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LP Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt gets the nod for job in Becker

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt was among four finalists for the superintendent job in the Becker School District, and is now in negotiations for that position.

Following is a release from the Becker School District:

“The Board of Education for the Becker Public Schools screened four strong finalists for the position of Superintendent on February 20. The group was assisted by community, staff and administrative teams who helped provide feedback on all of the candidates. Following a thorough discussion of these candidates, the Board unanimously agreed to engage in contract talks with Jeremy Schmidt who has enthusiastically accepted the offer to enter negotiations with the Board. Should these talks proceed as expected, a formal work agreement is slated to be approved at an upcoming Board meeting. Mr. Schmidt is expected to begin here in early July when well-respected Superintendent Steve Malone will retire.”

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Superintendent Brad Sellner was also a finalist for the Becker job.

Funeral notice: Virgil W. Baumann, 75, of New Germany

NEW GERMANY, MN – Virgil W. Baumann,  75,  of New Germany, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. There will be a memorial service Thursday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with the Rev. Howard Krienke officiating. One hour prior to the service, there will be a gathering of family and friends at the funeral home. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;

LP student Gavin Starr is heading to National Spelling Bee

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Congratulations to Lester Prairie student Gavin Starr on his first place win at the regional state spelling competition! As the first place finisher, Gavin will head to Washington DC in May to compete in the National Spelling Bee!

LP student Gavin Starr

LP student Gavin Starr

Funeral notice: Timothy G. Bartram, 71, of Cokato

COKATO, MN – Timothy G.  Bartram, 71, of Cokato, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in the company of his wife, Michele at St. Cloud Hospital following a lengthy battle of complications relating to Agent Orange exposure during his service in Vietnam. Friends and family are welcome to attend a military burial ceremony of his ashes at Stockholm Township Cemetery, rural Cokato,  Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. (weather permitting) The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to your local Veterans Association.

Funeral notice: Charles R. ‘Chuck’ Bergin, 88, of Montrose

MONTROSE,  MN – Charles R. “Chuck” Bergin, 88, of Montrose, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Estates of Delano.  Memorial services will take place Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano. Inurnment will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Grantsburg, WI at a later date. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, prior to the services. Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Lester Prairie school bulletin Tuesday, Feb. 19


Lester Prairie School Bulletin

Feb. 19, 2019


Today’s Menu: Chicken Nuggets with Bread or Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Carrot Sticks, Peas, Peaches, Milk


Tomorrow’s Menu:  Chili with Bread Stick or Turkey Sandwich, Steamed Carrots, Corn, Pears, Milk


Thursday’s Menu:  Pancakes & Sausage or Roast Beef Sandwich, Lettuce Salad, Green Beans, Applesauce, Milk


CHANGE:  The next free lunch for high school students will be on Thursday, Feb. 21st  at the LP City Hall.


All baseball players in grades 7-12 should see Mr. Walstrom to get their hat sizes.  Thank you!


Due to the time we have missed due to cold and snow, there will be a make-up day on Monday following Easter (April 22).  We will have regularly scheduled school on that day.


FUTURE HOOPSTER/AUTOGRAPH NIGHT is tonight.  Future Hoopsters be in the gym by 6:30 for introductions.


There will be pep band for TONIGHT’S game. Please be in the bleachers by 625pm.


There will be a Parents meeting for the Senior trip on Monday February 25th at 7 p.m. in room 154.


The cast for Switching Principals is posted outside of Mrs. Smith’s room. There will be a mandatory meeting Friday, 22nd at 3:00 to 3:15 in Ms. Olson’s room. Please have your play fee paid by then. You cannot participate in practice until that is paid to the office.


I have 7 extra FB Section/State patches for letter jackets if anyone wants an extra for another jacket or did not order one. First come first served.


The Spring Sports Meeting will be Monday February 25th at 6:30 in Lester Prairie.


