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MN Dept of Commerce sets information meetings - Apr 18, 2014

SAINT PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold public information meetings to provide opportunities for public comment regarding a proposed Minnesota to Iowa transmission line.  The Department of Commerce recently released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed 345 kilovolt transmission line.

Public Meetings will be held in Fairmont on Tuesday, April 22 from 1 to 6pm  at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in Jackson on Wednesday, April 23 from 1 to 6pm at the National Guard Armory and in Blue Earth on Thursday, April 24th from 1 to 6pm at Hamilton Hall.

Department staff will make a brief presentation at each meeting.  Following the presentation, members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments.  Each meeting will offer the same information.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for viewing at the public libraries in Jackson, Lakefield, Sherburn, and Fairmont.


Federated sets GreenTouch spruce-up at Kilen Woods - Apr 18, 2014

JACKSON - Federated Rural Electric in Jackson has set Saturday, May 3rd as spring clean up day at Kilen Woods State Park.  Federated employees, customers and the general public are invited to Kilen Woods from 9am to 1pm to help pick up litter on the hiking trails, trim branches, scoop our fire pits, rake tent sites, clean the picnic shelter and shower buildings, pick up fallen branches and scrape and paint picnic tables.  A free lunch will be served by Federated.

This year marks the 15th year of partnership between Touchstone Energy Cooperative and the Minnesota State Parks.

You do not need to be a Federated member to volunteer and all volunteers need to RSVP by noon on May 2nd.  To register, you can call Andrea at Federated at 847-3520, 728-8366, 1-800-321-3520 or by e-mail at info@federatedrea.coop to ensure that lunch is ordered for all volunteers.  All volunteers receive free access to the park on that day.


Earth Day at Dickinson County Nature Center - Apr 17, 2014

OKOBOJI - The Dickinson County Conservation Board will host their annual Earth Day Celebration today from 4 to 8pm at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.  A variety of events will be held from 4 to 6:30pm including outdoor hikes, children’s activities and make-and-take spring crafts.

Jane Shuttleworth, education coordinator at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford, will lead wetland frog hikes at 4 and 5pm.  There will also be bird hikes at 4:30 and 5:30pm.

Inside the nature center, Naturalists will present live animal demonstrations including rats and snakes.

At 7pm, Rich Leopold, former director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will present the keynote address “Tales of a Natural Resources Administrator: A Collection of Wins and Losses”.


Council approves Jackson Crossing Plat - Apr 15, 2014

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session last night with all members present.  Greg Mitchell addressed to council regarding Part 2 of the Wellhead protection plan.  With no action necessary, this was tabled until the next meeting.

The council approved the Jackson Crossing Plat in the southeast corner of the intersection of Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway.

Bill Radio with Missouri River Energy Services addressed the council regarding the status of the Jackson Crew.  They have an offer out to a new crew chief and leads on a couple other lineman.  Radio explained that MRES needs to go to a four man crew to serve Jackson and that if the city wants to take back electric service they can.  There was no action necessary by the council.

Dee Nestegard addressed the council about introducing a Summer Lunch Program for the Jackson youth.  A number of Jackson children receive free and reduced lunches during the school year and then go hungry during the summer.  The council approved Nestegard using the shelter house at Ashley Park for an hour around noon on Wednesdays and any other day if open to serve the lunches contingent upon Nestegard obtaining liability insurance.

The council approved the bid from Erickson Trucks and Parts for the Cable TV/Electric Building.  There was no value to the bid.  Erickson will receive the building and will remove the concrete pad and footings at no cost to the city.

The council approved the bid of $53,500 from Svoboda Contracting for demolition of the City Public Works Building.  The bid from Svoboda was around $3,000 higher than a bid from Beemer out of Fairmont, but the council felt it important to support a local business that does a lot for the community.

In other action, the council approved rezoning a Service Business District to R-2, approved the joint city/county Mechanic Agreement, adopted Ordinance No. 77 for a property exchange with the JEDC and sell the property to Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership for $1, authorized entering into a lease with the state of Minnesota for two years for leased premises at the Jackson Municipal Airport and accepted donations for the Jackson Pool.


