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Luther College to suspend Celebration Iowa program for 2011


Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

DECORAH, Iowa -- Luther College has announced that it will suspend operation of the Celebration Iowa summer music program for 2011 to provide time to assess and evaluate the program's future direction.

Celebration Iowa, a project of Luther College for high school students, completed its 28th year of music training and performances this summer. Increased operating costs, the state of the economy, and declining philanthropic support are among the reasons for the college's decision to assess the program for the coming year, said Rob Larson, Luther executive director of marketing and communications who oversees the program's operations.

About 37 high school students are selected through statewide auditions each year to participate in Celebration Iowa. Since 1983, more than 700 students from about 250 Iowa communities have participated.

Celebration Iowa features the talent, potential, energy and spirit of the people of Iowa and serves as a showcase for the state's musically talented high school students. Luther has been the program's home, training facility and central funding agency since its creation in the 1980s.

The program is also funded by The R.J. McElroy Trust, The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, and the Celebration Iowa Alumni and Parent Funds. Each cast member also secures local sponsorships to defray personal costs.

Celebration Iowa provides an educational setting for high school students to learn and perform, led by a staff of top instructors. Its study, practice and performance regimen helps young musicians improve performance skills while learning music theory and literature, dance, theater and improvisation. The program's eight-week performing tour provides entertainment at community festivals, fairs and concerts statewide.

Over its 28 years Celebration Iowa has operated under several different names. Originally called the Iowa State Fair Singers from 1983-88, the program became the State Fair Singers and Jazz Band with 1989's addition of the band. The program's current name, Celebration Iowa, was established in 2000.

Lanesboro School Board seeks levy increase

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Education



At the Lanesboro School Board meeting on September 16, the board approved a preliminary levy of $526,527.75, which is a 3.9 percent increase from last year. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained this is only a preliminary number, and they have ..... 
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Kingsland schools enter national contest

Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Kingsland Elementary School, Kingsland Middle School and Kingsland High School have been entered into the Kohl's Cares school contest. Kohl's will award one-half million dollars to twenty schools nationwide. Contest winners are selected by receiving ..... 
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WALZ PROMOTES COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE AMERICANS

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

Mankato, MN - Today at Rasmussen College in Mankato, Congressman Walz highlighted a new law that will make college more affordable for students, improve the student loan process and save taxpayer dollars.

"As a teacher and a parent, I know how ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools reflect on Statewide Assessment results

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Minnesota Department of Education has released the statewide assessment scores, and Rushford-Peterson students showed tremendous growth across the board in 2009-2010. Students in third through eighth grades, tenth and eleventh grades are measure ..... 
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R-P survey questions new school initiative

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Education



The results of a district-wide survey by the R-P school district are in. Intended to question 2,500 households on the direction of district facilities, the survey presented two options: Option one is a continuance of the new school initiati ..... 
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Chatfield discusses budget cuts, raising levy

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

All members were present to discuss the upcoming operating levy proposal at the Chatfield School Board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Superintendent Edward Harris gave a PowerPoint presentation detailing the budget conditions ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board seeks to fill board position

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

Lanesboro Principal Brett Clark spoke to the board at the meeting on August 19 about several items. The first was to go over the high school handbook. Clark said the handbook was mostly unchanged from last year.

Board member Steve Snyder as ..... 
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Hanson graduates from Continental Auctioneer School

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Education

Continental Auctioneer Schools of Mankato, MN, announces the graduation of Jordan D. Hanson, 31252 Cty. 7, Chatfield, MN, 55923. Students received instruction in all phases of the auctioneer profession and were awarded diplomas and the "Certified Au ..... 
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