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Familys tragedy sparks action


Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

When it came time for Kingsland Elementary School to select their annual Christmas Service project, it didnt take staff or students long to come up with a cause.

On October 24, first grade student Daphnie Crews and her brother, fifth grader Joshua learned that their father, Brian, had died suddenly and unexpectedly. In a tragic twist of fate, just 12 days later, their mother, Robin, was killed in a semi-trailer accident where she was a passenger. As this family struggled to comprehend their catastrophic loss, students and faculty at the Spring Valley Elementary School gathered together to figure out a way they could help.

"When we learned what had happened to the Crews family, we just knew that helping them would be our project there was no discussion," said Arlene Johnson, a reading teacher and coordinator for the schools service projects.

School principal, Jim Hecimovich and first and fifth grade teachers, Karlene Hatleli and Bev Gronvold had the difficult task of helping students understand what had just happened to their classmates.

"First graders wanted to relate this to a death in their own family," said Hatleli "They were concerned about where Daphnie was going to live.

Fifth graders were open to talking about what had happened, according to Gronvold. "They wanted reassurance that Josh was okay," she said. In the meantime, a note was being composed that would be sent home to families in students' folders, relaying the story and the special service project that was being planned at school.

For nearly 15 years, students and faculty have forgone individual gift exchanges in lieu of something more meaningful to help a local family in need. In past years, the school would adopt a family from Fillmore County and match the age groups of the children with a particular class.

"We typically raise anywhere from $600 to $1,000," Johnson said. When a Spring Valley area family is in need, that takes precedent for project consideration, according to Johnson. "Weve helped a family who had a fire in their home, as well as several students who were undergoing treatment for cancer, just to name a few," Johnson recalled.

Rebecca Toews, now 21 and a student at Southwest State University instigated the schools first community service project, when she was in first grade. "Rebecca was .....
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Tuchek sentenced to six years in prison

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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Former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution to the victims of the arson fire he set in Lanesboro on April 7, 2002. Tuchek was also ordered to have no contact with hi ..... 
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Commissioner's Report: Changes in school vaccination program

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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Changes in how the state administers school vaccinations will take responsibility for the program away from Public Health, Sharon Serfling told the County Board at their Monday meeting.

Serfling, Fillmore County Public Health Di ..... 
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Lanesboro Council rescinds agreement over Church Hill alley

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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All was not silent as Bethlehem Church members joined the Lanesboro City Council at its regular bimonthly meeting Monday night, December 16, to discuss the Church Hill alley. After Mayor John Brose updated the church members on the stalemated situati ..... 
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Preston Council requires developer to comply with parking ordinance

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Preston City Council approved a development agreement between the city and Corson Condominium Corporation at their Monday, December 16 meeting.   Corson, who is developing 12 new apartment units at the old elementary scho ..... 
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Good news at Rushford City Council - lower taxes, new airport building

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Rushford City Council meeting was full of tidings of great joy Monday night, December 16. The council reviewed the proposed recommended 2003 budget of $530,480, which was $18,540 below the maximum levy originally sought. This budget would have a ..... 
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Lanesboro residents turn out for sex offender notification meeting

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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More than 50 concerned residents turned out for a Community Notification Meeting at the Lanesboro Community Center on Thursday evening to find out more information about a Level 3 Sex Offender who was released into the community. The meeting was cond ..... 
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Sumner residents discuss moratorium, proposed subdivision

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Sumner Township Board met Monday, December 16, to reconvene their meeting of November 25 which ended in a recess, so that the board could discuss the legal and financial implications of a possible zoning moratorium with legal council.  ..... 
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The Little Red Jacket

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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"At one time it was so bad that I thought the young would have to go naked. We had of course ration cards, but that was no help so long as there wasn't so much as a yard of material to find! So then came a call from the Creamery Station that new 'Ame ..... 
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