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University of Minnesota, Duluth, spring Dean’s list

From Eden Valley:

Alyssa R. Schultz, Sr, Educ & Human Service Pro, Psychology BA SC

Jeremy D. Schultz, Fr, Educ. & Human Service Pro, Exercise Science

Alexandra Theis, So, UMD-Sci & Eng. Swendon Coll of, Cell and Molecular Biology BS

From Kimball:

Kelsey Vigoren, Sr, Labovitz School of Bus & Econ, Health Care Management B B A

From South Haven:

James Chapman, So, Labovitz School of Bus & Econ, Pre Business

From Watkins:

Travis D. Eisenbacher, So, UMD-Sci. & Eng. Swenson Coll of, Cell and Molecular Biology BS

Jaron Faber, Jr, UMD-Sci & Eng. Swenson Coll of, Biology BS

Bemidji State University announces its spring semester Dean’s list 

Bemidji, Minn. Saturday,
June 27, the Spring Semester Dean’s List was released by Dr. Martin Tadlock, vice president for academic affairs at Bemidji State University, and included students from the area. Bemidji State students carrying 12 or more semester hours during any one term and earning at least 3.25 (B-plus) grade point average are listed on the Dean’s List. 

Deans List recipients are: Melissa Konz and Ryan Wieneke of Kimball, and Grant Warren of Watkins. 

Kimball FFA members attend five day conference in Deep Portage

W-Joelle-Edwards-FFA-camp-pictureLeft to right: Dalton Kampsen, Region V President, Kimball FFA members Joelle Edwards and Sami Reinert and Brandon Roiger Minnesota State FFA Reporter. Submitted photo.Kimball FFA members Sami Reinert and Joelle Edwards spent five days at the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack, Minnesota for annual State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) June 24 - 28. 

SGLC is a conference held once a year for first year FFA members. The five day camp consists of team building activities, and individual activities that focus on the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Through the week, many obstacles were faced, from losing your name tag and having to sing in front of everyone to get it back, to building each individual’s leadership and confidence, and spending time with other FFA members from all over the state.

These experiences have impacted these students and they brought back great ideas and stories for their own chapter.

“Fuel your Fire” is the theme this year for the Minnesota FFA. The Kimball FFA would like to thank everyone who has supported them throughout the years and encourages individuals to “Fuel your Fire” with the Kimball FFA.

Kimball youth help clean park

W-DSCN1286A special “thank you” to Cathy Grant and her ESY (Extended School Year) class for cleaning up Willow Creek Park last Tuesday, June 18! Pictured are, left to right, Vicki Woods, Laure Doering, Ethan Nilson, Brittany Wittrock, Brady Sanders, Tyler Anderson, Mellissa Hoffman, Christopher Reinert, Louis Wajcik, Joshua Statz, and Cathy Grant.


Kimball school board accepts clay-target shooting, robotics; increases lunch prices

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor

At its June 19 board meeting, the Kimball Area School District voted to add clay-target shooting and robotics to its array of extracurricular activities.

Clay-target shooting is the fastest growing high school sport in Minnesota. The Kimball team schedule will be coordinated through the Minnesota High School League, as are other school sports. Participation fees for the sport will remain the same as other sports. 

What is unique about this high school team sport is that they will not travel. They will compete against teams across the state with similar-sized teams (regardless of the size of the schools). They will shoot at their home base, the Kimball Rod & Gun Club, and score themselves. Their team scores then will be compared with competing teams for each match.

A robotics team for grades 9-12 will be added to Kimball’s extracurriculars. This is dependent upon the school obtaining a free starter kit from St. Cloud Technical College, and also finding a volunteer parent to be the team advisor (no technical knowledge needed).

Activities director Bruce Holmseth presented the year’s summary for sports. He thinks this past school year may be a record for State competition entries for students, in fine arts, speech, and sports.

The board decided not to leave the CMC league for a section league for football only (that might travel even more than they do now, and lose their local rivalries).

Holmseth was selected to represent 44 schools as Activities Director representative for Region 5.

Summer school at the high school is winding up (last week). Summer school at the elementary began this week.

This year’s Cubs Club (summer learning programs) was cancelled for lack of participation; only three students were signed up. Community Ed is in the process of re-evaluting and re-focusing its programs.

P.I.E. donated another $3,100 for a smartboard and projector. All classrooms at KES now have smartboards. Two more may be needed for other rooms at the school. So far, the 2013-14 kindergarten class is 54. The largest class at KES will be third grade, with 56 students expected so far.

The next meeting of the school board will be Wednesday, July 17. They plan to discuss replacing the far-west end ballfield with parking, among other topics. 

Watch next week’s paper for the minutes of the board’s June 19 meeting.

Attention: Kimball 1983 Classmates

It’s hard to believe that we will be celebrating our 30th year class reunion. A small committee has been working to plan this special event. Please hold and block off Saturday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Triple R Restaurant/Bar in Kimball.