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23
Apr
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Pine Island art students display works in ZED Traveling Art Show

PINE ISLAND – Ten Pine Island art students recently participated in the 20th annual Zumbro Education District Traveling Art Show. Each art teacher from the seven area ZED schools selects five pieces of exemplary art work to be displayed at each school for a week. The show started in Stewartville on February 4, followed by Hayfield, Blooming Prairie, Triton, Kasson-Mantorville, Byron, and ended in Pine Island April 8-15. Students from Pine Island High School with their works are, from left to right (grade level in parentheses): Kaitlin Dick (12), Kelly Leibold (12), Brianna Quintero (10), Sara Cramer (12), and Allison Anderson (12).

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Lions "Run for Vision" is April 27


On March 6, Lion Ken Aggen presented the Run for Vision fundraiser to the Pine Island Fire Department, asking them for their assistance during the event. The PI Lions Club wants to make this an annual fundraiser.

By Audra DePestel

PINEISLAND – The Pine Island Lions Club will host a “Run for Vision”  fundraiser on Sunday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m. This event will benefit the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and Vision Foundation.  

Registration for the 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will be at noon at the Pine Island School cafeteria or on the Running Room website at www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=10260. The race willstart from behind the school and follow the same route as the Ribbon Run by heading out of town toward the golf course and out in the country, then circling back via the Douglas Trail. There will be a race clock at the start/finish line, however no official race results are posted or tabulated for the event.  

Wed
16
Apr
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Pine Island students vote for their favorite Maud Hart Lovelace book


Pine Island students who participated in the Maud Hart Lovelace book award voting are, from left to right: Lauren Pokrandt, Brooklyn Radtke, Hunter Jackson, Anna Kruse, Ethan Dale, Anastasia Johnston, and Gavin Tilford.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Seven Pine Island students participated in this year’s Maud Hart Lovelace book award voting for the State of Minnesota. Students in grades 3-8 are invited to take part in the voting.  

Division 1 (grades 3-5) and Division 2 (grades 6-8) each has twelve nominated books, with three titles that cross over onto both lists. Once a student has read three of the titles, they are eligible to vote for their favorite to win the Maud Hart Lovelace award.

For Division 1, “Because of Mr. Terupt”  by Rob Buyea and “Quar-terback Season” by Fred Bow-en tied as the Pine Island students’ favorite. For Division 2, the winner was “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys. Their votes will be submitted to the Minnesota Youth Reading Award Committee to be counted along with other students from across Minnesota.

Wed
16
Apr
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Adams recognized as Eagle Scout


Pine Island Boy Scout Aaron Adams was recognized as an Eagle Scout at the Court of Honor in September 2013.

PINE ISLAND – Aaron Adams was awarded the Eagle Scout rank on August 18, 2013. The Eagle Court of Honor was held at the Pine Island United Methodist Church.

The opening flag ceremony was carried out by Senior Patrol Leader Isaac Beach. The Masters of Ceremony were personally select-ed by Adams.  Joey Kempf, an Eagle Scout from Troop 78 in Mazeppa, and Corbin Renkin, an Eagle Scout from Troop 59 in Zumbrota, were chosen for the leadership and friendship they showed to him. Adams did most of his Boy Scout activities with Zumbrota’s Troop 59 and only recently became a member of Pine Island’s Troop 69.  He  said he felt that these two friends helped make scouting enjoyable, served as outstanding role models, told him he, too, could be an Eagle Scout and essentially kept him going in scouting.  They both carried out the position of Masters of Cere-mony with the respect and honor warranted for this great achieve-ment.

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16
Apr
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Oronoco weighs its wastewater treatment options

By Karen Snyder

ORONOCO – Approximately 35 community members came to an April 9 public hearing to learn about plans for a potential wastewater treatment system for Oronoco.

Minnesota’s biggest little town with no municipal sewer service already has some of the requisite infrastructure in place. Joe Palen, city engineer, told the crowd the new subdivisions have systems that could someday connect to a municipal system. 

