherred, Emmanuel, and Fron have cancelled all activities
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Morris worship has cancelled the worship services.
  • Mount Olive Church in Graceville, no Wednesday night service, no Sunday service or Sunday school.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church in Johnson, no Wednesday night service, no Sunday service or Sunday school.
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Morris cancelled its Wednesday, Lenten Meal & Worship.
  • Bethel Lutheran Church in Herman, MN, will be suspending all worship gatherings, church activities, and meetings until further notice.
  • Christian Reformed Church in Hancock is cancelling Sunday services.
  • Federated Church is cancelling services until further notice.
  • Lincoln Lutheran Church in Hoffman, MN, is canceling services.
  • Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Hancock, MN, has cancelled services.
  • Zion Lutheran Church in Morris cancelled church services and activities.
  • Minnewaska Lutheran Church in Starbuck is cancelling all church activities including Lenten Services and Sunday services. Services will be available on the church website.
  • Christian Reformed Church in Hancock is cancelling Sunday services.
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Herman canceling all church events.
  • Federated Church services will be cancelled until further notice. 
  • Shalom Community Lutheran Church of Starbuck will be streaming all their Sunday services and Wednesday night Bible Studies via Zoom.
  • First Lutheran Church of Kensington is cancelling all activities and Worship services through May 4th.

Public Offices

  • Pope County asks that members of the public avoid in-person visits to County offices at the Courthouse or other County buildings, and instead use mail, phone calls, emails, and other electronic means to conduct necessary business with the County if feasible.
  • Morris City Hall has temporarily closed its lobby to the public.  This is being done to protect the employees that need to continue working in city hall in support of city operations.  It’s also being done as a means to encourage people to practice social distancing and limit their activities. Utility payments can be made using the outside drop box.  For other things, you can call city hall at 320-589-3141 and personnel will provide support. We are doing our best to accommodate requests for services through other means. Blaine Hill, City Manager.
  • The Stevens County Food Shelf is open to the public during their regular business hours. They ask that when visiting the food shelf, please wait in your vehicle and a volunteer will come out to assist you. The Stevens County Food Shelf is asking for monetary donations in lieu of food donations at this time. Monetary donations can be placed in the drop box located within the entry of the Stevens County Courthouse or at the Stevens County Human Services front desk or mailed to the Stevens County Food Shelf at 701 Iowa Avenue in Morris. Online donations can be made at stevenscountyfoodshelf.org. If you are interested in making a food donation, please drop it off at the Old#1 Southside entrance. The Stevens County Food Shelf will be open:
    • Monday: 2:30-3:30pm
    • Tuesday: 10:30-11:30am
    • Wednesday: 10:30-11:30am
    • Thursday: 5:30-6:30pm
    • Friday: 10:30-11:30am
    • The Stevens County Food Shelf is asking for monetary donations in lieu of food donations at this time. Monetary donations can be placed in the drop box located within the entry of the Stevens County Courthouse or at the Stevens County Human Services front desk or mailed to the Stevens County Food Shelf at 701 Iowa Avenue in Morris.  Online donations can be made at www.stevenscountyfoodshelf.org.
  • The Swift County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Center is closed to the public. Citizens are still to call 911 for an emergency. All non-emergency calls can still be directed to 320-843-3133. The law enforcement lobby center will remain accessible for those who need a safe place to report an incident.
  • Hancock City Hall will be temporarily closed to the public. Payments can be made by using the outside drop box. You can contact the city hall at 320-392-5285 for any questions.
  • Effective now Stevens County Court House will be closed to the public. Due to the current public health emergency, current recommendations from Horizon Public Health (HPH), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are all recommending social distancing and limited interaction with other individuals. Until further notice, access to all county buildings will be restricted to staff only. Public will be by appointment only, where deemed appropriate. Courts will continue to serve the State of Minnesota and all related traffic will be subject to a health screen at the main entrance. All Court traffic shall use the main entrance door located at 400 Colorado Ave, Morris, MN. Courts will need to be called at 320.208.6640 for building access. We encourage citizens to access services in the following order: Online/Phone/Email, dropbox in main entry of building, exchange documents at front door, last option is to have escorted building access. County Departments will continue to serve the public and continue to provide services during this time. All citizens should access the county website, www.co.stevens.mn.us, for further information regarding ways to access departments for needed business.
  • Hancock City Hall will be temporarily closed to the public. Payments can be made by using the outside drop box.  You can contact the city hall at 320-392-5285 for any questions.
  • Swift County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Center will be closed to the public. Citizens are still to call 911 for an emergency. All non-emergency calls can still be directed to 320-843-3133.
  • Morris Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed to the general public until further notice. We will be answering emails and phone calls.
  • Hancock Public Library will be closed.
  • The Morris Public Library is closed until further notice.
  • University of Minnesota is closely monitoring the emerging public health concern involving the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, in-person instruction on all University campuses is suspended. Students, contact your instructor for further guidance.
  • The WCROC office building and grounds are closed to the public, including the Horticulture Display Garden. Essential employees are tending to the needs of our livestock herds and our greenhouses. Upcoming events have been canceled or on-hold.

