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AgStar Offers Grant to Support Ag Education in High Schools


Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

MANKATO, Minn. (May 4, 2010) - AgStar Financial Services' Fund for Rural America, a corporate-giving program, is proud to once again offer a grant supporting equipment for agriculture classrooms. The AgStar Fund has approved $50,000 for this program and up to $2,500 is available per school.

This grant program is designed to fund equipment for high school ag education programs in AgStar's service area. "AgStar wants to ensure ag education programs have the tools to continue to teach students about the importance of this industry in a hands-on learning environment," stated Jody Bloemke, AgStar's Fund Administrator. "We are proud to offer this grant program as education is essential for the success of agriculture for generations to come."

Applications considered for funding must be submitted online at www.AgStar.com. This grant program is accepting applications through May 31, 2010. High school agriculture programs located in one of the 69 counties within AgStar's chartered territory are eligible to apply if they have not already received a grant from AgStar in the past two years.



Since it's inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated in excess of $2.9 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Support must align with the Fund's mission to "enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities" and focus in one of the four key areas of support: Education, Technology, Environment, and Quality of Life.



About AgStar:

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 610 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, tax services, accounting, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 13,000 stockholders.



Visit www.AgStar.com for more information on the grant programs.

YOUNG WRITERS TO MEET

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Hiawatha Valley Education District will host the annual "Young Writers' Conference" on May 13th and 14th, 2010 at Winona State University. There are over 1,000 students from grades 3-8 registered from the following schools: Arcadia, Caledonia, Ch ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board gives final approval

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board gave the final approval for many changes, additions and reductions in programs and staffing for the 2010-2011 school year. With the move of the seventh and eighth graders to the high school, as well as the needed bu ..... 
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Chatfield contemplates budget cut proposal

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

"We have x amount of dollars to work with," Chatfield School Board Chair Jerry Chase explained to the large group of students and adults who gathered at the board's April 19 meeting to protest placing Chatfield English teacher Patricia Solum on unre ..... 
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R-P School Board postpones cuts in staffing needs

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Monday, April 19th agenda included two resolutions affecting staffing needs for the 2010-2011 school year. Stemming from a work session earlier in the month, district Superintendent Chuck Ehler had recommended changes in five current positions. ..... 
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Fillmore County D.A.R.E. Program

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In promotion of this year's theme of Healthy Counties, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about our D.A.R.E. Program in Fillmore County.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. The co ..... 
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Kingsland School Board strives to meet budget restrictions

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

In a continuing effort to meet budget restrictions, the Kingsland School Board passed a resolution Monday night approving and directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions. The following programs and p ..... 
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Local high school makes Walt Disney World their classroom

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Students from Chatfield High School of Chatfield traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, March 26, 2010, to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series program (Y.E.S.) "Keepers of the Kingdom at Disney's Animal Kingdom(r)."

E ..... 
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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Severe Weather Awareness Week will be observed April 19-23, 2010. Fillmore County Emergency management would like to remind our residents to be aware and prepare for severe weather.

Thursday, April 22nd is statewide Tornado Drill Day. Fillmo ..... 
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