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School menu Jan 28-Feb. Breakfast Monda Muffin, yogurt cup, juice, milk. Tuesday: Bacon egg pizza, juice, milk. Wednesday: Pancake on a stick, juice, milk. Thursday: Breakfast sandwich, juice, milk. Friday: French toast sticks, sau- sage links, juice, milk. Lunch Monday:. Chicken patty on a WG bun, sweet potato fries or Italian sub, sweet potato fries, radishes, broccoli florets, green pepper sticks, apples- mixed fruit, milk. Tuesday: Chicken in gravy & mashed potatoes w/dinner roll or yogurt pak, green peas, tomato wedges, cauliflower, grapes-diced peaches, milk. Wednesday: Beefy nachos w/homemade cheese sauce or chicken salad sliders, refried beans, baby carrots, broccoli florets, rad- ishes, banana-pineapple tidbits, milk. Thursday: French toast w/ syrup, sausage patty or chicken Caesar wrap, spinach salad w/FF dressing, cherry tomatoes, cauli- fewer, orange wedges-applesauce, milk. Friday: BBQ pork on bun or tur- key BLT salad, French fries, baby carrots, broccoli, radishes, apples, pears, milk. EV-W Drama Club Eden Valley-Watkins Drama Club will present the One Act Play "Selkie" by Laurie Brooks. They will be participating in a One Act Festival at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Annandale High School. Monday, Jan. 21, they'll per- form at the MLK One Act Festival at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School at 1 p.m. Sub-section Competition will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at ACGC High School. The following schools will be competing: Paynesville at 9 a.m Litchfield at 10 a.m ACGC at 11 a.m NLS at 12:30 p.m. and presents 'Selkie' EV-W at 1:30 p.m. Two schools will move on to Section 5A Competi- tion on Saturday, Feb. 2. There will be a public perfor- mance at EV-W High School at 2 p.m Sunday, Jan. 27, on the Eden Valley-Watkins Cafeteria Stage. "Selkie" is based on a Scottish legend about the magical selkies, or seals, who turn into humans every year on Midsummers Eve. Our story centers around 14-year-old Ellen Jean and her family whose lives are intertwined with the selkies. Flower sales for Valentine's Day! Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) is once again selling flowers for Valentine's Day, which is just around the corner. We are selling during lunch time and at most home events. You can purchase flowers from Tues- day, Jan. 15-Friday, Feb. 1, with the possibility of selling through Feb. 8, if there are extra flowers. We will deliver on Valentine's Day at all three schools in the district. Roses - $4 Carnations : $3. If you would like to order, you can download a form at http:// goo.gl/gGB02, or you can call Car- rie Berning at (320) 453-2900, ext. 1204. EV-W hosts 18-team Knowledge Bowl meet EV-W is playing host to an rose are expected to attend. The 18-team Knowledge Bowl meet meet will get under way about 9 Thursday, Jan. 24, at the former a.m. and finish about 1:30 p.m. St. Anthony School in Watkins. This is the second in a series of Nine varsity and nine juniorfour meets to determine a confer- varsity teams representing EV-W, ence champion. Mayer-Lutheran Holdingford, Howard Lake- placed first at the Saturday, Waverly-Winsted, Kimball, Litch- Jan. 12, meet followed by Melrose field, Mayer-Lutheran and Mel- and EV-WI. EV-W Snow Daze Jan. 28-Feb. 1 The schedule for Snow Daze Week 2013 is as follows: Monday, Jan. 28 Dress Up Theme: TV/Movie Character Monday (dress like your favorite actor/actress) Noon Activity: Dodgeball Tour- nament-Freshmen v Juniors Variety Show/Coronation in the Gym: Students are released at 1:30 p.m. Coronation around 2:15 p.m. Junior v Senior Boys Ironman Volleyball Competition at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 Dress Up Theme: Superhero Day Noon Activity: Dodgeball Tour- nament-Sophomores v Seniors Boys Basketball v B-B-E Wednesday, Jan. 30 Dress Up Theme: Pajama & Wacky Hair Wednesday Noon Activity: Dodgeball Tour- nament-Consolation Game Snow Daze Lunch - Dominos Pizza and Build-your-own Sundae Junior High Lunch Time: 10:50-11:28 a.m. Senior High Lunch Time: 11:50 a.m.