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Enrollment holding steady at Mabel-Canton Schools


Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

Mabel-Canton welcomed 20 new students to the district this year. “Enrollment is currently at about 260,” Superintendent Jennifer Backer stated. “We haven’t seen those numbers in a while. It’s normal for them to ebb and flow all the time, but they’ve been maintaining over the last few years.” The new students were introduced to the student body at the pep fest along with the seven new staff members.

The board approved the hiring of Connor Jones as the new music teacher. A maternity leave was approved for 6th grade teacher Kati Bergey beginning around November 5.

Interim Administrator and Dean of Students Michelle Weidemann was authorized to sign onto the student activity account, and Superintendent Jennifer Backer was authorized as the Title IX and Human Right Officer for the school.

A school supply donation valued at approximately $200 from the Mabel and Newburg Methodist churches was accepted with thanks from the board.

Susie Monroe was approved as a Q-Comp coordinator, Lori Schutte and Ruth Ann Saquitne as lead teachers, and Pam Rasmussen, Paul Tollefsrud, and Lana Hollar as committee members for the 2016-17 school year.

The district business manager, Aimee Lake reported that the current budget is looking good, and final audit report numbers will be available in November or December.

“We will continue to look at the budget every month,” Superintendent Backer noted. “In February or March, we will be looking at what cuts we need to make for the next year.”

Board Member Bobbi Jo Torgerson suggested reaching out to local organizations such as the Booster Club and the Legion to get support for uniforms and other purchases needed at the school.

Board Member Jane Hall asked if the gate money received at the football games should be split with the cheerleaders as well since the squad is now a line item on the budget. “We can definitely look into it,” Superintendent Backer assured her. However the gate money is intended to be used for the competitive sport at the event, a category which cheerleading does not fit into as the squad is there for entertainment and morale so she wasn’t sure how it would work.

The board approved the maximum proposed levy on the recommendation of business manager Aimee Lake. She pointed out that it does not cover a specific amount, and things can always change. “We can always .....
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Harmony battles flushable wipes

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

By Hannah Wingert It’s a problem that just about every city deals with, and Harmony is no exception. So-called “flushable” wipes are clogging up the two lift station pumps and causing backups in the sewer system. The pumps are back up and w ..... 
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Spring Valley 2017 levy set

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, September 12, 2016. Members in attendance were: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. The council appro ..... 
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Mill Creek Habitat project to begin

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the Chatfield City Council’s September 12 meeting ,soil scientist Luke Lunde said the 1,200 linear foot project, which will include a fishing pier, will begin next week from the bridge on Division St. south. It is expected to ..... 
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County discusses courthouse security

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Sheriff Tom Kaase presented his department’s budget proposals for 2017 at the September 13 county board meeting. During his presentation, courthouse security options were discussed. Kaase has about $77,000 included in his budge ..... 
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Whalan receives donation

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

By Barb Jeffers The Whalan City Council met on September 12, 2016 with all council members present including City Clerk Lolly Melander. Several visitors also attended the meeting. The Whalan church has given the city a check in the amount of $31 ..... 
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Locating AEDs in Canton

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council discussed where to place two additional AEDs at their regular meeting on September 14, 2016. The City of Canton will be getting two additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). An AED is a portable de ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in All Government

• Monday, September 19, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Biology Room, 5:30 p.m. • Tuesday, September 19, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Monday, September 19, Kingsland School Board, District Conference Room, 6:3 ..... 
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Rushford looks at budget and levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

As 2016 heads into the end of the year, cities are looking to finalize their budgets and levies for 2017. After a detailed summary at the Monday, September 12 Rushford Council meeting, the city is looking at a proposed 2017 levy of $867,000. This re ..... 
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