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Kingsland Schools receive petition, sets community meeting


Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

With a petition in hand, Lynn Kidd, of Wykoff, Minn. addressed the Kingsland School Board and announced, “I have 230 signatures from people who walked into my office to sign this petition to recall the motion that was made to close the middle school,” he said, and added, “I like you folks, but we all have our own jobs to do” went on to request that the school board consider getting the needed work done on the middle school in Wykoff so the facility can be used to its fullest potential.

Lynn Kidd and Jeff Erding brought the petition to the school board “as representatives of several hundred district residents,” stated Erding. Erding also expressed to the Fillmore County Journal that the signatures on the petition were from a lot of Spring Valley residents as well as those from Wykoff.

The school board recognized Kidd’s comments and then moved on to other agenda items. Toward the end of the meeting during the Facilities Discussion, board member Gwen Howard recommend that “the board formulate a new facilities committee to incorporate community members and get their input and their ideas and suggestions”, saying they could start back over “at ground zero,” she said. Howard stated they could “facilitate more communication between community members and the board and the school as to what our real needs are” and also the plan they have so far.

Howard stated she had “suggested from the start that community members be involved but that didn’t come about in the facilities committee,” she said. Gwen Howard stated “Between emails and comments in the papers, I would be uncomfortable with going forth with the facilities committee that we have.” Doug Plaehn responded, “I don’t think there is wide support on the board for any referendum currently,” adding, “If we were to call today for a vote for a referendum, I don’t think it would pass.”

“The board right now is not committed to a referendum,” said Plaehn. Kristin Beck stated she would like to see some community meetings “so the community knows the challenges we are facing because we have no room in our elementary school and I don’t think they quite understand,” saying that for the most part people don’t come to their meetings and “we can’t count on everything being in the paper and I don’t think they understand the challenges we are facing.”

Doug Plaehn then stated, “It’s cle .....
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Long-term superintendent plan develops in Houston

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on February 18. The discussion was primarily centered around the search for a new superintendent. The question on school board members’ minds was whether they wanted to pursue hiring a new superintendent imm ..... 
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Mabel-Canton’s Sumdog Math Competition participants win meet

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on February 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. All members were present except for Troy Soiney and Mark Weidemann. Principal Jeff Nolte was also absent. The minutes from the January 21, 2014 board meeting were reviewed a ..... 
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Mabel-Canton’s Sumdog Math Competition participants win meet

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on February 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. All members were present except for Troy Soiney and Mark Weidemann. Principal Jeff Nolte was also absent. The minutes from the January 21, 2014 board meeting were reviewed a ..... 
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Contest deadline nears for Co-op’s free youth trip to Washington

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. - Area junior and senior high school students have until February 21 to take part in a contest to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend the 2014 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 13-19, courtesy of Tri-County Electri ..... 
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Minnesota final spelling bee

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Two Regional Spelling Bees were held on Tuesday, February 11 at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester, Minn. Seventy-eight (78) students participated in the two Regional Spelling Bees. Students from 38 districts throughout southeast Minneso ..... 
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66th Annual Dorian Band Festival takes place March 2-3, 2014

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All Education

Approximately 625 musicians are chosen to participate in the Dorian Band Festival. Students are placed in of three festival bands: two Festival Massed Bands and the select Festival Symphonic Band. The Symphonic Band consists of the 70-80 students wh ..... 
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Winslow finishes in top four of National Discussion Meet competition

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

Katie Winslow of Fountain in Fillmore County finished in the top four of the National Collegiate Discussion Meet competition today at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Sh ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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