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The FIRST LEGO League Team from St. Joseph's School in Grand Rapids took first place in their division at the Northome tournament on Dec. 8. Twenty-two teams participated in the tournament. The team will move on to the next level of competition to take place in St. Paul on Jan. 20.

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Members of the Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) Interact Club spent last school year working to make a difference for high school girls in Senegal, West Africa by partnering with the organization Days for Girls.

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• Area students named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the spring semester of the 2016-17 academic year, ending May 2017 were: Austin Bryan Stefanich, Coleraine, exercise and sport science major: physical education; and Dakota Jean Flohaug, Grand Rapids, commun…

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The relationship between siblings can be an elaborate love, fight balance in which individuals know each other’s deepest weaknesses and greatest loves. It is a lifelong relationship that, when supported and fostered, can provide deep stability. It can also be a destructive relationship in wh…

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Developmentally, toddlers are wired to touch, feel and grab their surroundings to learn about their world. Ever had a toddler spend 10 minutes washing hands at the sink? Or refuse to get dressed? These are examples of a toddler’s sensitivity to different textures and are great learning oppor…

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The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) has announced the two recipients of its annual scholarship competition for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota: Briona Currie of Eveleth-Gilbert High School (EGHS) and Olivia Skaja, who lives in Deer River and was homeschooled. The …

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Vegetables are not the only thing growing at the Murphy Community Garden. This year, community gardener Dr. Anne Tofte and second grade teacher Ruth Tatter explored ways to increase the Murphy Elementary garden plots and found a community ready to support it.

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As we look through your house what would we see?

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• Receiving degrees during the spring 2017 commencement at Concordia College were: Kaila Juntunen, mathematics, education, Deer River High School, Dale and Kari Juntunen, Bigfork; Katherine Anderson, Magna Cum Laude, sociology, environmental studies, Grand Rapids High School, David and Gayle…

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Do your children complain when you say, “Let’s go?” There are a variety of reasons why young children may complain about different things, and getting to the root of this “why” may help to define what the correct parental response should be. Oftentimes, parents simply ignore their children a…

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• Nicole Korstad, Bigfork, a Masters of Social Work student, received the Arrowhead Award during the University of Minnesota Duluth annual Student Leadership Awards Celebration on April 9. The Arrowhead Award is given for exemplary service to a student organization.

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Nearly 40 students across the district participated in Grand Rapids’ 8th Annual District Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 24. There were three separate contests (second, third and fourth grade) held at the Ives Studio Theater in the Reif Center.

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Five business students from Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) attended the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2017 National Leadership Conference, “Spread Your Wings,” in Orlando, Fla., May 10-14. Grand Rapids High School chapter members Reed Kottke, Griffin Mayo, Heather Mostoller, Kayli…

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College for Kids at Itasca Community College (ICC) will begin its 40th year on Monday, June 12. The 2017 program is one week long, running June 12-16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Children ages 4-12 can choose from 25 exciting classes, including new courses such as Lego explorers and crafty sewing, …

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The 2016-17 Greenway High School yearbook staff, under the direction of advisor Diane Levar, recently was awarded a certificate of achievement by the Balfour Publishing Company. This year’s yearbook was selected to be a national yearbook sample that will be distributed at yearbook workshops …

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Students at Northern Lights Community School (NLCS) have been learning how to craft their words into spoken word poetry, which is a poetry performance using voice and emotion to share writing with an audience. It is a “catchall” which includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including hip-…

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On May 12, the Itasca Community College (ICC) Foundation and Alumni Association hosted a luncheon for ICC “Golden Graduates,” students who graduated from ICC 50 years ago. Three local graduates attended and enjoyed a lunch, campus tour and heard updates on the college, Foundation and Alumni …

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Northland High School’s Haley Welk and Ravyn Gale were among the 46 Region five students honored by National Joint Powers Alliance at its 26th annual Student Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, April 12 at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd.

