Column: From the Desk

Congratulations to Alexandra McKinnell and Nathan Zierden for being selected the Minnesota State High School League’s Triple AAA winners for the Fergus Falls High School!  Triple A stands for academics, arts and athletics.

Alexandra has been involved in orchestra, visual arts, tennis, hockey and softball. She plans to attend Northwestern, Cornell or Notre Dame studying the biological sciences – microbiology and immunology.

  Nathan has been involved with JETS — junior engineering, math competition, president of student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, football, baseball, hockey, and has sang in the all-state choir program. Nathan represented FFHS at the HOBY Leadership Conference and plans to go into mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University.

Concert Dedicated to Al Jacobs

The All-School band concert on Monday, March 19 was dedicated to band director Al Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs passed away on Feb. 14, at the age of 95.  He was the band director for 30 years starting in 1954. In 2003, Mr. Jacobs was inducted into the Fergus Falls Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service.  Many of his students earned all state and became music instructors.  His legacy continues today!

Congratulations Ms. Bormann!

Congratulations to Cheryl Bormann for being selected as the West Central School Counselors Association 2018 School Counselor of the Year!  Ms. Bormann is a Fergus Falls Public School counselor assigned to our online school – iQ Academy Minnesota. 

Tom Uvass Retires

Congratulations and thank you to Coach Uvass on a long and successful career at the Fergus Falls High School. He has coached many individual state champions and a state team title!  All who came in contact with Coach Uvass appreciated his hard work, dedication and kindness.

Reading Tutors Needed

Temporary, part-time library summer reading tutors are needed by the Fergus Falls Public Library.  They are  accepting applications through March 27, 2018.  Part-time reading tutors will lead the Extra Reading at the Library (ERL) summer tutoring program for youth at the temporary Fergus Falls Public Library (1505 Pebble Lake Road, Fergus Falls). The ERL program runs June 4 through July 26 (eight weeks). The hourly pay rate is $15 and they are seeking five or six tutors.

An open house registration night for the ERL program will be held Tuesday, May 1 from 4 to 7 p.m.; and an orientation meeting for tutors will be held prior to the open house. Training hours will also be provided during the month of May.

Fundraiser for Young Readers

The Women’s Leadership Council is planning a very special event to raise funds for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This program provides an age and developmentally appropriate book for children birth to 5 in Otter Tail County. Dolly’s Foundation donates the books and your Women’s Leadership Council pays for the shipping which is only $28 per child, per year. These fantastic books are delivered directly to the homes of the 675 children enrolled. Since 2013, the WLC has provided 27,612 books to our young readers.

A very special event of the evening will also include honoring the community work of John Helland, retired Fergus Falls Educator and literacy champion for our local children. We hope you will want to be a part of this very special ceremony to thank John for all he has done to help children in our community.

The evening includes live jazz music from The Blue Note Combo, a delicious dinner, a silent and live auction and honoring our local community member, John Helland. Tickets are $25 and you many contact United Way at 218-736-5147 or visit us online at to purchase your tickets.

Jerry Ness is the Fergus Falls School District superintendent.

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