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Week of Feb. 9-13

MONDAY, Feb. 9 - Chicken fajitas with lettuce and cheese, corn, pears, bread slice.

TUESDAY, Feb. 10 - Hotdog, baked beans, curly fries, apple crisp, bread slice.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11 - Chicken wild rice soup, crackers, lettuce, ham and cheese, mixed fruit, bread slice.

THURSDAY, Feb. 12 - Italian dunkers, cheesy bread, green beans, pineapple.

FRIDAY, Feb. 13 - Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, rosy applesauce, bread slice.

Honor roll

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

Grade 12: Taylor Bodien, Tricia Bogart, Olivia Cease, Chelsea Decker, Kristina Delaney, Annette Floura, James Gannon, Anthony Hoffman, Brandon Klug, Anne Kunkel, Jacob Lien, Danielle Llewellyn, Shelby Lossing, Brett Mistic, Michael Peterson, Robert Petko, Jacob Schocker, Hannah Schuman, Tyler Stomberg, Alexi Swedberg, Ryan Tjepkes and Jessica Willborg.

Grade 11: Katie Slindee and Cassandra Stroeing.

Grade 10: Charles Biberg, Connor Cease, Amanda Fernandez, Catherine Frenzel, Tisheena Freyholtz, Erin Haws, Kami Imdieke, Nicholas Liapis, Timothy McCumber, Joshua Mostad, Katie Olafson, Ashley Stomberg and Tanner Stomberg.

Grade 9: Kaye Bodien, EmmaLeigh Brown, Eli Burns, Lucas Krabbenhoft, Aaron Nissen and Alexandra Ziegler.

Grade 8: Dominic Anderson, Andre Bell, James Bruno, Shane Fenske, Morgan Jung, Courtney Kovall, Tatum Mistic, Garrett Naughton and Joseph Petko.

Grade 7: Colton Bales, Mariah Bremer, Noah Burns, Jacob Krabbenhoft, Brooke Mistic, Caleb Mostad, Jenna Nestberg, Maile Olson, Michael O'Reilly, Matthew Patch, Sadie Radke, Kristie Slindee, Shelby Sorheim, Brittni Sorquist, Kennedy Stomberg and Trey Volk.

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

Grade 12: Jacob Arhart, Samantha Bruers, Sylvia Budde, Preston Cajahuaman, Ross Cardenas, Chantz DeJean, Ethan Eckstrom, Bridjett Ferdig, Anthony Gross, Kirsten Johnson, Jacob Larsen, Alexandra Liapis, Kayla O'Rourke, Kendra Skaug, Robert Washington and Ruth Woodward.

Grade 11: Nicholas Andreas, James Bettin, Cassandra Bonar, Amelia Dernier, Kyle Douglas, Brianne Heist, Cody Jones, Todd Kallroos, Kelsea Lien, Tawnya Lucken, Jake Olafson, Dylan Radke, Siera Savich, Kelsey Tjepkes, Kathryn Vocke and Rose Wirkus.

Grade 10: Ian Anderson, Brandon Beck, Shannon Budde, Michael Dexter, MollieAnn Exner, Christa Hanson, Danielle Heide, Ina Heide, Alexander Howard, Brock Howard, Christopher Howard, Jamie Magoon, Nikita Maksakov, Samantha Mistic, Miguel Ocampo Soriano, Christopher O'Reilly, Rachel Peterson, Faith Pomp, Johanna Pomp, Alexander Schuman, Nathanael Swedberg, Merritt Theisen, Tessa Tindell and Benjamin Ware.

Grade 9: Cody Bergquist, Haley Bodien, Zechariah Bradach, Hannah Brown, Peter Fraley, Galen Martin, Tyler Mistic, Kayla Olson, Taylor Sparby and Nolan Vorderbruggen.

Grade 8: Joseph Coller, Valerie Ferdig, Justine Frenzel, Brady Gross, Carmen Imdieke, Matthew Jedlicka, Zachary Jones, Saleena Normanleier, Clara Notsch, Katie O'Rourke, Cassidy Rockis, Kip Solberg, Mitchell Sparby, Madison Stelten, Garrett Theisen, Avery Waskul and Brittney Yeazle.

