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Houston Board seeks official co-op agreements


Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Eric Leitzen

The Houston School Board met at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 in the library of Houston High School. Present at the meeting were board members Kelleher, Stillin, Evenson, Bonner, Carlson, and Wilson. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the board approved the agenda and opened the floor to public comment, of which there were none. The board passed all consent items unanimously, and moved on to discussion items.

Superintendent Krin Abraham proposed changes to the board’s meeting schedule for 2017. After discussion of holiday observances, local church events on Wednesdays, and a few humorous comments about holding meetings on Friday nights to ensure no audience attendance, the board planned to consult with newly elected board member Josh Norlein before confirming any possible time changes before the schedule is set in January.

Next, Abraham called for discussion on the district’s Sports Cooperative Agreements. According to the superintendent, Caledonia and Spring Grove had recently secured a formal agreement in writing, leading Houston to want to pursue a similar agreement to prevent the confusion that happened in previous agreements. Houston’s agreement with Rushford-Peterson for track and field, made 25 years ago, cannot be found in writing by either district, and the last Houston/Caledonia agreement was considered a “verbal handshake” between the district’s respective athletic directors. The plan is to make the agreements more concrete and official by writing them down and having 2-3 board members present in the formation of the agreement. Board members Carlson, Evenson and Stillin all volunteered to help cement the agreement going forward for sports like wrestling, gymnastics, and soccer with Caledonia.

Heidi Thompson then spoke to the board requesting a continuation of the re-established cheerleading program for the 2017-2018 school year. Thompson mentioned several of the positive reviews she had gotten for the squad in their first year from Facebook, football players, fans and even school administration for their presence at games and participation at the elementary homecoming pep-fest. Two members of the squad were present, and spoke to the benefits of cheerleading, including benefits to their public speaking, leadership and teamwork skills, along with building new friendships. Thompson said that the squad had faced some unexpected challenges in their first year, but a .....
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Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Eric Leitzen The Houston City Council met at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Houston City Hall. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council heard public comments. After a public comment regarding snowmobiling, two separate citizen ..... 
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Water meter proposal in Canton

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council heard an alternative proposal for the water meter replacement project at their regular meeting on November 9. Canton resident Robroy Kelly was present at the meeting to ask the council to consider an alternati ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 11-21-16

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Gage Anthony Heath, 21, Chatfield, Minn.; 3/18/2015, Harassment; Restraining Order Violation (Felony), Fine $3,000 (stay $2,100 until 10/31/2018), Total Fees $990. Local Confinement – 365 days (stay 305 days for two y ..... 
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Joseph J. “Joe” Ptacek

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Joseph J. “Joe” Ptacek, age 90, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Monday November 14, 2016 at his home in Spring Valley. Joseph Jerome Ptacek was born July 15, 1926 in Granger, Minn., to Joseph and Emma (Valvoda) Ptacek. He attended school in Sprin ..... 
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Charlotte Grace (Goodroad) Kukuk

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Charlotte Grace (Goodroad) Kukuk of Lanesboro, Minn., passed away in her 88th year on November 13, 2016. She led a full and joyful life, loving God and family and serving others. She leaves behind memories of her many acts of kindness, often expres ..... 
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Wayne D. Tostenson

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in All Obituaries

Wayne D. Tostenson, 62, of Rochester, Minn., passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Rochester Mayo Clinic – Saint Mary’s Hospital. Wayne David Tostenson was born June 8, 1954 in Rochester, Minn., to Norman and Hazel (Thorness) Tostenso ..... 
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Shari Sue McKenzie

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Shari Sue McKenzie, 68, of Wykoff, Minnesota passed away November 13, 2016 at her home. Shari was born August 30, 1948 to Marvin and Patricia (Moon) Dahley in Fillmore at the Polkadot house in which her grandmother lived. Shari was married to ..... 
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Edwin W. “Ed” Erickson

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Edwin W. “Ed” Erickson, age 59, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at The Seasons Hospice House in Rochester, Minn. Edwin Wayne Erickson was born May 27, 1957 in Rochester, Minn., to Edwin and Laura (Higgins) Erickson. He a ..... 
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