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Schwarz enjoying his new position as principal


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Features

Jacob Schwarz is more than excited to be the 5-12 grade principal at Grand Meadow school in Grand Meadow, Minn., he is in his words “ecstatic” about his new job.

Schwarz, 36, grew up on a farm between Preston and Fountain, and graduated from Fillmore Central High School in 1998.

Following graduation, he attended Winona State, majoring in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies. Schwarz began his teaching career in Chatfield in long-term sub positions teaching Ag and high school Special Education.

He then taught third grade at Banfield Elementary in Austin, Minn., for nine years and during this time Schwarz also received his principal license. After taking a two year leave of absence from teaching to farm with his dad and his brother, “I realized I was missing education,” says Schwarz.

“I began working with Winona State,” explains Schwarz, working with student teachers in the Education Department, which he says “reignited my passion for education” once again.

Schwarz’s wife, Pam, is also in education and the couple have four children: Claire, 8, and triplet five-year-olds Andrew, Joseph and Elaine, so education will be a part of their lives for a very long time and it is a very important part of their lives.

Schwarz decided to return to the public school system and began working at Neveln Elementary in Austin, Minn., as an instructional coach working with teachers on staff development, lesson planning, and other curriculum items.

After a year at Neveln, the 5-12 principal position became available in Grand Meadow. Schwarz says, “I was fortunate enough to get hired here at Grand Meadow,” and he is looking forward to the new school year beginning.

Although his official start date was not until July 1, Schwarz actually began working the week after school was out in June. “I have a lot to do and learn this year and I wanted to get a jump on it,” explains Schwarz.

Schwarz is happy to be back in the area and says everyone has been “welcoming and helpful” as he learns the ins and outs of his new position. He is also grateful to Superintendent Besel, who he says “has been here to mentor me” and answer any questions he may have.

Schwarz explains the Grand Meadow school with pride, saying, “It’s very evident how much they care about their students and their school,” .....
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Winslow represents Fillmore County in Minnesota Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

Katie Winslow of Fountain qualified for the final four in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet during the MFBF 97th Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington November 21. The Disc ..... 
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Drury’s celebrates 90 years

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

After ninety years in business, Drury’s in Fountain, Minn. has many reasons to celebrate. Not only has the family owned business remained a staple on main street of Fountain since 1925, it continues to evolve and grow with the addition of member ..... 
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Pizzas, pies, and ice cream

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

From the farm to the table, the Village Square of Fountain is a cornerstone of downtown Fountain, Minn. When David and Mary Milne purchased the corner business location in April 1998, they felt that Fountain needed a pizza restaurant. The previo ..... 
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HACF awards grant to Fillmore Central fine arts program

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

Carrie Mathison, Fillmore Central fine arts teacher, is presented with a check for $1,525 by Steve Donney, treasurer of the Harmony Area Community Foundation. Mrs. Mathison applied for and received a grant from HACF to help sponsor her new ceram ..... 
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Lending library update

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

By Joni Clement The lending library in the Fountain City Park is enjoying much participation by the community. There has been a good turnover of both adult and children books. There has also been great support in donating books. We would especially ..... 
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Fountain American Legion Auxiliary folding

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

After many decades of service, the Fountain American Legion Auxiliary has disbanded. During the Auxiliary’s final meeting on August 27, 2015, members signed paperwork surrendering their charter, Unit #492. Reasons cited for folding the Founta ..... 
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Root River One Watershed, One Plan

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

The public was invited to the kick-off event for the Root River One Watershed, One Plan at the Fountain Community Center on April 8. The four hour open house was well attended. Roughly 100 residents listened as plan consultant Mark Deutschman, Houst ..... 
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“Mysteries of the Driftless” uncovered at Dinner on the Bluff

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Features

On April 26, 2013, an article I wrote entitled “Another Sinkhole” was published in the Fillmore County Journal (http://fillmorecountyjournal.com/single.php?article_id=30184) which described the sudden appearance of a sinkhole north of Fountain, ..... 
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