Swift and Schlager named Lions Students of the Quarter - Apr 14, 2014

JACKSON - Jackson County Central High School Seniors Samantha Swift and Natalie Schlager were honored Monday night as the Jackson Lions' Students of the Third Quarter.

Samantha Swift, daughter of Steve and Renee Swift, had a third quarter grade point average of 3.933. She has an overall Grade Point Average of 3.887 since her freshman year and is ranked 8th out of her class of 93 students.

Swift's third quarter classes included Physics, Anatomy, Philosophy, and college academic writing. Her activities include Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band. She is a member of the FFA Fish and Wildlife Team and FFA Parlimentary Procedure Team. Swift is also a Community Tech Assistant helping to operate sound and lights at the JCC Performing Arts Center, she is a member of her Youth Group, participates in Generation Next, Speech, Extemperanious Reading,
Start Noticing, National Honor Society, and is a volunteer reader at Riverside Elementary.

Natalie Schlager is the daughter of Jerry and Amy Schlager. She had a Third Quarter Grade Point Average of 3.917 and has an overall GPA since her freshman year of 3.804. Schlager is ranked 11th out of 93 students in her Senior Class.

Schlager's Third Quarter Classes included Forensic Science, Success, College Spanish and College Public Speaking. Her activities include serving as Senior Class President, Choir President, a member of the National Honor Society, Generation Next and is the Yearbook
Editor. She competes on the Speech Team and was a sub-section champion in Speech Duo with her partner Nick Reed. Schlager is a member of the Choir, Band, serves as a classroom assistant at Riverside Elementary, performed in the Spring Play and is involved in Start Noticing. She has also served as a judge for Middle School speech meets.

As the Lions' Students of the Third Quarter, Swift and Schlager were each presented a check for 100 dollars and a framed certificate proclaiming them as the Lions' Student of the Third Quarter.


Windom Police seek help after attempted abduction - Apr 14, 2014

The Windom Police are seeking the public’s help after a suspicious incident Sunday night in Windom.

Around 7:40 Sunday night, an 8 year-old girl was approached by an unknown male along the roadway near Winfair Schools.  The male told the girl that he was told by her mother to pick her up.  The girl refused the ride, and her parents confirmed they had not sent anyone to pick her up.

The male is described as around 20 years old, with black hair in a Mohawk and mustache.  He is around 6 foot tall, heavy set and white with a tan or darker complexion.

The car was an older model gold colored 4 door with damage to the driver’s side front of the car.

There have been other recent reports of similar incidents in other towns in Southwest Minnesota.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Windom Police Department at 507-831-6134.


Des Moines Valley donates hunting vests - Apr 14, 2014 

The Mountain Lake High School Trap Team with their new vests

JACKSON - The Des Moines Valley Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association presented the Mountain Lake High School trap team with 13 shooting vests.  The vests have the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association logo on the front pocket and Des Moines Valley MDHA on the back.  The value of the vests is around $1,000.

Mountain Lake High school has about 40 youth, including 17 girls, taking part in trap shooting this year.  Trap shooting has become a high school sport within the last couple of years.


JCC FFA holds annual banquet - Apr 13, 2014 

LAKEFIELD - The Jackson County Central FFA chapter held their annual banquet Sunday night at the Immanuel Lutheran Activity Center in Lakefield.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to businesses and individuals for their support of the JCC FFA Chapter over the past year.  The teams that competed at the 2013 State and National Conventions and Minnesota State Fair were also recognized.

The JCC FFA Officers presented Phil Nasby with an Honorary Chapter Degree.            

FFA members receiving their State Degrees at the State FFA Convention at the end of the month include Hannah Holmberg, Patrick Tate, Bailey Schneekloth, Marcus Hinkeldey, Hunter Klontz, Christian Goyne-Yarns, Kassidy Timmer and Michelle Buresch.

2014 Proficiency Recipient was Paige Anderson, state runner-up in Veterinary Science.

This year’s FFA Officers were recognized for all their work during the past year.  This year’s Officer team included President Josh Christoffer, Vice-President Jenna Hartzler, Secretary Michaela Vancura, Treasurer Hannah Holmberg, Reporter Sydney Eddy, Sentinel Paige Anderson, Historian Bailey Schneekloth and Student Advisor Megan Edlin.

