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WILLMAR -- A group of local businesses and social service agencies will host the second annual Community Connect event Monday. The event will be from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave.
WILLMAR -- A majority of people surveyed in the Willmar School District want to see school districts work together on issues of technology, but they are lukewarm to the idea of performance pay for teachers. Nearly everyone wants kids across the region to have similar educational opportunities. Willmar Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard distributed the survey results Monday at a Willmar School Board meeting.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's schools are on the road to complying with proposed federal guidelines for school lunches. But the Willmar School Board learned Monday that getting the rest of the way could be difficult if the final version of the guidelines is the same as the proposal. Willmar students already eat brown rice and whole grain bread and pasta, Food Service Director Annette Derouin said at a board workshop Monday.
WILLMAR -- Many in the area are familiar with the egg rolls Cristy Gantinao-Rieland and her sons sell at the Farmers Market each summer in Willmar. Now, her homemade Philippine cooking will be available all year. Gantinao-Rieland has opened Cristy and Sons, operating out of the commercial kitchen at the Willmar Area Multicultural Market in downtown Willmar. She offers full meals and egg rolls for takeout or delivery two days a week, The WAMM kitchen was developed to help entrepreneurs get their small businesses off the ground.
Bob the fish wasn't doing so well. He was cold, because the beaker that served as his fish bowl was sitting in a pan full of snow. His breathing had slowed, and he didn't move around as much. If a goldfish can seem unhappy, he did.
Proposed new federal nutrition guidelines proposed Thursday seem to incorporate some things Willmar has done for some time. School meals at the Willmar Public Schools have featured whole grain breads, low-fat dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables for years. Annette Derouin, director of food and nutrition services, co-uld not be reached Thursday, but she has spoken with the Tribune in the past about her efforts to maintain quality in the breakfasts and lunches that she serves.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Public Schools Foundation may become an affiliate of the Willmar Area Community Foundation. Representatives of the community foundation met with the school foundation board this week. Dean Anderson, director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation, and Ken Behm, a board member, spoke with the school foundation board members about developing a formal relationship.
It's easy to use a debit or check card for everyday expenses, but you need to stay on top of it. "You've got to make sure, if you're using a check card, yo-u're using a register," Shane Jo-hnson of Bremer Bank told juniors and seniors Tuesday at Co-mmunity Christian School. It's easy to forget to enter tra-nsactions and drain a checking account, Johnson told them. If that happens, it can affect a credit report.
WILLMAR -- Attendance boundaries for Kennedy and Roosevelt elementary schools in Willmar could be re-designed this spring, depending on enrollment patterns. Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard told the Willmar School Board on Monday that he will be studying housing and population shifts to decide if new boundaries are needed. No decisions will be made until spring, after more board discussion, he said. Currently, each of the schools has about 900 students. "That's more than I wanted at Roosevelt," Kjergaard said.
First of all, you need a good jacket, with a hood. The hood is important, because it keeps your neck from getting cold and keeps cold air from going down your neck. And remember -- layers, layers, layers. If you want advice on staying comfortable outdoors in the winter, talk to the people watching over a sea of children at a school playground. The children come and go from recess at 15-minute intervals, but Rita Phillips and her coworkers are outside on their feet for most of the three hours it takes to cycle all of Kennedy Elementary's 900 students through lunch and recess. "Keeping the