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St. Johns Lutheran School celebrates National Lutheran Schools' Week


Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

"Securing Each Child's Future - Making Disciples," is the theme for this year's National Lutheran Schools' Week beginning March 6 - 12.

When the early German immigrants settled in Minnesota, they were concerned about the religious and secular education of their children. Since there were no public schools in the 1850's and early 1860's, congregations often started schools, and the pastor also became the teacher of the school. As more immigrants came and the enrollment grew, it became necessary to call a trained teacher. The earliest recorded teacher who was called to teach in a Lutheran school was in 1867 to Immanuel in Courtland, Minnesota. Records indicate that by 1876 there were 39 Lutheran schools, eight male teachers and a total enrollment of 1,380 students throughout the state of Minnesota. Today, in the southeastern part of the state there are 11 Lutheran schools with St. Johns in Wykoff being the only one in Fillmore County.

St. Johns has a rich history in providing Christian education to children in this area. The church was organized in 1875, and a seminary student was engaged as its first teacher. It started out in the church parsonage, and the first two pastors also assumed the role as teachers in this school. When a new church was constructed in 1883, the school then moved to the basement of that building. A call to teach was eventually extended to Mr. Ernest Wallman, who accepted the call and served at St. Johns for 52 years. He taught all grades in a one-room situation and at times had over 100 students under his care. Since his retirement, the school has been served by seven men and numerous lady teachers. After a fire in 1900, the congregation decided to remodel the church as a school. A new school was built in 1952 and the present addition was added in 2007. Today, St. Johns is served by a staff consisting of: Rev. Peter J. Sestak, pastor; Mr. Karl F. Peterman, principal/teacher, grades six through eight; Mr. Charles Kaun, administrative assistant; Mrs. Darlene Eickhoff, teacher, grades three through five; Mrs. Susan Nash, teacher, grades one and two; Mrs. Rachel Welch, teacher, pre-school/kindergarten and Title I; Mrs. Jennifer Kimball, computer/resource person; and Mrs. Elaine Compart, janitor.

This competent staff serves the educational needs of 52 students, pre-school through eighth grade, using curriculum from Concordia Publishing House, A Beka Book Company, Bob Jones Press, and The Concerned Group. "St. J .....
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Interactive TV technology

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education



Jeff Thompson works as the IT technician at both Fillmore Central and Spring Grove schools. As a computer person, he is very excited about new technology that could mean big changes in the future of education.

Interactive television ..... 
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Fillmore Central Kindergarten Round-up set for March 17th

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston will have its annual Kindergarten Round-up Information Meeting for parents and visitation for students on Thursday, March 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary gym. Please use the elementary entrance. ..... 
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Fillmore Central and the FLY?

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Education

On the same night as their February meeting, Fillmore Central School Board and administration held the second of the three required public meetings for the proposed Flexible Learning Year (FLY).

Luehmann explained to the audience that the d ..... 
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American Legion Post #40 announces scholarship availability

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Education

The American Legion Henry M. Guttormson Post #40 of Lanesboro, will be granting scholarships for college and/or technical training, to be paid to the accredited school of the recipient's choice. Other scholarships, except full scholarships, will not ..... 
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College News

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Dean's List/Honor Rolls

• Rochester Community and Technical College: Blaine Coyle and Hannah Hall of Canton; Bradley Ackman, Amanda Boerboom, Ross Boerboom, Alexander Guderian, Joshua Harstad, Gina Jaquith, Joshua LaPlante, Robert Laures, ..... 
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R-P board welcomes new member

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education



While the R-P school board remains nearly the same as in 2010, there is one new member. Angela Colbenson, a first-time challenger in the district, won the seat, receiving the second highest number of votes in the November election. While the ..... 
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Kingsland awarded $65,000 state grant for Project Lead The Way

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education



The January 17 regular school board meeting for the Kingsland School District had all members, including new members Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, and Steve Tart, attending. The Kingsland School District was informed during this meeting that they ..... 
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Fillmore Central begins Superintendent Search

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Education

More discussion about the Flexible Learning Year took place at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 25.

The board set up the three public meetings they need to have by the middle of March. The first one will be February 9 at ..... 
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