-12:28 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 Dress Up Theme: Throwback Thursday (dress with clothes from a past era) Noon Activity: Dodgeball Championship Game Friday, Feb. 1 Dress Up Theme: EXTREME Eagle Spirit Noon Activity: Snow Tube Pull- ing Contest (in front of the school- weather permitting) Girls' Basketball Game v Pierz Snow Daze Dance after the game until midnight. 7 p.m. to 12 midnight Superintendent, Eden Valley-Watkins Schools 18 Eden Valley-Watkins Schools Paraprofessional Appreciation Week: Paraprofessionals are individu- als who work in a variety of posi- tions in our school district. Their roles include, but are not limited to those who work as instructional assistants, Title 1 support, spe- cial education paraprofessionals, lunch room and playground assis- tants, hall monitors, media center assistants, and more! Our paras do so much to help our children learn and our teach- ers teach! Be sure to thank our paraprofessionals and demon- strate appreciation for their com- mitted service to our students. Building Project: The secondary construction project continues, and we're plan- ning to work from the new office when students return on January 22nd. Completion of the gym floor and stage progress as expected. Please stop in and make arrange- ments if interested in a tour of our new facility. Un-equalized Funding is Unfair to District Taxpayers and Students: When the 2013 session of the Minnesota Legislature convened Jan. 8, equalization aid will be among the top legislative prior- ities for the Eden Valley-Wat- kins School District during a crit- ical session that will determine E-12 education funding for the next two years. Equalization aid was estab- lished by the Legislature in 1991 to make the cost of a local school levy dollar uniform for all Min- nesota taxpayers, regardless of the amount of commercial and industrial property where they live. Equalization is a match of state aid that provides tax relief for property owners in low prop- erty wealth districts, like the EV-W School District, which have a com- paratively small commercial and industrial base upon which to spread taxes. It equalizes the tax cost with that of property owners in high-wealth districts, like Hop- kins and Minnetonka, which ben- efit from a large commercial and industrial tax base. Equalization aid works. The problem is, the equalizing factor - the denominator used to calculate the aid percentage for each district - has not been adjusted since 1993 and has not kept pace with the rise in property values over the past 20 years. The EV-W School District has received a smaller and smaller percentage of equalization aid from the state and, as a result, more and more of the cost is being paid by district property owners. As a result, voters in low-wealth districts throughout rural Min- nesota have to pay more property taxes to get the same or less school levy revenue as a high-wealth dis- trict. This imbalance, combined with the increased reliance on local levy referendums for basic school funding, is resulting in a widening gap between the quality of education that can be offered to students in low-wealth districts, where levies cost homeowners more, and high-wealth districts, where levies cost less and are eas- ier to pass. Eden Valley-Watkins is a mem- ber of Schools for Equity in Edu- cation (SEE), an organization of 61 school districts that lobby for adequate and equitable funding for E-12 education in Minnesota. SEE produced a three-minute video to help explain the equal- ization issue to citizens and leg- islators. Just type, Minnesota's Educational Opportunity Gap, or the following YouTube address ( www.youtube.com/watch ?v= Thailal4iZs) Consider contacting your legis- lators to ask that they fully equal- ize education funding during the 2013 session. To get a list of your representatives with contact infor- mation, use the District Finder on the Minnesota Legislature website (www.leg.state.mn.us) and type in your address. Senior of the Week: The EV-W School District would like to recognize Abbie Swenson, daughter of Steve and Karen. Abby excels in the academic arena and plans to graduate with 22 college credits on her transcript. She's involved with National Honor Society, Student Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and serves as a team captain in gymnastics. The EVW administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratula- tions! Fairhaven Family Bitter cold is wake-up call Ice Fishing Tournament and Raffle Feb. 16 The Fairhaven Lions will be sponsoring the third annual Fam- ily Ice Fishing Tournament on Clearwater Lake, at 11-2 p.m. Sat- urday Feb. 16. There will be two divisions, adult/youth (13 and older) and child (12 and under). Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish by weight. The Adult/ Youth Division will have a $200 first prize, $100 second place and $50 for third, while the child divi- sion will have $50 for the largest fish. There will be other children's prizes drawn on the ice as well. Check in and registration will take place at BJ Bait at 10 a.m. Adult/Youth division fee is $10 and the child fee is $5. There will also be a raffle held on the ice through- out the contest. Tickets for the raf- fle are $3 and the grand prize is a Strike Master Auger. Many area businesses such as Triple R Grill and Bar, Knaus Sausage House, Hair Do's, Dairy Queen, Subway, BJ Bait, J & J Marine, LaLa's, Waterfront Bar and Grill, Pearl Lake Lodge, and Gohmann's Foods, have donated prizes for the raffle. Food and concessions will be available on the ice. Bring the kids for a great family event. Portable and wheel houses are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Seen O'Brien at (320) 398-6658. All proceeds will go to Fairhaven Lions Club for future community service projects. By Mark Anthony, Meteorologist Weather column: We sure had a wake-up call when it came to cold weather this past week and weekend. Wind-chill warnings were issued for much of the state of Minnesota from Monday until Tuesday because of dangerously low wind-chill values. If you spent anytime outdoors this week, you know what I am talking about - it was painfully cold at times! Temperatures Monday morn- ing dropped to 25 below zero across much of northern Min- nesota. Flag Island, Ely, War- road, Crane Lake, and Big Fork all dropped to 25 below zero. Taking into account the wind, it felt more like 50 below zero in those loca- tions at times. Meanwhile, Alexandria dipped to 16 below zero and Morris fell to 13 below zero Monday morn- ing. The wind chill values at those locations made it feel more like 40 below zero. On Saturday, the winds were even more of a problem across Minnesota. Alexandria had a peak wind gust of 56 mph. Jordan, in Scott County, had the highest peak wind gust reported around the state of Minnesota at 61 mph. Morris, Hector, Kimball, Wadena, and Clara City all had peak wind gusts near 55 mph. Thankfully, warmer air will return by Saturday and Sunday. We should see temperatures back to near average! There is a chance of some light accumulation of snow for Thursday into Friday. If that snow does materialize, do drive carefully. Have a great rest of the week! Weather history: On this date in 1936 Warroad fell to a "bone- chilling 55 below zero!" This was the actual air temperature and not the wind chill value! Weather fact: Wind chill- is the felt air temperature on exposed skin because of wind. The wind- chill temperature is never higher than the air temperature, and the wind chill is undefined at higher temperatures above 50 degrees F. MN AT A GLANCE: Moorhead Low -10 High 4 Duluth Low 0 High 5 Central Minn. Low-8 High 5 Twin Cities Low -2 High 11 Rochester Low -3 High 12 Marshall Low-6 High 8 Monday, Jan. 21: Mostly cloudy and cold. High 5 Low -13 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Prec. None Monday's sunrise: 7:53 a.m. Monday's sunset: 5:13 p.m. Normal High: 21 Normal Low: 3 Cold air will stay with us for much of the week before warmer air returns by the weekend. We could see some light snow by Thursday into Friday as a low slides through the Upper Midwest. Thursday: Mostly cloudy, chance of light snow. High 9 Low -9 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20" Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of lingering light snow. High -4 Low -15 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-. 10" Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer. High 23 Low 7 Winds: S 5-15 Prec. None Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 25 Low 18 Wind:W 5-15 mph Prec. None.