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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion


Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches.

Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school has been tested for leaks and had all of them fixed. The city’s street 1st Ave street project is scheduled to be completed before school starts.

“Things have really changed the last few weeks,” he said.

Dean Chris Mensink stated the parking lot at the elementary site will have their paving completed as well. Contractors have been working on fixing the parking lots all summer, and have been putting in a new parking lot in front of the school. The project will help with a lot of parking and drainage issues they have been dealing with for years.

Mensink added the new banners are up in the gym, and the new scorer’s tables are in place at both schools, and they are ready for the new year.

Staff Development

Superintendent Richard Keith told the board members about a new online staff development program. The MREA (Minnesota Rural Education Association) has discontinued their support of this system, so he is now looking at Education Impact to meet those needs. There is a start-up fee of $500 and online training for the program for $1,500. There is a $3,200 cost per building to use the program. Keith felt this program would tie in well with the current evaluation system. It will mainly be used during staff development time, and will be paid for with staff development funds. The board approved.

Principal and Dean Reports

Mensink said the schedules are all set and ready for the new school year. There are currently 41 students in kindergarten, 45 in 1st grade, 57 in 2nd grade, 47 in 3rd grade, 38 in 4th grade, 41 in 5th grade, and 50 in 6th grade.

Mensink also presented the board with the student numbers for fall sports. There are 74 people signed up for football, 53 for volleyball, 11 for cross country, and 11 for cheerleading.

Mensink recently attended a Why We Play conference, which he said was a great conference about how the school’s goal is educational athletics, a discussion of the core values and philosophy of school sports, and how to promote that.

Micki Breitsprecher, Director of Special Ed., informed the board that with the resignation of Lisa Wil .....
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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches. Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school h ..... 
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The Working Mom - Good Mom Gone Bad

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Just like a good investigative TV show or gossip column would start their juicy story, I have to ask: “When did it all start going wrong?” Where did this mom go bad? Well, it all started as I took a reflection on my history of mothering and de ..... 
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Preston Tourism announces bike repair station coming to town!

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - The Preston Tourism Board would like to announce the upcoming addition to the trailhead in Preston. Thanks to the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Preston Tourism Board there will now be a free to the public, deluxe bike re ..... 
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Peterson clarifies zoning; considers development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues to iron out potential issues within its zoning ordinance, particularly as it relates to the adopted Minnesota Basic Code. At the Wednesday, August 27 meeting, the council formally approved the updated basic code editio ..... 
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Bluff Country HRA Ribbon Cutting Event

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston, Minn. – The Bluff Country HRA will host a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the complete renovation of the Vesterheim Apartments in Preston. The event will take place on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. at 609 Kansas Street/ 709 Chatf ..... 
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Carimona Cruisers 4-H donates to Historic Forestville Endowment Fund

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Carimona Cruiser 4-H club presented a check in the amount of $200 to the Friends of Forestville for the Historic Forestville Endowment Fund. The fund will serve as a resource for the site’s operating budget, income for programs, educational opp ..... 
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Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) announced today the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2014. THE MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for this ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents Arcadia

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents the Tom Stoppard masterpiece, Arcadia, September 19 through November 9 with discounted tickets available for previews September 12 to September 18. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or v ..... 
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