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Krin Abraham signs on as Houston superintendent


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on July 15. This meeting was the last for Interim Superintendent Rick as Krin Abraham has successfully completed her superintendent licensure and has accepted the Houston superintendent position. At the end of the meeting Abraham signed her contract that was approved earlier in the meeting.

At the meeting, Cody Mathers updated the board on the MNVA Audit that K12 conducted. Mathers said that everything went well. The auditors inquired about procedures and documentation. Houston MNVA was told to put in writing some of their policies. For instance, write a policy on what they do for homeless students and foreign language students.

Mathers also announced that he had been offered and accepted a promotion with K12 as K12’s Northern Region Operations Manager. The board congratulated Mathers on the promotion and wished him the best in his new position.

The board approved several items at the meeting including the Hiawatha Valley Education District Services Agreement FY15 and the purchase of a new water heater for the high school.

Krin Abraham presented a proposal to the board to lease 37 Apple computers to replace teachers’ old computers. The lease is for four years and when the four years are up, the school can purchase the computers for just $1. The total cost of the four-year lease would be $41,070 and would include AppleCare Protection Plan for the duration of the lease. While leasing the computers has a slightly higher price tag, it allows for the payments to be spread out. Also, the AppleCare Protection Plan would help to save on repair costs that would inevitably be incurred. After much discussion the board approved the computer lease agreement.

Principal Lundberg reviewed changes that had been made to the Houston High School handbook. One change was that all students of families who qualify for free and reduced lunches will now receive free lunches and breakfasts. Also, all kindergarten students will qualify for free breakfasts. Another change to the handbook opens up the eligibility of sophomores to do PSEO.The board approved the changes to the Houston High School handbook as well as changes made to the MNVA and Summit handbooks.

The meeting came to a close with the board thanking Dr. Rick for his service to Houston as the interim superintendent. Dr. Rick responded saying, “It’s been a pleasure to work with such great peopl .....
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Neva Ann Horsman

Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Neva Ann Horsman, 71, of Chatfield, Minn., passed away July 20, 2014 at her home in Chatfield. Neva was born in her family’s home on December 17, 1942 in Jordan Township near Spring Valley, Minn. to Howard C. and Theone Geneva (Wallace) Horsman ..... 
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SMIF Announces $100,000 in Grants Available

Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

As part of its effort to invest in economic growth within the region, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is offering $100,000 in Incentive Grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or units/agencies of local, state, or federal governme ..... 
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Marilyn Trouten

Mon, Jul 21st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Marilyn Trouten, age 78 of Harmony, Minn. died Friday, July 18, 2014 at her home in Harmony. Marilyn was born May 22, 1936 in Harmony to Merlin and Margaret (Roelofs) Scrabeck. She graduated from Harmony High School in 1954 and worked at Lutheran ..... 
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Help Our Neighbors/tourism center

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the July 14 Chatfield City Council meeting a proposal from Help Our Neighbors (HON) to share space at the Tourism Center was approved. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 to help senior citizens stay in their homes. HON will s ..... 
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Rushford EDA revamps forbearance terms

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

There’s no denying that the Economic Development Authority’s revolving loan fund has done great things for Rushford’s economic growth. At least two past audits have garnered praise for its efforts. Still, there is room for improvement, as note ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Ma ..... 
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The “c” word

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As a historian, I could talk your ear off about taboo. No, not that board game, although I’m pretty good at it. No, not the fifties-vintage cosmetics brand. I’m talking about those little quirks that each society has about what’s good, what’ ..... 
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There is no justice in Houston County

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp Planning and Zoning Director - Bob Scanlan, Environmental Services Director – Rick Frank, Planning Commission Chair – Dan Griffin, and Houston County Commissioners – Judy Storlie, Teresa Walter, and Steve Schuldt have de ..... 
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