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Local Business Announcements/Cancellations/Postponements

  • Chokio Senior Center will be closing until further notice.
  • Morris Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed to the general public until further notice. We will be answering emails and phone calls.
  • Federated Telephone offices will be closed to Walk-In Traffic until further notice. While our front doors may be temporarily closed to the public, rest assured our team is working hard to ensure you stay connected and will continue to be available to our customers by phone and email.
  • Heartland is open their normal business hours to assist customers that need to repair or replace their current vehicles and that we will pick up and drop off their vehicles if wanted.
  • Dr. Williamson is out of the office Dental Depot will be closed for any non-emergent care until April 13. During this time Dental Depot will continue to provide urgent and emergency treatment. Dr. Williamson can triage care over the phone and determine the best course of treatment. Dr. Williamson’s cell phone number is listed on the office’s voicemail.
  • Dental offices postpone non-emergent or elective dental care, Morris Dental Clinic will be closed.
  • Morris Theatre will be closed until further notice. Look for exciting improvements when we re-open!
  • Hancock Coop annual meeting has been cancelled. Dividend checks will be mailed.  A copy of the statement of operation will be available at the office.
  • The Chamber will be closed to the general public until further notice. We will be answering emails and phone calls.
  • The Stevens Community Medical Center is not allowing visitors at this time. Patients should call their hotline number at 320-349-1113 if they are concerned about COVID-19. A nurse will ask the appropriate questions and advise on the best plan of action.
  • Someplace Safe Morris Thrift Store is closed until the end of the month. This applies to the agency’s Thrift Store ONLY. The Someplace Safe Stevens Advocacy Office, which is located in Morris, remains open to clients.
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is closed.
  • Sweet Lily’s in Morris will be closed to walk-in traffic. They will offer pick-up or drop-off service for dry cleaning and flowers and curbside service. Call 589-2700.
  • Bremer Bank announced it would close its lobby service in its Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin branches. The bank’s drive-thru service is still available.
  • RiverWood Bank Lobby temporarily closed, bank’s drive-thru service is still available.
  • Dacotah Bank until further notice, access to the inside of our branches will only be available by appointment. All of our banking, insurance, mortgage and trust services are available to customers. We are taking this precaution to limit and control the environment of any in-person interactions. To schedule a meeting please call your local branch office. Some modification of routines and potential for wait times in drive-up lines. Dacotah Bank branch access returns to normal we are waiving mobile deposit fees to encourage use of this technology.
  • For the safety and well-being of our customers and team members, Bank of the West is temporarily adjusting our branch operations. For more information, including current hours and branch lobby availability, visit https://www.bankofthewest.com/HeretoHelp  or call 320-589-4433 for assistance.
  • The Stevens County HRA and Grandview Apartments in Morris will be closed to the general public immediately and until further notice. If you have any questions please call 320-208-6559.
  • The Morris Public Library is closed until further notice.
  • Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP (CDS) will not be conducting in-person client appointments. They will be offering appointments by phone or virtually. They are available by email and phone; however, their offices are closed to visitors.
  • Kanga’s Clips in Morris will be closed until further notice. To get on the appointment list, call or text 320-288-3191. For dog food needs call or text and set up a time to meet.
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store in Morris will be closed to the public for sales. However, staff will be on hand for donations.
  • Like many other businesses, KMRS/KKOK will close our lobby to the public. If you have auction items you wish to receive, you can pay by credit card over the phone we will mail them to you for a one dollar charge. You can also wait until the virus situation passes. Thank you for your patience.
  • Gervais Jewelry will close temporarily.
  • Heartland is open their normal business hours to assist customers that need to repair or replace their current vehicles and that we will pick up and drop off their vehicles if wanted.
  • Old No. 1 will be closed until April 8th.
  • Mi Mexico will be open for takeout orders from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. also from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Call 320-585-8001 Mi Mexico!
  • Fire Side/Met Lounge will be offering delivery as well as curb side pick-up. Call at 320-585-FIRE(3473) to place your order. Kitchen is open 11:30 – 1:30 and 5:00 – 7:00.
  • Buddies Bar and Grill is open for takeout orders!! We have a temporary number If you’d like to place a to-go order, please call 320-349-0859.
  • Common Cup through Friday, March 27th, will have TAKE OUT SERVICE ONLY. You can call in an order at 320-589-1200 or come in to pick up your order. Our hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Closed Saturday.
  • Taco John’s Drive Thru open M-F 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat & Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • For the safety and well-being of our customers and team members, Bank of the West is temporarily adjusting our branch operations. For more information, including current hours and branch lobby availability, visit https://www.bankofthewest.com/HeretoHelp  or call 320-589-4433.
  • Stevens County Drop-In Center is closed until further notice.
  • West Central Screen and Print is closed to walk-in traffic, Kim is available by phone.
  • Viking Library Bookmobile is cancelled.
  • Hancock Public Library will be closed.
  • Sweet Lily’s in Morris will be closed to walk-in traffic. They will offer pick-up or drop-off service for dry cleaning and flowers and curbside service. Call 589-2700.
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store in Morris will be closed to the public for sales. However, staff will be on hand for donations.
  • Someplace Safe Morris Thrift Store is closed. This applies to the agency’s Thrift Store ONLY. The Someplace Safe Stevens Advocacy Office, which is located in Morris, remains open to clients.
  • Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP (CDS) will not be conducting in-person client appointments, we will be offering appointments by phone or virtually. Our team members are available by email and phone; however, our offices are closed to visitors.
  • Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission is open and interested in helping you with your business. We intend to remain open and to assist clients. However, we are adapting to the outbreak similarly to other businesses by eliminating in-person meetings with clients. We are going to adapt by and holding all meetings via phone, video conferencing, or email. We plan to implement this policy immediately Please
    contact us with questions. You can email us at sceic@hometownsolutions.net or, phone us at 320-287-1572 or 320-585-2609.
  • McGinnis Appliance is open by appointment only. For deliveries, service calls, or lobby appointments please call ahead at 320-589-3933.
  • Edward Jones has closed their lobby. Appointments by phone are being taken.
  • Chokio Senior Center will be closing until further notice.
  • Stevens Community Humane Society will be closed. You may contact Rochelle Anderson at 287-2663 to schedule an appointment to see animals to adopt, bring in stray animals.
  • Kanga’s Clips in Morris will be closed until further notice. To get on the appointment list, call or text 320-288-3191. Dog food needs please call or text and set up a time to meet. 
  • The Morris DMV has a walk-up window open during regular business hours 9:00-5:00 pm. No driver’s license renewal’s until after the lockdown is lifted. Please respect social distancing measures if others are in line.

