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Frazee-Vergas names finalists

The Frazee-Vergas School District has been busy hiring new employees in high positions.

Last month, the school board hired Terry Karger for the superintendent position. This month, it is hiring elementary principal and activities director positions.

Monday night the board announced the three finalists for both positions.

Finalists for the elementary principal positions are Troy Haugen, dean of students at Frazee-Vergas; Travis Nagel, elementary principal at Waubun-Ogema-White Earth; and Mathew Naugle, assistant principal at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Elementary.

There were 17 applicants for the position. Interviews for the final three are Monday.

Finalists for the activities director-student support specialist position are David Anderson, teacher and coach in Sauk Rapids-Rice; Nick Courneya, teacher and coach in Detroit Lakes; and Clay Nagel, teacher and wrestling coach at Concordia College.

There were 37 applicants for the position, and interviews are being held Wednesday.

Other information from the Frazee-Vergas School Board include:

  • The Kaotic Robotics team has raised nearly enough money to attend the world robotics competition in St. Louis next month and the state competition in Minneapolis.

The team raised nearly $8,000 at its spaghetti feed and silent auction last month, serving about 600-700 people. The silent auction brought in about $5,100 and spaghetti feed brought in $2,900.

They also raised another $1,000 in business sponsorships, a personal donation, bake sale and hanging plant basket sales.

After paying off some bills, the robotics team had about $4,500 for the competitions, so it is at a total of $13,425. The goal is $15,000.

Advisor and teacher Andy Paulson said the team has been very fortunate for the support of the community, parents, kids and businesses that helped them raise this much money.

“We plan on doing some demonstrations after we get back from the competition to let our sponsors know where their money goes,” he said.

The Frazee Community Thrift Store, which leases the former administrative district building across the street from the high school, has shifted ownership to Harvest Fellowship Church.

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