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PAGE 12 Thursday, November 28, 2013 ..... www.tricountynews.mn 'IV Mark Superintendent, EV-W Schools American Education Week We recently observed Ameri- can Education Week Nov. 18-22. This special week provides us the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments and service of the public schools and all its edu- cators. The EV-W faculty and staff met for breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 20, and recognized the fol- lowing paraprofessionals, teach- ers, clerical staff, board members, and maintenance staff for their dedication and years of service to the district: Educational Excellence: Judy Blonigen, Adam Teicher, Lori Unterberger; Leadership in Education: Karen Svhihel-Buermann, Becky Kuechle; 10-Year Service Award: Bob Stenger, Shelley Kern; 15-Year Service Award: Mar- sha Davidson, Mary Holmberg, Becky Stenger; 25-Year Service Award: Vicki Meyer, Betsy Nordgaard, Tammy Winter. (See photo on page 1.) Congratulations and thanks to all of our community volunteers and employees for the sacrifices, commitment, and service to the students of the Eden Valley-Wat- kins School District. Health Benefits and Affordable Care Act The Eden Valley-Watkins school board and administra- tion continue to work through the II II I I IIIIIHIHIIIIIIIII complicated details associated with insurance costs, benefits, and the projected impact of the Affordable Care Act. The recently established Minnesota Health Exchange, MNSure, is responsible for enrolling Minnesotans who qualify for Medical Assistance, Minnesota Care, and subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You may be eli- gible for some benefits and pre- mium subsidies through the new health exchange. Residents with incomes up to the Federal Poverty Level may enroll for coverage through Medi- cal Assistance with very little pre- miums and lower co-pays. Residentswith incomes up to 200 percent of the Federal Pov- erty Level may qualify for Min- nesota Care with monthly premi- ums from $4-$50 per person each month. Residents with incomes up to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level may qualify for premiums limited to 2 percent-9.5 percent of annual household income. Insurance subsidies are only available by setting up an account and enrolling with the MNSure website. Log on to the website below to determine if you qual- ify for subsidies. The 2013 poverty level for an individual is $11,490, family of two is $15,510, and family of three is $19,530~ www. mnsure.com. Give someone a taste a weekly dose of hometown news. It's a gift that keeps on giving, week after week, all year long. We Use the order form on page 21. Or just give us a call. can send a gift card in your name. Send a gift subscription to an active military service person on us, FOR FREE! (320) 398-5000 or (320) 453-6397 70 S. Main St. PO Box 220, Kimball MN 55353 www.tricountynews.MN Senior of the Week The EV-W School District would like to recognize Sarah Oster, daughter ofRon andAmber. Sarah considers her mom Amber a great role model for teaching life lessons and providing love and support to the entire family. Sarah is actively involved in the district's SADD and FFA organiza- tions, and also serves as the SADD co-president. She's involved in a lot of the planning and coordinat- ing of many FFA events, and she is considered to be very dependable. "Away from school, you might see Sarah working at Cenex in Litch: field. Congratulations! EV-W school menu Dec. 2-6 Lunch, Monday. Chicken nuggets or deli Breakfast sandwich, mac and cheese, green Monda~ Bagel w/cream cheese,peas, garbanzo beans, cucumber yogurt cup or choice of 2 cereals, slices, fresh fruit, canned fruit, mille whole-wheat toast, jelly/margarine, Tuesday: Chicken patty on a fruit selection, milk. bun or Italian pasta bake, garlic Tuesday= Breakfast pizza or toast, spinach salad, baby carrots, choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat cauliflower, fresh fruit, canned toast, jelly/margarine, fruit selection, fruit, milk. milk. Wednesday: Hot dog on a bun Wednesday: WG pancake on or crispy chicken sub, chicken a stick, cheese stick or choice of noodle soup, broccoli florets, 2 cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/ refried beans, cucumbers, fresh margarine, fruit selection, milk. fruit, canned fruit, milk. Thursday= Bagel w/cream Thursday: Cheesebread dunker cheese, yogurt cup or choice of 2 with marinara sauce or TexMex cereals, whole-wheat toast, jelly/ chicken leg, lime cilantro rice, margarine, fruit selection, milk. corn, kidney beans, cauliflower, Friday: Pop Tart, cheese stick or fresh fiaxit, canned fruit, mile choice of 2 cereals, whole-wheat Friday: French bread pizza or hot toast, jelly/margarine, fruit selec- ham & cheese on a bun, Romaine tion, milk. salad, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, flesh fruit, canned fruit, mile (continued from page 1) has continued to be a leader as a coach. Even in high school, he had a good work ethic and atten- tion to detail. I