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41 PAGE 18 Thursday, November 21, 20 t3 Online learning (cont'd from page 1) At its Nov. 13 board meeting, the EV-W school board approved the posting and hiring of a part- time, dedicated coordinator for the online learning program. It is anticipated that this individual will spend a total of 556 hours a year performing planning, train- ing, monitoring, and reporting duties. With 15 or more students enrolled in the program, the cost of a coordinator position will be met easily. This also will relieve several teachers Who have had to take on extra duties, and instead have one designated contact per- son for the program. The posi- tion would report to secondary principal Bruce Kiehn wh, o, after approval, thanked the board. "This is a very very great thing that you did tonight," he said. Most of the construction proj- ects in phase I and II are flow complete, and payment has been authorized for all but a few con- tractors whose work has not yet been accepted. (The elementary school cafeteria floor in Eden Val- ley, for instance, will be replaced again over Christmas break.) The garage recently purchased by the district will have a steel roof put on, and lights installed, so it can be used for school vehicle parking. Negotiations with teachers in the district is at a standstill. The district and teachers have agreed to mediation, and the first meet- ing is scheduled for Dec. 10. Medi- ation is non-binding, as arbi- tration would be. As one board member put it, the district can't afford both small class sizes and high salaries. Business manager Cathy Wuertz also pointed out that there are 4.5 more teachers than there were at the time of the last negotiation; this was to lower class sizes. Superintendent Messman reported on an ongoing issue with_one of the school vans. The 2010 Ford van was purchased for $32,000 as an incomplete vehicle; conversion was done at the dealer to make it a 10-passenger van. A door sticker was installed at that time that reads "BUS" instead of "MPV" for multi-passenger vehi- cle. The. van has passed State Patrol inspection each year since it was purchased. The State Patrol refused to pass the van this year because of the "BUS" designation. The district obtained a correc- tion letter and a new sticker indi- cating "MPV." The State Patrol, however, refuses to re-inspect the van. As of now, the van cannot be used to transport students, even with a licensed bus driver at the wheel. It can be used by teachers for errands, but no student can be transported. Options for the dis- trict iflclude: (1) continue to fight for inspection, (2) sell or trade it, (3) keep it and only use it for staff, and/or (4) buy a new one. Here's the hitch: no one makes 10-passenger vans, they only come as 7-passenger vans (like a Carivan) or as ll-14-pas- senger commercial vans. State law forbids the use of anything more than a 10-passenger van to transport students. There are 55 such vans in the state, owned by schools. The EV-W schools will cele- brate American Education Week, Nov. 18-22, with a series of break- fasts each day during the week. Wednesday morning, Nov. 20, will be the staff breakfast at which awards will be presented. The first-quarter honor roll has been released and, for the first time, more than half of all sec- ondary students are on either the A or B honor roll, an all-time high. The district will have a civil rights compliance review all day Nov. 14. The purpose of this ran- domly scheduled inspection "is to assure accessibility, that the facilities are meeting the needs of students, and that there is no discrimination. The next meeting of the EV-W school board will be Wednes- day, Dec. 4. This also will be the Truth-in-Taxation meeting for the district. Urdahl accepts post with education-workforce panel State Rep. Dean Urdahl, production (58 percent), followed R-Acton Township, has accepted an appointment to serve on a task force formed to help Minnesota's education system better match the state's workforce. The Career Pathways and Technical Education Advisory Task Force evolved through legis- lation Urdahl authored in the 2013 session. There are 21 members on the panel, which will provide the Legislature with recommenda- tions on how to make structural improvements in secondary and postsecondary to help Minneso- tans develop skills sought by the state's workforce. The most recent Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Eco- nomic Development report shows 45 percent of businesses in the state indicate a moderate or seri- ous workforce shortage, The most severe gap is with skilled by scientists and engineering (40 percent). "Our goal is to diminish the skills gap we have in Minnesota by learning how we can develop workers who are prepared to meet workforce demands," Urdahl said. "We face significant chal- lenges, especially with an aging workforce. We can do much more to match workforce development with the professionals and train- ing providers in Minnesota and I am pleased to be a part of this mission." Urdahl, the lone Republican legislator on the panel, accepted his appointment from chairman Carlos Mariani, D-St. Paul. The task force is required to provide recommendations to the Legisla- ture's leaders on K-12 education committees by Feb. 15. Legals also are available on-line at tricountynews.MN For the Record !i:::!i:i::'i'i:wwv'tri.untynews'mniS Local crinle Nov. 14, Bernard Glenn Sansoucie, made contact with the homeowner blotters 35 of