Wanamingo-Kenyon

Wed
06
May
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Historic log house gets new shingles


On the roof, Larry Holst replaces wood shingles on the old Larson Log House on Main Street Wanamingo on Friday afternoon, May 1. Holst is assisted by Roger Hinz (on the scaffolding) and Dale Bremer (on the ground).

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – The Larson Log House in Wanamingo received new wood shingles last week. The leaky roof on the structure was over 40 years old and in desperate need of repair. In 2013, the Wanamingo Historical Society asked the community for help to replace the roofing, with material costs estimated at over $2,000. On Friday, May 1, three men took on the two-day job of tearing off the old shingles and laying new red cedar shingles on the cabin. 

Larry Holst tended to the primary duty of placing the cedar wedges in a way to properly fit from end to end. “It’s like a puzzle,” he said. Holst has experience with replacing this type of early era construction and has re-roofed other structures with wood shingles. 

Wed
29
Apr
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KW Family Carnival was April 10


KW cheerleader Megan Groth gives Aidan Majerus a festive new look at the Kenyon-Wanamingo Education Foundation Family Carnival on April 10.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – The annual Family Carnival was held at Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School on April 10. Each year the KW Education Foundation hosts the carnival as a way to bring families together while raising funds for the organization. This was the ninth year of the carnival and Sandra Vold, this year’s organizer, said the carnival drew a good crowd. 

Directors serving on the KW Education Foundation Board turned out to assist as needed, including Jim Fontaine, Debb Paquin, Jen Vold, Ladonna Holmes, Rhana Olson, Cathay Hoven, Mary Lazaretti, Cathy Stark, teacher Lisa Nelson, and staff member Roxy Rolstad. 

Wed
22
Apr
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Open burning permit is amended in Wanamingo

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Open burning restrictions are now in place in Wanamingo after the city council passed an ordinance on April 13. Ordinance #169 prohibits the burning of oil, petroleum fuels, rubber, plastic, chemically treated materials, and other materials that produce excessive or noxious smoke, such as tires, railroad ties, painted or glued wood composite shingles, tar paper, insulation, sheet rock, wiring, paint/paint filters, hazardous waste, solid waste, food, leaves or grass clippings within city limits.

The ordinance does not affect the use of grills, hibachis, propane or natural gas devices, or recreational campfires.

Issues have come up in the past resulting in the city moving to a more strict burning code. A public hearing was held, and no comment was offered. A motion by Larry VanDeWalker to approve the ordinance carried 5-0.  

Wed
01
Apr
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Pesta offered KW superintendent position


Jeff Pesta

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Jeff Pesta was unanimously selected by the Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board to assume the new superintendent position, replacing the late Jeff Evert. It was unknown prior to the deadline for printing if Pesta accepted the job. 

In the search for a new superintendent, the KW Board narrowed a field of sixteen candidates down to six to interview for the position and then held two rounds of interviews. The first round of interviews was March 19-20.

Candidates interviewed were: 

Wed
25
Mar
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Two KW teams compete at Rube Goldberg competition in Mankato


Princesses of the KW Castle took fourth place at the Rube Goldberg competition at Minnesota State University – Mankato. From left to right are Megan Quam, Ellyn Beulke, Emma Perry, Mariah Quam, Makayla Sokoloski. Not pictured: Erin Houglum.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

KENYON – Two teams from the Kenyon-Wanamingo High School’s advanced physics class, advised by Darin Walling, went to the annual Rube Goldberg competition on February 27 at Minnesota State University – Mankato. The team “Princesses of the KW Castle” (Ellyn Beulke, Erin Houglum, Emma Perry, Mariah Quam, Megan Quam and Makayla Sokoloski) finished fourth out of at least twenty teams. The first place team from Southland will move on to the national contest in Wisconsin in April.

The other KW team competing was “Team USA” (Caleb Greseth, Eric Hokanson, Clint Irrthum, Ben Ringham, Drew Sathrum, Quinn Traxler, Luke Votruba, and Tanner Warner). “Despite having few minor flaws when we had our machine judged,” Traxler said, “I’d say it went pretty well.”  

