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by Joni Astrup Associate editor When Alyse Oban came to Ivan Sand Community School in Elk River as a sophomore, she described her attitude as “horrible.” “I finally realized I had to grow up,” she said. A key part of that was when her mom moved to Tennessee during Oban’s junior year. Oban ...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor There are more than 2,200 senior high school students taking world languages across the Elk River Area School District this year, and that number is expected to grow considerably once a new world language curriculum adoption takes root. “The students will be very excited about ...Read More
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by Don Heinzman ECM Publishers With limited funds, 12 percent (278) of eligible 3- and 4-year-olds are taking early public school readiness programs in School District 728. Data shows that half of the pre-schoolers in Minnesota are ready for kindergarten, and it’s estimated that half the eligible ...Read More
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Elk River High School graduate Katie Becklin-Atkinson, Ph.D, class of 2000, will be the guest speaker at the 17th annual Chase Korte Peace Essay awards ceremony at noon Friday, March 18. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held in Elk River High School’s Zabee Theater. In 1999, Becklin-...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Lakeville Schools, often considered a twin to Elk River Area Schools, will close a school and cut the equivalent of 94 jobs with a recent vote of its School Board. The striking similarities between the two school districts do not extend, however, to the current budget cycle for t...Read More
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The importance of early childhood education, and early education programs provided by Elk River area schools, will be the subject of a talk on Wednesday, March 16 at noon at the Perkins restaurant in Elk River. The event is hosted by the Elk River Area Citizens League. Presenters include Kathy Simon...Read More
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by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol reporter A bill carried by Sen. David Brown, R-Becker, would allow school district officials to transfer funds from its debt redemption fund to the general fund without a levy reduction for a two-year period beginning July 1. Elk River Superintendent Mark Bezek told the co...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Children’s book author Trudy Ludwig helped cap off I Love to Read month at three District 728 schools with some practical advice on how to stop bullying. “You have the power to be heroes,” Ludwig told an audience of fourth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School on Tues...Read More
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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Rep. Sondra Erickson did not return to the State Capitol with idea of becoming a pivotal player in education reform. “I have the weight of the world on my shoulders as chair of the (House) reform committee,” said Erickson, Republican from Princeton, with a smil...Read More
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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., visited with Ben Tran and some of his classmates at the Salk Middle School pre-engineering magnet program, about their upcoming History Day projects as part of a tour of the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) school. On Franken’s left was teacher Ron Huste...Read More
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