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6th grader receives letter from President Obama


Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Zachary Queensland, of Wykoff, Minn. shows off his letter from President Obama. Photo by Hannah Wingert

Twelve year old Zachary Queensland has been interested in history, especially World War II, and learning about the US presidents since he was in 2nd grade. He is currently a 6th grader at Kingsland Middle School in Wykoff and his interest has grown in the last four years.

Cindy Erding, a library and lunch assistant/para at the school, says that Zach has read every book available about WWII in the school library. He often quizzes her on presidential trivia when he comes into the library and has a book of his own about presidents that he has been enjoying.

During the recent presidential election, Zach followed the debates closely. Even though the elections are over, he still keeps track of what is going on in politics through the media and is looking forward to his dream vacation to Washington DC in August of this year.

So, when he had something to say about gun control, a current hot button issue, he decided, without prompting from anyone, to write a letter to President Obama about it. When he sent the letter off in late March, he said he was expecting some sort of a reply, but when a large manila envelope arrived in his mailbox in early May, he was surprised nonetheless.

Inside the envelope was an autographed picture of President Obama, a picture of Bo the White House dog, with facts about him on the back, and several informational brochures about the White House. But the best thing in the envelope and what surprised Zach the most, was a signed personal letter from the president himself thanking Zach for his enthusiasm and concern for our country.

The letter and the other items that were sent along with it, are currently on display in the Kingsland Middle School library for the students to view.

Part 3: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

Day 8 By Christy Welscher and Morgan Roppe We started out the day early in the morning so we could be the first group at Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. We took a tour of the house and walked around the property. After we got back on the ..... 
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Part 3: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

Day 8 By Christy Welscher and Morgan Roppe We started out the day early in the morning so we could be the first group at Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. We took a tour of the house and walked around the property. After we got back on the ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about senior class trip

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton Lanesboro High School seniors Michael Holst and Kirsten Ruen attended the school board meeting on May 13 and talked about the recent senior class trip to Washington, D.C. The seniors were gone from April 3-11. “It was amazing, ..... 
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Peterson awarded scholarship at SDSU

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Katlyn Peterson of Lanesboro, Minn. was awarded the Matthew and Colleen Vukovich Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year at South Dakota State University. Peterson is a exercise science major at SDSU, where she is active in ..... 
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5th and 6th grade students from Fillmore Central School

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) and State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) are pictured with 5th and 6th grade students from Fillmore Central School. The group visited with the lawmakers recently while touring the State Capitol in St. Pa ..... 
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Austin of Wykoff receives SMSU Scholarship

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Marshall, Minn. -- Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., is proud to announce that Kelsey Austin, daughter of Tim and Cindy Austin of Wykoff, Minn., has been selected to receive an Alliss Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic yea ..... 
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Part 2: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

Day 5 By Tylor Fairchild and Tyler Stortz On the fifth day of our trip, we woke up in Williamsburg. That morning we walked around with Dave to see the Governor’s Palace. After we had the tour in the palace, we took some pictures outside in front ..... 
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Part 2: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

Day 5 By Tylor Fairchild and Tyler Stortz On the fifth day of our trip, we woke up in Williamsburg. That morning we walked around with Dave to see the Governor’s Palace. After we had the tour in the palace, we took some pictures outside in front ..... 
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