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Otter Pride Night a great event

Published 10:11am Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Updated 12:12pm Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Fergus Falls Otter Pride Night was another great success due to the hard work and dedication of School Board member Matt Lemke.

He worked tirelessly to make sure our youth had a wonderful experience.

I would also like to thank the girls’ volleyball players for lending a helping hand and the Fergus Falls Fire Department for bringing the bouncy House of Fun.

The turnout for the event was great and the football team played very well against a strong Bemidji team.

Two other groups also participated in the Otter Pride Night: The 544 Education Foundation and the Otter Outlet School Store.

The 544 Education Foundation sold tacos in a bag as a fundraiser, along with an Otter quilt at a silent auction. The Foundations’ big push this year is to increase their membership and Friday’s event gave them a good start by signing on 16 new members, four renewals and one memorial.

I would like to recognize and thank Mindy Fuder, executive director, and all the Foundation board members who have set a lofty goal of $50,000 in annual giving to the School District. Let’s help them raise their goal.

The Otter Outlet School Store was active during last Friday’s event selling their very own Otter merchandise. The Fergus Falls High School has an entrepreneur course that runs the school store and partners with a Family and Consumer Science course to design the clothing items.

The students even do the custom embroidery. If you’d like to buy some Otter wear, the Otter Outlet (located at Kennedy Secondary School) is open to the public Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 to 4 p.m.; and Tuesday through Friday mornings 7:45 to 8:20 a.m.


LRHC trainer helps coaches, athletes

Over the past three years, one of the best programs we offer our athletes has been the work of Lake Region Healthcare trainer, Brian Pickering. He can be found at many practices and games keeping our athletes safe.

Brian makes sure they receive the proper treatment when injured and gives coaches advice on how to avoid injuries.

Following an injury, he ensures the athlete is adhering to the proper protocol in order for them to return to the playing field quickly and safely.


FF is ‘Best Marching Band’

Vote for the Fergus Falls Marching Band as the best band in WCCO’s Best Marching Band in Minnesota contest this week. Here is the link to vote…


MREA advocates

for Greater Minnesota schools

MREA is the only education advocate exclusively for Greater Minnesota schools.

Under the leadership of school board members, administrators, teachers and community members, MREA focuses on what puts the education, growth, and development of learners first to bring about our best possible future.

MREA serves school districts throughout the state through advocacy, professional development and networking.

A grassroots organization, MREA was founded in 1985 by a group of school board members and administrators who believed that non-metro school districts needed a clearer voice in St. Paul and every student deserves a voice. MREA focuses on delivering these key values to members:

• Provide a unified voice for administrators, school boards and teachers to support rural education.

• Promote networking and collaboration among Greater Minnesota school boards, administrators and teachers.

• Put the education, growth and development of learners first.

• Use technology as a key to a 21st Century education.

MREA is an inclusive member organization that includes school districts, education agencies, and community members.

Fergus Falls Public Schools is a member of Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA). The public is invited to attend their regional meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Otter Community Room at Kennedy Secondary School. They will review this past legislative session and give an update on what they expect in the next legislative session.


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