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Rushford-Peterson receives 1:1 update


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Monday, September 19 Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting wrapped up in just over an hour. Items garnering the majority of discussion covered a new school progress update and a program update for the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative.

Back in June, the board had voted unanimously to approve a new 1:1 Initiative. The program is a cost-saving partnership with Best Buy and looks to put technology in the hands of R-P students. It was determined the company would offer a $100 off coupon to each R-P student, grades 9-12, to be used in the purchase of one of three classroom compatible devices. The devices are owned by the family, who are fully responsible for support, maintenance, warranty options, and accessories. Ranging from economy models to more top of the line models, the devices start at $99 with the coupon. A number of loaner models are available from the district for students not able to purchase the devices. The district hopes to expand the program to include grades 6-8 in the 2017-2018 school year.

According to Technology Director Corey Mattson, informational parent meetings were held July 21 and August 17 and were well attended. The district web store opened August 19. While there were a few roadblocks, as noted by Mattson, it’s been a positive concept. “People are paying attention to what we’re trying to do here,” said Mattson. “Staff is excited; receptive. They’re embracing this head on.”

As of the meeting, 111 devices had been purchased with 44 devices leased, a 68% adoption of the program. “It’s encouraging. There have been some pretty big jumps and decisions in the last few months,” continued Mattson.

High School Principal Jake Timm echoed the positivity, noting students are enjoying the devices and teachers are finding increased efficiencies. “It’s another tool in the tool belt of our staff members,” said Timm.

R-P parent Leah Mensink Jacobson, whose family has opted out of the program, was present at the meeting to voice concerns over the program. “I am here to express concerns regarding equal education for all students in the district. The Rushford-Peterson School District provides a list of Student Rights. These rights include the right to a free and full education and the right to equal educational opportunities for all students,” she read in a prepared statement.

“The 1:1 Initiative is presente .....
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Trash the garbage burning habit

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Friends of the Root River will sponsor a program on Issues with Open Burning on Wednesday, September 28, at Tri-County Electric Cooperative, 31110 Cooperative Way, Rushford. At 6:30 p.m., doors open for light refreshments. Program at 7 p.m.: Why ..... 
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Kathleen “Kitty” Lee

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Kathleen “ Kitty” Lee, 81 of Rushford, died Sept 12, 2016 at Sauer Nursing Home in Winona, Minn., surrounded by family and friends. Kitty was born on January 19, 1935 in Spring Valley, Minn., to Clarence and Marie Nordby. She was a graduate of S ..... 
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Rushford looks at budget and levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

As 2016 heads into the end of the year, cities are looking to finalize their budgets and levies for 2017. After a detailed summary at the Monday, September 12 Rushford Council meeting, the city is looking at a proposed 2017 levy of $867,000. This re ..... 
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Wallace “Wally” Himlie

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Wallace “Wally” Himlie Wallace “Wally” W. Himlie, 88, of Rushford, Minn., died on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Valley View Healthcare and Rehab Center in Houston, Minn. Wally was born on May 16, 1928, in rural Peterson, Minn., to Lars ..... 
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SpectaculAir 2016 invites you to “Come fly with us!!”

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Reservations are now open for businesses, groups, families, and individuals to book flights on one of four WWII Warbirds featured in the September 25 SpectaculAir 2016 Warbirds Expo at the Rushford Municipal Airport. The City of Rushford Airport C ..... 
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Rushford to market city-owned land

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At the Monday, August 22 Rushford City Council meeting, the council approved retention of services from Darr Realty to market a number of city-owned properties, mainly land and lots. At the Rushford Economic Development Authorit ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves contract, wages, upgrades, and purchases

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, August 15 R-P School Board Meeting was notably limited in size with directors Julie Koop, Dean Mierau, and Taylor Peterson absent. The one-and-a-half hour meeting presented several items of typical summer housekeeping, including reading ..... 
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Metz Cheese Curds win second at prestigious American Cheese Society competition

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

DES MOINES, IA – Metz’s Hart-Land Creamery won second place in the Flavored Cheese Curd category July 27-31, 2016 at the American Cheese Society’s product competition with their Roasted Garlic and Herb Cheese Curds. “This is our first ti ..... 
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