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Cub Scouts visit with the newspaper As part of their required activities, these Eden Valley-Watkins Cub Scouts met with the Tri-County NewsEden Valley-Watkins News in Eden Valley. The eight boys learned, for example, that it is a mixture of four ink colors (cyan/turquoise blue, magenta/ pink, yellow, and black) that makes a full-color page like this one. Each of the eight boys had already seen themselves in the Tri-County NewsEden Valley- Watkins News. They were very excited to know they would be again this week. Pictured are, back row, left to right, Josiah Kallebig, Cody Becker, Hunter Pitts, and Riley Lang; front row, Braden Raddatz, Daniel Heuring, and Thomas Lemke. "Thanks" to the boys for letting us share with them, and to troop leader Laura Becker for inviting us! Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Classroom Mrs. Rippentrop's of the Week: Kindergarten Mrs. Rippentrop's kindergarten classroom: front row, left to right, Percephany Kaskinen, Eliza Eken, Anna Price, Aubri Inselman, Hayli Hemingson, Emmit Plantenberg, and Shay Laumer; middle row: Charlie Teicher, Bryce Hinkemeyer, Austine Nething, Wally Palmer, Dylan Walz, and Lee Dziengel; back row: Mrs. Mueller, Simon Theisen, Rylee Beattie, Abby Dembele, Ellaree Anderson, Maleah Loch, and Mrs. Rippentrop. One of the great things about kindergarten is learning to read! We will learn 40 sight words this year, as well as sounding out words we don't know. In math, we work on num- bers to 100, telling time, and nam- ing coins and their values. Most of all, we learn and prac- tice how to be caring and sharing people. We will tour the Meeker Memo- rial Hospital in Litchfield, and take a trip to the A Maze'n Farmyard in Eden Valley. Our class is full of excited, enthusiastic learners who love to try new things! This is what makes us special. Froehling wins Power of Influence Award By Pat Rupp Reprinted with permission from Farmington High School website Mark Froehling, Farmington High School football coach, EV-W alum, and 2012 Power of Influence Award recipient. Farmington High School foot- ball coach Mark Froehling has been named the recipient of Min- nesota's 2012 Power of Influence Award by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA). FHS assistant coach Pat Hudak nominated Froehling for the honor, and he was chosen from a strong field of candidates by a committee of coaches from around the state. The Power: of Influence Award is presented annually to one coach from each state whose influence is reflected in his mentoring and role modeling, community service and the lives he has touched and changed. Previous Minnesota recipients of the prestigious award include such familiar names as Dave Nelson of Minnetonka; Dwight Lundeen of Becket; Jeff Ferguson of Totino- Grace, and Ron Stolski of Brainerd. Long-time Farmington assis- tant coach Gary Burr has a unique perspective from which to view Froehling and his qualifications for the honor. "I first met Mark when he was a 14 year-old freshman where I was coaching in Eden Valley," Burr said. "Even then he wanted to be the right kind of leader. He was always respectful, polite and able to be his own person. "After not seeing him for almost 20 years, we were back working together and everything I saw in that young man had multiplied into an amazing adult. He teaches young people how to grow into adulthood which in turn helps make our com- munities better places to live." Coaching peer Bubba Sulli- van of Missota Conference rival Northfield was a member of the selection committee for this year's award and said Froehling was an ideal candidate. "I have always been impressed with Mark and his staff with how well they coach the game of foot- ball," he said. "But I have been equally impressed with the way he coaches young men and the life lessons he teaches through his program. "It is easy to tell by talking to Mark that he cares about the young men in his program as more than just football players and that he intentionally uses his power of influence to positively impact their lives." Former Tiger Trey Davis (2007) who went on to play football and compete in track and field at the University of Minnesota echoes Sullivan's remarks. "The singular characteristic that makes Coach Froehling stand out among all the coaches that I have is his heart for others," Davis said. "There was never a doubt in my mind that he cared immensely for myself and my teammates which I believe translated to our success on the field. "When I got to Minnesota and traded high school stories with my teammates, I quickly became aware that few coaches operate with as much care and respect for their players as Coach Froehling. Farmington is extremely blessed to have a man with such thought- ful perspective and philosophy as its head football coach." Not surprisingly, Froehling who owns an overall win-loss record of 118-87, including a 78-52 run at Farmington, accepted the honor in humble tones. "I know many people in many programs work hard to make a pos- itive difference in the lives of their athletes," he said, "so I see myself as a representative of many." Included in that "many" were his coaching staff, athletic direc- tor Ion Summer and the hundreds of athletes they have mentored over the years. "We are committed to athlet- ics as education," he said. "Athletics are considered classes after the reg- ular school day where student ath- letes can learn about committment to others, dedication to a cause, suc- cess through hard work, sacrificing ones own interests for the benefit of the team, how to handle setbacks and failures, and much more. "The 'Power of Influence' con- cept supports the ideal that athlet- ics is much more than preparing for games. It is a chance for young men and women to experience real life issues and situations in a low risk, supportive environment." Froehling will now join other state Power of Influence Award winners as a candidate for the national award sponsored by the American Football Coaches Asso- ciation. He will receive his state award later this spring. This is the final Classroom of the Week, as we've done all classes now at Watkins Elementary, Eden Valley Elementary, and Kimball Elementary schools. We've heard from so many - students, teachers, families, and neighbors alike - who watch for this corner of the paper each week, we'll be sure to start it up again for the 2013- 2014 school year! Fill out this form and return it to Arvig: I want to support: Name on Arvig Account: Phone Number: Enter the name of the school and the crty it's located in Signature: Date: Participate and earn your school money each month! Forms can also be found at any Arvig Store, online at or just call us! If you affeady particip .... :.: arvig .... : ..... 888.99.ARVIG I iril.cmm It's AII Here Coach Froehling addresses his team after a game. Submitted photos.