Wed
25
Mar
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Settlement conference date set for ballot burning case

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

Wanamingo Township Supervisor Thomas Shane, 58, of rural Zumbrota, returned to court March 13 on a felony charge for damaging ballots and a gross misdemeanor charge for knowingly exceeding his authority as a public officer in an incident that occurred last year. A settlement conference has been set for April 24 in Goodhue County District Court. If a settlement is not reached in the matter, a trial date is scheduled for June 8. 

Shane was elected to the Wanamingo Township Board in 2012 for a term of three years. On March 10, 2015, he was re-elected as a Wanamingo Township supervisor.

Wed
25
Mar
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Interim KW superintendent appointed; three candidates to be interviewed March 25

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – On March 17, the Kenyon-Wanamingo Board of Education announced that Dr. Jeff Pesta was appointed to serve as interim superintendent through June 30, 2015. Pesta was hired on January 5 of this year to fill the role of interim principal for grades 7-12. He will serve in both roles in the short term while the district continues their hiring process for a permanent superintendent. 

The first round of superintendent candidate interviews were held on March 19 and 20 at KW Elementary School. The school board’s goal is to have a new superintendent named by April 1, with that individual to assume his/her duties on July 1.

Candidate interviews March 25

Wed
18
Mar
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Five scouts cross over to Troop 76


Webelos from Pack 76 earning their Arrow of Light award are, from left to right, Trevor Steberg, Laden Nerison, Hunter Jones, Kiernan McGuire and Evan Lewis. After being presented with their Pack awards, the scouts were welcomed into Boy Scout Troop 76.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – On February 24 five Cub Scouts from Pack 76 participated in a crossover ceremony at the Wanamingo Community Center to officially enter the Boy Scout Troop. As Webelos, Hunter Jones, Evan Lewis, Kiernan McGuire, Laden Nerison and Trevor Steberg completed the requirements to earn their Arrow of Light Award patch prior to transferring to Boy Scout Troop 76. The boys were also presented with their additional compass points to go on their emblem patch and activity pins they had earned toward their rank advancement during the ceremony.

Others participating in the ceremony were Boys Scouts Brandon and Jonathon Dierks, Chris Farrell, Colin McGuire and Alec Nesseth; adult leaders Mike Farrell (Troop Scoutmaster) and Mike McGuire (Troop Assistant Scoutmaster/Pack Assistant Cubmaster), Eric Dierks (Pack Cubmaster) and Barney Nesseth (Pack Committee Chairman).

 

 

Wed
18
Mar
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KW School navigates gap left in Evert's absence

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – On March 11 the Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board called an urgent meeting to discuss the memorial service for late Superintendent Jeff Evert, his contract, needs for a short-term interim superintendent, priorities for the March 23 school board meeting, and the development of a new superintendent contract in preparation for hiring. 

Memorial plans

A public memorial service was planned for Friday, March 13, at the high school gymnasium, with a visitation in the commons area. Building & Grounds supervisor Paul Clauson said in addition to bleachers, 400 could be seated on the gym floor, with overflow seating in the auditorium with a simultaneous broadcast. Clauson also shared a draft of a memorial program he created. 

Wed
11
Mar
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KW weighs needs and district finances

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

KENYON – The Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board finance committee met prior to the school board meeting on February 23. The board continues to have concerns regarding the declining fund balance. The committee reviewed projected revenues for 2015-16 and will go from there to determine what will be done to address the situation. 

A resolution authorizing administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions was approved by the board. This directs the principals and superintendent to look at options for the budget. The approval of the resolution is needed if any reductions are deemed to be needed. 

District resident Jim Sviggum attended to the meeting upon hearing a resolution for cuts would be on the agenda. He said he believed the district needed to make spending money on teachers and educational programs a priority, instead of areas such as daycare. 

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