The Leadership Award for behind the scenes efforts was presented to Jack Ziemer and Jeremiah Flatgard.  The Levi Buresch Memorial $300 scholarship was awarded to Josh Christoffer.


JCC Teams compete at State Meets - Apr 13, 2014

JACKSON - The JCC Knowledge Bowl team of Andrew Holmberg, Josh Christoffer, Bradley Gustafson and Rob Seivert took 12th place out of 24 teams competing at the State Knowledge Bowl Meet in Brainerd Thursday and Friday.

The JCC Speech Team had two entries in the State Speech Meet on Saturday.  Natalie Schlager and Nick Reed took 4th place in Duo Interpretation.  Becca Dose also competed in Extemporary Reading and was one spot from qualifying for the finals.


Iowa man injured in one-vehicle accident on Highway 86 - Apr 7, 2014 

SIOUX VALLEY - An Iowa man was injured in a one vehicle accident early this morning on Highway 86, 2 miles north of the Iowa Border.   27 year-old Neil Lewallen of Sioux Rapids, IA was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt southbound on Highway 86 at 2:30 this morning when he lost control and rolled into the ditch. 

Lewallen was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake with non-incapacitating injuries.

Lewallen’s Cobalt sustained severe damage.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s office and the Dickinson County Ambulance assisted at the scene.


REA Operation Round Up awards over $18,000 - Apr 8, 2014 

JACKSON - The Federated Rural Electric Trust awarded almost $13,000 to 19 organizations through Operation Round Up.  This is the 39th round of funding for Operation Round Up.  Area organizations receiving awards included $1,500 to the Alpha Fire Department to purchase medical equipment for the first responder truck, $900 to the Jackson County Library to help bring in the Zooman for their summer reading program and$500 to Fort Belmont to cover the costs to bring the New Ulm reenactment artillery group to the fort for the 150th Anniversary on September 7th.

Other organizations receiving an award include the Jackson County DAC in Lakefield, Rhythm of the River, JCC Elementary schools Great Wall of Art, Martin County West Community Ed, JCC Special Ed and Minnesota West in Jackson.

In addition, 8 - $700 Round Up scholarships were created.  Federated members with graduating high school seniors can apply for the Round Up Scholarships by April 21.  Applications were mailed with the April 1 electric bills.  They are also available at Federated’s website, or you can call the coop office or see your school counselor.

About 75 percent of Federated members participate in Operation Round Up by allowing their electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar.  The extra cents go to a special fund that is administered by an independent board that consists of seven Federated members.  Since the first round of funding in 1995, more than $433,000 has been awarded to local organizations and as high school scholarships.

The Trust Board received 23 applications during this round of funding.  The Board will meet again in the fall to determine the next round of funding.  The deadline for submitting an application is October 17, 2014.  Interested organizations may download the application online at federatedrea.coop.


Commissioners approve CUP - Apr 8, 2014

JACKSON - The Jackson County Commissioners met in regular session this morning at the County Courthouse in Jackson with all commissioners present. 

The Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Brad and Meg Freking of New Fashion Pork to expand a current swine production facility with a capacity of 960 animals to a capacity of 1,320 animals. 

The proposed One Watershed, One Plan from the Greater Blue Earth Regional Basin Alliance was presented to the Commissioners for a resolution of support.  The Jackson County portion of this plan is minimal and the Commissioners voted they were not willing to commit until they had more information and then may participate in a limited basis.

A Farm Winery License was approved for the Round Lake Vineyards and Winery.  Scott and Jenny Ellenbecker currently have a vineyard in rural Round Lake and this is the first step toward getting state approval for opening a winery and restaurant.

The Commissioners approved purchase of a 2015 Freightliner Tandem axle truck from I-State Truck Center for a cost of around $108,000.  The County was given authorization to sell a 1997 Oshkosh snow plow to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for $35,000.

In other action, the Commission approved advertising 2014 construction projects and approved a raffle permit for the Jackson Lions.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson County Commissioners will be Tuesday, April 22 at the Jackson County Courthouse.


Area Schools get Safe Routes grants - Apr 8, 2014 

SAINT PAUL - Pleasantview elementary in Lakefield and the schools in Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena were awarded federal grants for the Safe Routes to School program.

Pleasantview Elementary received a 2015 Infrastructure grant for a path connect and improve crossing from the south neighborhood to Pleasanview Elementary. 

