Local NewsMinute: Schools, Grants, And Cherrywood 02 Feb 18

Fischer Thankful For Saint Mary’s

It’s National Catholic Schools Week, putting Saint Mary’s of Morris in the spotlight. Tanya Fischer teaches first grade, and says, this week has been a chance to celebrate local, faith-based education.
Fischer adds these values, plus the community service projects done by Saint Mary’s students and staff, are not necessarily limited to people of faith.

MSHSL Makes Exception For Sectional Match

With one day remaining until the One-Act Play Section Match in Redwood Falls, Coach Brandon Hurley is eager for Dawson-Boyd to take the stage.
Hurley says the two months of rehearsals before and after school have paid off – it’s the first time his team has made it to this level in the program’s history. This year’s play is entitled, The Internet Is Distract – Oh, look a kitten!, the only comedy at last weekend’s sub-section match.
Due to a rules challenge, the Minnesota State High School League is allowing two other schools from last week to compete on Saturday – Morris Area High, and Hancock.

van Gogh This Year, Prince Next Year

With soft piano music in the background, the Stevens County Historical Society launched its latest exhibit last night – the Vincent van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge.
Between now and February 12, 120 quilts from from artists worldwide are on display. This summer’s challenge will be about Prince, with submissions due on July 2.
The Museum is open extended hours this weekend: From 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. today, 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on February 11.

LQPV School Showcased In Minneapolis

Appleton-Milan Elementary School has been saluted by the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA).
Three years ago, students began the “Watch Us SOAR” Program. Every time students followed the rules, or performing acts of kindness, staff put tokens in a jar, and organize reward parties when the jar is full.
Last month, the MSBA invited Principal Maureen Heinecke to be one of 22 featured “Show And Tell” speakers during their annual leadership conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The conference draws nearly 2,000 school board members and administrators statewide. SOAR stands for: Safe, On-task, Attitude, and Respect.

Greater Minnesota Cities Awarded Infrastructure Grants

Grants totaling $5.24 million were approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for infrastructure projects in four Greater Minnesota communities. DEED awarded the funding from its Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program for projects in Royalton, Brooten, Marshall and Luverne.
Under the program, DEED awards grants for up to 50 percent of the cost of public infrastructure that supports economic development outside the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.
The Brooten grant is for $1.03 million dollars. The grant will support a sewer improvement project and roadway in an existing industrial park. The total estimated project cost is $2.78 million. These improvements will expand sanitary service throughout the park and extend a water main. This project will help retain employees and open up four vacant sites for future development.