recall him search- ing through 25 years of news- paper articles and statistics when we were updating our school foot- ball records. "Besides the great football mind, he is very organized and has great communication skills. Above all, he is very genuine in his dealings with players and every- one else. You don't always see that in college coaches and recruiters. He is one of those coaches who you would want your son to play for. I have been to several of his games, and some practices, and you can tell that there is disci- pline and respect there, and that he is doing things the right way." Strohmeier hasn't let his suc- cess go to his head. He is humble and in awe of what football has providec! him. "Football has given me the opportunity to go to college. If I hadn't got the opportunity, I do not think I would have went. Then football has given me the opportunity to receive a four-year degree. The profession of football coaching has given me the oppor- tunity to receive a master's degree and, finally, football has gotten me to where I am today." Where THAT is, is in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he was hired to start the football program five years ago.. His team, the Reivers, (pronounced REE-vers, referring to the pirates who attacked boats on the Missouri River in the 19th century) won the national cham- pionship last year, in their fourth season. Since 2010; the games they've lost can be tallied on the fingers of one hand. In addition, the program has sent almost 40 players to programs in the Foot- ball Bowl Subdivision. The path to Council Bluffs hasn't been an easy one. "I have been extremely lucky along the way," said Strohmeier, who was working for Wells Fargo after college graduation. "I wanted to stay in the game because it has been such a huge part of my life. I remember being out for breakfast with my wife Karla, and we were read- ing the Sunday paper and look- ing through the want ads. She noticed a couple high schools in the Minneapolis suburbs looking for part-time coaches." Strohmeier called a former coach to inquire about openings and, before he knew it, he was Strohmeier, a 1993 graduate of Eden Valley-Watkins High School, is amazed at the opportunities football has provided him. Submitted photo. serving as the assistant running is 10-1 this year and ranked third back coach on a part-time basis in the nation. The team's next at Concordia College in St. Paul. game will be its last of the sea- The next season, 1999-2000, he. son, a Dec. 8 showdown with was named the tight end's coach Butler Community College in the at Concordia. No more assistant Graphic EdgeBowl. before his title, but still part-time. "Few realize how difficult From 2000 to 2002 his job starting a program from scratch duties included co-offensive is," Tri said. coordinator, quarterbacks coach, "Scott started up the Iowa and recruiting coordinator. A Western program from scratch, year later, he became assistant which is very difficult, and very head coach and offensive coordi-, few coaches have ever had to do nator while maintaining the ever- it. It takes in another levelof com- so-important role as recruiting mitment and organization to be coordinator, able to do that. Most people don't After the 2003 season Stroh- realize the high level of football meier moved on to Truman State this is. Many of these players go University in Kirksville, Mo., to be on to play major college football, the assistant head coach/offen- and there is alot of recruiting and sive coordinator, a lot of hard work." In 2004 it was on to North Iowa IWCC does have some things Area Community College where going for it. One is the location. his nameplate read "Head Coach." Being a bedroom community to There, Strohmeier's team posted Omaha, Neb., the campus is in a record of 16-14 over three years, an area that is easy to access for but more importantly posted two players, families and the Division top-20 finishes and played in 1 coacheswho cometo droolover back-to-back bowl games, People Strohmeier's players. An esti- were starting to take notice, mated 90 D-1 coaches made that At that time, IWCC didn't even visit last season. have a football program. But And the school doesn't scrimp when Dan Kinney became presi- on its athletic budget which dent, he decided to begin one. allows Strohmeier a full comple- IWCC, a 7,000-student school, ment of assistants and the luxury conducted a national search and of running a junior varsity pro- Strohmeier received the nod gram that serves as a feeder sys- in 2008 from a list of some 600 tem to the varsity. candidates. But all of that means there is a How has that worked out? Five lot of work to be done. years Of football, five winning "I have been ~extremely for- seasons (45-9 overall), four bowl tunate during my time as a head games, four Region XI Cham- coach. I learned from day one pionships, .three Midwest Foot- to surround yourself with good ball Conference Champions, and people and good things are going thatearlier mentioned National Championship. Currently IWCC Strohmeier/To page 13