The schools in Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena received a Planning Grant to help analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential solutions at K-8 schools.

In all,138 schools in 50 communities were awarded grants through the Safe Routes to School program.  Since 2005, MnDOT has awarded nearly $15.5 million in federal funds to communities to support Safe Routes to School.


Armstrong man arrested after high speed chase - Apr 7, 2014

ESTHERVILLE - An Armstrong man was arrested early Sunday morning following a high speed chase through Emmet County.  39 year-old Michael S. Daniels of Armstrong was stopped in rural Emmet county on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.  When officers returned to their vehicle to check Daniel’s driver’s license, he sped away in his vehicle.

Police chased Daniels vehicle through rural Emmet County at speeds up to 100 mph.  Daniels rammed a police vehicle and was apprehended without further incident.  No one was injured during the chase.

Daniels was transported to the Emmet County Jail on charges of Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony, Eluding a Law Enforcement Officer while in Violation of O.W.I., a Class D Felony, Assult on a Police Officer, a Class D Felony along with multiple traffic violations.  Daniels was released later Sunday morning by a magistrate on $5,000 Unsecured Bond.

The Estherville Police Department was assisted by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department and the Armstrong Police Department.


JCC qualifies two entries for State Meet - Apr 5, 2014

ST. PETER - The Jackson County Central Speech team qualified two entries for the State Meet in Blaine.  The top three finishers in each category advance to State.  The Duo Team of Natalie Schlager and Nick Reed took first place while Becca Dose was second in Extemporaneous Reading.

Two other JCC entries finished fourth, just missing advancing to State, Justin Petersen in Discussion and Sophia Stumpf in Creative.

As a team, JCC was 4th finishing behind Fairmont, St. Peter and Mankato Loyola. The Huskies had a total of 14 students, in 11 entries competing Friday in St. Peter.  The State Speech Meet is Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 in Blaine.

Jackson Council approves JPA with MnDOT - Apr 2, 2014

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday with all members present.  The meeting was called to order at 6:30 and moved to a public hearing regarding the creation of TIF District 3-8 on the southeast corner of the intersection of Highway 71 and Industrial Parkway.  There was no discussion on the item and the council approved creating the TIF District.

Chris Bower with MnDOT asked the council to consider entering into a Joint Powers Agreement for the upcoming Highway 71 bridge work and CIMS Project.  This would allow the city to complete water main work while Highway 71 is being worked on.  The council approved the JPA with MnDOT.

Tim Stahl with Jackson County talked about the trail project connecting Springfield Parkway and North Highway.  He explained that the original estimate in 2012 contained a lot of variables and the current estimate is based on more concrete information.  The current estimate is just under $162,000 with the city’s portion around $40,500.  This is an increase of about $9,000 from the 2012 estimate.  The council approved the city’s match portion.

Bids for the Demolition of City Buildings were presented to the council.  There were two sets of bids, one including the Electric/Cable TV Building and one without.  The city has two current proposals for that building.  This item was tabled until the April 15 meeting.

In other action, the council approved increasing the charge for a fire call from $500 to $1000, approved spending an additional $5500 for vinyl tiles at City Hall and approved the American Legion’s application for a one day liquor license for a wedding dance at the National Guard Armory.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson City Council will be Tuesday, April 15.


WBR and "Paws"itive winners at Pleasantview -Apr 1, 2014

LAKEFIELD - The March WBR and “Paws”itive Performers Winners were drawn at Pleasantview Elementary in Lakefield.

WBR Winners were Kindergartener Bailey Pavelko, First Graders Emilie Lindgren and Kandra Haar, Second Grader Trey Rossow, Third Grader Dillone Burgy.  Fourth Graders Markael Schumann and Gavin Thies and Fifth Grader Ezra Earhart.

“Paws”itive Performers were Kindergarteners Skyler Van Muyden and Bennett Eidhammer, First Graders Lily Johnson, Brylee Sachtjen, Isabella Costello and Thomas Daberkow, Second Graders Trey Rossow and Ulises Bouakham, Third Graders Dillon Burgy and Parker Rizzi, Fourth Graders Markael Schumann, Kade Zishka, Gavin Thies and Tanner Haar and Fifth Graders Ezra Earhart and Brianna Villasenor.

