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Tournament excitement continues

Published 10:08am Thursday, March 14, 2013 Updated 12:09pm Thursday, March 14, 2013

Congratulations to the Otter Girls’ Basketball team for defeating Alexandria in a nail-biter on Friday night.

They will play at 4 pm on Wednesday afternoon vs Monticello. And congratulations to the Otter Boys’ Basketball team for their semi-final win vs Alexandria.

The boys will play Sartell on Thursday night in the section finals.



The Fergus Falls High School OtterBots competed in the state robotics competition this past weekend in Duluth. Congratulations for being the top team for climbing points — making to the top of pyramid every time.

The top eight teams continued on to quarterfinals and they get to choose two other teams for an alliance. Fergus Falls was chosen by a team from Section A and made it through the quarterfinal round.

Thanks to the coaches for advising and supervising this fun and intellectual event — Bill Swanson, Lead Advisor and assistants Bob Drake, Alex Cabrera, Scott Fritz, Earl Fietek and Diane Grotberg.

The coaches said all the students kids are inspired to participate again next year and want to do more!


Alice in Wonderland

The Fergus Falls Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade choir will be performing Disney’s Alice in Wonderland at 9 am on March 20 and 9 am and 7 pm on March 21. Janel Trovsig, choir teacher, and the students are looking forward to performing for the audience.

Praise for Otter player

Last week I received an email from a Sartell parent, she stated, “I am the mother of the Sartell player who ended up getting a concussion and stitches on Saturday night.

“I wanted to tell you how impressed I was with Brianna Rasmussen. My daughter said that Brianna ran over to her and asked if she needed help and that she was really sorry that she was hurt. “Brianna wasn’t anywhere near where my daughter was when she got hurt.

“It was an accident and obviously was not intentional. I would like you to tell her that I truly feel, as does my daughter, that Brianna is a class act.

“Many times we forget the kindness of a stranger and her kindness to my daughter was really appreciated.”

Brianna is great example of why Fergus Falls wins so many sportsmanship banners. It proves that the Otters can compete at a high level and be good people too.


Bond Referendum

is April 2

Over the past few weeks, I have been sharing information on the bond referendum. This week I will briefly review the key points:

• The School District has a need for quality green space to accommodate physical education classes, activities and an onsite environmental learning area.

The District is trying to maximize the use of every square inch of the existing Kennedy site.

• This bond referendum focuses only on the Kennedy Secondary School site: two softball fields, eight tennis courts, football/track/soccer complex with new handicapped accessible bleachers, expanded green space for physical education with an irrigation system, and completion of an environmental learning area.

• Even though the Cleveland and Roosevelt projects are no longer a part of this bond referendum, the District is intending to improve these sites.

The District will install an irrigation system on the west side of the Cleveland site to host varsity soccer games. The ice rink would remain at Cleveland.

At Roosevelt, a grass infield and fencing would be added.

• A frequent question is how will the proposed lower bond referendum amount affect taxes.

The School District’s current 1994 bond referendum for the science wing and media center at the old high school is expiring in 2013. Property owners in the Fergus Falls School District are currently paying $24.16 per year or $2.01 per month on a $100,000 property.

With the 1994 bond expiring and if this new bond referendum was approved, the cost for that same $100,000 property would be $17.69 per year or $1.47 per month.


Jerry Ness is the superintendent of District 544 in Fergus Falls.


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