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SMIF awards $95,000 in grants


Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently announced an award of $15,000 to the Kingsland Early Childhood Program (communities of Spring Valley and Wykoff) for its Preparing Children for Kindergarten through Collaboration project. The grant is part of SMIF's semi-annual Incentive Grant awards which totaled $95,000.

The project will build a collaboration of all of the early childhood resources in the school district to perform assessments of both the students and the programs throughout the school year. The goal of these assessments is to identify students' needs and build programs together for consistency and reinforcement. For more information about this program, contact Kathy Beevers at 507-346-7276.

"We are pleased to support this early childhood effort in Kingsland," said Tim Penny, SMIF President and CEO. "This project will be a great asset in getting more children ready to learn."

SMIF has awarded $23.6 million in grants since 1986. The Incentive Grant Program supports new asset-based approaches to current opportunities within our focus areas.

For the next Incentive Grant application round, SMIF will focus its grant making on two areas--economic development and early childhood education and development. The application process and guidelines will be announced early in January; applications will be due on February 15.

Two Lanesboro youth nominated as Minnesota Ambassadors of Music travel to Europe July, 2012

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Kirsten Ruen and Megan Kiehne, two juniors at Lanesboro High School, have the opportunity of a lifetime! They have been nominated to serve as Minnesota Ambassadors of Music and travel abroad next July 2012. Every two years, this association takes a ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson conferences

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Parent-Teacher Conferences for grades K-12 of the Rushford-Peterson Schools will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, November 17 from 4:00-7:30 p.m.

Conferences for all grades; elementary, middle, and high sc ..... 
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School board hears about Fillmore Central's Ag in Motion trip

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

During the regular meeting on October 25, the Fillmore Central School Board was treated to a presentation by two students who attended the Ag in Motion trip this past summer. Dan and Theresa Doerr spoke about the trip and gave a power point presenta ..... 
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R-P selects architectural finalists for New School Initiative

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The New School Initiative is gaining momentum with the district seeking architectural proposals from eight regional firms. The action comes following direction from both the community and recommendations from an in-depth study by the Joint Facilitie ..... 
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Kingsland School Board discusses changes in property tax law

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board discussed the impact that the changes in the homestead residential market value may have on taxpayers in the school district at their meeting Monday, October 17.

The 2011 Minnesota Legislature repealed the homestea ..... 
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Fillmore Central Elementary receives grant from Preston Area community Foundation

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Dwight Luhmann, President of the Preston Area Community Foundation, presents a $600 check to Taryn Raaen, a fifth grader at Fillmore Central. The funds were used to purchase junior size tennis rackets and low-bounce balls for the Fillmore Central El ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about reading curriculum

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Special Education teacher Hollie Clarke spoke to the Lanesboro School Board about a curriculum that she has been using with great success called Read Well. She explained that there are three reading levels; kindergarten, first and second grade, but ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a "C" or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only 10-1 ..... 
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