Congratulations to the WBR and “Paws”itive winners at Pleasantview Elementary for March.


March Terrific Kids honored at Riverside - Mar 27, 2014

March Terrific Kids along with Kiwanians Bonnie Traetow, Paul Meium and Jerre Johnson.

JACKSON - March’s Terrific Kids were recognized Thursday at Riverside Elementary in Jackson.

March’s Terrific Kids for being “Responsible” included First Graders Willow Thiner, daughter of Matt and Robin Thiner and Alyssa Earhart, daughter of Erick and Rachel Earhart, Fourth Grader Cailyn Kolander, daughter of Heidi Bargfrede and Kameron Kolander and Fifth Grader Kaira Engelkes, daughter of Tabatha Monen.

The Terrific Kid recognized for being “Respectful “ is Morgan Preuss, daughter of Chadd and Krystal Preuss. 

Terrific Kids honored for being “Positive” included First Graders Lily Shoenrok, daughter of Donnie Shoenrock and Emily Schoenrock and Gavyn Rowland, son of Richard and Tori Rowland, Fourth Grader Carson Schneekloth, daughter of Kent and Jo Schneekloth, and Fifth Graders Grace Brinkman, daughter of Mike and Mary Brinkman and Owen Cary, Son of Brent and Jennifer Hample.

Terrific Kids honored for being “Safe” include Fifth Graders Megan Gallagher, daughter of Gina Gallagher and Ed Gallagher and Mackenzie Henning, daughter of Brad and Ann Henning.

The students honored as March’s Terrific Kids received a Certificate proclaiming them as a Terrific Kid, a magnet, a button, pencil and certificates from the sponsoring businesses.


Commissioners declare April Child Abuse Prevention Month-Mar 25, 2014

JACKSON - The Jackson County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday morning at the Jackson County Courthouse.  The meeting was called to order at 9am with all Commissioners present. 

Daryl Olson presented the Fort Belmont annual report and updated the Commissioners on some of the upcoming activities planned for this summer.

Todd Luke, District Manager of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Windom petitioned the commission about a partial abandonment of Judicial Ditch 33 for a wetlands restoration/flood storage project in Christiania Township.  A public hearing was set for Tuesday, April 22 at 9:30am.

Jake Grages of the Soil and Water Conservation District presented the 2013 Feedlot annual report and 2014-15 Delegation Agreement which the commissioners approved.

The Commissioners declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Jackson County.  Pete Filippi gave an update on the Public Works buildings.  The interiors are nearing completion and they are waiting for the weather to cooperate to finish the rest of the outdoor grounds work.

Dan Ruby was appointed as an alternate Ditch Viewer allowing him to accompany the viewers while serving his apprenticeship and a lease was approved with Donald Dvorak for South Shore Access to Clear Lake from March 31, 2014 through March 31, 2016.

The next regular meeting of the Jackson County Commissioners is Tuesday, April 8th at the Jackson County Courthouse.


JCC School Board approves technology changes - March 25, 2014

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central School Board met in regular session Monday Night in the boardroom at the JCC High School.  All members and principals were in attendance.

Shirley Handzus and Diane Ulrich gave a presentation to the board regarding proposed technology changes.  Handzus asked the board to consider changing the districts phone provider to Southwest Broadband Services.  Currently three providers are used by the district.  Century Link provides services for the schools in Jackson.  Frontier provides for the schools in Lakefield and Lambeau handles long distance.  Switching to Southwest Broadband Services would put all phone service under one vendor, support a local company and offer the district an annual savings around $3,400.

Ulrich asked the Board to consider changing website providers from SchoolFusion to SharpSchool.  SharpSchool is more responsive offers more support and would provide an annual savings around $2,000.  Both changes were approved by the board.

The Board created a new policy in regards to filling an open seat on the Board that has less than 2 years left on the term.  The District will first approach previous school board members whose terms expired at the last regular school board election by seniority to fill the open seat.  If the seat is still open, the district will approach the candidates with the highest number of votes in the last regular school board election.  This policy was necessary due to Board member Luke Henning relocating outside of the district and having to resign from his seat.  Superintendent Todd Meyer will fill the position by using the new policy.

