On Monday, March 20, Fergus Falls Public Schools welcomed the Class of 2030 to kindergarten registration. What an exciting time for the children and parents.

During the event, parents were able to hear a presentation from Principal Scott Colbeck regarding being prepared for the first day of school. While the parents were meeting with Principal Colbeck, the incoming class was able to participate in a classroom activity. Based on the number of children registered on Monday night, we anticipate another class of 200 students starting next fall.

Artwork display

The Lake Region Arts Council is proud to exhibit selected artwork from this year’s High School 6A Minnesota State Visual Arts Exhibition and Competition. This is a yearly competition that showcases the best artwork from high school students throughout the state. Students compete at a regional and then state level.

Entries are judged on the quality of the artwork and the student’s artist statement. Regional winners will go on to compete at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley.

Congratulations to Fergus Falls High School winners Sylvia Venberg on her 3D paper construction owl, and Alex Evenson, on his scratchboard of pheasant hunt. A reception for the students, teachers and general public will be held from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12 at the LRAC/McKnight Main Gallery at 137 S. Mill St., Fergus Falls, MN. The exhibit will run from March 13 through April 26.

History day contest

Danielle Buckmeier, Middle School academic challenges advisor, shared the following information.

A group of our middle school students had a successful night at the West Central Region History Day Competition on Thursday, March 2, at MSUM. Fergus Falls Middle School had seven projects compete, and all seven advanced on to State. The State Competition will be held at the University of Minnesota on Saturday, April 29. It was a clean sweep for the Otters. All advanced to State. We are so proud of all of these girls and their hard work and dedication to their projects.

This year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History. The state-bound projects included the following: Exhibits: Standing Outside the Gates: Hormel Boycott (Ashlyn Heikes, 8th);

Minnesota Blizzard: Stirring Up a Storm in the Courtroom (Megan Lindgren, 8th); MADD:

Taking a Stand Against Drunk Driving (Rachel Nelson, Amelia Buckmeier, 8th); and Clara Barton: Standing for Those Unable to Stand Alone (Slovie Smestad, Hailey Kugler, 6th).

Websites: Building Bridges: Taking a Standing for Education (Ana Blank, Laycie Stach, 6th) and The Women Who Kept Fighting (Regan Cheshire, Maria Myhre, 6th). Performance: Ann Lee Hussey: A Post-Polio Story (Anna Erickson, Erika Lahti, 7th)

30 Days of Biking

With the nicer weather returning, Pedal Fergus Falls is promoting 30 Days of Biking in April. 30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day, for any distance during the month of April. Fergus Falls has led Greater Minnesota in participation for three years running, and we’d like to build on that success. You can learn more at

Creative placemaking

Springboard for the Arts, PartnerSHIP 4 Health and the Department of Natural Resources are excited to announce a unique public art project that will serve as a gateway for the Central Lakes Trail. The sculpture will be installed in June 2018 at the future trailhead of the Central Lakes State Trail on property recently acquired by the Minnesota DNR on the south side of Highway 210. There will be a special presentation at the trailhead at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, April 4.

The sculpture will be co-designed by youth in Fergus Falls through a series of Creative Placemaking workshops that will be offered this spring. Artists/Instructors Michele Anderson and Naomi Schliesman facilitated Creative Placemaking sessions with 4th grade students. Following the workshops, we will release an RFQ to invite professional public artists to apply the design and construct the sculpture.


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