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Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619



Week of Feb. 8-11

TUESDAY, Feb. 8 - Cheeseburger, baked beans, baked chips, dill pickle slices, mixed fruit, bread slice, milk variety.


WEDNESDAY, Feb. 9 - Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, mandarin oranges, bread slice, milk variety.

THURSDAY, Feb. 10 - Tomato soup, saltines, The Max cheese sticks, rosy applesauce, bread slice, milk variety.

FRIDAY, Feb. 11 - Hamburger hotdish, garlic toast, green beans, peaches, frozen juice bar, bread slice, milk variety.

Scholarship information

Scholarships available in the high school office:

• Blandin Foundation Education Awards: Anyone under the age of 25 as of Sept. 1 and plan on attending, any accredited educational institution in the United States. Deadline May 1.

• Clean Air Choice Scholarship: Seniors who plan on pursuing a postsecondary education and write a 1000 word essay. Deadline March 30.

• Knights of Columbus: Senior Catholic Students. Deadline April 1.

• Youth Tour in Washington D.C.: Juniors whose parent, guardian is a Cooperative member of one of the Paul Bunyan Communications service exchanges. Deadline April 1.

• Best Buy: Students in grades 9-12 with solid grades and community service or work experience. Apply online at or Deadline Feb.16.

• Oak Hills Christian College Scholarship: Must be full time students at Oak Hills Christian College this fall. Deadline April 15.

• Minnesota Twins Community Fund Diamonds and Dreams Scholarship: Seniors enrolling full time in a two or four year college with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Participants must have played or volunteered an organized youth baseball or softball. Deadline March 12.

• Foundation for Rural Service: Seniors who receive any telecommunications service from a current NTCA member and have at least a C grade point average. Deadline: March 1.

Important dates

Feb. 9: 3:30 p.m. Honor roll

Feb. 15: 9 a.m. Representative from Northland Community College

Feb. 28: Parent-Teacher conferences

Honor roll

The following students have been named to the A Honor Roll:

Grade 12: Brandon Beck, Shannon Budde, Amanda Fernandez, Erin Haws, Jamie Magoon, Katie Olafson, Christopher O'Reilly, Alexander Schuman and Ashley Stomberg. Grade 11: Kaye Bodien and Aaron Nissen. Grade 10: James Bruno, Joseph Coller, Tyler Dobmeier, Shane Fenske, Morgan Jung, Courtney Kovall, Tatum Mistic and Katie O'Rourke.

Grade 9: Colton Bales, Mariah Bremer, Jodi Grundmeier, Jacob Krabbenhoft, Caleb Mostad, Maile Olson, Kristie Slindee, Alexandra Tindell and Trey Volk. Grade 8: Benjamin Anderson, LeAnn Brambrink, Elizabeth Dufault, Michaela Holmgren, Hannah Korpela, Brittany Martin andrew Nissen, Kelsey Olson, Alexandra Pfannenstein, Madison Stomberg and Aaron Ware.

Grade 7: Hunter Cocking, Tanner Depew, Breanna Enger, Julianna Fernandez andrew Grundmeier, Carla Grundmeier, Isaac Gustafson, Tobey Haluptzok, Ceana Olson, Alexey Pfannenstein, Charli Schocker, Timothy Schocker, Danisha Sells, Kyle Solberg and Sydnie Sorheim.

The following students have been named to the B Honor Roll:

Grade 12: Amber Affield, Ian Anderson, Luke Binkley, Ezekiel Burtard, James Campbell-Eckdahl, Connor Cease, Michael Dexter, MollieAnn Exner, Christa Hanson, Ina Heide, Alexander Howard, Roxanne Kallroos, Alayna Nestberg, Joshua O'Brien, Miguel Ocampo, Allyson Pawlowicz, Tanner Stomberg, Christopher Strand, Nathanael Swedberg, Merritt Theisen and Tessa Tindell.

Grade 11: Cody Bergquist, Haley Bodien, Allesha Dobmeier, Lucas Krabbenhoft, Stephen LaDuke-Fajardo, Kristie Leighton, Galen Martin, Tyler Mistic, Rebeccalyn Richardson, Taylor Sparby, Arthur Wirkus and Alexandra Ziegler.

