The attorney for former school superintendent Scott Staska is citing several instances of trauma as a cause for his client’s indecent exposure counts. Staska’s attorney told a judge Thursday at the former ROCORI Superintendent’s sentencing that stress and anxiety stemming from a drive by shooting at his house, and the 2003 school shooting in Cold Spring led to the incidents. Staska was sentenced on four of the 19 counts to a stay of 90 days in jail for each count, probation, and a 300 dollar fine for each guilty count. As part of a plea deal the other charges were dropped.

47 year old Mathew Smith of Willmar was sentenced yesterday in connection with a 2017 incident where Willmar Police were called to a home where he had a gun and was suicidal.
Smith was convicted by a jury last December on a felony charge of making threats of violence. He was ordered to serve 90 days in jail and 5 years probation.

Flu this past week continues to be widespread in Minnesota with 50 more hospitalizations, bringing that total to 356 for the season. A total of 13 deaths in the state have been attributed to the flu this season as well.

Boiler problems are changing the schedule for the Morris Area School today with no school for 6 th grade through 12 th grade. And today is not an ELearning day. The Morris school pre-k through grade 5 have school as normal today. The 6 th thru 12 th graders will not have school in Morris next Monday or Tuesday either.


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