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Eden Valley farmer elected to National Corn Board Tom Haag also serves on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association Board Eden Valley farmer and Past President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Tom Haag has been elected to serve on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board. Haag was elected during Corn Congress, held last week in Washington, D.C. "I'm looking forward to giving Minnesota a voice on the National Corn Board," Haag said. "When it comes to issues like ethanol, conservation, research and pub- lic policy, I feel that we're very forward-looking here in Minne- sota. I want to bring that for- Program. • ward-looking vision and attitude Haag is the first Minnesotan to to help strengthen the National serve on the National Corn Board Corn Board." since Jerry Larson (Elbow Lake) Haag is a fourth-generation retired in 2011. Steak on the Lake, July 29 at to Kimball Wrestling Boosters fund-raiser, steak dinner at the Schiefelbein Farms cottage. South Haven Festival, July 30 PARADE at 11; Car show 11-2; food, vendors, crafts 11-2; Jazz band 11:30-1; Kids' games ll:30-noon; Christmas w/Santa noon-l; "Wagon Wheel Band" 4-8. "Have a blast in South Haven!" Regional Baseball Tournament, July 29-on Watkins and Cold Spring host the Region llC amateur baseball tournament that starts July 29 and runs three weekends. St. Wendelin's Parish Bazaar, July 31 10 a.m. Mass; Chicken & ham dinner 11,1:30; Games all day, starting at 11; Quilt auction 3; Nathan's Old-Time Band & BLT at noon; Raffle at 5:30. Eden Valley Sportsmen Club dinner, July 31 • Their annual BBQ chicken and smoked pork chop dinner on Browns Lake. Everyone is welcome. farmer and currently farms with "Tom brings an experi- GraniteCity Gunslingers, July 30 his son, Nathan. Haag also serves enced and insightful voice to the on NCGA's Research and Business National Corn Board," said Noah 9 a.m.-I p.m. (or earlier if it's hot). Free for spectators. At the Development action team andHultgren, who farms nearWillmar Kimball Rod & Gun Club; bring ear protection. This fifth-Saturday previously served on the Grower and is currently MCGA President. Services team. In Minnesota, "Minnesota corn farmers can be Haag chairs MCGA's Governmentproud to have Tom representing Relations committee and served them at the national level." as MCGA President in 2012-13.For more information on the Haag also recently graduated from National' Corn Board, go to http:// NCGA's Advanced Leadership shoot will be extra-specia. Coming up soon: Kraut 'N Wurst in Watkins, Aug. 5-6 Kimball Days, Aug. 12-14 .~Shrek the Musical" in Cold Spring, Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 10-12 :i • Eden Valley Firearms Safety class, page 9. • Meeker Co. 4-H'ers at YELLO!, page 9. • Nitrate clinic in Kimball, Index Church & Obituaries ....... 4 Amateur Baseball ......... 6 Local Schools & Students 8-9 Business Directories ...10-11 Legals, Government... 10-13 Calendar ................ 14 Classifieds .............. 15 $1 By]can Doran Matua, Editor After working last year with- out a contract, licensed teachers at Kimball Area Schools accepted a contract for 2015-16 and 2016-17. The wage increase for 2015-16 is steps only, no additional cost of living raise. The wage increase for 2016 is a flat 0.5 percent increase, with no additional steps and lanes. Extracurricular pay was increased 2.5 percent. And a lon- gevity step was added for year 30 and beyond of $500. The teachers' union expressed in a memo to the board that they were "not overly pleased" with the 2015-17 Master Agreement, and that they hoped for more flexibil- ity in the future. From the board's perspective, there was no money in the budget for teacher pay increases. Following months of negotia- tions, the contract was hammered out in an all-day meeting Friday, July 15. Future projects A community committee was formed to make recommenda- tions on how to proceed. This Facilities Committee met July 14 to discuss four specific projects that are needed for the future at KAHS. Their recommendation is to proceed with what improve- ments they can make in the con- cessions area near the gym. This is a smaller, do-able project that can be done in stages, and the commu- nity can raise funds without hav- ing to go to voters for a new levy. The tennis courts are gone, so are the basketball hoops that used to be on the south end of the football field. Visitor bleachers now stand behind the scoreboard. A new track has been laid in asphalt, and the new running surface will be installed on or around Aug. 22. The sand pits are already constructed, as are areas for other track events. Now the wait: for the grass to grow and for the asphalt to settle before the state-of-the-art surface is applied. Kimball Area High School is on target to have the nicest, most advanced track in the five-state area. Staffphoto by Jean Doran Matua. Other actions Others like the woods/metal shop The board approved a $1.8 mil- leave because of family issues. and science rooms will have to lion general obligation aid antic- The board approved coaching wait for a possible future levy. ipation certificate at a rate of 1.1 assignments for fall. AC for KES percent or lower. The district has The board approved imple- After a trial of two portable to pay bills and payroll on time, mentation ofQ-Comp for the 2016- air-conditioning units for the Ele- but the state takes two to three 17 school year. This merit pay sys- mentary School, 14 new units were years to reimburse. This $1.8 rail- tern, superintendent Wagner says, purchased. They effectively take lion loan gives the district the allows teachers the opportunity the edge off the heat in the build- funds to meet their obligations to grow, is not a punishment, and ing (which has no central air con- until state funding comes in. (Last allows the district to maximize ditioning). FireTrak will design year their loan was $1.175 million; state funding offered. and manufacture movable steel more state aid last year was one There will be three seats open plates that can be installed in reason forthedifference.) on the school board starting in the window each day to keep the The board unanimously 2017. Each term is four years. Fil- building secure, but allow for the approved a one-year leave of ing for office is open Aug. 2-16. AC units, absence for ag and shop teacher The full board minutes are on Tracy Nelson who requested the page 13.