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The Northern Lights Community School (NLCS) YES! Club has been busy promoting environmental awareness throughout the community. The YES! Club is a team of students that generate environmental projects and green school initiatives throughout the community. Over the course of the school year, …

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Students from Northern Lights Community School (NLCS) joined 30 additional programs across the state to attend the Minnesota Association for Alternative Programs (MAAP) Stars conference in Bloomington, Minn. which took place April 25-26. The event was held at the Doubletree Hotel. Maggan How…

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Schools across Minnesota, including Vandyke Elementary School in Coleraine, participated in Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Planting Week, May 22-26 in an effort to advocate for healthy learning environments for students as well as inspire environmental stewardship in children of all ages. Accor…

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As part of “Every Kid Healthy Week,” Northern Lights Community School (NLCS) hosted its Third Annual Health Fair Expo on Wednesday, April.

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Families are diverse and complex with blended family percentages reaching 25 percent and the divorce rate staying constant. Parents are finding new lives and relationships while working through dynamics with children in tow. Divorce means that two parents lead separate lives and share indivi…

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A team of four sixth graders from Robert J. Elkington Middle School (RJEMS) won third place at the 2017 Minnesota U.S. Academic Triathlon State Tournament, held recently at Cottage Grove Middle School in Cottage Grove, Minn. The team, coordinated by Darrin Hofstad, consists of members Luke T…

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The Grand Rapids High School Speech Team had two competitors qualify to attend the State Speech Meet, though one chose to attend. After taking first place at the Minnesota State High School League Section 7AA Speech meet in the category of extemporaneous reading, Marie Nalan represented Gran…

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Grand Rapids FFA produced another strong convention in St.Paul April 23-25 by placing five career development teams in the top five and crowning another state champion. This convention was unique however, producing its first ever Constitutional State FFA Officer from the Grand Rapids FFA Cha…

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Northern Lights Community School (NLCS) celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up the shoreline around Crystal Lake. Every year, Donna Hanson-Kaasa takes on this project as advisor. Since Earth Day fell on a weekend this year, students at NLCS chose to spend the brisk, chilly morning of Friday, Ap…

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The Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) Ojibwe Quiz Bowl team brought home the third place trophy from the Lester “Jack” Briggs Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament held on Friday, May 5 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. This tournament is considered the state meet and included 23 teams comp…

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A past week’s article discussed strategies to help both parents and children calm down and work through difficulties during busy times. But what happens if these strategies don’t pan-out and everyone loses their cool? What do you do if your child is in full meltdown mode? What if your child …

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The March Robert J. Elkington Middle School (RJEMS) HAWK PRIDE winners are Megan Gunnerson (grade seven), Tanner Westlund (grade seven), The ThunderHawk, Megan McCartney (grade eight) and Rocky Ritter (grade six); front row: Kyra Gilbertson (grade five), Dustin Reagin-Hill (grade eight), Han…

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One-hundred-thirty-nine students competed on 28 teams from eight different schools in the fifth grade Math Masters regional meet at Itasca Community College (ICC).

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As we wander down the aisles of the grocery store, my toddler points to objects on the shelves and I happily give words to the food items like brown rice, kielbasa and asparagus. We grab those that we need from each section and gab and sing together along the way. I can’t help but think of h…

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Spring seems to be a busier time for families. Maybe it is because it is a time for preparation for summer schedules. Maybe it’s because sometimes there are more deadlines at work. Maybe it’s because there seem to be multiple activities going on within the community, sports and school which …

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On Tuesday, April 25, the Itasca Community College (ICC) Foundation held its annual scholarship awards reception. For the 2017-18 school year, the foundation awarded 150 scholarships at a total value of $125,000 to 100 students. Nearly 200 individuals were in attendance Tuesday evening, incl…

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With the financial assistance of Independent School District (ISD) 318 Endowment funds, sixth grade Robert J. Elkington Middle School (RJEMS) teacher Phil Carlson hopes to connect classroom instruction to community involvement in the Grand Rapids area.

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In 2011, Minnesota conducted a study that included personal questions such as whether the participant had any type of abuse, neglect and household dysfunction, which were classified as Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, in their childhood. This was conducted after a similar survey in Ca…

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The 5th grade Math Master’s fourth and final local meet hopefully polished the students’ individual and team skills for the regional meet on Friday, April 21, at Itasca Community College.

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