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May 29, 2017

Fire damages home of former Wright County commissioner

Former Wright County Commissioner Elmer “Ike” and Karol Eichelberg were not harmed, but their home in St. Michael was badly damaged by fire May 4, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Donations are being accepted to help the couple recover.

Ike is a former teacher and mayor, in addition to being a former county commissioner.

Their home at 220 Main St. was reportedly one of the oldest in the community. Firefighters were able to respond quickly because the fire station is located across the street from the residence.

Princess Kay finalists include some from local counties

The 12 young women who will compete for the title of Minnesota’s 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way have been named.

The announcement came after a weekend leadership workshop at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.

The finalists in our area include Anna Broll of Chaska, representing Carver County; Margaret Socha of Rogers, representing Wright County; and Ashley Warren of Watkins, representing Meeker County.

The finalists were selected based on their passion for dairy and their communication skills. The new Princess Kay will be crowned the night before the state fair opens.

Monticello church celebrates 70 years of spring plant sales

Monticello Community United Methodist Church congregation members have cultivated something that’s become unique in the annals of community events, the Monticello Times reported.

A dedicated group of diggers, plant splitters, baggers, price labelers, cashiers, bake sale and caramel roll ladies, table decorators, Boy Scouts, youth, and a clean-up crew recently wrapped up the church’s 70th annual spring plant sale.

Not counting the people who bake for the bake sale and a group of Boy Scouts who help set up the tables, there are about 70 people from the congregation who volunteer for the event.

Litchfield School Board chair Marlin Schutte resigns

Marlin Schutte resigned from the Litchfield School Board last Monday.

Schutte’s short resignation letter, read by Board Treasurer Darrin Anderson, did not provide an explanation, stating only that he wished to resign from the board.

School board members agreed to inquire with at least one former board member about filling the vacant seat through the end of the year, until another board member, who will be elected in November, begins a new term in January.

The board appointed Anderson, the current treasurer, as chair until January, when new board officers will be appointed at its re-organizational meeting.

Hutchinson cook manager awarded for ingenuity

Janet Schmidt, Hutchinson Middle School’s cook manager, has won the Minnesota School Nutrition Association State Manager of the Year Award, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

The award recognizes cafeteria managers who show their dedication and ingenuity in improving the school lunch program.

According to MNSNA, Schmidt goes above and beyond the call of duty to make the cafeteria the heart of the school. Students are welcome to sit in the cafeteria before class starts to visit with friends, work on homework, or begin their day with a nutritious school breakfast.

ECFE educator retires after 30 years in Waconia

Marilyn Laulainen had tears in her eyes as she welcomed families into the Early Childhood and Family Education building in Waconia May 11, the Waconia Patriot reported.

After 30 years working with Waconia’s ECFE program, Laulainen has announced her retirement.

She said that in her 30 years as a member of the staff, she has seen the program grow to help hundreds of children and parents make the transition into life at school.

Erickson to lead Annandale Middle School

Jeffrey D. Erickson has been chosen as the new Annandale Middle School principal, the Annandale Advocate reported.

He will replace current principal Tim Prom, who will become the superintendent upon the retirement of Steve Niklaus Friday, June 30.

The decision to offer Erickson the job was made May 15, by a selection committee made up of Annandale School District administrators, school board members, teachers, staff, and parents.

Silver Lake city clerk submits resignation

Silver Lake City Clerk-Treasurer Kerry Venier submitted his resignation to the city council May 15, reported the McLeod County Chronicle.

Venier, who has worked for the city for 15 years, has accepted a position with the city of Duluth. His last day will be June 16.