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EDUCATION: Blackduck locker room renovations move forward, new football coach hired for Drakes

BLACKDUCK -- A locker room renovation project at Blackduck High School is ready to begin this summer.

The Blackduck Public Schools’ board accepted a $326,000 slate of bids for the project on Monday. School district leaders plan to meet with the contractors they selected to hammer out logistics -- who starts building what and when -- and hope to have the project finished before fall sports begin in mid-August.

Superintendent Mark Lundin said the bids totaled about $35,000 less than expected, and the district doesn’t plan to dip into its general fund reserves unless the total project’s costs exceed about $350,000. Administrators there plan to use money from the district’s deferred maintenance and long-term facilities and maintenance funds to pay for the renovations, both of which are set aside specifically for projects like the locker room one.

The renovations would add individual showers in the boys and girls locker rooms, replace the floors and plumbing, and add a common area and training room.

New football coach

The board also voted to hire a new football coach for the 2017-18 season.

Daniel Hangaard will lead the Drakes on the field and teach health and physical education in the classroom. He’ll also teach one or two sections of drivers education, Lundin added, which means those classes could be offered in-school, rather than as an extra-curricular.

Hangaard’s coaching salary will be $3,625. He lives in Yuma, Ariz., and is a graduate of Valley City State in North Dakota. The Drakes finished 1-7 last season.

Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen covers education and health for the Bemidji Pioneer.

He is a Minneapolis native and a 2009 graduate of St. John's University. Before moving to Bemidji, Bowen covered education, local politics, crime, and everything in between for the Perham Focus in Perham, Minnesota, and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis.

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