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Graduating seniors fair well in Fillmore County


Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

In Fillmore County, the communities have always been very supportive of their schools and the students who graduate from them. Businesses, organizations, and individuals pull together to help these kids be successful in life by giving them some money for college.

Every year the seniors apply for the local scholarships that they qualify for, and committees choose the winners. Sometimes a scholarship is for a student going into a certain field, such as nursing. Sometimes there are academic requirements. Often, family members of a person who has died will have a scholarship fund in memory of that person.

For the Preston Servicemen's Club, the only requirements are to be a student at Fillmore Central, and a close family member must have served in the military. Each student receives $500 after they complete a semester of college and have enrolled in a second semester.

LaVerne Paulson is the head of the scholarship committee for the Servicemen's Club. He said there are many ways that the committee raises money for these scholarships, which they have been giving out since 1998. Money is raised by private donations, memorials from funerals, and a raffle.

"We have been more than blessed with contributions by businesses in the area," said Paulson.

According to Paulson, the Servicemen's Club has been able to give out more than 20 scholarships each year for the past few years, thanks to the help of the community.

"It's a very beneficial thing," said Paulson. "There are lots of kids getting a little help to go to school."

Many students receive more than one scholarship to help them with the cost of their education. These are the top five award winners from three schools in Fillmore County:

Kingsland High School

1. Chelsey Ramaker - $2,750 total

•Kwik Trip - $500

•Kiwanis Club- $1,500

•Kiwanis Citizen of the Year - $750

2. Blake Koebke - $2,250 total

•Tri-County Electric - $500

•American Legion Post #68 - $250

•Wykoff Lions Club - $1,500

3. Kelsey Marzolf - $2,000 total

•Kiwanis Club - $1,500

•Kingsland Education Association - $250

•Pete Boelter AAA Award - $250

4. McKenzie Carlson - $1,750 total

•VFW - $250

•Kiwanis Club - $500

•Wykoff Lions Club - $1,500

5. Irene Waletzki - $1,500 total

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Chatfield school finances looking good

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting was held July 20 in the high school media center. The first item of business involved four Chatfield Girl Scout students-ninth graders Merissa Wellman, Kayla Nelson, Danielle Felstead, and Shoshana Kosnopfal. The f ..... 
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Fillmore Central teacher pay freeze?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

At a short meeting on July 28, the Fillmore Central School Board adopted some new policies and made some changes to others. They also approved some changes to the Root River Program handbook, as well as the High School handbook.

Superintende ..... 
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Kingsland, Fillmore Central, Chatfield above average

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

In the July 20 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, I dissected the 2009 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test scores for mathematics and reading for all six Fillmore County area school districts.

From that information, sorted and f ..... 
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"Time is of the essence" for R-P School Board

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

A bump in the road to finding a new principal for the district was one of the key topics at the Monday, July 20th, meeting. The district has attempted to be ultra-proactive in both finding the person best suited for the district opening and in utili ..... 
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Strosahl discusses Kingsland's future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

It was one of the longer school board meetings on Monday night as board members for the Kingsland School District waded through the monthly bills and other housekeeping chores.

High on the list of discussion was a presentation by Superintend ..... 
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How is your school performing?

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Education has administered the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test for students, teachers and administrators to identify areas of proficiency along with opportunities for improvement.

With th ..... 
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Lanesboro follow-up meeting regarding bullying

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Concerned parents, faculty, and community members attended a special meeting on July 14th to further discuss the topic of bullying in the Lanesboro Public Schools. The issue spurred much debate and discussion at the last school board meeting on June ..... 
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Second Lanesboro school board meeting of the week

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Education

Parents packed the room at the July 16 Lanesboro school board meeting in hopes of further discussing the recent hot-button bullying issue, although it was lunch prices, substitute teacher pay, and renewing yearly agreements that dominated the meetin ..... 
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