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Week of March 6-9

TUESDAY, March 6 - Chicken wraps with lettuce, cheese, Ranch and salsa, corn, reaches, bread slice, milk variety.

WEDNESDAY, March 7 - Cheeseburger, fries, broccoli slaw, tropical mixed fruit, bread slice, milk variety.

THURSDAY, March 8 - Italian dunkers, cheesy bread, peas, rosy applesauce, milk variety.

FRIDAY, March 9 - Shrimp, mashed potatoes, butter, green beans, mandarin oranges, blueberry muffin, bread slice, milk variety.

Drake speakers bring home another trophy

The Drakes Speech Team traveled to the Bemidji Lumberjack Speech tournament Feb. 25 where they brought home the team trophy for fifth place out of 25 teams in a highly competitive event.

Blackduck had one champion -- Matthew Jedlicka in Drama. This was Matt's fourth straight championship!

Other medalists included Tyler Dobmeier, taking third in Great Speeches; Maile Olson, earning third in Original Oratory and Michaela Holmgren, bringing home the fifth place medal in Storytelling.

Non-placing finalists were Madison Stelton and Maddie Stomberg - both in Creative Expression; Emily Biberg in Humor; Katie O'Rourke in Prose and Kristie Slindee in Storytelling.

Honorable Mention ribbons were awarded to Cindy Veazey, Sasha Pfannenstein and Julia Bogucki - all in Drama; Jenna Nestberg in Humor; Madison Liapis in Informative Speaking and Shalynne Bogucki in Poetry.

After the tournament, the American Legion Auxiliary Post #372, held the 12th annual fund-raising dinner for the speech team. The coaches and team all enjoyed the delicious meatloaf dinner with many community members turning out to show their support and speech parents providing desserts.

Community Ed

Ceramics will be held Feb. 28 and March 13 from 6-8 p.m. The fee is $10 plus materials.

Clay Basics -- Introduction to polymer clay will be held March 13 and 20 from 6-8:30 p.m. The fee is $10 and is payable to Community Ed. There is also a $10 free for materials.

Wednesday Night Volleyball will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the high school gym. This is for anyone age 16 and up and the fee is $3 per night.

Call Blackduck Community Ed for complete details at 835-5241.

Scholarships available

Scholarships available in the high school office:

Sanford Clinic Bemidji Scholarship: Seniors who plan to pursue careers in some area of the medical field. Deadline is March 15.

Debbie & Janet Foundation Scholarship: Seniors graduating from Blackduck High School. Deadline is May 4.

James J. Wychor Scholarship: Seniors who desire to seek an eventual career in electronic media or broadcasting. Deadline is June 30.

Mike Staples Memorial Scholarship: Seniors pursuing post-secondary education in natural resource areas or criminal justice area, or other related careers. Deadline is April 13.

Important Dates

March 6: Rainy River Community College Representative 8:30 a.m.

March 23: End of third quarter



Week of March 5-9

MONDAY, March 5 - Beef barley soup, vegetables, sandwich, apple, milk.

TUESDAY, March 6 - Chicken dinner.

WEDNESDAY, March 7 - Pizza, green beans, bread sticks, pears, milk.

THURSDAY, March 7 - Wild rice hot dish, gr. beans, sandwich, fruit mix, milk.

FRIDAY, March 8 - No school.

Alum wins Breaking Barriers award

By Juleen Trisko

The Mustang Express

Northome High School graduate Sarah (Lorenzen) Waldo received a 2012 Breaking Barriers Award which honors women for their positive impact on girls' or women's sports programs.

Waldo currently teaches Physical Education at Kelliher School and is a 1996 Northome School graduate.

"I was really honored to be chosen for a Breaking Barriers award," she said, "but was even more honored that Mr. Alto nominated me for the award. It was great to be recognized by a co-worker."

Waldo was honored for her innovative ways of creating lessons that will lead to life-long habits. Because it is more difficult to gather for team sports regularly as people get older, Walso says it is important to introduce people to activities they can do on their own, when they can make the time.

"This is getting to be a big trend in Physical Education right now," she said. "Sometimes I think the kids think I'm crazy and they just want to play games, but as they get older I hope they realize that activities like running, aerobics, weight lifting, snowshoeing and in-line skating are things they can do to be healthier people without having to rely on others."

The award ceremony was at the capitol in St. Paul, an added gift since Waldo had never been there before. Governor Dayton spoke to a crowd gathered in the rotunda.

"It was a little overwhelming to stand in front of all of the people," Waldo said. "They were celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Title IV so it was great to hear the stories from some of the other female award winners who had to overcome the "obstacle" of being born female so they could participate in sport activities."

Waldo noted that her father, Mike Lorenzen, her former P.E. teacher has been a great influence in life. "I have definitely followed in his footsteps," she said. "As I was standing in the capitol receiving my award I really thought dad should be standing next to me because he is the reason I was there."

Lorenzen has been developing his program at Northome for past 37 years, "doing activities for years that most schools are just starting to pick up," Waldo noted.

Waldo has adopted his philosophy on teaching. "He has always thought it was important to teach the importance of lifetime activities. I don't think people always realize how great a program he has."

Now as a collegue, Waldo enjoys bouncing ideas back and forth with her father. She said, "I'm sure our families get sick of hearing us talk. Dad gets in-line skates and archery, I get in-line skates and archery. I get snowshoes and start Insanity, Dad gets snowshoes and Insanity."

School welcomes new business manager

By Shelby Barrieau

The Mustang Express

Northome School just recently acquired a new district business manager after Polly Merharr resigned and moved away.

Shawn Waldo came here from a position in Blackduck and will be in charge of the school's payroll. She also recently moved to the Northome area.

Waldo is a huge football fan. However, most students may be sad to learn, she won't be wearing any purple come footballs eason. Why is that? That's right. She is not a Viking fan at all, but a Steelers fan. So watch out Vikings fans. It looks like you have some competition!

Conference dates changed

The date for the Thursday night Parent/Teacher Conferences has been changed from March 8 to March 15, due to the boys' basketball Section Tournament game March 8.

That will be the only change to the current school calendar. March 9 will remain a day without school for students.

March 9, there will be Parent/Teacher Conferences in the morning and a teacher workshop in the afternoon. Morning Conferences will be held March 9 from 8-11:30 a.m. Evening conferences have been changed from March 8 to March 15 from 4-8 p.m.



Week of March 5-9

MONDAY, March 5 - Chicken patty on a bun, tater tots, mixed vegetables, grapes, milk.

TUESDAY, March 6 - Hot dog, baked beans, kettle chips, banana, milk.

WEDNESDAY, March 7 - Italian spaghetti, green beans, cole slaw, French bread, pineapple, milk.

THURSDAY, March 8 - BBQ ribs on a bun, hashbrowns, corn, Rice Krispie bar, milk.

FRIDAY, March 9 - Macaroni and cheese, green beans, apple crisp with whipped cream, milk.

About Students

Ashley Girtz, Amber Halverson and Brooke Lindner of Northome and Charles Shue of Kelliher have been named to the Itasca Community College Dean's List.


Joseph Ahlquist of Tenstrike, has been named to the Dean's List at Winona State University.


Karissa Korbel of Squaw Lake, has been accepted into the Naples, FL opera. She is a gradute of BSU and has been hired as the lead soprano in the chorus for Don Giovanni and Faust being performed this winter.

She will be returning the BSU this summer to play the lead in the Bemdji summer opera.