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Kingsland seniors plan trip to Florida


Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education



The Kingsland school board met on November 17, 2014. Superintendent McDonald and all board members were present. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, consent agenda items were considered, including Board agenda, previous minutes, November bills, and policy review. A motion to approve the consent agenda items carried. Thanks were given to the KSP parent group, vision and hearing volunteers, Veterans Day volunteers, middle school Knowledge Bowl students, and all dads who participated in the Watchdog program. The floor was opened for public comment, but none was made.

A group of senior class students and Niki DeBuhr made a presentation to the Board regarding the proposed senior class to Walt Disney World in May 2015. Ms. DeBuhr said the class considered going to Chicago or Wisconsin Dells, but ultimately chose a four-day trip to Disney World (Florida). The students described the various learning and experiential benefits of the trip, such as planning & budgeting, experiencing air travel, fundraising, seeing the ocean, and of course the fun and educational opportunities at the theme parks as well. The cost would be roughly $1100 per student, and students would be required to stay academically eligible and follow a code of conduct. Ms. DeBuhr also explained that if 65% of the seniors have not paid their nonrefundable $150 deposit by December 22, the class will instead take a three-day trip to Chicago, which would cost about $350 per student. Board members asked several questions, then voted to approve the trip.

Next, an update was given on the Spotlight on Education program. Students have been finding many benefits to the various technology used, including i-Pads and g-mail. Reports were then given by board members. Steve Tart reported on finances, mentioning several areas in need of maintenance, replacement or repair. Deb Larson reported on personnel issues, including the hiring of five coaches and one resignation. Kristin Beck updated the board on policy and PR items, including the electronic message sign, for which usage protocols are being developed.

Principal Hecimovich said the recent parent conferences were well-attended, and he told of several upcoming assessments for students. He summarized a recent training on suicide prevention, and said those who attended were very impressed. He also said, “I’m very proud of the behavior of our students, I would hold them up against any other school around. .....
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Steve Sanders

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Memorial services for Steve Sanders will be held 11 a.m.. Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn. Burial will take place in the Etna Cemetery. Visitation will be held an hour before the service at the chu ..... 
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Antique & coffee shop to open in Spring Valley

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A brief regular meeting of the Spring Valley city council was held on Monday, November 10. Members present included mayor Jim Sturzyk, Tony Archer, Bill Bires, city administrator Deb Zimmer, and Todd Jones. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and ca ..... 
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Spring Valley manufactures week

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

Left to right: Jim Stuzyk, Kim Brown, both from the Spring Valley EDA, Jason and Brad Gravenhoff and Tony Larimer from SATA receiving a Governor’s certificate from Jenn Hauser of DEED, and from the EDA, Jeff Verhenkamp and Dave Phillips. Photo ..... 
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Four Daughters wine goes country

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

A taste of Minnesota made its way to the 48th annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on November 5, 2014. Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery of Spring Valley, Minn. was given the prestigious opportunity to send four of its wine selections ..... 
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Open house set for Nov. 18 on Spring Valley Highway 63 concrete repair project

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley State of Minnesota

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – The public is invited to attend an open house Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Spring Valley to learn about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 2015 project on Highway 63 from the Iowa border to Spring Valley. The meeting i ..... 
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Kingsland Task Force update

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland Facilities Task Force LOOKING OVER THE HORIZON: an update on the efforts of the Kingsland Facilities Task Force to reach consensus on the present needs and future configuration of the Kingsland District. Please note this is not to be co ..... 
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Isabel Mae Larson

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Isabel Mae Larson Funeral services for Isabel Larson were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn. with Pastor Byron Meline officiating. Burial took place in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery ..... 
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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 Alle ..... 
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