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Kingsland School Board recognizes retirees

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Superintendent McDonald presents retiree Karen Cleveland with an appreciation gift. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All School Board members were present in addition to Superintendent John McDonald.

Consent Agenda items were approved which included the review of the April 15, 2013 meeting, payment of May 2013 bills, and first readings of policy reviews.

In Thank you and Recognition the School Board recognized four staff members that are retiring and presented each of them with a gift of appreciation. The first being Shelly Cornell, paraprofessional, with over 15 years experience. The second retiree is Karlene Hatleli, teacher, with 27 years experience. Karen Cleveland, teacher, with over 41 years experience will also retire. The final person retiring is Marilyn Erdman, teacher, with over 35 years experience of experience. Superintendent McDonald spoke very highly of each of these individuals and thanked them for their years of dedication.

A thank you was given to Matt Rowe of BP for a donation of three hundred dollars towards playground equipment. A second thank you was to Red Essig of Essig Agency for a $250 donation to the FFA for the National Convention. A final thank you was given to the Horticulture Club for the flowers around the building.

In the Student Council/FFA report two FFA members were present to report on the ECFE Barnyard which they assisted the elementary teachers organize. Many animals were brought in for the children to experience up close. A summer Ag program will be offered. A vegetable garden will be planted with produce going to the food shelf. There will be two summer tours and an Officer’s Retreat. The members reported that everyone was happy with how they did at State.

The Finance/Facilities Committee met on May 6, 2013. Various subjects were discussed including the ten year outlay projection and the music program curriculum. The revised budget was discussed as well as the six cent meal reimbursement. The possible purchase of an electronic message sign was also discussed.

New hires were discussed by the Curriculum/Personnel Committee at their previous meeting. The Policy/PR Committee met on April 22, 2013 and discussions consisted of policy review of first readings, the School Board studying session, and a preview of the May Kingsland newsletter. In the Business Manager report the preliminary 2013-2014 budget was explained and discussed.

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Letter about Spring Valley flooding

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Spring Valley was flooded again this week. Has the City ever considered a dike? A dike does not have to be a big, ugly earthen wall. Have you seen the nice row of locally quarried retaining wall rock stacked up at O’Connell’ ..... 
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Bernadine G. Schmidt

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Bernadine G. Schmidt, age 81, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Bernadine was born February 23, 1932, in Granger, Minn., the daughter of Harry and Nellie (Turnmire) Lange. She attende ..... 
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Almanzo Road Race hits Spring Valley

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Gary Peterson, Mitchell Walbridge As people gathered on the weekend of May 17-19 for Spring Valley’s annual WilderFest, many also participated in the seventh annual Almanzo Road Race. This year’s Almanzo Road Race bicyclists set out from ..... 
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The Spring Valley Fire Department

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The Spring Valley Fire Department responded to a fire at 135 S. Broadway late Sunday afternoon. The apartment building had four units, two of which were occupied. The apartment where the fire is believed to have started had been unoccupied for over ..... 
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Severe Weather strikes Spring Valley area

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

For several days the National Weather Service has been predicting strong storms that would be affecting NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and their warnings started on Sunday afternoon. It started out as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, advanced to a Warning and ..... 
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Spring Valley views new ambulance equipment

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, May 13th and approved a resolution to approve the issuance and sale of a Housing and Health Care Facilities Revenue Note, Series 2013 and authorizing the execution of documents re ..... 
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VFW Ride for Healing Rally

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

St. Paul, Minn. - The Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars announces that Spring Valley, Minn. will be one of their ‘Rally Points’ for the weeklong Ride For Healing. All Veterans and the Community are invited to Hanson -- Raabe VFW P ..... 
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Impacting our communities

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Recently, our Foundation (Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation) held its annual community luncheon in Spring Valley. Each year, we do this type of community visit to celebrate our accomplis ..... 
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