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Wadena-Deer Creek Activities Director Norm Gallant introduced school board members to an athletic academic eligibility policy at their July 18 meeting that he feels would be "less punitive and more supportive." In going to bat for the new eligibility policy, Gallant pointed out shortcomings in the present policy, which the district has been using with only limited success for the last eight years. Aiding Gallant in the project has been WDC Secondary Principal Tyler Church. "Basically the policy we have had in place was if you messed up, if you weren't passing your classes, fix it yourself,"
The kind of teaching Tom Riitters is going to enjoy seeing at Verndale this fall is the kind that students will grab onto and run with. Riitters officially took over as Verndale's new 5-12 principal on July 1. The native of Randall, Minn. is moving in from the Little Falls school district, where secondary students will be putting down books and picking up Apple iPads this fall. The pace of technology as a teaching tool has been accelerating. One of Riitter's secondary teachers, Samantha Schmitz, began using iPad technology in her classroom last year with the help of a technology grant.
The quaint custom of "going uptown for the mail" may see some changes for folks in the villages of Aldrich and Vining. The mail will still go through but it could be landing in new locations. A cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service recently added 88 post office outlets to the 28 already under review in Minnesota for closure. In their place would come "village" post offices - where postal services are offered by private businesses.
The District 818 school board in Verndale will be holding a special meeting Monday to accept two teacher resignations. Elementary teachers Sheyanne Sebeck (third grade) and LeAnn Prescher (fourth grade) have turned in their resignations. Both were on leave during the 2010-2011 school year.
The District 2155 school board approved the purchase of 10 bus leases from the Hoglund Bus Company at their July meeting. WDC business manager Jerry Anderson said that Federal Emergency Management Action (FEMA) funding will be picking up $643,000 of the $730,563.25 purchase amount. The district leased the new buses last summer after the June 17 tornado destroyed more than half of their fleet. Eight of the new buses are full size while two are 14-passenger vehicles.
They are fun to operate, but how many All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and dirt bike riders can claim what they are doing is legal? Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Greg Oldakowski has a considerable list of do's and don'ts to go by in enforcing state laws. The state government shutdown has not affected Oldakowski and if he sees a person on an ATV heading down a highway or a dirt bike tearing down a township road he is going to do some investigating. To start with, youth need an ATV safety certificate.
In a perfect world it does not take 1,100 millions to build a football stadium for our Minnesota Vikings and No. 1 draft choice Christian Ponder really turns out to be our next superstar quarterback. Those who have followed the fortunes of the Vikings know that the world they live in is far from perfect. The business side of pro football has been raising its ugly head again this week and it looks like a lockout that started March 10 could finally be ending. It makes sense that the two sides are finally settling their differences now.
Jared Hoemberg doubled twice and drove in all four runs Monday evening as Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale trimmed Wadena-Deer Creek 4-2 in a game to decide the Sub-District 6 championship. Dakota Aeling and Patrick Riewer each scored twice for BHV. David Najjar and Ryan Redfield were 2-for-4 at the plate for Post 171. The WDC crew was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Steve Riewer's BHV crew jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead but solo runs in the second and fifth frames helped WDC tie the game.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board was already perspiring at Monday night's July meeting before superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom explained what the state's proposed 60-40 shift in funding for K-12 education could mean in dollars. A mid-July heat wave gripped the elementary media center as Dahlstrom outlined the dollar amount being withheld by the state of the current 70-30 shift ($2,531,500) and the proposed shift ($3,376.360). The tactic has become a favorite of the Minnesota Legislature as it struggles each year with balancing the budget.
The Wadena VFW Club's eighth annual Honor Ride is on tap for Saturday, Aug. 6. The ride draws 125 bikers and riders and raises $2,000-$3,000 for soldiers and families of the Wadena National Guard along with other area soldiers and their families. The registration fee is $15 per person. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. The ride leaves the local VFW post at 213 First Street at noon, rain or shine. Food is available before and after the ride. The ride follows a route down Minnesota Highway 29 to Minnesota Highway 210 as far as Battle Lake.