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A school district is no different than the business world, according to Frazee-Vergas School Superintendent Deron Stender. If McDonald's doesn't have it on the menu, consumers go to Wendy's or Burger King. If the school system isn't offering what parents or students want, they open enroll to another district. He says the referendum will answer questions about quality education and financial fears now hovering like a dark cloud over the school district and city of Frazee. Salary settlement "There are no winners, obviously," Stender said.
Earlier this year, the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center began its Children's Service Program after receiving a one-year grant. Next month, the organization is hosting its second annual Children's Breakfast to raise money to support the service program. "The purpose (of the breakfast) is to support the child program that became a reality here March 2007," Executive Director Jan Logan affirmed. Logan's goal is to raise $75,000 in the next two years to keep the program up and running. The Dakota Medical Foundation has agreed to match individual donations of $250 minimum.
Making transition easier. That's what Lakes Learning and the Minnesota State Community and Technical College's new partnership is all about. When entering MSCTC, students take an Accuplacer Assessment test to determine what math, reading and writing level class they should enter. Some students who take that test may come up with a score a bit lower than they had hoped -- right on the edge of one class and a higher level. Rather than needing a course, maybe all the student needed was a refresher course before the test.
The newest addition to Sucker Creek Preserve -- a marsh walk and hiking path -- is certainly a joint effort.
After Angie Behr remembered going through a cardboard maze in her youth group days, she thought it was be a great way for the youth group she now leads to raise money for missions trips. Director of High School Ministries at First Lutheran Church, Behr and her group have been creating cardboard mazes for the three years. They are saving money for a 2008 summer mission trip to Puerto Rico. The maze consists of cardboard -- "We go all over town and Fargo and collect boxes." -- and duct tape -- last year they used 40-50 rolls.
Gray skies and chilly winds didn't stop Emmanuel Community from hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon. Emmanuel plans to expand its Adult Daycare room, kitchen, and add three rooms for respite care and a 16-unit memory care assisted living facility.
He came from Alabama with a banjo on his knee. Well, maybe he was a kid from South Dakota who enjoyed a good episode of "Hee Haw." When Cliff Hagen was 3 years old, he took up banjo lessons. On Saturdays, he'd take a nap so that night he could "sit in my little red rocking chair and watch 'Hee Haw' when it came on and pretend I was Roy Clark and Buck Owens. I just thought that was the coolest thing." Those banjo lessons and 'Hee Haw' viewings paid off. Hagen has been touring with Andy Griggs since spring. The group just played at the Grand Ole Opry last weekend, and on Nov.
After years of prayer and organization, Eternal Hope Unlimited has found a home. Eternal Hope is for those completing drug and alcohol treatment, or those released from jail, looking to change their habits and way of life to follow God. "This will be a place where God can change a person from the inside out, as they yield to His work in them," states a letter sent out asking for prayers and donations. The facility is located in the country, but the board isn't giving out more details until things are more in place.
The leaves are about done turning, and a good portion are already on the ground. It's time for raking. Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Brad Green asks that rather than pushing lawn clippings in the street, residents should either mulch them up or take them to the proper receptacle. "The biggest thing is to just not have people put their yard clippings and leaves in the gutter of the street. They need to haul them away to our compost pile, north on (Highway) 59," Green said.
Kelly Steinle of Osage said the positive that came out of her nephew's negatives was that he is now closer to his father. When Jordan Bergstrom was 11 or 12 years old, his mother, Kris Karger, died suddenly of a heart attack. She was only 40 years old. Steinle said the autopsy showed Karger had high cholesterol -- one of the arteries to her heart was 100 percent blocked and the other was 98 percent blocked.