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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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Fountain City Council addresses property line

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers The Fountain City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Council members present included Chad Wangen, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Mayor Richard Kujath. Council member Dave Gudmundson was absent. P ..... 
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It’s his nature

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Commentary

By Karen Reisner This November I will cast my vote in a presidential election for the twelfth time. Each time I have chosen the person that I most agreed with and felt was best equipped to do the job. Even when my choice failed to win, I never once ..... 
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Council asks residents to “use common sense”

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers As the Fountain City Council met on Thursday, June 2, 2016 there was a discussion about the city’s noise ordinance. A resident had inquired as to whether the city had a noise ordinance. City Clerk Ronda Flattum stated that oth ..... 
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Fillmore Central accepts Boots & Badges donations from American Legion and VFW

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on May 24 at 6 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved along with the district bills. Principal Heath Olstad reported that the local banks are continui ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Finding you

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Fountain Journal Student Writing Project

By Blake Bigalk With my senior year coming to an end, and graduation within reach, this is my last article that I will be writing for the Fillmore County Journal. With that in mind, I really wanted to write about something that meant a lot to me a ..... 
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Fountain Council tackles long agenda

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

As the Fountain City Council met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on May 5, 2016 at the city hall in Fountain, Minn., there was a long list of items on the agenda. All council members were in attendance as well as City Clerk Ronda Flattu ..... 
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Kasey Back wins first place in Congressional Arts Contest

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Arts & Culture

Fillmore Central sophomore Kasey Back recently won first place in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District’s Congressional Arts Contest! Kasey’s oil landscape painting “Goodnight Moon” will be on display at the United States Capitol in Was ..... 
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Letter about Removal of MA liens... To the Editor,

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Letter to the Editor

In an article published May 9, Rep. Greg Davids was touted for being co-author on a bill to remove liens placed on properties of people over age 55 who are on Medical Assistance (MA). I know the importance of decent healthcare, and after years of ov ..... 
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