LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council, following a performance evaluation of Community Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz during a closed session, re-opened the meeting to the public and voted to re-classify the community development coordinator position to a city administrator position. The city will work with a consultant to develop a job description and wage scale for the city administrator position.
Read more in the Friday, Sept. 14 issue of Herald Journal.
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The City of Lester Prairie hired Angel Achen to fill its vacant assistant city clerk position July 23. She resigned Aug. 23. During Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council approved the hiring of Justine Damlow, one of the other two finalists from the recent search, to fill the position at a wage of $16.43 per hour. She will be eligible for a pay increase in six months.
For more from Tuesday’s council meeting, see the Sept. 14 issue of Herald Journal.
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Geraldine “Geri” Finstrom, 80, of Lester Prairie, died Monday, Sept 3, 2018. Memorial service will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. at Prairie Community Church, 700 1st Avenue, in Lester Prairie. Visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service.
COKATO, MN – Audrey M. Noyed, 84, of Cokato, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at Cokato Manor in Cokato. Funeral service will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, with interment at the Cokato Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato Friday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato and Howard Lake.
DASSEL, MN – John Thomas DeLare, 73, of Dassel, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel. Funeral service will take place Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Visitation will take place at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. Further visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.
WAVERLY, MN – This year, the Minnesota Department of Education recognized 526 public schools across the state as top performers in multiple areas of progress in school performance, according to a release from the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District.
The recognition is a key part of the state’s new North Star accountability system that aims to create more equitable and well-rounded learning opportunities for all students across the state. Using data from the five key indicators that make up North Star:
• Academic Achievement Technical Specifications
• Progress Toward English Language Proficiency Technical Specifications
• Academic Progress Technical Specifications
• Graduation Rates Technical Specifications
• Consistent Attendance Technical Specifications
The state is better able to identify and learn from schools that consistently perform at high levels across multiple domains.
Humphrey Elementary in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District, ISD #2687, is proud to have made this list of schools for its progress in mathematics. Humphrey Elementary students progressed at a rate that ranks them in the top 5 percent of progress made by students across the state.
“HLWW Public Schools is very proud of the work our staff does, pleased with the efforts of our students, and appreciative of the support from our parents and communities,” the release stated.