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WILLMAR -- A committee of citizens is gearing up to build support for the Nov. 8 operating levy referendum for the Willmar School District. The district is seeking a renewal of a $498.49-per-pupil levy that has been in effect for 10 years. The levy would not in-crease scho-ol property ta-xes.
The Willmar School District has developed a list of things that will be preserved if a Nov. 8 levy passes instead of a list of programs that might be cut if it fails. Voters in the referendum will be asked to renew a $498.49-per-pupil operating levy that is about to expire after 10 years. Renewing the levy will not cause an increase in school property taxes. Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard distributed his list of programs to maintain at Monday's School Board meeting. The district will operate one polling place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board has decided to send a counteroffer to the city of Willmar, which has made an offer for the southern half of the Garfield School property in southwest Willmar. The board closed its regular meeting Monday to discuss the offer. The board directed Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard to deliver the counteroffer to city officials today.
Like practically all of us, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson can recall the details of Sept. 11, 2001, without much prompting. He remembers sending his staff home shortly after the second plane hit the World Trade Center in New York. "Nobody knew what was happening," he said, so he decided it would be safer for everyone to go home. Peterson headed for home himself, and the plane hit the Pentagon while he was driving. In a day before Blackberries were common and Twitter wasn't on the scene, communication was slower, even from Capitol security.
Andy Sampson should have been studying that day in late 2005, but he needed to write. Once he started he couldn't stop. What resulted was a 2,000-word essay detailing the morning of Sept.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board will probably not discuss the potential sale of the Garfield school building until its Oct. 10 meeting. According to a release from Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard, the Islamic Society of Willmar had not responded to a counteroffer from the district by Wednesday. The district had made an informal request that the society respond by then so that the district would have time to prepare documents for the Monday board meeting.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board will probably not discuss the potential sale of the Garfield school building until its Oct. 10 meeting. According to a release from Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard, the Islamic Society of Willmar had not responded to a counteroffer from the district by Wednesday. The district had made an informal request that the society respond by then, so the district would have time to prepare documents for the Monday board meeting. If the society accepts the counteroffer, the potential sale would most likely be discussed again at the next regular meeting on Oct.
WILLMAR -- The Islamic Society of Willmar made an offer on Aug. 9 to purchase the northern half of the Garfield School property in southwest Willmar. The Willmar School Board announced the name of the potential buyer after an hour-long closed meeting this morning to discuss the offer. The name had not been disclosed before today. School Board Vice Chairman Mike Reynolds said the board had discussed a counteroffer during the closed meeting and would send that to the Islamic Society.
The African Development Center of Minneapolis will open a satellite office in Willmar in the coming week, signaling a significant investment in the community. The ADC is a non-profit community development and commercial lending agency that seeks to help newcomers gain financial understanding and independence. Its Willmar office will serve Somali communities in Willmar, St. Cloud and Marshall. Abdirizak Mahboub will be moving to Willmar in the next week to run the office. His wife and three children will join him later in September. The center purchased the building at 516 Litchfield Ave.
Robotic competitions are now an extracurricular activity listed by the Minnesota State High School League. The league made the announcement Thursday at STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Robotics competitions are now operated by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST and the league will work in partnership to promote robotics as an extracurricular activity. The league will promote the FIRST Robotics Competition among Minnesota high schools and support a state championship.