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AgStar announces Ag in the Classroom grant recipients


Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Pictured in photo (L to R): Brady McCabe, Braden Hahn, Cody Hendrickson, Andy Coyle, Mckinnen Stone, Shawn Cureton, Mitch Ristau, Eric Ruen. Photo submitted

Mankato, Minn., (November 6, 2012) – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $750 to Fillmore Central High School for advancement of equipment in their agriculture and industrial technology shop.

“Fillmore Central Schools appreciates receiving the AgStar Fund for Rural America grant of $750 for our new welding machine at the Fillmore Central High School,” said Jenelle Thorman, Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor. “Our new welding machine will be used to allow students to advance their welding skills through hands-on training. The support of public education by a private agriculture business such as AgStar shows this company is dedicated to preparing students for successful careers in the agriculture industry.”

AgStar presented the Fillmore Central Agriculture and Industrial Technology Department with their check on October 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the high school in Harmony.

The mission of this program is to support rural areas in AgStar’s service area by funding equipment for high school agriculture classrooms. Every rural high school agriculture program in AgStar’s 69 county service area is eligible to apply for a grant for up to $2,500 if it has not received a grant in the last two years.

“Offering this grant program to ag classrooms is important to AgStar because we believe that education is the first step to helping students realize the vitality of agriculture in the world,” said John Monson, Chair of the AgStar Fund for Rural America. “Schools are especially strapped for funding in this area and we at AgStar want to help in every way possible to make sure the next generation is being educated about a topic so close to our hearts.”

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated in excess of $4 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Support must align with the Fund’s mission of enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.

About AgStar:

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has e .....
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Elementary

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Jim Johnson of Rushford has a passion for building marble mazes. Johnson knows how much these mazes are enjoyed by students and has graciously donated one of his mazes to Rushford-Peterson Elementary. The students are excited and thrilled to have thi ..... 
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Fillmore Central passes on Special Ed. consortium

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular Fillmore Central School Board meeting, Superintendent Richard Keith informed the board about a request from a southern Minnesota special education consortium to join with the district. According to Keith, it is sometimes difficult ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board gets technology demonstration

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Lanesboro High School math teacher Joe Cullen gave the school board a demonstration on how he is utilizing technology in his classes during their meeting on October 16. Cullen thanked the board for getting the computers into the hands of the stud ..... 
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Kingsland School Board hears audit report

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in All Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland School Board met Monday, October 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the District conference room. All School Board members were present, along with Superintendent McDonald. There were many items on the agenda which needed to be add ..... 
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100 Book Challenge gets positive comments in Chatfield

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, October 15 for its regular monthly meeting with Jerry Chase and Kathy Schellhammer absent from the meeting. Principals Craig Ihrke, Randy Paulson, and Superintedent Ed Harris were pre ..... 
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Parents ask for better communication following incidents at R-P

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Just one week after a local publication printed an article highlighting Ready Bus drivers’ irritations with motorists ignoring the stop arms and flashing lights of stopped buses, a bus serving the district was involved in an accident north of Hart ..... 
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