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Kingsland Facilities Task Force


By Jeff Erding

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff 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 considered the official record of proceedings; rather a factual record of the discussions and findings to date from the notes and recollections of a task force member.

Information contained herein is presented with the intention of providing citizens of the Kingsland District with the most accurate information possible as an aid to making informed decisions.

The group, composed of a diverse group of volunteers and district employees, was formed after a recent proposal by the district dministration to abandon the Wykoff facility in favor of a K/12 facility at the Spring Valley site was met with staunch opposition by citizens from both towns. Three main points comprised the reluctance by many to authorize the multi-million dollar construction needed to accomplish a one site facility:

1) The debt from the 2008 construction is not sufficiently retired.

2) Closing the Wykoff Facility would violate the intent of the consolidation agreement reached by the formerly separate districts in the early 1990’s.

3) Most importantly, a K/12 one-site facility is thought by many to be not in the best interest of the students since many well documented studies indicate segregating 6th thru 8th grade students from contact with 9 thru 12 significantly enhances the psychological and academic development of the younger group at a difficult and vulnerable time of their lives.

The school board wisely decided to form a study group to sort through the issues and advise a course action. The official list of objectives is:

1) Build a priority list of deferred maintenance items.

2) Build a list of educational improvements for each building.

3) Discuss building name of middle school vs. intermediate school.

Serving on the committee are school board members, Gwen Howard and Troy Asher; administration representatives, superintendent John McDonald, high school principal Jim Hecimovich, elementary principal Chris Priebe; John Dols, newly hired building and grounds director; teachers, Emily Biske, Niki DeBuhr, and Rachel Burt. People with construction and building design and maintenance .....
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Wykoff taking bids for community center updates

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

Wykoff City Council approved a pay request for $572,478.93 towards the new wastewater treatment plant. The council was informed the plant should be up and running on December 5, 2014. This date, of course, could change if complications occur. L&L ..... 
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Kingsland school to upgrade fitness room

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff 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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Letter about Greg Davids...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Every time an election rolls around, we hear a new round of ads that say the same old thing. We all hear that the candidate works for us, they hear and value what we have to say, etc., and every year, I feel less represented and less ..... 
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Clash of Cultures: An evaluation of the status of America by 4 prominent liberal Democrats.

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

I bet you never thought you’d see the day I wrote a column quoting prominent liberals. I don’t blame you; I’m surprised myself! Recent events have convinced me the best way to help America back on a path to sanity is to communicate the opinion ..... 
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Unique shop open in Wykoff

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

Whether you consider yourself a horse lover, a cowboy, or an equestrian, there is a newly opened business in Wykoff, Minn. that has people stopping in to find decorative and useful products. And if you are not the cowboy type, there are still many ..... 
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DreamAcres welcomes touring Minneapolis puppet troupe

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – “The On-Time Circus”, a traveling puppet show, will be performing at DreamAcres in Wykoff, Minn. at 6:30 p.m. as part of the weekly Friday evening Pizza on the Farm which lasts from 5-8 p.m. Margo McCreary, established Mi ..... 
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Mayhem in Missouri; Coming soon to a town near you?

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

By Jeff Erding American interests and citizens both at home and abroad face dire consequences from the destructive policies of the radical left. For solid information about the situation, please read on and prepare to be shocked at how badly Govern ..... 
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Letter about a 9/11 update

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, After voting against the Iraq war, voting against the Homeland Security Act, and voting in favor of a 9/11 investigation, Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash. When Senators Tom Daschle and Pat Leahy proposed a 9/11 investi ..... 
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