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www.tricountynews.mn Superintendent week of April 18 Update for the By Jim Wagner, " will allow us to host more events Superintendent, KimbaUSchools in that area and have comfortable Good day Kimball. The school seating. We will be tooking to move year is in the home stretch as there all of the elementary concerts to are five weeks of school left for the that space next year because of the students. This will be the first year increased seating and better park- in a long time that the school year ing options at the high school. This will be done before Memorial Day. will also provide ample space to The spring activities are off and be able to have the concert on one running. Unfortunately, the cool night instead of two and enough weather has slowed the progress comfortable seating that no one for most of the activities, should have to stand during the This year's track team has more concert. than 100 students participating. The last item of change will be It has been a long time since that the replacement of the track sur- has happened. The high number face. Construction for.that project of students' participanting will will start Sunday, May 15, and will make for a strong and competitive be done by Kuechle Underground. team. Look for many records to be The surface that is going in will be set by the girls and boys. The base- the best outdoor rubber surface in ball and softball teams also have the upper Midwest. This will put a great number of participants as the school district in a position to well. We are one of only a handful host major track events and bring of schools who have enough play- more potential customers to the ers to have at least four different community as we already do when squads including varsity, junior we host the section wrestling tour- varsity, eighth grade, and sev- nament. Getting this track sur- enth-grade teams, face in will also give our students I can't forget the golf and trap an advantage to be able to train shooting teams as well. The num- on the best surface and minimize bers are strong in those areas also. injuries. This spring will be a very busy I want to thank all the parents time for the students of Kimball. for their hard work helping their 1twill be a season of high expecta- children prepare for school and tions and accomplishments for all getting them here. It is a tough of the groups, job, but one they would not trade Other exciting news, on for anything.MCA testing is in full Saturday, April 23, we will begin swing for the next couple of weeks. the process of removing the old Make sure your children get bleachers out of the old gym with enough sleep and nutrition as it the new replacements coming the is that time of year when the state early part of June. The gym floor of Minnesota tests our students to will also be sanded and cleaned see their progress. Thank you par- so it will no longer have the orange ents for all you do. tint to it. The new bleachers going Have agreatweek and enjoythe in on the north side of the gym will warmup. Take care and GO CUBS! all have back rests on them. This KAHS Speech Team competes well Kimball's Section team. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. By lody Markgraf, coach Saturday, April 9, six student speakers competed at the Section 5A tournament for their chance at a spot in the MSHSL Class A speech meet. Seniors Ariel Laabs and Bridgette Anderson and junior Hannah Bisila advanced to their final rounds in their categories. Ms. Laabs, tied for third place in Humorous, took home a fourth place medal by judges' preference. Ms. Anderson, battling a nasty cold, placed seventh in Serious Prose. And Ms. Bisila, in her first season of Creative Expression, placed sixth after entering finals in first place. Senior Abbey Straley, junior Kaylee Hechtel, and sophomore Adrienne Rainer did not advance to the final round. Applause for these six strong women, who collectively have amassed dozens of awards this season, including 10 individual meet champion medals. But ultimately, speech is not about winning the award, but about winning at life. Along with the rest of their teammates, the growth in performance skill, the increase in personal awesome- ness, and the relationships formed with both team and category mates - all part of participation in public speaking - is the point of speech for these speakers. And in those regards, the 2016 speech season has been one of the best. Coaches Judy Markgraf and Logan Bartholomew us on acebook, too! Create a garden anywhere with straw bales By Melinda Myers Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This tech- nique allows gardeners to cre- ate raised bed gardens