VandenBerge Middle School

by Britt  Aamodt Contributing writer For more than 30 years, until his retirement in 2008, Jim Loso taught pottery and jewelry at the middle and senior high schools in Elk River. To those who knew him, he was one of those larger-than-life personalities that lingered in memory. It wasn’t because his legend had grown tall [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Jessica Reckard walks but a few feet each morning to turn on the water for a shower. To grab a drink of water in the kitchen would only add seconds to her trip. Millions of people in Africa walk miles and miles to fetch their water. This and other stark differences [...]

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Ivan Sand Community High School senior Jonathan (Jon) Ellis is one of six state officers serving on the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) STARS board.  He is the second Ivan Sand student in three years to be selected to the prestigious student board. As an officer, Ellis is assuming leadership responsibilities, including speaking at [...]

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Samantha Bosak, a student at Salk Middle School, and Alyssa Schroeder, a student at VandenBerge Middle School, have taken first place in a local peace poster contest sponsored by the Elk River Lions. Their winning entries, which garnered them $100 apiece, have now advanced to the 24th annual Lions International Peace Essay Poster Contest. The [...]

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Five students from VandenBerge, Rogers and Salk middle schools sang in the 2011 American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir (ACDA) concert Nov. 18 at the Gustavus College Christ Chapel. This year’s All-State Choir singers are: •Madelyne Sorenson, VandenBerge •Jacob Gordon, Rogers •Madeleine Griffin, Salk •Whitney Holm, Salk •Jenna Nielsen, Salk The American Choral Directors Association [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing writer It was no coincidence Nov. 10 when seemingly most of the girls and also a large number of the boys in the student body at VandenBerge Middle School in Elk River were wearing pink in some fashion. Word had been milling through the halls for two weeks, said Principal Marcia [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Anyone who’s served in the military since 2003 probably has an Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait story. Jon Ostercamp has one. A major with the Army National Guard out of Bloomington, Ostercamp knew the bulk of his unit, the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division, would be deploying [...]

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