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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days


Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education



March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the consent agenda items.

Superintendent McDonald recognized and thanked several donors, including: NWTF Deer Creek Long Spurs ($150 Trap Team Donation), Custom Alarm ($150 to Youth Soccer Program), Ministerial Association (student clothing donation), Youth Basketball Coaches (Eric Mundfrom, Julie Warren, Toni Kolling, Anna Krahn), and American Legion ($100 Trap Team Donation). He also thanked staff of First Robotics.

In the Public Comments section of the meeting, Kari Grandahl addressed the board and asked them to consider increasing the music staff by adding a half-time position to alleviate the work overload that currently exists. She also suggested finalizing and announcing staff schedules sooner, so that staff can plan ahead for their workload.

In the Spotlight on Education section, five staff reported on PBIS at the high school, which was implemented four years ago. The program focuses on “Respectful, Responsible, and Productive” behavior by students.

Five staff spoke about the KHS reading program for 8th and 9th grade students, and reported significant improvement in overall reading comprehension. The program has been helping students learn the three learning styles (Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic) and discover which style works best for each student. Two staff also reported on reading comprehension progress in 5th grade.

Ann Oeltjen reported that the Teachers On Call system is now up and running, as of March 16. Troy Asher reported on Finance/Facilities, and Deb Larson reported on Policy/PR. Several administrators and staff submitted written reports, and Business Manager Todd Lechtenberg reported on the budget, summarizing that a revised budget for the current fiscal year has been approved. He said revenues and expenditures are below last year, but the main reason continues to be lower enrollment. He said the numbers now are “overall still tracking according to plan” and that he’ll work on ways to shrink the overall deficit budget.

Superintendent McDonald reported that Kingsland had an overall graduation rate in 2014 of 97.86%, which is well above the state’s guideline of at least 90%. He stated .....
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Lenora Hintze

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Lenora Hintze peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Spring Valley Care Center in Spring Valley, Minn., 10 days short of celebrating her 101st birthday. Lenora Hilda (Grabau) Hintze was born March 24, 1914, to Albert and Bertha ..... 
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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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Spring Valley Council considers Industrial Park expansion

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A regular meeting of the Spring Valley City Council was held on March 9. Members in attendance were Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, Bill Bires, Tony Archer, and Administrator Deb Zimmer. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, approv ..... 
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Erwin D. Tart

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral Mass for Erwin D. Tart was held 10:30 Wednesday March 11, 2015 at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, with Father Marreddy Pothiredy officiating. Visitation was held at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley from 5-7 p.m. Tues ..... 
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Letter about Reisner...

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Dear friends in Spring Valley, Sumner, Jordan, Fillmore townships: I urge you to consider voting for Karen Reisner (rise-ner) for County Commissioner. Karen is a quiet, thoughtful person who has been reporting on Commissioner mee ..... 
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New playground equipment for Spring Valley

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On February 23, the Spring Valley City Council met in regular session with all members in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of February Accounts Payable, the council considered a proposal from Administrator Deb Zimmer th ..... 
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