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Chatfield School Board discusses revenue opportunity; approves senior passes


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

At the Chatfield School Board meeting on July 21, Superintendent Ed Harris explained that there was an opportunity from the state allowing for the school board to take advantage of a minor increase in revenue for the district.

The minor levy adjustment will impose a minimal tax impact on the public. Harris estimated about $1.50 per month which would in turn create about $77,000 of additional revenue to be added to the district’s annual budget.

Board member Matt McMahon commented that during his years on the school board he has observed that the state has been continually attempting to make a larger portion school district funding come from more local sources.

While a formal decision is to be made in August, Harris has drafted a resolution to add this additional route to the district’s budget.

High school principal Randy Paulson addressed the board informing them of the few developments that have take place in July. Paulson recently attended a workshop centered around grading systems. Paulson said it may be practical to go to a system where tests, quizzes and projects make up 80-90 percent of a student’s grade while 10-20 percent is based off of assignments. Paulson felt that grading procedures may need to be formulated differently since grade evaluations are now more visible and transparent to both parents and students.

“Emphasis should be on accomplishing standards enforced by tests, quizzes and projects,” said Paulson.

Paulson also offered congratulations to Brian Baum for being named Section 1A Baseball Coach of the Year.

In new business the board approved support staff contracts for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.

The board also acknowledged donations/grants received during the 2013-2014 school year. Donations/grants totaled $27,190.36.

The district leadership team had looked at the idea of giving senior citizens and staff members free passes to extracurricular events, including high school sporting events. The recommendation of the team was to initiate the free passes for the upcoming school year. Though the income from these two groups is marginal, the team thought that it is good to consider these groups for free passes because of the support they provide. The board approved senior citizen passes and employee passes for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Minnesota starwatch for August 2014

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Deane Morrison August is a great month for vacations, and even the planets seem to be at play. Take Mars, for example. Last month its eastward motion carried it past its longtime companion, the bright star Spica, in Virgo. As August begins, Ma ..... 
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Why incumbents keep getting re-elected

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for ..... 
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School of High Performance Basketball College Workouts by NBA Trainers in Bemidji, Minn.

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The 1st annual School of High Performance Basketball College Workouts will be featuring advanced skill instruction by NBA Trainers. 75 minute specialized sessions will be held at the Calvary Lutheran Church Gym in Bemidji beginning August 1 with Tim ..... 
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Second annual Mud/Trail Run hosted by Live Well Winona

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

If you are looking for your next challenge and really don’t mind getting a little dirty, this course is for you. Registration is now open for the “individual wave” of the mud/trail run. This event takes place on September 6 at 10:30 a.m. ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 35 units

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 15, 2014, succeeded in collecting 35 units of blood. This number was achieved by two donors giving two units, as there were only 34 donors who presented, and two first-time participants. Congratulations to the ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 7.28.14

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has fa ..... 
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week.” Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them poss ..... 
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Golf teams still needed for Ridgeway Community School Golf Outing on Saturday, August 2

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

The fourth Annual Ridgeway Community School Golf Outing will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 2 at Valley High Golf Course in Houston, Minn. The 18 hole 4 player scramble golf outing welcomes players of all levels to a great morning with fam ..... 
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