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Information and opinions given at Kingsland community meeting


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The community meeting and facilities discussion held at the Kingsland High School Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 was well attended with school board members, administration, Kingsland staff and residents reviewing a large amount of information.

With a scheduled start time of 7 p.m., district residents began filing into the cafeteria approximately 30 minutes prior. Handouts were provided with identical information as what would be shown on the large viewing screen so residents would have the information to take home with them. Blank note cards were also handed out so attendees could write down any questions they had. Those note cards were then gathered and read aloud one at a time by Kingsland’s administrative assistant Amber Uhlenhake later in the meeting. One or more members of the school board or the administration would then answer the question to the best of their ability. Following the questions there was an open microphone for any person wishing to make a statement or ask further questions.

School board chairperson Doug Plaehn opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and stated that the school board’s goal for the meeting was to provide the information that the board has been talking about and studying over the last 18 months.

Before beginning the facilities discussion Plaehn spent a few minutes highlighting some of the achievements of Kingsland Public Schools. In Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Kingsland received its certification about a year ago, being the first and currently the only school that is certified in Engineering, Biomedical, Science, and Gateway. Kingsland is one of four schools in Minnesota that is piloting a 4th and 5th grade curriculum as well.

Kingsland offers 70 college credits in the College in Schools (CIS) program. If a Kingsland student has the ambition, he or she can earn a two year AA degree. Kingsland’s One-to-One Technology has gained national notoriety. An iPad or netbook has been put in the hand of every student in grades 3-12 and iPads are available to children in Grades K-2.

The discussion then turned to enrollment numbers. Peak enrollment was the 1997-98 school year with 1,033 students. School year 2008-09, which was the last year that Kingsland had the 7th and 8th graders at the middle school, enrollment dropped to 696 students. Enrollment hit a low point with the 2012-13 school year with 609 students. Currently enrollment at Kingsland i .....
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Marijuana bust takes place in Alco parking lot

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Police Reports

Drug charges are pending against two men after their arrest Tuesday night in the Alco parking lot in Spring Valley. Darrell Luttrell, age 21, of Albert Lea, Minn. and Thomas Sarenpa, age 23, of Blaine Minn. were arrested after Southeastern Minneso ..... 
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Pancakes in Whalan

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

Whalan’s Taste of the Trail Committee will be sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 6th from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. The breakfast will be held in the newly remodeled Whalan City Hall in Whalan, Minn. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast and som ..... 
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Linda Olson

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Linda Olson, age 72, of Spring Valley, Minn. passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.  Linda Lee Ramaker was born January 23, 1942 in Spring Valley to Winfield and Valoy (Frankson) Ramaker. She was baptized M ..... 
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Albert Langdon

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Albert Eugene Langdon, age 91, died March 6, 2014 at the Spring Valley Senior Living. He was born August 2, 1922 to James & Lucy Langdon, in Rowan, Iowa. Albert attended Rowan Public School graduating in 1940, where he was an outstanding outfielde ..... 
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Kingsland School District explores idea of additional bus route

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. All school board members were present. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, minute review of the February 19, 2014 meeting, March 2 ..... 
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Health care...

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I read Mrs. Nyenhuis’ letter about health care and some red flags were very apparent to me. I found it hypocritical of her to talk about how well her knee is doing and how lucky she is to have her husband after his diabetic trauma ..... 
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Not in my back yard...

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As I have tried to study silica sand mine issues in southeastern Minnesota, I have to say I am a bit disappointed in Minnesotans. It appears that our stance is one of “let’s do what we can to prevent silica sand mining in southea ..... 
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Professional Engineering Services changes in Spring Valley

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night and spent a short amount of time discussing the proposal for Professional Engineering Services from Yaggy Colby Associates. There was a letter from Yaggy Colby to City Administrator Deb Zimmer in regar ..... 
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