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WILLMAR -- Ted and Ray behaved admirably Monday morning, for a couple of turkeys. It was clear that the hard work of four Willmar High School FFA members had paid off. Brianna Hoover, Brenna Ahlquist, Val Brown and Preston Asche have spent hours in the past two months socializing a small flock of turkeys so that one of them could be pardoned by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
WILLMAR -- In its first two months, the African Development Center office in Willmar has focused on housing issues as much as it has on business development. That wasn't necessarily his initial plan, said Abdirizak "Zack" Mahboub, who directs the Willmar office. He is the African Development Center's emerging markets manager for Greater Minnesota. The Willmar office also works with African communities in Marshall and St. Cloud. The African Development Center is based in Minneapolis and is a large small-business lender in the Twin Cities area.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District ended the past fiscal year with a fund balance of $5.9 million, more than 14 percent of its annual operating expenses, an auditor told the School Board this week. Most school districts in the state are trying to maintain balances of at least 10 percent, said Paul Harvego, an auditor with the Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing accounting firm. In delivering the fiscal year 2011 annual audit report, Harvego praised the work of Business and Finance Director Pam Harrington and her staff.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board may have used the proper statute to close a meeting to the public Monday, but it didn't follow the procedures spelled out in the law, according to an expert in state open meeting issues. The board closed its meeting Monday before voting 5-to-1 to terminate volleyball coach Terrin DeBoer. DeBoer told Tribune sports reporter Rand Middleton on Tuesday that she will seek a hearing to appeal the termination and present her story to the board. DeBoer has 14 days to file the appeal after being notified in writing by the district, according to Superintendent Jerr
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board voted not to renew the contract of varsity volleyball coach Terrin DeBoer Monday. The board closed its meeting for about 45 minutes before adopting a resolution to terminate DeBoer. However, the board did not appear to follow the provisions of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law in closing the meeting. Reasons for DeBoer's termination were not made clear at the meeting. DeBoer just finished her third season as coach of the Cardinals. Her teams finished 18-18 in conference matches in that time.
WILLMAR -- Tang Beiyi has found students at Willmar Senior High to be active and eager to participate in class activities. The English teacher from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China, said this week that she has enjoyed meeting the students and the people in Willmar this fall. Tang will be spending the school year in Willmar, co-teaching with local Chinese teacher Todd Lynum. Tang is the second teacher from China that Willmar Senior High has hosted in the past three years. Tang's year in America is supported by the U.S.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's elementary schools continued their tradition of honoring veterans this year. Students at Kennedy and Roosevelt schools ate lunch with veterans Thursday and Friday.
MONTEVIDEO -- A two-question school operating levy was approved Tuesday in the Montevideo School District. Question 1, to revoke a $505-per-pupil levy and replace it with $700, was approved 1,542 yes to 690 no. Question 2, for an additional $200 per pupil, was approved 1,396 yes to 826 no. Superintendent Luther Heller said he was pleased with the results.
WILLMAR -- The weekend of Oct.
WILLMAR -- Willmar School District voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of an operating levy for the district on Tuesday. The vote was 3,944 in favor and 1,076 against the renewal of the $498.49-per-pupil levy. The total is unofficial until the results are canvassed by the School Board. Of the 5,020 people who voted, 78.6 percent cast ballots in favor of the levy.