on a patio, lawn or any area with poor com- pacted soil. Straw bale garden- ing has been around for centuries, but thanks to ]oel Karsten's book "Straw Bale Gardens" it has gained new popularity. All that is needed are a few straw bales, fertilizer, a bit of com- post and time to condition, plant and water the garden. Be sure to purchase straw bales made from alfalfa, wheat, oats, rye or other cereal grain that have less weed seeds than hay. Start a few weeks before the designated planting date. Place the bales in their perma- nent location with the cut sides up and twine parallel to the ground. Once you start the condition pro- cess, the bales will be very heavy and hard to move. When the bales are in place you are ready to start the conditioning process. This is done to start the inside of the straw bales composting, so they'll support plant growth. On day one, spread fertilizer over the top of the bale. Use a 1/2- cup of a complete garden fertilizer or three cups of an organic fertil- izer like Milorganite (milorganite. corn). Then completely moisten ,the bale. The organic fertilizers feed the microorganisms that help decompose the straw into a nutri- ent rich planting medium. Thoroughly soak the bale every day. On days three and five you will add more fertilizer at the same hole and cover the roots with pot- throughout the season. rate used on day one. ting mix or compost. Gardening expert Melinda Days seven through nine use Create a planting bed for seeds Myers has more than 30 years half the rate used on day one. by covering the bale with a one- of horticulture experience and This would be 1/4-cup of a com- to two-inch thick layer of plant- has written more than 20 gar- plete garden fertilizer or 1 and 1/2 ing mix. Followthe planting direc- dening books, including "Small cups of an organic fertilizer. Thor- tions on the back of the seedSpace Gardening," and the "Mid- oughly water the bale each time. packet, west Gardener's Handbook." She On day 10 you will add one cup Regular watering is critical for hosts The Great Courses "How to of 10-10-10 or three cups of an success with this method. Soaker Grow Anything: Food Gardening organic fertilizer rich in phospho- hoses or drip irrigation make this For Everyone" DVD set and the rous and potassium. This com-an easier task. You can also use nationally syndicated Melinda's pletes the conditioning process, gallon milk jugs with holes in the Garden Moment TV & radio seg- Bales treated with a completebottom or inverted two-liter soda ments. Myers is a columnist and fertilizer should be ready to plant, bottles placed near the base of contributing editor for Birds & You may need to wait a few more each plant to provide water where Blooms magazine and spokesper- days when using an organic fertil- it is needed, son for Milorganite. Myers' web- izer. The inside of the bale should Give your straw bale garden asite is www.melindamyers.com. be the temperature of warm bath nutrient boost about once a month water or cooler for planting, ff it is or as needed throughout the grow- hotter than this, wait for the bale ing season. to cool a bit before you plant. Follow these steps and you'll be Use a trowel to pry open a hole well on your way to growing a pro- in the bale. Place the plant in the ductive straw bale garden to enjoy Planting a straw bale garden. Photo by Melinda Myers LLC. Available at FRENCH LAKE PAGE 11 )ri121, 2016 nl nl Kimball Menus III I HH A2r:t25-29 Monday: Breakfast pizza or choice of WG cereal, WG toast, veg- etable selection, juice, milk. Tuesday: Sausage & eggwich or choice of WG cereal, WG toast, veg- etable selection, juice, milk. Wednesday: French toast stix, sausage patty or choice of WG cereal, WG toast, vegetable-selec- tion, juice, milk. Thursday: Breakfast burrito or choice of WG cereal, WG toast, veg- etable selection, juice, mile Friday: Scrambled eggs & sau- sage w/tri-tater or choice of WG cereal, WG toast, vegetable selec- tion, juice, milk. Lunch Monday: Taco salad, WG chips or corn dog, tri-tater, black bean salsa, diced tomatoes, seasonal fruit, milk. Tuesday: Chicken divan, din- ner roll or chick nuggets, buttered noodles, roasted butternut squash, radishes, seasonal fruit, milk. Wednesday: Salisbury steak or pork riblet on WG bun, mashed potatoes & gravy, peas & carrots, red pepper slices, seasonal fruit, milk. Thursday: Chicken Alfredo, WG bread stick or sloppy Joe on WG bun, chicken noodle soup, corn, tomato wedges, seasonal fruit, milk. Friday: Walking taco with fix- ings or hot dog onWG bun, tomato soup, black bean salsa, diced toma- toes, seasonal fruit, milk. picture & On-line ticketing/ Birthday parties! 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