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SPAGHETTI SUPPER Pa00e 18 Kimball Early Childhood By Maggie Lundorff Hello from your Early Child- hood Program! We are so excited to kick off the preschool classes in Kimball the week of Sept. 19. We have talked many hours about what we would like to see for chil- dren in our district, and through the past three years, we have made some changes, added some programs (like our four-year-old Enrichment Program), and gen- erally worked on making this pre- school program the best it can be. Let me introduce you to the staff for this year. (from L to R) Darey Krippner will work with kids with speech support. She will be working in the classroom to facilitate speech with kids who need more practice and those that are talking a-mile-a-minute. (You know who you are!) Darcy's job is to help all staff in the setting to begin to cue kids to properly pro- nounce sounds, properly encour- age language, and to track prog- ress for kids who are working hard on this skill. Community ,, Hannah Wruck was our lead teacher last year, and is going to be the new Early Childhood Special Educa- tion teacher this year. Her kids will be in Cortney's class some days, and Han- nah will be there to facili- tate each child's success in school. This is an integrated model of teaching that helps kids learn and grow. We are glad that Hannah can join the Play and Learn team. Cortney Voigt-Eli is our new preschool teacher. She is replacing Hannah as classroom lead instructor. Cort ney is going to prepare fun and challenging class- room experiences for kids, track their skills as the year goes, meet with parents a couple of times a year for conferences, and gener- ally keep this boat going forward! Cortney comes with two years of experience teaching preschool in the St. Cloud district. We are excited to have her here. Say Hi if you see her! Prevention seminar Sept. 29 sor in the Department of Psychi- atry at the University of Minne sota, and a Senior Scientist with the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pa., will be sharing information about the effects of alcohol use on adolescent brain development. The cost per attendee is $15, which includes continental break- fast and lunch. Contact Nathan Sindt at, or (320) 980-0698 for more informatioii or East-Central Region Four-ATOD Prevention Seminar A regional prevention seminar, entitled The Science of Adolescent Brain Development and Its Impli- cations for Understanding Adoles- cent Alcohol Abuse will be held at the St. Cloud River's Edge Conven- tion Center from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Ken C. Winters Ph.D., Director of the Center for Adolescent Sub- stance Abuse Research, a Profes- New teachers for Kimball Early Child- hood are from left to right Darcy Krippner, Hannah Wruck, and Cort- hey Voigt-Eli. Submitted photo. Maggie Lundorff will be pro- viding parent support for this program. We try to get together a few times ayear and discuss kid's learning as it pertains to literacy. We plan for a fun time for kids to have parents come to school, and also give parents some easy to use tools to help kids be ready for K next year! Watch for the parent component calendar this fall! to register. The registration dead- line is Monday, Sept. 26. Certificates of Attendance/ CELls will be available. This Regional Prevention Sem- inar is provided by Community Partnership with Youth & Fami- lies and is made possible through a grant by the Minnesota Depart- ment of Human Services Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division. Stearns website named best in the nation In February of 2010, Stearns County re-launched its website, making it easier to navigate, add, ing a new community section and offering new online services. When re-designing the website, Stearns County took a different approach. Driven by citizen feed- back, the content was organized into categories grouped by related subject matter. "We tried to focus on the topic that the person had in mind and group it by subject," McClure explained, referring to the web- site's navigation bar. "We used the analogy of how you find items in the aisle of your favorite gro- cery store and grouped all the like items together. I think we took a unique and fresh approach and I think that's one of the strengths of the site." Judges agreed. In addition to commenting on the site's over- all design and use of white space, they remarked that the navigation is easy to use and consistent. Other features highlighted by the judges included the website's Stearns County's website was named the best county govern- ment website in the country in the Center for Digital Government's Best of the Web awards. Best of the Web spotlights the top 10 state, county and city web sites throughout the United States each year that demonstrate the highest levels of innovation, func- tionality and efficiency. The web- sites are judged on a wide range of categories, including site acces- sibility, innovation, cost-savings, ease of use and exceptional ser- vice to the public. Particularly, Stearns Coun- ty's website was highlighted for its straightforward navigation, inter- active mapping features, online payment systems, and use of social media. "We work really hard on this website. We are pleased to receive this recognition for having an innovative and user-friendly site, and for being a national leader in online government," said George McClure, Information Services Director. & 3 ra Wednesdays, .1st . .5-'/ p.m. I Knmball United 0000thodlst Church | ,,,gl01tg!  Suggested donation I r,. come. O0 .seeyo00000000m007 perp00r00n ! *Canoeled if  A[  r. 17 I inolement weather " September 7 & 21l . Clip -q=7  & 12 -October 5 & 19 | /[ IT .... 1  1= , -7- : " "'/ November 2 & 16 I Save -ou,y o & 26- -December 7 ] interactive malping and online payment features and social media integration. Judges also thought highly of the automatic redirect to the mobile version of the site, calling it the "best we have seen so far." McClure said the county was particularly proud of its empha- sis on involving the community on the website. Judges noticed that as well, giving praise for having a site for kids along with an interactive calendar and map features. "We have a whole community section on the site with blogs and photo contests," McClure said. "We really tried to encourage and build and promote civic engage- ment and increase participation with local government." Stearns County also won a Dig- ital Government Achievement Award in the Government to Cit- izen Category for its public safety services. The Stearns County 10 Most Wanted, outstanding war- rants, and current and past inmate search services enables the pub- lic to look up current and past jail 'in-custody' information, review active arrest warrants, and submit anonymous or non-anonymous tips online. There are consistently 20,000-25,000 unique visits a month on this service. Numerous online arrest warrant tips have led to actionable results and arrests. "Stearns County believes that by keeping our citizens informed, they can help make our commu- nities safer," said McClure. "The County's suite of online Pub- lic Safety Services provides an important public service that sup- ports our community-oriented policing philosophy. It's great hav- ing the collective knowledge of the community to assist us with our law enforcement efforts." On average, the website serves more than 25,000 people a month. Thursday, September 15, 2011 Tri-County News Kimb, MN senior Dining 'Grandparents Day' "Grandparents Day" on Thurs- day, Sept. 22, at St. Anne's Church begins at 11 a.m. The events of the day include coffee and treats before dinner and door prizes. Bring pictures of grandchildren, great nieces and nephews, and a copy of a favorite recipe that your grandma made. The following special menu will be served: Apple-braised pork chop, sea- soned potato wedges, Califor- nia-blend vegetables, dinner roll, grandma's blueberry crumb cake. Senior Dining offers a nutri- tious meal in a warm and caring atmosphere with friendship and fun for persons 60 years of age and over. Join us! Call 398-2211, ext. 13 for more information. Partially funded under con- tract with the Central Minnesota Council on Aging as part of the Older American Act and adminis- tered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. About "Grandparents Day" In February of 1977, Senator Randolph, with the concurrence of many other senators, introduced a Joint Resolution to the Senate requesting that the president issue annually a proclamation desig- nating the first Sunday of Septem- ber after Labor Day as "National Grandparents Day." Congress passed the legislation proclaiming Grandparents Day on Aug. 3, 1978, and the proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. The purpose of Grandparents Day is: To honor grandparents To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their grandchildren To help children become aware of the strength, informa- tion and guidance older people can offer. Celebrating Ten Years of Giving, Awareness and Hope SEPTEMBER 24 Once in a lifetime DREAM oppty to custom build your home time from various full and part-time options! Get paid TODAY for what you hauled yesterday! Daily or Weekly Pay options! 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