From Sue Hilliard Silver Creek Township Last week, we had the distinct privilege of attending the Blandin Foundation Conference, Border to Border Broadband: No Community Left Behind. The two-day conference featured speakers and breakout sessions in which many folks from across the state shared experiences, success stories, difficulties and solutions and more.
James H. Manahan, J.D. for the Lake County News-Chronicle A couple of lawsuits in Minnesota this year have brought into sharp focus the question of what our schools should or can do about social media. The first case involved a 13-year-old girl in Minnewaska (70 miles west of St. Cloud). While at home, she posted on her Facebook page that she hated a school hall monitor because she was mean. School officials called her in and gave her an in-school suspension for what she had said, according to the Star Tribune. Later she allegedly had an online conversation about sex with a boy.
2014-2015 Quarter 1 Honor Roll Seventh Grade Laura Erickson Karsen Holm Samuel Johnson Mary Libby Emily Olson Elsa Peterson Eighth Grade Devyn Aug Calista Bergerson Tori Bott Howie Bruckelmyer Neil Bruckelmyer Gabrielle Buchta Jeremy Carter Alexandra Erickson Erin Fisher Elisa Galyen Wyatt Haugan Kristin Haveri Elliot Hendrickson Benjamin Henrickson Grace Hietala Nora Hubbard Brock Johnston Steven Keech Olivia Kempfert Samuel Lobbestael Mason Meyer Briana Nelson Megan Nelson Paige Rosenlund Jayden Ruberg Emelia Scamehorn Brooklyn Smith Allison Sundb
The William Kelley National Honor Society participated in their annual sleep-out to support the homeless recently. They started out the week by collecting donations of coats and blankets from students, staff and the community. After spending the night outside of the school in their makeshift cardboard shelters, the students and their advisers, Alan Harbson and Kelly Fenstad, took all donations to Domiano Center in Duluth and helped to serve a meal. Photos by Michelle Ketola.
Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle The North Shore Storm girls opened their 2014-15 season with a pair of losses on the road. They fell 7-3 at International Falls and then lost 10-2 at Princeton. The Storm then rallied twice from four-goal deficits before falling 6-5 to Eveleth-Gilbert in their home opener. Lexi Erickson had a hat trick to go with a pair of goals from Lexi Edwards to lead the Broncos. The Storm led 1-0 on a Cora Carter goal before the Broncos scored the next three goals.
From Arna Rennan Activity Director for Socially Active Seniors I think we all agree that winter came early and with its wind and snow, but I look forward to the warmth of friends and the joys of Christmas just around the corner. I want to first mention the Christmas Tea that Socially Active Seniors has planned for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Emanuel Lutheran Church. We will greet you with warm apple cider, serve a special luncheon and celebrate by singing Christmas carols together.
Stew Carlson Sychar Lutheran Church, Silver Bay Football season is upon us. As someone whose love of the Minnesota Vikings will probably be mentioned in my obituary, it provides me an opportunity to reflect on one of life's most meaningful questions: "Does God care who wins a football game?" The initial response that many people would have is that the creator of the heavens and the earth would surely have more important things to do with his time.
Donna Bellino for the Lake County News-Chronicle "Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time."- Mark Twain When it comes to the cleanliness of your home, what is your normal? I have been in homes that were spotless — Better Homes and Gardens perfect. I have also been in homes that are so cluttered that there is barely a path to walk through rooms and no space on the counters for even a single toothpick. While those are the two extreme ends of the spectrum, most of us fall somewhere in the middle of this continuum.
Katya Gordon for the Lake County News-Chronicle It's time for the holidays, which means fun, cheer, good food and abundance. Families are unique groups of people. We have such kooks in our family, and some of us are the kooks in our families. Seriously, most of us spend holiday time with people with whom we might not have a relationship with otherwise. Most families include members who feel differently about religion, politics, money, education ... all the biggies. If this sounds familiar, I have a challenge for you.
2014-2015 Quarter 1 "A" Honor Roll Seventh Grade Deynah Barstow Mallory Goettl Lillian Lewis Corrina Marolt Mason Ollman Timothy Perfetto Connor Sullivan Travis Tikkanen Eighth Grade Jessie Ketola McKenna Lund Ninth Grade Ashley Evans Mita Frericks Giovanni Marolt Zoe Nixon Alexander Robertsen Jenny Walewski 10th Grade Dustin Baker Jackson Braun Gunnar Frahm Sabrina Jacobson Tanner Ketola Zachary Lewis Brooke McMillen Nickolas Perfetto 11th Grade Hannah Baker Erika Ernest Justin Ketola Ashley Marcuson 12th Grade Samantha Anderson Emma Bemlot