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Lanesboro athlete prepares for DownUnder Sports Competition


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Mitch Walbridge

Gabe Decker is a junior at Lanesboro High School who takes his participation in athletics very seriously, particularly his involvement in the Lanesboro-Fillmore Central-Mabel-Canton track program. But this year Decker is taking track and field to another level by competing in the DownUnder Sports Track and Field contest, a unique event specifically designed for international high school competitors.

This year’s DownUnder Sports Track and Field competition is the event’s thirteenth and will take place for three days, running July 5 through July 7. The DownUnder program itself has been around for 25 years since 1989. This year the competition takes place on the Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus in Australia. Also, participants will spend several days exploring the Australian landscape and experience Australian culture as the tournament package runs June 30 to July 8.

At the DownUnder Sports Track and Field Meet Decker will compete in five to seven events. He will compete on the North Central Conference Team along with 299 co-ed athletes representing all of the fifty states. Currently, it is unknown as to what events Decker will be participating in July, but possibilities include the running events ranging from 100 meter to 800 meter relays, and of course, one of his favorites, the pole vault. He took first place in the pole vault at the section track meet last year, and he currently holds a personal record of thirteen feet.

In preparation for his Australian adventure, Gabe Decker has another goal on the horizon: the Waushara County Crime Stoppers JailBreak Marathon, which takes place on April 27. He will be using this marathon as a fundraiser to aid in paying for his admission to the DownUnder Track and Field Meet. Decker is asking for per mile donations for the JailBreak Marathon. So far, his fundraiser has proven to be successful. Friends and family from the local area and from around the country have pledged to support him. Fundraising is only one step of the preparation process, however. Decker takes his track practices seriously and does even more training individually after track practice, sometimes running several additional miles to help ready himself for the 26.2-mile jaunt he’ll attempt in just about a week.

As he continues to make progress to his fundraising goal, anyone who wishes to add support for Decker can write checks out to DownUnder Sport .....
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Kingsland presented with Patriot Award

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board held their monthly meeting on April 15, 2013 in the Kingsland conference room. All members were present with the exception of Troy Asher. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. In the first order of ..... 
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Minnesota State High School Clay Target League announces 114 trap teams

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) announced that 114 high school teams representing 195 schools and 3,400 student athletes are participating in the 2013 spring season. Led by the support of their ..... 
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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Education

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Chatfield discusses snow day makeup

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge With snowy Mondays all throughout the month of March, area schools have delayed and cancelled classes for the safety of their students. The story was the same for Chatfield School District. But how many snow days are too many ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, th ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Seeking volunteer host families to host exchange students for 2013/2014 school year

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Education

“Hosting an international exchange student is a wonderful way for American families to learn about another country and culture without ever leaving their homes,” says Laura Stahl, Special Services Director for Organization for Cultural Exchange A ..... 
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Educational summer camps offered for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Camps for are planned this summer at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers will get hands-on experience building computers or other high-tech devices, learn which col ..... 
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