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Students value educational opportunity in community that cares


Fri, Apr 1st, 2005
Posted in Features

Editors note: With declining enrollments and flat funding, many school districts are in financial crisis eagerly awaiting what the Minnesota legislature will do this year. Locally, Fillmore Central and Kingsland are talking about the possibility of a joint high school, the nation is reeling from the second school shooting in Minnesota in a year and a half, and the public school system is adjusting to the era of No Child Left Behind. Todd Brogan sat down with four seniors and four juniors at Lanesboro High School to hear their thoughts on what they would change about their school and the kind of education they presently receive.

Casey Sautter, daughter of a school board member and senior class valedictorian; David Albright, son of a faculty member and a senior; Matthew Halvorson, son of a faculty member and a senior; Adrian Anderson, a senior; Megan Norstad, a junior commuting from Rushford; Erin Jandro-Scott, a junior; Amanda Bearson, ranked first in the junior class; and Tyler Knutson, son of a faculty member and a junior sat down in late March to answer questions about everything from specific school programs to broader issues like class trips, community involvement in schools, and school violence. Curriculum Because all eight students currently are or previously were participants in band or choir, the music program was at the top of the list of things to discuss. Compared to other schools in the area, we have an excellent music program, says Sautter, a saxophonist since fourth grade. Like Sautter, Albright, a baritone player, thinks highly of the band program, but points out that it could always use more funding. Regarding choir, Jandro-Scott and Norstad voice their complaints about religiosity in choices of music, saying that they could sing about more than God. All of the students are fans of Lanesboros rather new extra music activities, like The Naturals choir and the Jazz and pep bands.Students had less to say about other departments, noting that the science, English, social studies, and arts programs were excellent, suggesting, however, that a world history class would be ideal. There is also a consensus that the English department, notably composition and journalism, seem to stand out.Foreign language is the students next big concern. Currently, Lanesboro offers Spanish courses to nearly all grades in the system. Norstad believes that students .....
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Fillmore County District Court: Stewartville man gets prison for DUI; Preston man sent to prison for burglaries

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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Ryan Everett Hinze, 25, of Stewartville, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, March 21 after pleading guilty to one felony count of driving while under the influence. Hinze was arres ..... 
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Fillmore Central School District: How to divide tennis court compensation discussed

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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With Highway 52 construction scheduled to commence next month, cleaning up final details regarding the old tennis court and its equipment adjacent to the elementary-middle school property was discussed. Preston attorney David Joerg, acting with the p ..... 
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Fillmore Central 8th grader writes, acts and directs play

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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Samantha Gibson of Preston, an eighth grader at Fillmore Central Middle School, likes to write. So much so, that she spends her spare time penning out book length stories. She even claims to have a movie script under her belt.

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Award winning Scottish duo at Eagle Bluff April 9

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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Southeastern Minnesotans will have the rare opportunity to hear two of Scotlands national music treasures live in concert on Saturday evening, April 9, at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center near Lanesboro.

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Preston council approves Kansas Street improvements

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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Despite the piles of clean white snow it is spring and that other season in Minnesota (construction) will soon be upon us. Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates described to citizens at a public hearing, and before the Preston City Council on March 2 ..... 
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Emotions run high over coaching controversy

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - Its tempting to think the biggest issues in local education would have to do with lack of state funding and the resulting budget cuts. But last Monday night proved that theres nothing like a coaching controversy to bring citizens to thei ..... 
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A tale of two buildings in Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council heard the next chapters in the stories of two construction/renovation projects in Lanesboro at their March 21 meeting. Hal Cropp and David Ruen spoke first to the council about the planned Art Center. Cropp in ..... 
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Nano - Nano

Fri, Mar 25th, 2005
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RUSHFORD - My dogs, Mel and Brother, prop muddy paws against a stone safety wall and peek over the edge of Magelssen Bluff at downtown Rushford. Farmers Cooperative Elevator, which employs about 25 people, dominates the small town landscape. Sunligh ..... 
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