nnnandale, was arrested in and found all to be okay. Car crash with injuries Annandale on the charge of fugitive 10:31 p.m. the Sheriff's Office took Friday, Nov, 15, at about 12:51 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Gold Cross Ambulance, North Care Air, and South Haven Rescue were dis- patched to an accident with inju- ries at CR 7 and CR 146 in Fairhaven Township. A 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Caroline Connolly, age 21 of St. Joseph, was driving northbound on CR 7. A 2002 ]eep Grand Cherokee driven by Joseph Estevez, age 59 of St. Joseph, was traveling west on Cr 146. Estevez failed to stop for the stop sign and crashed into the side of Connolley's car. Connolly's passenger Brittany LaFave, age 21 of Monticello, was air lifted to the St. Cloud Hospital. Estevez and Connolly were taken to St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation. Duck hunters rescued from water Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:03 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff's Office received a call of, and responded to a person in distress (Unknown per- son calling for help) in the area of CSAH 14 in between the Lakes of Washington and Stella. Deputies quickly searched the area and located three men at the northern access located on 233rd Street on Lake Washington. The men were iden- tified as Jacob Schiller, 26 years of age, from Glencoe, Thomas Jansick, 25 years of age, from Hutchinson, and Tyler Duenow, 27 years of age, from Hutchinson. The men were duck hunting when their boat cap- sized while retrieving ducks causing two of them to enter the water while the third was able to hang on to the boat. The boat was a couple of hun- dred yards from shore and the ice was out nearly that far as well. The men called for help for several minutes before alerting another set of hunters, Alex Mareness, 20 years of age, from Eagan, and Dustin Long, 19 years of age, from Hutchinson. Mareness and Long assisted the troubled hunters by getting them out of the cold water, retrieving what personal effects they could find, and getting them safely to the landing. The men declined any medical attention. Approximately $3,800 in personal items and damage to the boat was incurred. Sheriff Norlin said that this is a hunting/water craft accident that could have had a more tragic ending if it were not for the nearby hunters who heard and responded to the initial calls for help when they did. Watkins crime blotter (policed by Meeker County Sheriff's office) There were 59 calls in the City of Watkins during October 2013. Among them were 10 suspicious per- son/vehicle calls, 6 traffic warn- ings (and 5 citations), 5 animal com- plaints, 4 agency assists, 3 reports of child abuse/maltreatment, 3 domes- tic calls, 3 medical calls, 3 viola- tions of orders for protection, 2 pub- lic assists, 2 thefts, 2 cases of trespass, and one each of the following: 911 hangup, criminal damage to prop- erty, fire calls, harassment/stalking, juvenile trouble, parking violation, suicide attempt, unsafe conditions, unwanted individual, and warrant. There were 10-12 calls on one weekend for suspicious vehicle/activ- ities; they are all related, and have since quieted. Wright County Sheriff's Office Nov. 11, Nicholas Alden Anderson, 28 of Clearwater, was arrested in Clearwater on the charge of posses- sion of stolen property. Nov. 11, Shown Curtis Olson, 23 of South Haven, was arrested in Buffalo on a warrant from the MN Department of Corrections for domestic assault. Nov. 13, Tin Janee Stroud, 44 of Annandale, was arrested in Corinna Township on a Wright County war- rant for violation of a restraining order. Nov. 14, Kenneth Dale Schommer, 46 of Clearwater, was arrested in Stearns County'on a Wright County warrant for fifth-degree controlled substance violation. from justice. Nov. 15, Sebastian Robert Schumacher, 19 of Richmond, was arrested in Waverly on a Waseca County warrant for financial trans- action card fraud. Nov. 15, Christina Jean Glover, 30 of Clearwater, was arrested in Clearwater Township on the charges of fourth-degree assault and obstructing the legal process with force. Nov. 15, Joseph Mark Ahlm, 22 of Annandale, was arrested in Monticello on the charge of fifth- degree controlled substance violation. Nov. 15, Mary Dorthea Fischer, 52 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on an apprehension and detention order from Wright County. There were 27 property-damage accidents, 3 personal-injury acci- dents, 3 hit-and-run accidents, and 24 car-deer accidents. There were 3 arrests for DWI, 1 school bus stop-arm Violation, and 36 tickets for miscellaneous traffic viola- tions reported this week. Meeker County Sheriff's Office Monday. November 18. 2013 " 4:28 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to assist the Steams County Sheriffs Office with a report of a disturbance at a residence on Hillside Drive, City of Eden Valley. 4:42 a.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- patched Eden Valley Rescue Squad and Watkins Ambulance for a medi- cal at a residence on Stearns Avenue East, City of Eden Valley. One indi- vidual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital. Sunday. November 17 7:10 a.m. the Sheriffs Office responded to an injured deer com- plaint on MN Highway 22, Litchfield Township. The deputy put the deer down and issued a deer possession tag for the animal. 3:25 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a civil issue at a residence on Meeker Avenue East, Eden Valley. The deputy advised the individual of their options. 