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WILLMAR -- A federal appeals court has said a child and her mother did not have standing to sue the Willmar School District over alleged mistreatment by a special education teacher. Because Jackie Nelson filed a claim after she had transferred her child to another district, she no longer had a valid claim against the Willmar district, according to an opinion issued Thursday by the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals. In following previous federal cases, the court ruled that the claim against the school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act must have been filed before the
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District is still seeking budget cutting recommendations from employees and the public, but they should be submitted soon. A survey posted on the district's Web site, www.willmar.k12.mn.us , will be up through the end of the week, Sup-erintendent Jerry Kjergaard said this week. The district estimates that it will need to cut $1.4 million from its 2010-2011 budget.
WILLMAR -- With a unified shout of "Cut that ribbon," 150 kindergarteners followed their teachers into the new wing of Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar on Monday morning. Many parents joined them in their first walk to the new classrooms. Many said they were pleased to have their children in the same school building now. The addition is nearly finished, about 10 months after school officials first decided to move ahead with construction. Tile and carpeting will be installed next summer to complete the project.
WILLMAR -- Nobody really likes digging out from under a foot of snow, but for some people the Christmas storm was just what their businesses needed. In west central Minnesota, snow fell off and on from Wednesday through Saturday of Christmas week.
WILLMAR -- Local legislators noticed something odd in a new map of future rail proposed in Minnesota -- none of the highest priority lines were in west central or southwestern Minnesota. When the Minnesota Department of Transportation Freight and Passenger Rail Plan was released Thursday, State Rep.
WILLMAR -- There are easier ways to sort a dozen marbles. But as a project in an introductory engineering class, designing and building a marble sorter isn't a bad thing to do. Students in the Principles of Engineering class at Willmar Senior High were working on their marble sorters last week, before they left for the holiday break. The students got a chance to show what they had learned about design and computer programming.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District wants to hear everyone's ideas of how to make its next round of budget cuts. For the second year in a row, the district is using its Web site to seek the views of staff and the public. Estimates at this point indicate that the district may need to cut $1.4 million from its budget for the 2010-11 school year.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College of Willmar and Hutchinson has announced the creation of a new scholarship fund for low-income students. The Presidential Incentive Scholarship will be funded by federal economic stimulus dollars.
The nature of the shoppers in Willmar started to change Tuesday. "Today's the first day of the season I've noticed a sense of urgency," said Pam Klein, co-owner of Ken's Casuals in downtown Willmar. Customers were coming into the men's clothing store with an idea of what they want and they seemed to be in more of a hurry, she said. "It's been real steady today, and I suspect we'll see the same thing tomorrow," she added. Last-minute shoppers sometimes have a purpose, she said.
In Chelsea Brown's classroom, the stability balls are already waiting under the tables for her kindergarten students to come to school on Jan. 4. The tabletops, however, were covered with boxes stacked two and three deep on Monday afternoon. Of her 110 boxes, she said, she had about half of them unpacked. Down the hall, Kris Egge was trying to decide what to keep in her classroom and what to pack away. "I have a lot," she said as she looked at the boxes.