CASS LAKE—Before 1950, student transportation to the grades 1-8 Farris School was an informal arrangement. At one time, children were hauled in the back of a 1938 Chevrolet truck to the country school west of Cass Lake. Earlier still, the mode of travel was by wagon pulled by a team of horses. But in 1950, a Farris School Board member, Albert Kolkin, decided to move into the 20th Century and hire a school bus. Kolkin was Arvilla Wittner's father, so her husband, Richard, naturally, won the bus contract. "I owned my own bus, and I drove for Farris School," Richard said.
BLACKDUCK—Brenda Cassellius, state Commissioner of Education, has given school districts with four-day attendance schedules the thumbs up for next year. As of Tuesday, the commissioner approved the four-day week for the Blackduck School District and four other districts statewide for the 2015-2016 school year. "The commissioner said she is approving it because of the uncertainty of the pending legislation," said Josh Collins, communications director for the Minnesota Department of Education. Besides Blackduck, the other districts that applied at the beginning of the month and were app
When the Minnesota Future Farmers of America convention opened Sunday at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, a record number of Blackduck students, 24, competed. "I can't remember when we've had this many," said Mark Friesen, 20-year Blackduck FFA advisor and teacher."So diverse a group. I'm really proud."
Quilters share stories about the myriad patterns and traditions associated with their craft. But historical research shows much of this lore is fashioned out of whole cloth, not fact. During an April 16 program sponsored by the Blackduck Community Library with a Minnesota Legacy grant, Vickie Wendel, manager of the Anoka County Historical Society, dispelled some of these myths and told some of the true stories associated with American quilts.
The Blackduck Board of Education accepted resignations Monday and authorized hiring replacements for several members of the staff. Board members approved the resignation of Cherry Brand as junior high school volleyball coach and hiring her as head volleyball coach for the 2015-2016 school year at a salary of $3,737. They accepted the resignation of Richard Lahr as custodian, effective immediately, and approved advertising for a full-time replacement custodian.
Golfers who enjoy playing the nine-hole Blackduck course have Franklin Delano Roosevelt to thank. In 1936, a couple of Blackduck businessmen -- Lee Oberg and Fred Magnuson -- "managed to obtain" 60 acres of land near Blackduck Lake and donated the property to the city. According to Blackduck Municipal Golf Course Manager Jim Andersen, most of the early work on the project was accomplished by volunteers.
KELLIHER -- Next fall, Kelliher High School students will have the opportunity of working in a Fab Lab. Superintendent Jim Lutz said the district received a grant of $26,500 from First Technologies Inc. to develop and train teacher Eric Nord and Eric Carlson in the new curriculum.
In the middle of the afternoon of March 21, 2005, I was at my desk making calls to arrange some feature story interviews. A second line flashed, but I'm not good at interrupting one call to put another on hold. I'd let the receptionist take a message and call back. A couple of minutes later, the receptionist rushed into my cubicle holding a scribbled note on a piece of scrap paper -- "shooting at Red Lake High School." I terminated the line I was on and asked her to explain. She said someone who sounded like a boy crying had called and told her the terrible news.
Pete Ofstedal has notched four years as a teacher at Blackduck High School. But from early on in his career, he has taken a leadership role in his specialty --...
Bemidji’s Servants of Shelter first organized in 2008 with the goal of helping the area’s homeless population. The premise was simple: local churches would take turns hosting homeless people week by week during the winter. In the beginning of the project, the guests, chaperoned by volunteers, slept in Sunday school rooms and gyms on inflatable mattresses. "They had to be inflated and deflated each week, and that was hard on them," said Kay Mack, an S.O.S. steering committee member.