Wanamingo-Kenyon

Wed
19
Nov
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Riverview Services has a new director


Riverview Services, Inc. is excited to welcome new administrative program director Malissa Parrott-Stahnke. Staff members are, from left to right, front row: Christine Houglum, Callie VanDeWalker; back row: Janelle Flom, Tricia Bauer, Sara Rude, Lynette Nerison, and Parrott-Stahnke.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Malissa Parrott-Stahnke is thrilled to be the new administrator/program director for Riverview Services, Inc. With one month in the lead role she is glad her instincts urged her to apply with the company. Parrott-Stahnke said, “I could not have asked for a better team to lead, as each employee here has their own unique contributions to Riverview. The compassion and joy that radiates from this company is refreshing and exciting.”

Parrott-Stahnke grew up in Welch where her parents ran a treatment foster home. She said “I learned patience, respect, and acceptance for a very diverse mix of families and children.” During high school and after, she worked with Lutheran Social Services, an opportunity that gave her a greater understanding of adults and children with developmental delays, and the care and services they need. 

Wed
05
Nov
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New Wanamingo softball field takes shape


Working on the new softball field in Wanamingo on October 17 are, from left to right, Lance Seltun, Jesse Steberg, Kirby VanDeWalker, and Jake Schaefer. A majority of the work on the new field is expected to be completed before the snow flies.

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Construction of a new softball field has brought a striking change in appearance to the Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School grounds. The project recently began after months of planning and gathering bids for work.

Dave Rapp, owner of Rapp Surveying in Kenyon, surveyed the location and staked out dimensions of the new field. Zumbro Valley Landscaping of Wanamingo built a significant retaining wall, completed all excavating work, and hauled in red rock for the infield. On October 17, Tom Shane, owner of Shane Electric, trenched and ran electricity to the field, dugout, and future scoreboard locations. Project organizers said the  field will be playable by the spring season, as long as enough funds are raised for the backstop and fencing to be installed.

Wed
05
Nov
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KW Superintendent submits resignation

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

KENYON – Longtime Superintendent Jeff Evert submitted a letter of resignation to the Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board on October 27. His resignation would be effective June 30, 2015, after the completion of his contract through School Administrative Specialty Services. A motion by Debb Paquin to accept Evert’s resignation, seconded by Marilyn Syverson, carried 7-0.  

Unlike salary contracts for principals, teachers, and other staff, the district does not negotiate the SASS superintendent contract. The board did not discuss whether they would contract a new superintendent through SASS or if the position would be as a direct district employee.

Evert said he spoke to Gary Kuphal about attending the November school board meeting. Kuphal has been the superintendent for Plainview-Elgin-Milville, and prior to that for Southland and LeRoy-Ostrander. 

Wed
22
Oct
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Wanamingo approves subdivision of land

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – In preparation for the sale of a property, the Wanamingo City Council approved a minor subdivision request during its October 6 meeting. Ag Partners Cooperative and Scott Nelson filed an application to split the parcel that the car wash is located on adjacent to Cenex. City Administrator Michael Boulton said the land was never split or officially sold when the car wash was built. The former Farm Country Coop and Nelson had an agreement in which Nelson paid taxes and payments to the company. 

Wed
15
Oct
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Wanamingo hires new public works employee

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – The Wanamingo City Council approved the hiring a Brad Kennedy for the Public Works maintenance worker position at the October 6 council meeting. The position became available last month after Public Works Director Steve Haggstrom submitted his letter of resignation. October 6 was also Kennedy’s first day on the job. 

Wed
08
Oct
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Meet the new staff at KW Elementary School


New staff at Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School are, from left to right: Demian Jackman (art), John Medcraft (emotional behavior disorders), Beth Windhorst (deaf and hard of hearing students), Roxy Rolstad (media center educational specialist), and Cody Anstedt (fourth grade).

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Five new staff members are in the classroom and hallways of Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School this year. Below you will find out more about Demian Jackman, Cody Anstedt, Beth Windhorst, Roxy Rolstad, and John Medcraft. 

Demian Jackman

Wed
01
Oct
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Staff changes are many at KW Schools

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – As the 2014 fall school year started, new staff was still being hired to fill vacant positions in Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools. About a dozen new faces will be seen in the classrooms and throughout the building. At the September 22 school board meeting, the board approved the following personnel changes.

Robin Hutton was hired as DCD special education teacher on August 25. Her annual salary will be $45,985 based on a master’s degree step 9.

Cody Anstedt was hired as an elementary school teacher on August 27. Her prorated annual salary will be $34,026 based on a bachelor’s degree step 1.

On September 2, Lisa Roosen was hired as a special education assistant to work in the middle/high school. She will be paid $12.22 per hour.

Holly Schaefer was hired on September 9 to work as a special education assistant. She will be paid $13.42 per hour.  

Wed
17
Sep
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Wanamingo seeks a new public works maintenance worker

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – After several years of service to the City of Wanamingo, Public Works  Director Steve Haggstrom submitted his resignation on September 3. At the September 8 regular meeting, the council offered their thanks to Haggstrom for his work and dedicated effort over the years. Haggstrom’s last day will be October 4.  The council accepted his resignation. 

Upon hearing of Haggstrom’s intention to resign, the personnel committee and City Administrator Michael Boulton decided to advertise for a public works maintenance worker, as opposed to a director. Posting for the position ended September 8. The council reviewed applications received prior to the meeting. The council will conduct a special meeting on September 22 to meet with candidates. 

Public Works report

Wed
27
Aug
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Wanamingo approves funds for SEMMCHRA

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – A transfer of $28,025 to the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) for Heritage Hill was approved by the Wanamingo City Council on August 11. The amount will be taken from the operating reserve fund established by the city to cover operating shortfall and capital expenses. As per an agreement with SEMMCHRA, the city is obligated to provide up to $50,000 per year for the facility until SEMMCHRA acquires the senior living center through re-bonding.

At the annual budget meeting on July 28, Buffy Beranek and Joe Wheeler of SEMMCHRA presented the projected expenses for 2014 to the council and requested a transfer to their operating reserve fund to cover expenses. Operating losses for 2014 were projected at $24,525. The SEMMCHRA representatives asked that the city transfer this amount to them. The city will levy $25,000 for this in 2015. 

Wed
20
Aug
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Schumacher awarded job for business expansion work

By Alicia Hunt-Welch

WANAMINGO – Schumacher Excavating beat out four other contractors to be awarded work on the Cenex 4 Addition project. The city’s engineering firm, WHKS, estimated that earth grading, street work, and utilities construction costs would be around $670,010. Bids ranged from $625,729 up to $867,101. After reviewing all bids the Wanamingo City Council carried a motion on August 11 to accept the low bid from Schumacher. Mayor Ryan Holmes said “We are pleased with this number.”

WHKS has been in contact with Al Schumacher who indicated that he would like to begin work within days of the bid being awarded. Concern was expressed over the need for the contractor to have all licenses and erosion control measures (required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) in order before any earth is moved. The council members agreed that all necessary legal requirements must be in hand before Schumacher begins. 

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