3:28 p.m. the Sheriff's Office while on patrol located a stalled vehicle in the area of MN Highway 55 and County State Aid Highway 2, Watkins. The-vehicle was off the roadway and not a hazard. 6:22 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Ambulance, per the request of the Stearns County Sheriffs Office, for a medical at a res- idence on Calumet Road, Fairhaven Township. One individual was trans- ported to St. Cloud Hospital. 7:09 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received information regarding pos- sible lost property in the area of 355th Street, Forest Prairie Township. 7:32 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Rescue Squad and Gold Cross Ambulance for a medical at a residence on Glenshire Boulevard South, City of Watkins. One indi- vidual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital. 10:41 p.m. the Sheriffs Office arrested Jacob Ryan Kramer, age 22, of Sauk Rapids, on a MN Department of Corrections felony warrant for fail- ing to register as a sex offender. Saturday. November 16 3:44 a.m, the Sheriff's Office responded to a possible property damage accident on US Highway 12, Darwin Township. The deputy located the vehicle and after investi- gation arrested Craig Austin Miller, age 44 of Annandale, on pending charges of fourth-degree DWI and third-degree test refusal. 1:03 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm at BI Performance, Meeker Avenue East, Eden Valley. The deputy was can- celed a short time later as it was a false alarm. 4:57 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a dog complaint on Cedar Avenue South, Watkins. The dog was gone upon the deputy's arrival. 10:09 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of suspicious activity at a residence on 363rd Street, Manannah Township. The deputies a report of suspicious activity at a res- idence on 355th Street, Manannah Township. Friday. November 15 1:24 p.m. a Meeker Cotmty Deputy while on patrol located a metal pipe laying on MN Highway 15, Kingston Township. The deputy removed the pipe from the roadway. 7:21 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a hit-and- run accident at a residence on Meeker Avenue North, City of Watkins. The deputy made contact with the owner who was advised of options. Thursday. November 14 7:24 a.m. the Sheriffs Office, along with the CEE VI Task Force, executed a search warrant at a res- idence on Marshall Avenue, Grove City. Lisa Ann Lewerenz, age 39, and Gerald Daniel Lewerenz, age 51, of Grove City were arrested for fifth-degree Controlled Substance/ Endangerment of a Child, Persons to Not Possess Firearms, Possession Small Amount Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 11:31 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a request to check the welfare of an individual at a residence on State Street North, Eden Valley. No one was at the residence upon the deputy's arrival. 8:53 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm at the Watkins Liquor Warehouse on MN Highway 55, Watkins. Prior to arrival the owner called and advised it was a false alarm and to cancel. Wednesday. November 13 2:34 a.m. during routine patrol a sheriff's Office Deputy- noticed an unattended fire in the yard at a res- idence on 742nd Avenue, Kingston Township. It was determined to be a legal campfire and the owner had stepped inside briefly. 9:49 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to and dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance to a medical at a resi- dence on 340th Street, Manannah Township. One individual was trans- ported to Meeker Memorial Hospital. 12:29 p.m. the Sheriff's .Office responded to and dispatched Watkins Fire Department to a fire alarm at Firetrak, Cedar Avenue South, Watkins. Both were canceled prior to arrival as it was a false alarm. 12:55 p.m. the Sheriff's Office assistedthe public with a matter at a residence on 742nd Avenue, Kingston Township. 5:57 p.m. "the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of trespass- ing at an address on Church Street, Watkins. Upon arrival the deputy determined the party had left and was possibly en route to Litchfield. The deputy was assisted by the Litchfield Police Department inlocat- ing the suspect at a business on East Frontage Road, Litchfield. Edwin Albert Dlugopolski, age 52, Dassel, was arrested for trespassing. 9:44 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a property damage acci- dent on County State Aid Highway 2 near 280th Street, Forest Prairie Township. Upon arrival the deputy determined the driver of one of the vehicles was under the influence of alcohol. The deputy arrested, Garth Wendell Lotts, age 43 of Watkins, for third-degree DWI. Tuesday. November 12 4:51 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of suspicious activ- ity at a residence on 627th Avenue, Manannah "Iownship. Everything was found to be fine upon arrival of the deputy. 5:46 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a car/deer accident on 617th Avenue, Manannah Township. No injuries were reported and the driver was issued a deer possession tag. 6:39 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a car/deer accident on MN Highway 22, Manannah Township. No injuries were reported and a deer possession tag was issued. 9:32 p.m. the Sheriffs Office assisted the Eden Valley Police Department on a traffic stop on MN Highway 22, Manannah Township.