Tricounty News

Heidi Lochen receives UW-Stout scholarship

Heidi Lochen of Kimball, received the Mary Thomsen Endowed Scholarship. Lochen is majoring in dietetics.

Scholarships valued at more than $600,000 were awarded to 320 University of Wisconsin-Stout students this year through the Stout University Foundation at a reception on campus Sept. 12. Many of the scholarship donors and members of the board of directors personally presented the awards.

Established in 1962, the Stout University Foundation Scholarship Program has helped more than 7,750 students receive a college education. Through the financial support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the university, the program has awarded more than $10 million.

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, is a special mission university in the UW System. The university has a long-standing reputation of serving business, industry, education and the helping professions through its specialized educational programs.

Letter to KES Principal James Houseman

I am writing today to offer my personal congratulations for Kimball Elementary‘s recent designation as a Reward School. This designation reflects the gains your school has made in proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction, and graduation rates. It is also a reflection of you and your staff’s tireless efforts to improve outcomes for students.

As a former teacher, principal and superintendent, I appreciate the selfless dedication that educators devote ensuring success for the students they serve. It takes focus and commitment to put systems and strategies in place that yield the kind of results your school has shown. You and your entire team deserve sincere congratulations for this outstanding accomplishment.

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Kimball district prepares for S.O.D.

At the Oct. 23 meeting of the Kimball school board, the district’s auditor (KDV) presented the financial report for 2013; it shows the district in Statutory Operating Debt, or S.O.D. The state limits the difference between school expenditures and revenues to a 2.1-percent deficit; the Kimball district wastwice that: 4.2 percent or $255,000. 

This may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that the total yearly budget for the district is $8,073,310.

The problem is not so much overspending, however, as much as it is under-receiving. 

The crux of the problem is declining enrollment, and every student day counts.

Schools measure and report attendance as ADM, Average Daily Membership. The ADM for Kimball schools has continued a years-long trend of declining enrollment. 

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Minnesota Beef Ambassadors announced

The Minnesota CattleWomen are proud to announce that Shelby Schiefelbein (Kimball), Maria Weber (Lake Benton) and Laura Stobb (Milaca) were chosen as the 2013-2014 Senior Minnesota Beef Ambassador Team at the annual Minnesota Beef Ambassador competition.

The competition was held at the CHS Miracle of Birth Center, on the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, in conjunction with the Minnesota Beef Expo Oct. 17-20.

There were 10 senior contestants ages 16-19, who were judged in the areas of consumer event, media interview technique, and issues response. Shelby Schiefelbein was chosen as the senior lead winner and is eligible to compete in the National competition next year in Denver, Colo.

This year’s contest also hosted a junior competition for youth beef industry advocates, ages 13-15. Five contestants were judged in the same three categories as the older group.

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Grandparents Day at KES Nov. 1

All grandparents who have grandchildren attending Kimball Elementary School are invited to the annual Grandparents’ Day from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.