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Thursday, January 7, 2010 Tri-Coun News* Kimball, MN Students .4 Youth EV-W school gets grant from diversiCOM EdenValley-Watkins High School received an $8,028 technology grant to be used for the purchase of new technology in its schools such as smart boards. The grant, written by high school principal Bruce Kiehn and sponsored by diversiCOM, is available through the Foundation for Rural Education and Devel- opment (FRED) which is part of OPASTCO, the national trade asso- ciation that represents indepen- dently owned telephone compa- nies. Only schools in rural commu- nities served by OPASTCO mem- bers, such as diversiCOM, are eligi- ble for the grant monies. The grant program, now in its eighth year, awards funds to public schools that are working to increase the use of technology to enhance the learning experience. Of the more than 60 applications submit- ted, eight schools were selected to receive funding. The technol- ogy grants ranged from $3,572 to $9.942. More than half a million dollars in funding was requested. FRED awarded $50,000 in grants to rural public schools across the United States this year. The FRED grant programs are the direct result of the strong ties between local communications providers such as diversiCOM and the communities they serve. "It was with great enthusiasm that diversi- COM nominated the Eden Valley- Watldns High School for a FRED Technology Grant, and we are very pleased they were selected," said diversiCOM CEO Dave Del Zoppo. "They are a progressive school dis- trict that works hard to provide the very best education possible with the limited funds they have. Using Kimball Kruisers 4-H Club News The Kimball Krusiers 4-H Club had its Christmas gathering Dec. 6 at the Suburban Health Club near Rockville. The 4-H members had a great time swimming and enjoyed snacks afterwards. The Santa Store was Saturday, Dec. 12, at Kim- ball City Hall. Many people from the community came to see Santa Claus. They shopped our 4-H Santa Store for new or gently-used items while they sipped hot cocoa and nibbled on Christmas cookies. The money made from the Santa Store went to a family in need. Our club decorated Willow Creek Park with lights and decorations. We hope many people had a chance to see this colorful display, along with the sleigh that was made by 4-H member Matthew Massmann. During the month of December, our club held a Christmas decora- tions contest for local businesses. The winners were: Hendricks Bus Company-first place; A.M. Maus &amp; Son-second place; and Heritage House of Kimball-third place. The 4-H moms and dads baked cookies to award the contest winners and participants. Thank you to all the businesses who participated. We look forward to seeing more lights in Kimball next year! Our January meeting was held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at St. Anne's Church. To make it interesting, the meeting was back- wards. We had snacks first. Then everything was backwards in the meeting, calling the meeting to order last. Alexa Ruehle talked about embroidered dish tow- els she made, and her sister Paige talked about a crystal radio she made. Good job on project talks! Family Fun Night is March 15 in Litchfield. Casey Gohmann talked about the Santa Store. A lot of peo- ple came. They sold a lot of items, and it was fun. Abbey and Shelby Schiefelbein won communication awards at the state level. Congrat- ulations, Abbey and Shelby! Thank you, A.M. Maus & Son, for the good food at the meeting! The next meeting will be at Kimball Fire Hall Feb. 14, where we will learn about safety. Andrew Massmann, reporter Kimball Kruisers 4-H club the grant money for white boards will enhance and challenge the stu- dents to learn in a new way." "Each year it is amazing to see the response to this program," said Melissa Korzuch, FRED Director. "The work of the selection com- mittee was extremely difficult because of the outstanding quality of the grant proposals. Many of the schools we see applications from are in high poverty areas with more than half of the students receiving free or reduced lunches. Technol- ogy upgrades are not possible for these schools, particularly in this economy, which makes the grant program so valuable." More information about the Win- ning applicants and how to apply for next year's program is available at <www.fred.org>. An estimated $50,000 will be available in Sep- tember 2010. FRED is a charitable 501(c) (3) foundation that" is affili- ated with the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommtmications Com- panies (OPASTCO). More informa- tion about OPASTCO can be found at <www.opastco.org>. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Kimball Express annual meeting The Kimball Express Base- ball Association is planning their annual meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Son of a Butcher's (SOB) Bar and Grill on Highway 15 in Kimball. The purpose of the meet- ing is for information and to vote on the Board of Directors for 2010, and discuss the role of what the KEBA does for our community. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Page 7 Illlllllll Kimball Area Emergency " Food ShelfLw]. Inc. st. Anne's Church in Kimball Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the area churches. 6/LM. Do you have an outstanding teacher in your community? Nominate that person for the diversiCOM Teacher of the Year! The winning teacher will receive a trophy and a monetary gift. diversiCOM also gives a $1000 donation to the winner's school to be used for technology upgrades. Nomination forms can be picked up at any scfiool office, a diversiCOM office, or printed from our website: www.meltei.com or www.mainstreetcom.com