Grade 10: Dominic Anderson andre Bell, Valerie Ferdig, Matthew Jedlicka, Zachary Jones, Skyler Knotts, Brad Kusper, Garrett Naughton, Clara Notsch, Cassidy Rockis, Kip Solberg, Madison Stelten, Garrett Theisen and Avery Waskul. Grade 9: Zachary Bodien, Dylan Dexter, Taylor Enger, Toni Ferdig, Nickolas Grundmeier, Logan Hower, Taylor Levy, Madison Liapis, Brooke Mistic, Kristina Napieralski, Jenna Nestberg, Michael O'Reilly, Matthew Patch, Elena Pfannenstein, Sadie Radke, Brittni Sorquist, Jordan Sparby, Michael Tate and Cynthia Veazey.

Grade 8: Alex Arp, Antuan Bell, Julia Bogucki, Saphire Brown, Logan Gesell, Nicole Granger, Brett Gross, Anthony Grotberg, Tristan Hendrickson, Garret Hentges, Cooper Jedlicka, Kristina Johnson, Deven Jones, Angel Merritt, Kyle Michalek, Paige Moore andrew Moris, Meghanne Nattrass, Devin Perry, Mackenzie Stenson, Tanner Templin, Linnea Tracy, Rebecca Waskul and Evan Weisert.

Grade 7: Logan Adams, Nathan Affield, Wyatt Brands, Joseph Cheney, Levi Dexter, Chelsea Dobmeier, Keilah Dufault, Conner Frenzel, Mason Frenzel, AshLee Hagen, Courtney Hedlin, Alexandria Heide, Trevor Hentges, Austindale Iceman, Tyler Jablonski, Janessa Johnson, Jami Mistic, Jonathon Napieralski, Hattie Notsch, Emma Stelten and Ian Willborg.

Community Ed classes

Indoor walking is held Tuesdays-Fridays when school is in session from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.

Wednesday Night Volleyball is held Wednesdays through April from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $3 per night and is open for anyone 16 years or older.

Karate will be held Feb. 8-May 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the elementary gym. The fee is $65 per person and is open for those 10 years and up.



Week of Feb. 7-11

MONDAY, Feb. 7 - Italian spaghetti, garden salad, garlic cheese french bread, pineapple, milk.

TUESDAY, Feb. 8 - Sub sandwich with turkey, ham, cheese, chips, fruit bar, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 9 - chicken pot pie Filling over biscuits, peas, oranges, milk.

THURSDAY, Feb. 10 - Turkey noodle soup, crackers, peanut butter and jelly or egg salad sandwich, mixed fruit, milk.

FRIDAY, Feb. 11 - Hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll, pears, milk.

Recycling R' Us

By Johanna Weidenborner, Rebekah Anderson, Nathan Anderson

Kelliher FCCLA

Recycling R' Us is the title of our Students Taking Action with Recognition event in the category of Environmental Ambassadors.

The purpose of Environmental Ambassadors is for a team to address environmental issues that adversely impact human health and well-being. Also, to actively empower others to get involved. We identified our target audience as the third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders at Kelliher Public School.

We taught the students about recycling by showing them a slide show that we created. The slide show explained to the students the facts, causes and effects of how recycling helps our planet. We also handed out surveys to all of the students to see if they recycle and what they recycle.

We created an online survey that we sent to staff at Kelliher Public School for them to complete. We have spread the word throughout our school and community about how important recycling is.

Why recycle? Recycling reduces the demand on natural resources, saves valuable landfill space and creates opportunities for new industries.

Our goal is to get the whole school and community involved in this project. Always remember Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse! We want to make a difference and you can too!

Community Ed classes

Aerobics are held each Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Old School Center gym and is free.

Trappers Education will be offered in late February if there is enough interest. If you are interested call Peggy Vollhaber at 647-8806 or e-mail her at before Feb. 10.

Social Dancing will be held Feb. 7 and 28 from 7-9 p.m. in the Kelliher School gym. The fee is $15 per person.