The board also accepted the resignations of school board member Luke Henning and girls basketball coach David Wrightson and the retirement of HS Custodian Ronald George effective May 30th

The Board approved the 2014-2015 school calendar, approved hiring Cynthia Simmons as a long term substitute for Kim Albers who will be on maternity leave for the rest of the school year.  Sue Pribyl was approved as a substitute for Wes Albers.  Other hires approved were Tamera Timko as Teacher Induction Coordinator, Lynn Jasper and Darcy Snyder as Special Education Teachers at the JCC Middle School.  Jaspers will replace Barb Fell who is retiring at the end of the school year and Snyder will replace Gina Gallagher who accepted a position as a sixth grade teacher.  Cliff Rubitschung was hired as head custodian at the High School and Drew Wedebrand as a High School Custodian, both starting in April.  Alycia Flatebo was approved as a paraprofessional at Pleasantview Elementary effective March 24th.

The Board also approved the purchase of a new mower and Bobcat from Jaycox Implement in Worthington for a total cost of just under $39,000.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.  The next meeting of the JCC School Board will be on Monday, April 28th at 6pm.


JCC Speech takes 2nd at sub-section meet - March 24, 2014

Photo by Beth Schmidt

FAIRMONT - The JCC Speech Team took second place at the Sub-Section meet in Fairmont on Monday with 11 entries qualifying for the Section Meet in Saint Peter.  Placing first for JCC was the Duo team of Natalie Schlager and Nick Reed and Justin Peterson was first in Discussion.  Becca Dose was second in Extemporaneous Reading. 

Placing third were Jenna Sassenrath in Prose, Maddie Isaacson in Oratory and the Duo team of Kristin Stoltenberg and Alix Schmidt.  Placing fourth was Isaac Johnson in Storytelling, Hunter Klontz in Humor, Tara Porter in Great Speeches, Sophia Stumpf in Creative and the Duo team of Sarah Holmberg and Alyssa Post.

Finishing fifth and first alternate were Josie Nunez in Poetry, Samantha Swift in Extemporaneous Reading, Paige Anderson in Drama and Kaylee Engle in Informative.  Placing sixth and second alternates were Stephani Garcia in Drama and Randi Johannasson in Informative.

The Section meet is Friday, April 4th in Saint Peter.  The top three finishers in each category at the Section meet qualify for the State Meet, April 11th and 12th in Blaine.


One injured in two vehicle accident north of Lakefield - March 24, 2014

LAKEFIELD - One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident this morning north of Lakefield.  51 year-old Donna Thaemlitz of Lakefield was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country  eastbound on County Road 24 and 43 year-old Tami Bale of Windom was driving a 2011 Kia Sorento southbound on Hwy 86 when the vehicles collided in the intersection.

Thaemlitz was transported to the Windom Area Hospital with non-life threating injuries.  Bale suffered no apparent injuries.  Severe damage was reported to Thaemiltz’s Town and Country.  Moderate damage was reported to Bale’s Sorento.

The Lakefield Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene. 


JCC Speech ends season on a high - March 22, 2014

MARSHALL - The Jackson County Central Speech Team capped off a successful season with their best showing of the year.  Six entries placed as the team took First Place in the limited division at the SMSU Meet Saturday in Marshall. 

The Huskies were led by a pair of seniors, Samantha Swift took second in Extemporaneous Reading and Hunter Klontz was second in Humor.  Sofia Stumpf was third in Creative, Justin Peterson took fourth in Discussion, the duo team of Natalie Schlager and Nick Reed took 4th and Natalie Schlager took 5th in Prose.

Receiving Excellence Ribbons were Paige Anderson in Drama, Maddie Isaacson in Original Oratory, Becca Dose in Extemporaneous Reading and Alix Schmidt in Creative.

Receiving Junior Excellence Ribbons were Jenna Sassenrath in Prose, Josie Nunez in Poetry, Stephanie Garcia in Drama and the Duo team of Kristin Stoltenberg and Alix Schmidt.

Also competing for JCC were Isaac Johnson in Storytelling, Megan Schwartz in Poetry and Camden Schmidt in Creative. There were over 450 students from over 20 schools competing in Marshall Saturday.

Next up, JCC will compete in the sub-section Tournament Monday in Fairmont.