But most of Oronoco is served by individual septic systems, and three-fourths of those in the downtown area are believed to be non-compliant or obsolete.

Palen and project manager/wastewater engineer Tom Dye of Stantec Consulting offered three options for wastewater treatment: 

• Conveying wastewater to Rochester

• Conveying wastewater to Pine Island

• Building a wastewater treat-ment facility in Oronoco

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09
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Auditions to be held for "Peter Pan Junior"

PINE ISLAND – Calling all area students just finishing grades 4-9 who are interested in musical theatre! Join in the fun and become a part of the “Peter Pan Junior” cast this June when PAPA (Pine Area People for the Arts) offers another exciting theatre experience for young actors.

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Pine Island bond referendum info session is April 16

WEST CONCORD – Details about the upcoming Pine Island School bond referendum will be presented and discussed at a public forum at the Milton Township Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16.

Superintendent Tammy Berg-Beniak and school board members will be on hand to share information and answer questions about the proposed plans for a new off-site PreK-4 school building.  The referendum vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13.

The Milton Town Hall is located on Dodge County 11, south of Dodge County 24, just east of Berne. The address is 54368 250th Avenue, West Concord.

Questions can be directed to Madge Alberts, township clerk, at (507) 356-8625.

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02
Apr
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Jaxson Ebert to compete in State Geography Bee


Jaxson Ebert is one of 100 semifinalists eligible to compete at the 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee. The contest will be on April 4 at St. Cloud State University.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Jaxson Ebert, an eighth grade student at Pine Island Middle School, was recently notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists in the 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee. The Bee will be held at St. Cloud State University on Friday, April 4. 

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 26th year and is sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The National Geographic Society invites the top 100 scorers in each of the 50 states to compete at the state level. 

Wayne Dickie, Pine Island Middle School’s Geography Bee coordinator, said this is a great opportunity for Ebert to test his skills in geography at the state level. Ebert won the local competition at the school on December 16, 2013, and then took another test to earn a spot at state. 

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02
Apr
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Design of new Pine Island School project unveiled


The Pine Island School referendum election ballot will have two questions for voters to decide. Question #1 includes construction of a new PreK-4 school building and improvement of the existing facility for a middle/high school for grades 5-12, totaling $33.250 million. Question #2 includes a 600-seat auditorium at the middle/high school site with facilities ($5 million) and a new track with lighting encircling athletic fields at the new site ($1.5 million). Question #2 totals $6.5 million and its passing is contingent on voters passing Question #1.

By Alice Duschanek-Myers

PINE ISLAND – The Pine Island School Board held the first of three meetings with the community on March 25, the purpose of which was to provide information about the referendum to build a new PreK-4 school building and repair/remodel the existing building for grades 5-12. About 100 people attended the meeting. A 3-D model of the new school and the plans identifying the remodeling projects in the existing building were displayed.

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26
Mar
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Eclectic Gallery celebrates spring with an acoustic affair


Participating in the drum and flute circle spring celebration in Eclectic Gallery in Pine Island are, from left to right, Susan Helms, Nikki Hansen, Mary Jo Otis, her daughter Danika Otis, and Morgan Hansen. Helms demonstrated the sound of the Doumbec drum, which she makes and sells along with a variety of finger flutes that are available at Ecelectic. Mary Jo Otis also added to the beat with her Native American deer and buffalo skin drums.

By Audra DePestel

PINE ISLAND – Eclectic Gallery in Pine Island celebrated spring with music on Friday, March 21. Owner Susan Helms said the public was invited to join in a drum and flute circle, bringing any kind of instrument they’d like to play, such as bells, chimes, harmonicas, kazoos, or even coconuts and trash can lids. A small group gathered at 6 p.m. in the band shell on Main Street, but the cooler weather moved them back inside the gallery.

Among those who attended the acoustic affair was Nikki Hansen, a sales associate from Reverb.mn. Hansen is an advocate and supporter for the arts and talents that are happening all around the area. She said Reverb recognized the immense talent that exists in the Rochester and surrounding communities and wanted to inform the public about the talent and goings-on in the area.

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