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Thursday, October 14, 2010 Tri-County News. Kimball, MN Students 1 Youth ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: fj.; Nominate Teacher of the Year Now&apos;s the time to nominate a favorite educator for Teacher of the Year. Everyone remembers a favor- ite teacher, someone who moti- vates and inspires students for a lifetime. Minnesotans have the opportunity again this fall to nominate that unique educator for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Nominations open Oct. 1 and remain open through Nov. 15. Nominations can be submitted online by accessing a simple nom- ination form at <>. The 2011 Teacher of the Year will be named at a cer- emony May 1, 2011. The Min- nesota Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota's candidate for National Teacher of the Year. Eligible nominees must: Teach in a public or nonpublic Pre-K through 12th-grade school. Hold a baccalaureate degree and a Minnesota teaching license. Have completed three years of teaching by the nomination dead- line, and Intend to teach during the 2011-2012 school year. Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted. The state program has been highly successful nationally - Minnesota ranks second behind California with four National Teachers of the Year. For more information or to receive a nomination form, call Chris Carlin at (651) 292-4875, or (800) 652-9073. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program Organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota, the Min- nesota Teacher of the Year pro- gram receives support from Edu- cation Minnesota ESI, The Har- vard Club of Minnesota Founda- tion, McDonald's Restaurants of Minnesota, The Northland Inn, Pearson Education, The SMARTer Kids Foundation, TruStone Finan- cial and United Educators Credit Union. iiInlnl11111 Sixth-graders in oak regeneration Students in the sixth-grade class at St. John's Preparatory School par- ticipated in a service learning proj- ect by collecting acorns, on the lands of St. John's Abbey, for oak regeneration purposes. "Oak regeneration is an impor- tant part of the land management plan at St. John's as they are highly valuable for wildlife and for wood products," says Tom Kroll, Abbey Land Manager and Arboretum Director. Acorns are harvested in years they are abundant, grown into seedlings at a nursery and brought back to be planted. Kroll says, "Keeping oak as a major species is a goal of the Abbey. Without intentional efforts to regenerate oak, it will be replaced by more shade-tolerant eBooks and eAudiobooks available online Central Minnesota's book lov- ers now have eBooks and eAudio- books available to them through the new Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Digital Library. The digital library is accessi- ble from home and library free of charge to GRRL residents with a library card! As of Friday, Oct. l, GRRL is offer- ing eBooks and eAudiobooks, two new services, downloadable from its website <>, or from the new site <>. Patrons may go through the library catalog at and click on the Digital Library tab or go directly to <>, and enter their library card number and PIN to access e-resources. Fiction and nonfiction lists for eBooks and eAudiobooks are presented with colorful book covers and content summaries. Digital books will loan out in almost the same way as paper books. A digital loan can be for var- ied lengths of time from 7-21 days depending on title, format and patron choice. When h digital copy is loaned, nobody else can borrow it. Patrons are able to place up to three 'holds' on items they want but that are already checked out to another patron. Patrons may check out six titles (a combination of eBooks and eAudiobooks) at a given time. Titles cannot be renewed, but they can be checked out again if they are available when the check- out expires. Loans will be available to patrons who do not have fines or charges on their account. The loan limits will remain in place until the library has pur- chased enough eBooks and eAu- diobooks that staff feel they can adequately meet public demand. "We will build the digital col- lections with a focus on new mate- rials," said Mic Golden, GRRL col- lection development coordinator. "We know that many people have already listened to older books on cassette and CD, and they will have read older books on paper. Later on we may do some back- filling, but for now, the focus is new titles." Approximately 15,000 public domain titles dating from" the 19th and early 20th centuries, including classics by Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are avail- able as eBooks and do not count as library checkouts. Funding to establish the digi- tal collection came from a library reserve fund and was approved by the library's board of trustees. The St. Cloud Friends of the Library also donated $1,000 toward the digital collection. Funding for future purchases to grow the col- lection will come from the same budget as traditional books and media. OverDrive GRRL is purchasing items for its digital library through OverDrive, a company that provides digital services to many libraries across the nation. The first time patrons check out digital materials they will need to download free soft- ware from the OverDrive interface on the GRRL website. OverDrive provides "how-to" instructions on its pages. It also lists compatible eBook devices. Patrons should consult the Over- Drive compatible devices list before making a purchase to use the new digital library. GRRL is one library system with 32 branch locations across Wright, Sherburne, Stearns, Benton, Mor- rison and Todd counties in central Minnesota. The system provides nearly one million books, CDs and DVDS and more than 250 public computers to almost 450,000 resi- dents. Page 9 maple, basswood and ironwood. All fine species as well, but oak has been such a wonderful component to our local forests, it is important to assure it is plentiful for the next 100 years as it has been for the last century." The St. John's Abbey Arbore- tum invites the public to learn more about oak regeneration and what forest stewardship actions we can all take to improve the habitat for oaks and help assure another gen- eration of these magnificent trees. This session, which is part of their Minnesota Natural History Lecture Series, will be held Monday, Oct. 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Science Cen- ter at St. John's University. Sixth-graders from St. John's are from L to R (back row}: Ryan Klos- terman, Cold Spring; Jake Jenson, Cold Spring; Kyra Hulsebus of Sartell; Patrick Pastor of St. Cloud; Salma Muftah of Sauk Rapids; Lorine Moellentine of Melrose; Lilly Xie of Sartell; Ella Motzko of St. Cloud; Risa Fines of St. Cloud; (front row): Maeve Doyle of Albany; Rose Zahn of St. Cloud; Gwyneth John of St. Cloud; Ben Lepinski of St. Joseph; Matthew Arnold of Kimball; Finnian Jacobson-Schulte of Sartell; Adam Lepinski of St. Joseph. Submitted photo. Engholm joins St. John's Prep Jeffrey Engholm has been appointed the new String Ensem- ble, Jazz Band and Middle School Band Director at St. John's Prepa- ratory School. Mr. Engholm has extensive experience in the music industry, including: professional musician for 15 years playing bass in the George Maurer Group, teaching in Little Falls and at the Sartell/St. Stephen High School and head engineer and producer at Rockhouse Productions. In addition, Mr. Engholm is the musi- cal director and plays the lead role in the upcoming production of Jesus Christ, Superstar at Pioneer Place in St. Cloud. Classroom of the Week: Mrs. Hauge's sixth-grade class. Front row, left to right: Seth Dammann, Skyler Garding, Hannah Bisila, Alyssa Zabinski, Adam Theis, and .IT Harren. Middle row: Emily Utecht, Paula Butz, Parker Peglow, Brianna Skaale- rud, Andrew Massmann, Brody Gehrke, Scott Laudenbach, and Brandon Lafave. Back row: Talyn Schlueter, Jordan Dockery, Maicy Vossen, Tony Zongo, Austin Host, Holly Loch, Mrs. Hauge. Not pictured: Kevin Wicker. We have been studying Monarch migration and raising our own butterflies. Social Studies will cover ancient cultures such as Rome, Greece and Egypt. Students also will learn about Min- nesota history. Our new math series gets us into algebra at the beginning of the year. We have a smart- board in our classroom this year. We study the scientific process and learn to write a hypotheo sis and do many experiments. Sixth grade has many cool art projects. In March our girls will have Career Day at St. Cloud Technical College while our boys tour local businesses to learn about careers. Our field trip this year will take us to Deep Portage in May. Our next fundraiser will be a Fish Fry on Jan. 7.