There is open gym every Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in the Kelliher School gym. The fee is $1 per person or $5 per family.

Scrapbooking and photo organizing will be held Feb. 8 from 5-9 p.m. in the media center. This is free of charge and supplies are available for purchase as you need them.



Week of Feb. 7-11

MONDAY, Feb. 7 - Lasagna, cole slaw, garlic toast, pears, milk.

TUESDAY, Feb. 8 - Cheeseburger mac, green beans, sandwich, peaches, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 9 - Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn, sandwich, milk.

THURSDAY, Feb. 10 - Breakfast wrap, juice, milk.

FRIDAY, Feb. 11 - Hot dogs, wedges, baked beans, donut, oranges, milk.

Former student named Teacher of the Year

By Autumn Rankin

The Mustang Express

"Going to school felt like family - everyone really cared about each other," said Mrs. Marti Waller. Waller who was recently voted Teacher of the Year by the local EA.

As a kid, Waller enjoyed coming to school here in Northome. She enjoyed her classes, including journalism, working on the yearbook and participating in the plays.

All of the staff had the chance to nominate who they thought should be teacher of the year and then the nominations were compiled and voted on. When Waller found out that she was the teacher of the year she said she was very surprised.

She also said, "This award means a lot to me but this award is not my goal in teaching, I am here for the students and they are my biggest reward. I accept this honor on behalf of all the staff at Northome School, each and every person who works in our school makes this a place where students are top priority. The staff at the Northome School helps me to be the teacher that I strive to be. I am incredibly proud of our school."

Waller was inspired to be a teacher in second grade by her teacher, Mrs Hanson, who told her she would make a good teacher someday. All of her teachers have been an influence on the teacher she is now.

She wanted to teach in Northome because of everything Northome gave to her, she wanted to give back what she could and leave a legacy. She has been teaching here for 11 years now and cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by.

Waller has a degree in Elementary Education with and emphasis in Special Education from Bemidji State University. She also has a license in teaching students with specific learning disabilities-grades K-12. She is also currently taking online classes to earn a license to teach students who are within the Developmental Cognitively Delayed category. She can currently teach all students with special needs but it is helpful to have the license. Over the years she has worked with at least five different categories.

Waller needs to stay upbeat and motivated for her students. She is also generally just an upbeat person. Attitude is a huge part of progress. She has to keep her students with a positive attitude so that they will have a better chance of learning the information that she's trying to teach.

This seems like it could be a lot of stress in and out of the classroom, but Waller has learned over the years how to separate work from home. When she first started she brought a lot of things home with her and did a lot of studying, researching and worrying for her students. Realizing that she wasn't being the teacher she could be if she had separation between work and home.

When she is at work she works hard to get as much done as she possibly can so that when she gets home in the evening she can drop her bag by the door and separate work from family. She has some down time with her family and later she takes work out in the evening. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family, baking, taking pictures of her girls, reading, scrap booking and many other activities.

She is inspired every day by her students. Every little thing is just as important to her as the big things. The students keep her motivated to keep teaching by the way they are so excited when they learn something new. She compared the child's face when they learn something new to the twinkling of Christmas lights or a bonfire. You don't want to look away and you can get mesmerized by the excitement they feel.

About Students

The Bemidji State University Department of Nursing will officially induct the following students into the cohort of the four year baccalaureate program Feb. 19:

Sarah Notsch, sophomore nursing student from Blackduck; Katie Pfannenstein, sophomore nursing student from Hines; Kayla Vollhaber, sophomore nursing student from Kelliher and Audrey Brasel, a senior psychology student from Waskish.


The following students have been named to the Minnesota State University Moorhead dean's list:

Blackduck: Meghan Anderson, Elementary Inclusive Education and Samantha Bruers, Mass Communications. Kelliher: Corey Bronczyk, Construction Management and Dana Lucas, Nursing. Northome: Zachary Jaszczak, Operations Management. Tenstrike: Linsey Ness, Earth Science Education, Geosciences.


Jacob Larsen of Blackduck, has been named to the President's List at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Pioneer staff reports