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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 25, 2010

After at least four years of discussions, it appears that Armstrong-Ringsted, North Kossuth and Sentral school districts are closer than ever to a regional academy.

Credit for that progress has to go to all the parties involved. Perhaps one of the most meaningful things that happened at the latest tri-district board meeting Wednesday night was that several A-R board members and parents said they would be willing to send their high-school students to Swea City. North Kossuth Superintendent Mike Landstrum said he would be willing to go along with the concept of north and south high-school campuses – one in Armstrong and one in Sentral – provided Swea City have grades six through eight for all three districts. Landstrum also suggested that all communities retain their own pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students.

That is real progress.

A lot of credit has to go to all the board members for sticking to it and getting the ball rolling again. What is needed now, though, is for district patrons to make their feelings known about the concept of a regional academy among the three districts.

The regional academy would provide for cost savings in administration and teaching staff plus offer more courses to the students – the primary motivation for all three districts in creating such an academy.

While North Kossuth and Sentral have just finished the second year of a five-year sharing agreement, a regional academy would in no way hamper that agreement. It would in fact enhance it, by providing more students to fill upper-level classes that might only have a handful of students now – at either A-R or NSK.

There was a lot of pride swallowed at Wednesday night’s meeting. The real issue – providing an excellent education for students came front and center.

Let’s hope that issue stays there. And let’s also hope that district patrons turn out for the next tri-district meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 at Sentral.

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 25, 2010

Do you enjoy a nice day by a lake with lots of family activities?

Then you’ll want to make it to Tuttle Lake Day which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Okamanpedan State Park north of Dolliver.

The event is sponsored by the Okamanpedan Development Association. Proceeds go to improve the lake and its environment.

Get in on the hot pork lunch with starting at 11:30 a.m. A freewill offering will be accepted.

A variety of kids’ games will be held through the day, with everything from face painting to balloon animals. The Emmet County Soil and Water Conservation Board will also be on hand with a learning farm exhibit that shows how conservation impacts land and water quality. Seana Godbold, Tuttle Lake coordinator of Emmet County, will be on hand to tell what’s happening on the Iowa side of Tuttle Lake. Rich Perrine of Martin County, Minnesota, Soil and Water will also have an exhibit on progress on conservation efforts on the Minnesota side of the lake.

There will also be a number of prizes raffled with an auction and door prizes will be given on the hour. And don’t miss one of the highlights – the duck race. Ducks will be sold for $2 each or $5 for three ducks. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning ducks.

T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats will also be available for purchase and memberships to the Okamanpedan Development Association will be available for $20 for families and $1 for individuals.

So be sure to make Tuttle Lake Day. To get there, just take County N52 north from Highway 9 east of Estherville. Go past Dolliver to County A13 then go east two miles to the park that’s just off to your left.