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William Kelley Schools received $27,000 donation

William Kelley Schools received a donation of more than $27,000 from the Pat Lorntson Children's Endowment to further fine arts and arts education at WKS during the Lake Superior School District board meeting Tuesday.

In addition, the endowment's law firm Maki and Overom donated $2,000 to the WKS fine arts program, subject to the same conditions. The PLCE is dissolving and chose to donate the remainder of its endowment to WKS.

The donation requires LSSD to establish the Kelley High Arts Board consisting of the WKS principal and the band, choir and art teachers as well as one representative from the final board of directors of the PLCE. The donation also requires the KHAB to meet at least annually to discuss and vote on funding requests for future projects or supplies. The board will distribute up to $5,000 annually and choir, band, theater and art are to receive equal shares of the funding.

The board also approved a new contract for LSSD business manager Lance Takkunen.

Grants announced at the meeting included:

— $1,500 was given to Minnehaha Elementary School for math manipulative devices by the Louisiana-Pacific Foundations Community Relief Grant program.

— Northland Foundation provided $10,000 for the implementation of the Two Harbors-Lake Effects Age to Age Project.

— The Women's Foundation of Minnesota provided a check for $15,000 for the Two Harbors High School all-girl industrial technology program. The grant is from the girls Building Economic Success Together Fund which increases girls' readiness to achieve future economic well-being.

The Blandin Foundation provided $5,000 for implementing and promoting distance learning opportunities in Lake County for students, teachers and community members as part of the broadband program in rural Minnesota.

Finally, LSSD seeks nine families to host Chinese students from Sept. 28 to Oct. 19 during a visit to northern Minnesota. The students have had background checks and have events scheduled in Duluth, Bayfield, Wis., and along the North Shore throughout the three week period. Interested families should contact Two Harbors principal Jay Belcastro at

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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