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Kingsland school to upgrade fitness room


Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board held a regular meeting on Monday, October 20. In attendance were Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and superintendent John McDonald. The meeting was called to order, and the Board led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Consent Agenda items, which included minutes from September’s meeting and readings of policy items. The Consent Agenda items were approved as submitted.

Next, public “Thank You” and recognition was given regarding the following: Southeast Chapter of MN Deer Hunter’s Association for $550 donation toward curriculum, Essig Agency for $250 toward Robotics, VFW for $500 toward Robotics, parent volunteers who helped with hearing and vision screenings, VFW for donation of three flags, and KPAG (Kingsland parent group) for help with Watch DOGS program.

The floor was opened for public comment, but none was presented. Next, two FFA students told of recent and upcoming FFA events and opportunities. A written report was submitted on finance/facilities. Gwen Howard reported on curriculum/personnel, and Kristin Beck reported on policy & PR.

High school principal James Hecimovich updated the board and commented about the large amount of state-mandated testing being done with students. He explained the time constraints imposed by these mandates, and summarized, “I get a little concerned about a lot of testing being done” because it creates many challenges in scheduling and interferes with routines. But he said the school is on schedule with all of the testing to be done.

Elementary and middle school principal Chris Priebe reported on PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities) for PK-6, and said all staff will be formally evaluated using the Talent Ed system this year.He said the PBIS program will be honoring two students per grade level each month, and he talked about upcoming plans for Halloween costume day at school. He said that costume rules and parameters will be communicated, and he stressed that “it will still be a learning day”. He informed the Board that Ann Halloran (PK-6 social worker) will present programs to prevent violence and bullying, and to enhance character development.

Athletic director Steve Hauser reported on upcoming sports events, and told of a “Why We Play” workshop that he is excited to announce will be held locally on Thursday, November 13. He said all Kingsland 7-12 grade coaches will be .....
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Bid accepted for former elemenztary school property

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A brief regular meeting of the Spring Valley City Council was held on October 13 at the Carnegie Building in Spring Valley. All members of the City Council attended (Mayor Jim Struzyk, Todd Jones, Tony Archer, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and city ..... 
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Letter about support for Jon Pieper...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In the last years, my home valuation has gone down, but my property taxes to the city and county have gone up. Why? Because Local Government Aid (LGA) to cities was taken away by Republicans. This program used income taxes from all ..... 
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Letter about Meet the Candidate Night...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Spring Valley VFW Post 4114 would like to thank the following people for helping make the recent Meet the Candidate Night a success: Fillmore County sheriff candidates, Brian Miner and Tom Kaase; District 3 county commissioner candid ..... 
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Mums is the word at Spring Valley Greenhouse

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

If you’re looking to spruce up your yard this fall, then Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral has what you need. The Greenhouse originally opened 40 years ago, and for the last 12 years has been owned and operated by the Gehling family (Carol, Jacob ..... 
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Winterize now, relax later

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

Everyone remembers how harsh and long the last winter was, and most predictions are for another cold and snowy winter this year. But although nobody knows for sure just how severe the winter will be, there are many winterizing tasks to be done arou ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Global climate change

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Dan Terbeest Recently a frequent contributor to this publication wrote a letter addressing several environmental issues, advocating drastic reductions in fossil fuel use to reduce carbon outputs. How many times have we heard the President say ..... 
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Response to Yvonne Nyenhuis’ commentary regarding abortion

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Yvonne Nyenhuis’ defense of the pro-choice position consistently misses the mark (“Concerning women’s healthcare,” Aug 25). She argues that facilities like Planned Parenthood provide essential healthcare to women, but that ..... 
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Ag Days fields fun for all

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The annual Ag Days celebration took place August 12-17, 2014 in Spring Valley, Minn. with activities taking place from Tuesday through Sunday all around town. Spring Valley Senior Living’s Cutest Pet Contest got the ball rolling on Tuesday and t ..... 
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