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Wykoff resident speaks out against Kingsland Board’s proposed closure of middle school


Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

On October 21, the Kingsland School Board voted unanimously to close the middle school location in Wykoff and move to a single site school in Spring Valley. Along with the closure would come a referendum that would need to be approved to expand the current Spring Valley site. This decision was based on a recommendation to the Kingsland School Board by a special 13-facility member committee that discussed options for three and a half hours. The members of the committee were board members, teachers, activities and grounds directors and district administration.

Members of the committee are Doug Plaehn (board chairman), Gwen Howard and Deb Larson (school board members), elementary teacher Tara Holmen, middle school teacher Emily Biske, high school teachers Andrew Brouwer and Jen Orth, transportation director Kevin Klomps, district tech manager Bob Tieffencacher, athletic director Tom Speltz, High School Principal Jim Hecimovich, Middle and Elementary School Principal Chris Priebe, grounds and maintenance director Scott Stockdale, business manager Todd Lechtenberg and Superintendent John McDonald.

The committee was given a total of five options by the architectural firm, TSP, hired by the district to recommend facility use exploration. The first two options included making repairs at the Wykoff location including an option that would not implement a referendum, but instead would implement the use of capital facilities bonds or alternative facilities bonds. At a cost of $116,427 of operating capital funds over 10 years, this would be a tax-neutral choice. Alternative facilities bonds would mean taxes would be impacted. A $100,000 homestead would see $85.74 a year increase.

Another option presented would require a referendum at $6,066,782 with a tax implication of voter approved bonds at $64.60 and alternative facilities bonds at $85.60, totaling $150.34 annually on a $100,000 homestead. While the first option is for the middle school location only, the second would encompass both the Wykoff and Spring Valley sites.

The remaining three options would involve a single site campus in Spring Valley and the closure of the middle school in Wykoff. The first of these three includes educational improvements, the construction of a field house (an indoor sports arena), new locker rooms and a walking track. This plan would come in at $12,820,731 with an impact of $114.64 in taxes on a $100,000 homestead over 20 yea .....
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Kingsland Schools hear concerns, transfers property

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present in addition to Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, mi ..... 
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Ray Walter Heidtke

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Ray Walter Heidtke, 78, of Roseville, Minn. passed away November 15, 2013. He was born on January 6, 1935, in Fountain, Minn., and graduated from Wykoff High School, Wartburg College, and Wartburg Seminary. Ray married Bunice Danneman of Fulda, M ..... 
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Christmas musical presentation

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Faith & Worship

“All I Want for Christmas”, a children’s Christmas musical, will be presented at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) on Sunday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. About 35 children from age 3 through sixth grade ..... 
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Joy K. Erdman

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Joy K. Erdman, of Wykoff, Minn., died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 outside her residence. Joy was born April 15, 1933 in Rochester to Henry and Clara (Lottes) Bicknese. Joy graduated from Wykoff High School in 1951. Following high school she work ..... 
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Who shut down the government?

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Yvonne Nyenhuis recently posted a letter stating the Republicans caused the shutdown, thus causing Memorial sites in the D.C. area to be closed...along with all other federally controlled areas. What on earth is the rationale behind ..... 
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City of Wykoff to ‘reacquire’ tennis court from Kingsland Middle School

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

In 1964, a piece of property was deeded to the then Wykoff School from the City of Wykoff. Today, that piece of property is known as the Kingsland Middle School tennis court. The parcel of land sits between the fire station and a residential home, ..... 
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More bumps for Wykoff’s proposed treatment center

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

When WHKS, the firm hired by the City of Wykoff, first proposed the costs to a new waste treatment center, the plans came in around $1.6 million. After a failed bid process that came in well over the proposed amount, WHKS has gone back to the drawi ..... 
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Joan Herron Karow

Wed, Oct 30th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Joan Herron Karow, 63, of Rochester, Minn. died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at her residence. Joan Herron was born February 14, 1950 in Carroll, Iowa to Ivan and Coral (Whalley) Herron. Joan graduated from Wykoff High School in Southern Minnesota i ..... 
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