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Several area teachers seek help paying for materials for their classrooms through a charity website. DonorsChoose.org helps public school teachers meet their classroom needs through crowd funding. They write descriptions...
RENVILLE — Voters in the Renville County West School District will be heading to the polls again Tuesday to decide whether to approve a $5.4 million bond issue to expand the district’s K-12 school building and make some updates. If the bonds are approved, they would be used to pay for about $4.9 million in facility improvements plus interest and fees. Voters rejected the same plan in August.
Weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is forecast to be a bit gloomy in west central Minnesota with a little snow. There’s a chance of freezing drizzle followed by fog on Christmas Eve.
WILLMAR — Registration for the 2015 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is now open. Register online at plungemn.org to go “freezin’ for a reason.” The Willmar/Spicer Plunge will be 1...
UPDATE: Lines were back up as of 6:17 p.m. Tuesday. WILLMAR -- The administrative phone lines at the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department and Willmar Police Department are not working this morning. If you need to contact law enforcement, you are asked to call 911.
chool Board approved a $1.6 million 2015 school property tax levy this week. The board was to have met Monday but postponed the meeting until Wednesday because of bad weather. The board approved a levy that was about the same total as the 2014 levy, Superintendent John Dotson said in a telephone interview. The levy included $88,000 in a voter-approved levy, $1 million for the general fund, $93,000 for community education and $410,000 for debt service. The debt service levy will be used to pay the costs of employee early retirements and other post-employment benefits.
WILLMAR — Willmar’s schools have been hit hard by illness this week, with nearly one-fifth of elementary students absent mid-week. New London-Spicer schools have seen a bump in illness-related absences,...
WILLMAR — Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar has been named a 2014 Celebration School. The Minnesota Department of Education chose Kennedy and 20 other schools from among 143 schools that applied for the honor in the fall.
WILLMAR — School districts across southwestern Minnesota have lots of ways of addressing snow days. Superintendents in the Willmar area may have had to make a decision already this morning about holding classes or not with today’s forecast for freezing rain, changing to snow. Some school districts add extra instruction days to their school calendar, while others build in several vacation days that can be converted to school days as needed, according to a survey conducted by the Willmar School District. “Everybody struggles,” regardless of how they address weather-related closings, said Will
WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools is seeking the public’s input before moving to cut $1 million from its general fund budget for the 2015-16 school year. The district’s general fund budget is about $50 million a year. Decisions on the cuts will be made in the spring. A survey will be on the district’s website, www.willmar.k12.mn.us , starting today. The survey asks residents what services they view as critical, important or non-essential.