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Century Elementary children who are struggling with reading are about to receive intervention, principal Joleen DeLaHunt told the school board this week. Plans call for introducing a LIPS program and Susan Barton phonemics in January. The programs, she explained, raises students' abilities to differentiate between letters and sounds. A key predictor of a child destined for later reading failure is a child who lacks age-appropriate phonemic awareness.
Judi Frye has been named executive director of the area's "hub of senior services" - the Living at Home program. The program that mobilizes volunteers to enable seniors to remain in their home of choice is "of great value to the community," Frye said.
Jim Perkett has joined the law firm of Peloquin Beck, the attorney based in Park Rapids on a full-time basis. The firm, with an office located at 602 Pleasant Ave., recently underwent a name change, formerly Peloquin Minge. The team of lawyers and paralegals serves clients from offices in Park Rapids, Perham and New York Mills. Perkett and the firm are in the general practice of law, including commercial law, family law, criminal law, probate and estate administration, litigation and appeals and real estate law. Perkett spent most of his childhood in Apple Valley.
Since 1954, private landowners have relied on the seedlings originating from the Badoura State Nursery to reforest their property. But the tradition will come to an end in 2014. The Legislature approved a measure in an omnibus bill directing the two state nurseries to stop selling to private buyers. The law went into effect in July, Badoura's program supervisor Craig VanSickle explained. The trees in existence prior to the law are immune. Private landowners may purchase trees in 2012 and 2013, with a minimum order of 500 seedlings.
Nevis voters approved the $252 per pupil operating levy Tuesday, doubling the current amount, but nixed the technology referendum of $225 per pupil. "We're excited," superintendent Steve Rassier said of voters endorsing the operating levy, applicable for seven years. "But it was closer than anticipated," he said of the 378-338 margin. "We're disappointed in the (voters') second decision," he said of the 231 yes votes, 482 no votes on the technology levy. "But we knew it would be an uphill battle. We won't give up on technology. We are convinced this is the right direction.
Knitting needles and fingers - energized by the heart - have been engaged this autumn. Sixty prayer shawls will soon arrive in North Korea to warm the body and spirit of those with tuberculosis and hepatitis. Hubbard United Methodist Church members have been at the core of operations, but the shawls are a non-denominational effort, Genell Poitras providing the impetus. Husband Dr. Ed Poitras, a Yale Divinity School graduate, had arrived in South Korea just after the war had ended in 1953 to conduct missionary work. He returned to the U.S.
Valita Vasquez bid farewell to life below the equator in Santiago, Chile and headed north, departing after a 16-hour plane ride to experience Minnesota and life in a small town. Valita is a Rotary exchange student, Brad and Jodi Schultz her hosts, their daughter Sarah her "great host sister." "I'm so happy to come here," she said of departing her nation's capital, home to seven million people. "It's so quiet. There are no cars in the night." And food is on a grand scale. "I've gained eight pounds. American food is so yummy!" She's eaten chili for the first time - atop a hotdog.
Nevis taxidermist Bryce Bellomo welcomes visitors to drop by his Game Over studio just off Highway 34 to view his work. "Photos do not do justice to taxidermy work," said the artist who has gained a keen knowledge of the anatomy and subtle characteristics of the fish and game. "For the good or bad, it is highly recommended that taxidermy work (ours and our competitions') be viewed in person," he advises. Bellomo's passion for the "preservation of natural history" is reflected in his product. He attended Pine Technical College, where he received a degree in the skill of taxidermy.
Nevis School District voters will be heading to the polls Tuesday to determine the fate of a two-tiered referendum, one of which, if approved, will soundly launch students into the digital age. The district is asking for $252 per resident pupil operating levy, double the existing levy of $126, which expires at year's end. Nevis is one of 126 Minnesota school districts - more than a third - seeking a levy referendum, the highest number in more than a decade.
State park signs were being posted Friday, a day after the 1,000-acre parcel of land and 221-acre pristine lake in Hubbard County's northwest tier were acquired by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). La Salle Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) in Fern Township is home to Minnesota's second deepest lake, a coldwater stream, high-quality forest and wetlands and more than a half-mile of Mississippi River Headwaters shoreline. And it's now open to the public. The SRA will be managed as a satellite unit of Itasca State Park, which is eight miles to the southwest.