Grade 7: Zachary Bodien, Heide Campbell-Eckdahl, Destiny Eckdahl, Jared Eckstrom, Cassandra Ferdig, Toni Ferdig, Janelle Glynn, Jodi Grundmeier, Nickolas Grundmeier, Carissa Houck, Nathan Jablonski, Dana LaDuke-Fajardo, Taylor Levy, Madison Liapis, Chelsey Lossing, Kristi Mills, Kristina Napieralski, Kirah Nelson, Elena Pfannenstein, Jordan Sparby, Reinhard Taylor, Jeremiah Teets and Alexandra Tindell.

Academic Letter Awards presented

Academic Letter Awards were presented at a brunch Feb 4 to the following:

Sophomore Charles Biberg; juniors James Bettin, Cassandra Bonar, Katie Slindee, Cassandra Stroeing, Austin Stuart and Kelsey Tjepkes. Seniors Taylor Bodien, Tricia Bogart, Samantha Bruers, Olivia Cease, Kristina Delaney, James Gannon, Ana Gustafson, Kirsten Johnson, Brandon Klug, Brett Mistic, Kayla O'Rourke, Michael Peterson, Hannah Schuman, Tyler Stomberg, Danielle Theisen and Jessica Willborg.

Speech News

Speech coach Jennifer Parker rook 12 students from Blackduck to Marshall for the Schwan's Spectacular Interstate Speech Meet Jan. 29-31. "It was very competitive and HUGE," said Parker. "More than 800 kids and only the top 24 advance to quarter finals, then 12 to semi-finals and six to finals.

"We had just one break to quarter finals and that was Katie Slindee in Informative Speaking. We were pleased with the results," Parker said.

Fashion Show set

Blackduck High School is having their second annual fashion show fundraiser Feb. 7.

This year's event titled Fashion for Sport & Leisure will begin at 11 a.m. in the multi-purpose room of the high school. Tickets can be purchased at the door for just $8. The ticket price includes a lunch of Raphael's Bakery soup and salad.

Come and see fashions from stores such as J.C. Penney, Deb, Maurices, Gander Mountain, Bemidji Woolen Mills, Patterson's Men's Wear and more.

Scholarship info

Scholarships available in the high school office:

• US Bank Internet Scholarship: Seniors attending an accredited two or four-year college next fall. Apply online at Deadline Feb. 28.

• High School Oratorical Scholarship Program: For more information look on the Legion website at

• KFC Colonel's Scholarship: Seniors with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and pursuing a bachelors degree. Apply online at Deadline: Feb. 10.

• Farm Credit Service Scholarship: Seniors who are from an actively farming or ranching family OR planning to pursue an agricultural. Deadline March 1.

Foundation of Rural Service: Seniors with at least a C grade point average and plan on returning to work in a rural area after graduation. Deadline March 1.

Minnesota PTA Scholarship: Seniors with a GPA of at least 2.5 and planning on pursuing a career in education. Deadline: March 1.

Community Ed classes

The following information is for adult classes that will be taking place at Blackduck Community Education.

Passport Fair will be held Feb. 18 from 6-8 p.m. in the commons. Fee amount will vary so call Community Ed. for fees and please register by Feb. 11.

Judo will be held March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and April 1, 6, 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the wrestling room. The fee is $20 per individual or $45 per family. Please register by Feb. 23.

Gift Card Holder Workshop will be held March 7 from 10 a.m.-noon in the commons. Material costs are to be paid to the instructor. Register by Feb. 20.

Adult Basic Education and ESL is held each Wednesday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Blackduck Resource Center.

For more information, questions and to register, call 835-5241 or email:



Week of Feb. 9-13

MONDAY, Feb. 9 - Italian spaghetti, cole slaw, green beans, french bread, pears, milk.

TUESDAY, Feb. 10 - Bacon cheeseburger, french fries, mixed vegetables, oranges, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11 - Chicken nuggets, hashbrowns, dinner roll, fresh baby carrots, pineapple, milk.

THURSDAY, Feb. 12 - Turkey gravy over mashed potatoes, dressing, corn, dinner roll, surprise dessert, milk.

FRIDAY, Feb. 13 - No school.

Honor roll

The following students have been named to the second quarter middle level and high school honor roll:

Distinguished Students: Grade Six - Shannon Head and Breanna Salmonson. Grade Eight - Shelene Head, Katey Lutz, Cassie Vollhaber and Johanna Weidenborner. Grade Nine - Alisha Gehlert. Grade 10 - Deborah Mayers and Kristi Geerdes. Grade 11 - Brittany Hand. Grade 12 - Raymond Adams, Brent Gilge and Kayla Vollhaber.

