education

COVID-19 case reported at Bluff View

Sep 16, 2020
Bluff View Elementary School has notified parents of a potential COVID-19 exposure at the school just before the beginning of the school year, but now officials believe the person who tested positive didn’t have close contact with anyone at the school, according to Supt. Erick Enger. According to a...

High school completes 
single-occupant restroom project

Sep 9, 2020
Lincoln High School has eight new single-occupant restrooms in the middle school building. The restrooms - six non-gendered and two women’s only - replace a boys room that was on one level and a girls room that was on another. Deteriorating plumbing in the now-replaced restrooms led to the project.

Back to class for Lake City students

Sep 9, 2020
For the first time since the middle of March, Lincoln High School students were in their seats listening to their teachers this week. The school split the student body into four groups and brought each in for a half-day session on either Sept. 8 or 9 to cover how things will be different this year...

Harvey wins state fair scholarship

Aug 26, 2020
Renae Harvey of Lake City is one of 20 recipients of Minnesota State Fair Youth Scholarships this year. “Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair, the fair was committed to continuing the tradition of offering scholarship opportunities to deserving youth based on their leadership...

St. John’s to open school with face-to-face learning model

Aug 19, 2020
Editor’s note: The Graphic asked St. John’s Lutheran School Principal David Zabel to describe how learning will take place as the school year begins and the process that led to those decisions. His full response follows.   Once the Governor made his decision to “let local schools districts decide...

School board meets Tuesday on reopening plans

Jul 29, 2020
On Thursday (today) Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce whether Minnesota public schools students will begin the school year on Sept. 8 in class, in distance learning, or a hybrid model incorporating aspects of both. Soon after, parents in the district will receive a brief questionnaire from the...

Filing open for four school board seats

Jul 29, 2020
Filing for four seats on the Lake City School Board opened Tuesday and ends Aug. 11. At the July 20 Lake City School Board meeting, Heath Oeltjen and Michelle Larson said they would seek reelection. Jack Rol and Patrick Dwelle said they were undecided. School board candidates must reside in the...

District formulating plans for uncertain school year

Jul 22, 2020
Lake City Public Schools is working on three plans for operating during the pandemic in the upcoming school year, and it might end up using all three. On Monday administrators previewed some of the issues and draft plans for members of the Lake City School Board at its July meeting. Lincoln High...

Homebuyer education classes available

Jul 1, 2020
SEMMCHRA is continuing to offer its in-person homebuyer education class, Home Stretch, online.  Participants will be emailed a link to join an on-line video conference where they will be able to listen to presentations by homebuyer counselors, lenders, real estate agents and home inspectors. ...

St. John’s kindergarten teacher retires

Jun 17, 2020
In June, Denise Steffenhagen will be retiring from 25 years as a Lutheran elementary school teacher. For the last seven of those twenty-five years, she has been the Kindergarten teacher at St. John’s in Lake City. After fourteen years as a stay-at-home mom, Denise Steffenhagen began her...

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