 

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Other Cancellations

  • Chokio Senior Center is closed until further notice.
  • Tax help at the Morris Senior Center has been suspended for now. The National AARP Foundation is suspending tax services until further notice.
  • The Stevens County Genealogical Society will not meet again until fall.
  • The Foundation for Kurt Kruize event has been postponed to next year.
  • The Stevens County HRA and Grandview Apartments in Morris will be closed to the general public until further notice. If you have any questions call 320-208-6559.
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety has canceled all drivers license road tests scheduled to be  April 10th.
  • Annual Meeting of the Stevens County Historical Society on April 4th has been cancelled.
  • The Alumni Board of Directors of FFA Cubed has decided to postpone the construction of the new kiddie barn at the Stevens County Fairgrounds. The future of the new construction will be discussed at a future meeting. The board plans to collect dues for the 2020 membership year and will later visit the possibility of the annual meeting and work auction. Dues will be used to support FFA students and can be mailed to P.O. Box 11, Morris, MN 56267.

Community Gatherings Cancellations/Postponements

The Gatherings for Widows and Widowers lunch is cancelled for Sunday, May 3, 2020.  For questions call Rose at Pedersen Funeral Home 320-589-3220.

 

More information is available at
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that people stay home when sick. Don’t go to work and don’t head straight to the clinic or hospital without calling first. Precautions recommended are those commonly recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water…Stay home when you are sick…Cover your cough…If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, call first.

The CDC COVID-19 symptom checklist is here.

MDH COVID-19 hotline: (651) 201-3920

Business impacts hotline: (651) 297-1304 or (800) 657-3504

School and childcare hotline: (651) 297-1304 or (800) 657-3504

MDH COVID-19 website: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website.

If you have information you would like to share, please call us at 320-589-3131 or email studios@kmrskkok.com.