A Honor Roll: Grade Six - Cheyanne Franks, Steven Mayers and Samuel Thilbert. Grade Seven - Mark Geerdes, Tierney Gilge, Kelly Heck, Carrieann Mortenson and Paula Pearsall. Grade Eight - Wyatt Jensen, Maranda Pula and Tanner Salmonson. Grade 10 - Caitlyn Duresky, Megan Poxleitner and Jeffrey Wickham. Grade 11 - Alex Gehlert, Leah Gruber, Torey Salmonson, Charlie Schuh, Tanner Schuh and Sonny Whitefeather.

B Honor Roll: Grade Six - Nathan Anderson, Donald Lindquist, Mitchell Nistler and Dylan Villaran. Grade Seven - Jarrett Burns and Douglas Schuh. Grade Eight - Chelsey Adams and Zach Spangrud. Grade Nine - Kisha Heck, Danielle Nistler and Troy Poxleitner. Grade 10 - Rebekah Anderson, Lee Forst and Evan Nelson. Grade 11 - Evan Hanks and Danielle Poxleitner. Grade 12 - Lisa Mayers.

Conferences set

You are cordially requested to attend parent-teacher conferences scheduled for Feb. 10 from 4-8 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 4:30-8 p.m.

Elementary conferences will be held in your child's classroom; please see below your scheduled conference.

Middle level and high school conferences: Parents of middle level and high school students may attend conferences for their child/children whichever evening is convenient.

Middle level and high school teachers will be located in the big gymnasium for conferences. Carly Chaffee and Pennie Rude, Special Education teachers, will conference in their classrooms. Parents of middle level and high school students may pick up their child(ren's) class schedule in the high school office and then conference with teachers in the gymnasium.

Please note that there will be a full day of class for students in grades kindergarten through 12th on the conference days. There will be no school in session Feb. 13 for all students and Feb. 16.

Parents of students in grades 6-12, please note: As stated from the Student Handbook: Students whose parents attend parent teacher conferences and conference with the teacher for the class in which the student does not want to take a semester test for the semester in question, will be allowed to miss three class periods or less and not take semester tests (providing the student has a C- average in that class).

The purpose of these conferences is to create a better understanding of the child's progress and work in school. It also provides an opportunity for the parents, teachers and administration to meet and develop a better understanding of our school and educational program.

Please plan to attend conferences or let the school know if you are unable to attend.

Please note that school will be released at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

The teachers will be attending a workshop.

Mrs. Kindem and Mrs. Nissen will be at conferences Feb. 10 but will not be at conferences Feb. 12.

Mrs. Mostad will be in the gymnasium during conferences. Parents of elementary students that need to conference with her can feel free to find her in the gymnasium.

The FCCLA will be offering free babysitting in the FACS room during the regularly-scheduled conference hours.

Mixed Blood Theatre's Dr. King's Dream comes to Kelliher

In conjunction with The Year of Respect theme at the Kelliher School, Dr. King's Dream, Mixed Blood theatre's acclaimed celebration of the life and career of Dr. Martin Luther King, was performed for all students and staff at the Kelliher School Feb. 2. It was sponsored by the Kelliher School and the Blandin Foundation.

Dr. King's Dream features Warren C. Bowles in a stirring solo performance that movingly chronicles King's career from its beginning during the Montgomery bus strike to his death in Memphis. It captures all of the dignity, courage, devotion, and humanity of a unique American leader.

Both the external events in King's career (the marches in Selma and Birmingham, winning the Nobel Peace Prize) and his thoughts on topics ranging from Malcolm X to the police to President Kennedy are included, as his soaring "I Have A Dream" speech. Yet for all of the historical significance, what emerges is the spirit of a man dedicated to equality through non-violence, to an ideal, and to a dream.

Dr. King's Dream is produced by the Mixed Blood Theatre Company from its home in a century-old Minneapolis fire station. Founded in 1976 and dedicated to the spirit of Dr. King's dream, Mixed Blood is a multi-racial professional company promoting cultural pluralism, individual equality, and artistic excellence.

Warren Bowles, the talented actor featured in Dr. King's Dream, has been a member of Mixed Blood's company since 1977. a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he received his Master's in Theatre at the University of Minnesota.

In 1984, he became the first African American to play the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac, adding it to his scores of credits at Mixed Blood. Warren has played Dr. King, Paul Robeson, and Jackie Robinson on tour for Mixed Blood since 1980, visiting 20 states and performing for over 1.1 million people. He has also appeared Off-Broadway, at the Guthrie and Cricket Theatres in Minneapolis the American Players' Theatre in Spring Green (WI) and with other companies across the country.

