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ST. PAUL -- The deadline to apply for help from the low-income Energy Assistance Program is May 31. According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, grant funds are still available to help pay heating bills for low-income Minnesotans -- especially seniors, people with disabilities and families with children. "While spring has finally arrived, many Minnesotans may still be struggling to pay large energy bills that built up over the extended winter," said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman in the release.
WILLMAR -- Robbie Warwick has learned something important in the Service Learning class at the Willmar Area Learning Center -- "Sticking through it even if you don't like what you're doing."
ST. PAUL — The deadline to apply for help from the low-income Energy Assistance Program is May 31. According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, grant funds...
WILLMAR -- A facility study in the Willmar Public Schools will begin in early September and last through the fall. The Willmar School Board this week discussed scheduling for the study. The district conducted a similar study about six years ago, but the situation has changed since then. Enrollment at that time was declining, and it has been increasing this school year. The bonds used to pay for the Willmar Senior High in the 1990s will be paid off in another year.
WILLMAR -- Elementary students in Willmar will begin their learning 15 minutes earlier in the next school year. The School Board voted Monday afternoon to start school at 8:15 a.m. in the district's elementary schools, beginning in September. That will add 15 minutes to each school day. Students will be expected to be in their seats, "ready to learn" at 8:15, said Cheryl Nash, the district's director of teaching and learning.
By Linda Vanderwerf email@example.com WILLMAR -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken hopes to see bipartisan support for the new Farm Bill the Senate Agriculture Committee will be working on in the coming week. The Minnesota Democrat wrote an energy section for the bill, which includes the Rural Energy for America Program. Franken was in Willmar on Saturday during a visit to the state. The program offers grants and loan guarantees for renewable energy projects in rural America.
WILLMAR -- When Sen. Al Franken speaks at college commencements, he urges graduates to hug their parents, "a lot." Franken stopped in Willmar on Saturday on his way to deliver the commencement address at the University of Minnesota Morris. "I'm going to start off by congratulating the parents, because the parents get ignored sometimes in these things," he said. "As a parent who's watched two of my children graduate from college, I know it's an enormous day for them, too."
WILLMAR -- A couple weeks ago, this group of girls may not have been able to describe what an engineer does. Now, they are bubbling with newfound knowledge, and several are talking about the engineering careers they want. The transformation has come from a trip to the "Wow! That's Engineering" conference at Normandale Community College in Minneapolis. Fourteen fifth-grade girls from Roosevelt Elementary School attended the April 27 conference with Roosevelt science teacher Heidi Van der Hagen.
WILLMAR — It can take a Minnesota third-grader six to seven hours over several days to complete state-required tests in reading and math. High school students could soon be required...
WILLMAR — Hardly anything in the Willmar Middle School classrooms meets current building codes, and conducting lab experiments can be a challenge. That’s why the school is moving to remodel...