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Students celebrate healthy choices during Red Ribbon Week


Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Education

A swarm of kids dressed from head-to-toe in red flooded the halls at Fillmore Central last Wednesday. Fortunately, it's not a crazy new style trend or due to a mishap in the cafeteria; the students were in the midst of a week long celebration called Red Ribbon Week, an event sponsored by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), where students take part in numerous activities to learn about drug awareness.

During the week, the Fillmore Central Schools had daily reminders of being drug-free: buttons bearing the "Shade Out Drugs" theme, posters encouraging kids to avoid destructive decisions, and educational announcements about the history of Red Ribbon Week. (It was established in memory of drug enforcement officer Enrique Camarena who was kidnapped and killed by drug cartels in Mexico.)

The week kicked off on Monday, Oct. 27, when Brenda Pohlman of Fillmore County Public Health and Abby Larson of Olmsted County Public Health teamed up to present an informational booth on tobacco and its devastating affects.

On Tuesday, counselor Randy Hoffman from Wenden Recovery Center in Preston, spoke at a high school lyceum to share his personal story and spread awareness on drug addiction.

"We learned a lot about how serious it is to stop drug addictions because it can lead to so many worse problems," said freshman Kelsey Ristau-Tienter.

Aside from the educational activities, there was a lot of fun and games too.

"The community donated many prizes which we appreciate so much," said SADD coordinator Vicki Eide. Those prizes were used to award the winners of the prize drawings, finalists in the middle school's pumpkin contest, and the best-dressed for each day's theme.

Learning about drug awareness through interesting programs and fun activities always seems to have a positive and lasting effect on the students.

"I really think it helps the kids who want to take it seriously and learn from it," Kelsey said. "We know it's our choice to make."

Rushford-Peterson studies district goals

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Education

RUSHFORD - Darwin Viker of Larson Allen Weishair gave his annual auditor's report to the Rushford-Peterson school board prior to their monthly meeting last Monday.

Not surprisingly, Viker recommends caution in spending over the next several ..... 
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Kingsland board challenged on jersey issue

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - The Public Comment period of the Monday, October 20 Kingsland School Board meeting period brought forward concerns from family and friends of the retirement of the football jersey number 28 previously worn by Dustin Atwood before his tragic ..... 
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FC Knowledge Bowl teams known for "kicking brain"

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Education

Not every team at Fillmore Central has to deal with wild fans and sweaty gym bags; the Fillmore Central Knowledge Bowl teams don't need much to succeed in "kicking brain".

Knowledge Bowl is a trivia competition where three teams of five comp ..... 
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Fillmore Central gives preliminary go ahead to bond for retiree benefits

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Education

Jim Schmidt from Springsted spoke to the Fillmore Central School Board at their Tuesday, September 23 meeting, about bonding for Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB). State legislation allows for school districts to bond to pay for retiree benefits ..... 
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Lanesboro School makes plans to improve math scores

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

School is in session and it would appear all is running smoothly because the Lanesboro School Board met with a short and efficient agenda on September 18th.

The annual report on curriculum, instruction and student performance was discussed. ..... 
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R-P board approves levy increase of 9 percent

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

Rushford - The Rushford-Peterson school board approved a levy increase for 2008, payable 2009, of 9% or approximately $72,000.

The increase comes about through increases in general expenses and community education, according to superintenden ..... 
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Kingsland School Board discusses 2009 levy

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met on the evening of Thursday September 11 and took several agenda items under advisement.

The main item was the Board certifying the Proposed Property

Tax Levy for Payable 2009. The actual dollar amount ..... 
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Fillmore Central to study using bonds to pay retiree benefits

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Education

HARMONY - With the 2008-09 school year just a week away, the Fillmore Central School Board met on Tuesday, August 26, in the high school media center to finalize last minute plans for the upcoming school year.

OPEB Bonding

The 2008 M ..... 
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