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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Middle School staff host special units presentation


Fri, May 28th, 2004
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Since 1993, the Fillmore Central Middle School staff has hosted an Interdisciplinary Unit event. The length of the unit started out at two weeks and has gradually been shortened to four days. Topics include countries, wars, decade fashions and events, media, and Olympics, which was the theme again this year. Middle School teacher Gary Fiene was the spokesperson at Tuesdays Fillmore Central School Board meeting, explaining the staffs goals. A video on this years unit, complete with lively background music was shown to the group.Before the unit actually begins, students sign up for what activities they want to participate in. In this years case, groups were chosen to represent different countries. Day one included opening ceremonies, parade of nations and lighting of the torch. Different sports events like low hurdles, chess, Boca ball, sports nutrition, metric triathlon, and Frisbee were completed as timed events that continued into days two and three. Day four included finals of various activities and closing ceremonies. The entire staff participated, including dressing in costumes, decorating their classroom door to represent a country, and monitoring the stopwatches. According to Feine, the kids really get into this unit each year and the teachers find it to be a very creative way of teaching students about the world. Principals reportsHigh SchoolDr. Gary Olson requested permission to host an open house for parents at the beginning of each semester. This would be in-lieu of a second night of conferences in the spring of 2005. A mini-schedule would be held with 10-minute sessions representing each class a child is in. Parents could meet with the teacher and actually see ahead of time what is expected of that student. The first open house would be held Wed., Sept. 8 (Olson met with the Area Ministerial Assoc. and received approval) and the second semester open house would be held Mon., Jan. 31. The board gave approval.The Curriculum Committee is exploring the concept of an honors diploma to replace the valedictorian/salutatorian award. This is the last year for the current program. A recommendation will be made at the June meeting.A recent high school band concert survey conducted showed very few students interested in marching in the Fountain Trail Days and Harmonys July 4th parades. The school board was very impress .....
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The worse they look, the better I like it

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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Glen Van Grevenhofs brown eyes beamed with excitement and his voice took on a quality of respect while he described his love of restoring vintage tractors.

The worse they look, the better I like it, said Van Grevenhof as he p ..... 
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A day of remembrance

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Memorial Day, traditionally known as Decoration Day or Remembrance Day (and still is around the world) was observed for the first time in the United States on May 30, 1868.   General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Rep ..... 
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Suit filed against Preston City Council for violation of open meeting law

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Six individuals have filed suit in Fillmore County District Court against the Mayor of Preston and four city council members for violating the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.  Ken Tschumper of Caledonia, Robert and LaVonne Hellic ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission: Possible compliance inspection of septic systems strikes a nerve

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Former Fillmore County attorney Matt Opat fired off what he viewed as faults and weaknesses in the proposed ISTS amendment during its public hearing on Thursday, May 20 at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meeting.

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Preston City Council Report: Hwy 52 project pushed back to 2005

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Because of delays in purchasing right of ways for the Highway 52 project, the letting of construction bids will not proceed until sometime around December 2004. That was the message from MnDOT project manager Craig Lenz to the Preston City Council Mo ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Car show coming to Buffalo Bill Days

Mon, May 24th, 2004
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Bryce Dawson of Preston presented his plan for a car show in conjunction with Buffalo Bill Days to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting May 17th. Dawson proposed a judged car show to be held at the Sylvan Parking lot on Saturday of the ..... 
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Gang of One

Fri, May 14th, 2004
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I have been Fan Shens colleague in the RCTC English department for the past five years, but never knew much about him until this past week when I read his book Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard, published by University of Nebraska Press last month ..... 
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Judge Benson tells county he will not reconsider on Slabaugh zoning case

Fri, May 14th, 2004
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In a letter to Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson dated May 7, Judge Robert Benson has denied a Fillmore County request to file a Motion for Reconsideration in the Slabaugh Zoning case. The countys only other legal option would be to appeal the j ..... 
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