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Pa00e 8 Studonts Youth Retired, but not gone or forgotten fifth grade for seven years, and then second grade ever since. She remembers fondly the old school where she started teaching here. That school, built in 1911 as a high school, was replaced by the current building in 1989. "I love the old school," she said. And I learned that some of it is still here: the current music room is a portion of the old school around By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Two long-time teachers at Kim- ball Elementary School have fin- ished their last full school year. Combined, they have taught 73 years, 67 years in Kimball. Susan Sides came to Kimball in 1972. Her first class was a com- bined class with grades 4, 5 and 6. (Don Thurber and Bob Wills were in her first class here.) She taught which the new school was built. Sides plans to travel. In fact, she's already in Beijing, China, vis- iting her son who has worked there for nearly two years, teaching. "Kimball families are just so amazing," she said. She added that it's been wonderful to get to know all the families. The bonus of teaching in one place for so long is when she started teaching the kids of her former students. Thursday, June 10, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Pat Dockendorf taught for six years before arriving in Kimball 30 years ago. Four of her Kimball years teaching were in the second grade. Otherwise, she has taught special ed, particularly learning disabilities. Dockendorf plans to "enjoy life with my husband who is already retired." Those plans include traveling, golfing, and finding somewhere warm from January through March. One of her favorite memories is going to the Old Meyer school- house iri St. Augusta with student groups each year. But her most rewarding men- ories are each time when I stu- dent finally "gets it," when they tell her, "I canread!" The second-best reward is the "thank-yous" she gets from parents at graduation. Dockendorf has taught read- ing and math skills in the ele- mentary school, mostly in small groups, helping students tO reach goals. But building self-esteem, she explained, is the most impor- tant part of her job. "That's my specialty," she said. Both Sides and Dockendorf plan to substitute and/or volunteer back at KES from time to time. : / / Mrs. Susan Sides (left) and Mrs. Pat Dockendorf (right) in an empty hallway on their very last day of school, check-out day. The women have retired after a combined 73 years of teaching, most in Kimball. Both will substitute teach from time to time, so they're not gone forever. Congratulations, and thank you! Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. JOHN DAMMANN 2371 165th Street, Clearwater MN 55320 " , cell 320-267'4781 : .  WORMS CASTINGS VERMICOMPOSTINGS . SUBSIDIARY OF ROCK HILL ENTERPRISES KES first-graders tour businesses on Main Street First-graders from Kimball Elementary School visited downtown businesses for their field trip recently. They are photographed below at (clockwise from upper right) Diva's, State Bank of Kimball, Images by Marguerite, and Knaus Sausage House. Thank you, Kimball! i