While Central Minnesotans may have had their eyes glued to televisions the past couple of weeks watching coverage of the missing Malaysian jetliner, one local
man had his eyes riveted on the actual search.
Navy Capt. Sean Liedman, son of Bill and Barb Liedman of Kimball, is the leader of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing -11 aboard Jacksonville Naval Air Base now situated in Perth, Australia. One of the unit’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft is one of the primary U.S. planes searching the southern quadrant for Flight 370.
Meanwhile, Capt. Liedman’s parents, Bill and Barb Liedman, have been following their son’s activities with great interest and pride.
“He still considers himself a kid from Kimball,” his father said last week. “He considers Kimball his home.”
“It’s unbelievable how he’s climbed the ladder so fast,” Bill Liedman said of his son’s assent in the naval ranks.
As of their Feb. 19 meeting, the Kimball School Board had received 16 applications for superintendent, the position to begin with the 2014-15 school year. The field of candidates has been narrowed to the top 10, and six will be interviewed next Tuesday and Wednesday. The new superintendent should be in place to start July 1.
Dennis Abernathy requested a third year of leave of absence; he is currently teaching in Dassel-Cokato. The board declined his request, stating that he is welcome to apply for any job in the district, like anyone else.
Laurie Hunt, long-time high school secretary, will begin phasing in retirement, starting July 1.
Kathy Ahlrich was hired as part-time elementary secretary starting March 1; Mary Faber is phasing in her retirement, and Kathy will fill that position.
The board’s budget committee will meet in April and May to discuss proposed budget cuts and create a reduction timeline.
The next board meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Meetings are open to the public.
Kimball/EV-W Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is celebrating the young child with an upcoming special event:
Rocking & Rolling with ECFE - Celebration of the Young Child
In celebration of the young child, Kimball/EV-W Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is hosting a FREE vehicle fair for area families with young children age birth to 5 (not yet in kindergarten). Spend an evening exploring a variety of unique vehicles including an ambulance, fire and rescue truck, police car, school bus, and farm equipment. There will also be some “rock” and “roll” crafts to make and take home.
• Monday, March 31, from
6-7 p.m. at Watkins Elementary parking lot
• Tuesday, April 1, from
6-7 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church parking lot in Kimball
In order to recognize achievement, outstanding progress, and responsible behavior in our student body, grade-level teams made up of teachers select one Kimball Area High School student in each grade to be recognized as the Student of the Month. The monthly winners are recognized in school, on the school website, and in the Tri-County News. They also receive a Dairy Queen gift certificate and Chamber Bucks from the Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks to Annandale’s Dairy Queen and the Kimball Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this program. The following students are recognized for February 2014:
Students at Kimball Elementary School were treated to a yo-yo master, Gary Garland, Thursday, March 13.
Never give up
Do your best
That’s the message of NED.
Using yo-yo tricks, Garland encouraged students to be a champion in school and in life. Teachers are here to transfer knowledge to students, and students need to do their best to accept it.
Garland and the NED Show came to Kimball as a volunteer.
Staff photo by Stephanie Johnson.