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National Weather Service to hold Skywarn training


Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, April 7th. The training will be held at the Harmony Fire Station just south of town, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The class will last around 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and free of charge. A review of significant weather that hit the region in 2009 will be included, including the tornado that struck Austin, MN, in June 2009, and the flash flooding of August 2007.

The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from "spotters," which can include sheriff's departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these classes. Anyone involved in the safety of others is encouraged to attend because severe weather safety is included.

Todd Shea, warning coordination meteorologist with the weather service in La Crosse, Wisconsin, organizes the training each year and encourages large groups and active volunteers. "Accurate and timely reports of severe weather by trained individuals not only helps our office, but can save lives in the local community. This has been proven over and over."

Fillmore County, as well as other areas of southeast Minnesota, always needs more "eyes" to report severe weather to the National Weather Service. Again, training is Wednesday, April 7, in Harmony starting at 6:30 p.m.

For further questions, you can contact the National Weather Service at: Todd Shea, WCM National Weather Service N2788 County Road FA La Crosse, WI 54601.

The service has a home page on the Internet: www.weather.gov/lacrosse. Todd's E-mail address is: todd.shea@noaa.gov.

New and exciting happenings at the Harmony Public Library

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a generous donation to the Harmony Public Library by Tami Hoag, the Harmony Public Library will be getting three new public access computers and one Children's Learning Center computer this year, w ..... 
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School Readiness Program

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

We are happy to invite you to attend Fillmore Central's 2010-2011 School Readiness Program for children 3/4 and 4/5 years of age.

School Readiness offers a preschool experience to students that are 3-5 years of age. The 3/4 year olds have t ..... 
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Help make a foreign exchange student's year a little brighter...

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Education

Give by opening your hearts and homes to an international exchange student from abroad. The students are becoming more and more anxious to learn about the family they will be living with for the semester or school year. Students are between the ages ..... 
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Chatfield school board agrees on list of candidates for superintendent

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

At the Chatfield School Board's March 15 meeting, the list of fourteen candidates for superintendent was whittled down to six. The six will be interviewed soon. Chairman Jerry Chase said board members may have different parameters on what they are l ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson poised for growth with new developments

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Several items headed the Monday, March 15th, meeting yet new developments and more positive growth for the district were likely the front runners.

The board unanimously approved the application of the district as a Charter School Authorizer ..... 
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Kingsland torn over budget

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

It was very clear that the Kingsland School Board wished there were other solutions to the problems associated with budget cuts and the hiring of administrative staff because of recent resignations. First, the principal and then the superintendent.< ..... 
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SMIF preparing another round of BookStart grants

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Last fall, the Elysian Area Learning Center received a grant for 75 books.

Amber Athey, a supervisor at the organization that houses various early childhood and Head Start programs, said the grant was a small - but significant - investment i ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board prepares for next year

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2010. All members but one were present. Topics discussed included the school calendar for the 2010-2011 school year, a recent special education conference attend ..... 
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