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ATWATER — Marv Berger’s high school wood shop class was so crowded that there weren’t enough tools to go around, so students were asked if anyone was interesting in doing a special project. “I’ve always wanted to design a house,” he told his teacher at Milaca High School. The teacher guided him through what he needed to do to finish the drawings. Years later, Berger, 66, is still doing that in his own business, Marv’s Drafting Service. After high school, he studied architectural drafting in Canby until he was drafted.
WILLMAR — An Adult Basic Education program available since 2008 on Ridgewater College’s Hutchinson campus opened this month in Willmar. With the just-finished remodeling and reorganization of the Willmar campus, the college now has room available for Career and College Readiness classes on campus. The Glacial Lakes Consortium of ABE expansion to Room B62 on the Willmar campus has made assistance available for students preparing for the Accuplacer test.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities will host a “Night in the ‘20s” dinner party Saturday. The event will raise funds to help members of the CEO class with the cost of starting their own businesses this spring. The class includes 15 students from the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, New London-Spicer and Willmar high schools. The dinner will be 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Willmar Conference Center. Guests have been asked to dress in 1920s-style clothing.
WILLMAR — Listening may be the most important skill in having a conversation with a person of another culture, according to retired pastor the Rev. Ron Duty. Last week, Duty and the Rev. Joseph Bocko led a group of more than 175 people through exercises designed to give them ideas for talking with someone from another culture. The Cross-Cultural Conversation was held at the Willmar Middle School. The gathering was sponsored by Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040, Willmar Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Willmar Community Education and Recreation.
WILLMAR — Willmar school officials have begun to discuss the possibility of starting high school and middle school classes later in the day. Administrators have read the latest research and decided to bring it up at a Willmar School Board meeting last week.
WILLMAR — The public is invited to attend a Cross-Cultural Conversation for Community Engagement on Wednesday. The gathering is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Willmar Middle School, 201 Willmar Ave.
WILLMAR — Dale Fladeboe, of Willmar, has been inducted into the Minnesota Auctioneers Hall of Fame. A hall of fame winner is announced each year at the organization’s annual convention. Last year’s winner, Al Wessel of Long Prairie said of Fladeboe in a news release: “We live in a world in which you need contracts to do business. I have done business with this man myself, and I can tell you that with him you do not need a contract.
WILLMAR — People seem to really like you, Willmar Public Schools. A recent random sample survey released this week indicates that the district’s residents are happy with academic offerings and teachers. A big chunk of the voting-age population may not even mind some sort of tax increase, if the need is clear to them. The results of the Morris Leatherman Co. survey were detailed for the Willmar School Board Monday evening. The survey asked residents’ views of the school district in general and about three building and remodeling projects the School Board is studying.
WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board has adopted a resolution asking the state Legislature to allow a pre-Labor Day start to the next school year. The state has required public schools to start after Labor Day for several decades. In recent years, some school districts have received permission to start in August. This school year, 50 of the state’s 328 school districts were able to start early. This year, Labor Day is Sept. 7, making Sept. 8 the first day of school. Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard said he would prefer to start the school year on Aug. 31, the Monday before Labor Day.
Due to poor weather, the Willmar School District has pulled its buses from rural bus routes. Children are being returned to the school buildings, and parents may pick them up there. Most children will be at their schools, except senior high students will be at Willmar Middle School. Children who live in the city of Kandiyohi have been taken home.