Pennies for Patients Teacher Pie-ing Bidding Sheets are located across from the library by Mr. Scheevel’s door. Bidding will end Fri. February 22nd. Check it out and Bid on your favorite teacher! All money raised will go to the the Pennies for Patients Campaign/Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Any questions see Mrs. Mattson.


Also, Ridgewater College will be visiting Lester Prairie on Wednesday, February 20th  @ 9. If interested please sign up outside Mrs. Mattson’s Office.


Conferences will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 3:30 to 7:30.  Elementary students have scheduled conference times and high school parents may come at any time on either night.


The lost and found items are on a table by the cafeteria.  The items will be donated after conferences on Feb. 21.


Future Problem Solvers Regional results are in! We have many teams who have advanced to the State meet on March 30th, where our topic will be “Coping With Stress” and they will have the opportunity to qualify for the International competition!


We also had three teams advance in the novice division, which means they will compete at the state level, but will not qualify for internationals.


Attn. Sophomore, Junior and Senior parents:

After Prom Raffle tickets were handed out to your children last week. Each student is responsible for selling 30 tickets. Please check with your child to make sure they are selling them. They can be turned in to Cheryl Bayerl as soon as they are sold. All tickets (sold or unsold) must be turned in to Cheryl by March 1. Thanks


Registration forms are needed from the following students.  Please turn them in ASAP to the basket in the office:  Gavin Eckstein, Nick Guggemos, Isaiah Odenbrett, Adam Sohl, Karlee Trittabaugh, Itzell Amaya, Carson Bayerl, Donovan Harrison, Shannon Wiederholt, Zach Zebell, Garrett Berry, Wyatt Berry, Landon Groff, Dexter Harrison, Shem Hills, Ozzie Lopez, Adrian Montano, Emily Radtke, Marissa Radtke,  Daniel Ruelas, Makaisa Stockman, Jacob Aagaard, Diana Cervantes, Austin Laisy, Alex Matthews, Jose Sanchez, Carter Serna, Mitchell Stuber and Adrian Villarreal


Pennies for Patients Totals:


Preschool        K-Walstrom    K-Smith          1-Brandel        2-Bayerl          2-Roth             3-Anderberg

$110.72           $70.66             $123.82           $279.31           $81.04             $184.19           $62.05



4-Oie               4-Carmine       5-Kramer         5-Larson          6-Rogotzke      6-Willems        Elem. Total

$76.74             $81.80             $14.89             $84.04             $93.59             $73.02             $1,335.87



7th                    8th                    9th                    $10th                11th                  12th                  H.S. Total

$14.35             $27.50             $10.00             $12.82             $33.03             $12.72             $110.42


Suckers/Misc.             Grand Total

$335.44                       $1,781.73



There will be open gym at HT from 6:30-8:00 on Feb. 24.


There will be open gym from noon-2 at LP on Sundays.


The weight room will be open on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm, check the activity schedule for any cancellations.


K-6 Homework Help will be Monday’s  from 3:00-5:00 in Mrs. Smith Kindergarten Room.


7-12 Homework Help is on Wednesday’s from 3:00-5:00 in Ms. Jenn Smith’s room.


Mark your calendars for the Bulldog Bash which will be held on Saturday, April 6 at the Glencoe City Center!


Thursday, Feb. 21 (make-up day)

3:30 – 7:30




Future Hoopster and Autograph Night


Tuesday, February 19th

Lester Prairie Gymnasium


Boys’ Basketball:  LP/HT Bulldogs vs Nicollet

Junior Varsity 5:45 and Varsity 7:00


Children who participated in the Future Hoopster Saturday morning program are invited to attend Future Hoopster Night.  Future Hoopsters are admitted free to the game, will be introduced before the varsity game and perform at halftime of the game.


Future Hoopsters will be introduced before the warm-up for the Varsity game – approximately 6:30


  • Wear your Future Hoopster t-shirt


  • Bring appropriate shoe to wear for the introductions and half-time demonstration (no outside shoes).


Hoopsters should remain with their parents/guardians until they are called to the floor.


After the game both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams will be signing autographs on their team picture

Go Bulldogs!