Community Ed classes

Snowfun Sundays at Buena Vista will be held Feb. 8, March 1 and March 8 from 1-6 p.m. There are special rates for lift tickets, ski and snowboarding rentals and tubing passes. Call Diana Jones at 647-8914 to register.

Woodworking class size is limited from three-six participants. The cost is $15 per student per time. Contact Greg Kosbau at 647-8286 for starting dates and times.

Welding and Metal Fabrication is yet to be determined. Fee, starting date and time may very according to class size. Contact Kosbau at the school for more information.

Arts and Crafts will be after school in once a month sessions. The fee is $5 per participants for each event. Sign up as soon as possible so that you may get the correct amount of supplies which may be obtained.

Breakfast At Applebee's will be held Feb. 21 from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee's in Bemidji. Tickets are a $6 donation for each attendee. Call Sabrina at 333-8262 for more information or to purchase tickets or you can call Jones at 647-8914.

Adult Basic Education/ GED. Community Education has secured an Adult Basic Education instructor IF there is interest in our communities. Adult basic education is not JUST for people who want to earn their GEDs. This is for anyone who is interested in earning a GED or are in need of help writing resumes, letters of application, budgeting, family learning or basic computer skills. This is no-cost, free education with individualized instruction.



Week of Feb. 9-13

MONDAY, Feb. 9 - Build your own, chips, juice, bar, milk.

TUESDAY, Feb. 10 - Meatball sub, french fries, peas, peaches, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11 - Chicken soup, sandwich, vegetables, apple, milk.

THURSDAY, Feb. 12 - Sloppy joes, chips, corn, pears, milk.

FRIDAY, Feb. 13 - No school.


Monday: Girls basketball in Kelliher against Littlefork, all levels, 5:45 p.m. and boys basketball at Lake of the Woods, all levels, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Junior high Knowledge Bowl at Bemidji at 4 p.m.

Wednesday: School board meeting in Northome in the ITV room at 7 p.m.; PTO meeting at 3:30 p.m. and PTO ice cream day.

Thursday: Parent-teacher conferences from 4-8 p.m.

Friday: Girls basketball in Clearbrook, all levels at 5 p.m. There is no school because of a teacher workshop and elementary parent teacher conferences.

Community Ed classes

Open Gym will be at Northome School Sundays from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $1 per person or a maximum of $5 per family. Gym open for use as well as the weight room.

Sunday Cross Country Skiing on the school forest trails which will be groomed and ready to use. Skis, boots and poles are available to rent from the school if needed for $5. You may pick out your gear with Shannon Avenson or Jane Bloom at the school from 2:30-3 p.m. and enjoy the trails until 4:30 p.m.

All other Sundays in February, the time will change to 3:30-4 p.m. for equipment pick up and you may enjoy the trails until 5:30 p.m. Please call Bloom at 897-5275, ext. 140 with any questions.

Art Club will be held in the high school art room Mondays 3:30-5:30 p.m. The fee is $5 per meeting.

Indoor Walking will be Monday-Friday when school is in session from 7-8 a.m. and 3:35-5:30 p.m. There is no fee. Please sign in at the office each time you come to walk.

Community Ed Advisory Committee. Do you have some great ideas for the future of Northome Community Education program? Please join their Advisory Committee to voice your opinions. Contact Bloom to be a part of the next meeting.

About Students

The BSU Wind Ensemble is a comprised of 35 students, both music majors and non-music majors.

The group traveled Winnipeg Nov. 12 and performed six times a five schools in the city. The schools were College Jeanne-Sauve, Glenlawn Collegiate, John Taylor Collegiate, Charleswood Junior High, Vincent Massey Collegiate. They also did three workshops with students.

Karissa Korbel of Squaw Lake is a senior music education major.


The Bemidji State University Percussion Ensemble is a musical group open to all students, with a goal of allowing participants to have fun while learning about music.

Participating is Dustin Poxleitner of Kelliher. He is a freshman and is undecided on a major.


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

Blackduck: Ian Cole, English. Hines: Lindsey Bradseth, English Education and James Taylor, Finance. Kelliher: Corey Bronczyk, Construction Management. Northome: Patrick Winkle, Mass Communications. Puposky: Andrew Jason, Mass Communications. Squaw Lake: Natalie Petersen-Menefee, anthropology.