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Youth Tractor Safety continues strong in the Twenty-third Year


Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Education

I want to start by thanking Rushford-Peterson Ag Instructor Colby Lind for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Rushford-Peterson High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, lining up tractors, arranging facilities, and all the miscellaneous things that need to be ready on site.

With the addition of the twenty-four students who took the joint training in 2011, we are now at 657 students who have now participated in the Joint Tractor Safety Training over the last twenty-three years. We do this joint training because no one school has enough students to justify individual classes. Over the years, in addition to me, we have had Ag instructors from eight different school districts.

Others to thank besides Colby Lind, are Ag Instructors Dennis Rud, Mabel-Canton; Tim Willette, Lanesboro; Brad Harguth, Caledonia; and former State Patrolmen Carl Ukkestadt. Carl has an excellent presentation of on-road farm accidents and hazards that he shares with the students.

I believe having many voices not only makes it more interesting for the students, it emphasizes that fact that many people consider this safety training important. Hammell Equipment was very generous in providing the tractors and manure spreaders for the driving portion of the training.

The students participating this year were from many communities. Canton: Dustin Kerns, Mason Huerkamp; Rushford: Derek Salwey, Hudson Stensgard, Zack Ansell, Noah Dahl, Tyler Smith; Houston: Ian Welke, Brandon Chapel, Jordyn Holland, Bradley Miller; Mabel: Alex Mengis; Winona: Katelyn Butenhoff, Jacob Butenhoff, Tim Unruh, Ethan Ellinghuysen, Owen Smith; Peterson: Greyson Stocker; Preston: McKinnen Stone, Drew Tienter; Lanesboro: Travis Troendle; Utica: Noah Fenske; Altura: Mavrick Schmitz, and Caledonia: Case McCormick.

Kingsland Public Schools receive finance award

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Education

Superintendent John McDonald announced to the school board during their meeting Monday night, May 16 that the Kingsland Public Schools had received the 2011 School Finance Award for Fiscal Year 2010 from the Minnesota Department of Education.

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Fillmore Central talks budget cuts

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Education

There was a lot of talk about the budget and budget cuts at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann said they still have no idea where the state is as far as funding the school districts. She went over the lis ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson education director resigns

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

At a huge loss to the district, Community Education Director Beth Theede is resigning from her position, effective May 26th. Instrumental to the district, Theede has assisted in the significant growth of the district's Lille By Preschool, as well as ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson graduation in sight

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 the members of the Class of 2011 will received their high school diplomas at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Commencement for the class of 38 graduating seniors is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. School board ..... 
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The next phase

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



The next phase in my life isn't just going to be leaving Fillmore Central. It's about becoming an independent woman in the real world. Scary, yes, but it will be a journey that will make me a stronger person, more responsible and more respec ..... 
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Moving on

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



It's finally time to move on to a bigger and better world: college. Senior year has been the fastest year of my life and even though it's been really fun, I'm ready to move on.

Next fall I will be attending UW-La Crosse to major in ..... 
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Where I go from here

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



It's pretty crazy that graduation day is finally here. I remember thinking that kindergarten and eighth grade graduations were a big deal, but they no longer compare to graduating from high school. As a little girl I was always thinking of w ..... 
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The next chapter

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education



My "title" of a High School Senior is coming to an end. This past year seemed to be in fast-forward. Through the year, I have spent most of my time trying to define who I really am, what I want to do, and where I see myself in the future. In ..... 
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