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After close to an hour and a half of discussion May 18, the Aitkin School Board voted 4-3 to hold graduation at the football field May 29 in cars.

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Deerwood Technologies has announced the presentation of $500 scholarships to two area graduating seniors - Tucker Ringhand, Crosby-lronton High School and Alana Huppert, Aitkin High School. Both students plan to attend higher education institutions.

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More than two dozen  Rippleside Elementary School students consistently performed one of the most fundamental duties for any student –   showing up to school.

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At the Monday,  May 4, work session of the Aitkin School Board, Superintendent Dan Stifter outlined the list of cuts he is anticipating for the 2020-21 school year.

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At the board’s May 5 meeting, consultant Rob Brown of Nexus made a presentation to the McGregor School Board about work done by the Community Task Force on facilities.

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In a spring full of changes, it seems almost natural to start tallying the number without considering the immediate impact.

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After a negotiation April 29 that lasted less than a half hour, Brad Johnson is officially the new superintendent of McGregor Independent School District No. 2.

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At a quiet Aitkin Schools School Board meeting April 20, the board planned for a work session to address what is expected to be between a $300,000 and $350,000 shortfall in the budget.

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Gov. Tim Walz on April 26 ordered Minnesota schools to stay closed through the rest of the academic year amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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After deciding at last Monday night’s meeting, the McGregor School Board conducted interviews with three finalists for superintendent Saturday – intending for a second round of interviews April 29.

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Editor’s note: Due to the closing of schools in March, the “Students of the Month” School Scoop feature was not completed by deadline.

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The Aitkin Area Dollars for Scholars Board of Trustees is moving forward with plans to award scholarships to every graduating AHS student going on to a post-secondary education.

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Universities across the country, including many in Minnesota, are making adjustments as they close their traditional classrooms and route students to online formats of their classes to reduce potential for the continued spread of COVID-19.

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On March 10, Aitkin High School music students of choir director Kelly Blake and band director Chris Halvorson were at the Minnesota State High School League Large Group/Solo/Ensemble Section/State Contest held at UMD.

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The month of March is a bustling month in the music departments at McGregor School. March was officially designated by the National Association for Music as the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

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Aitkin High School advances to the State Economics Challenge competition after a team of students excelled in a series of tests in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics and current events.

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In spite of numerous other cancellations and news on the coronavirus dominating the headlines Monday, March 16, the prospects regarding the Aitkin All-Starz dance team packed the Aitkin School Board meeting.

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“Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teac…

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The Aitkin Women of Today would like to hear from Aitkin High School juniors or seniors looking for funds for post-secondary education who have served as a volunteer and/or  youth leader in the Aitkin community.

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A special meeting of the McGregor School Board began with a resignation from boys’ basketball coach Joshua Wahlin.

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A special meeting was held at the McGregor school on Feb. 26 to adopt a timeline for the superintendent hiring process.

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Aitkin High School’s restaurant and culinary skills class is cooking up something tasty! The class has opened this year’s student-run diner, the Tasty Turkey Grill. The Tasty Turkey Grill is located in the culinary skills classroom at Aitkin High School.

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On Feb. 15, the McGregor speech team hosted the McGregor Firefighters’ Speech invitational. Thirteen teams were in attendance with nearly 150 students participating. Placing for McGregor was Carson Ford, first place in extemporaneous speaking; Gillian Farinella, first place in original orato…

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The Garrison Bay Lake Area Lions Club is awarding five $1,000 scholarships each to 2020 graduates of Crosby-Ironton and Aitkin High Schools. The scholarships are funded through the club’s annual fundraisers and Scholarship Golf Tournament.

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The Aitkin Children’s Center, in partnership with staff from Rippleside Elementary School, will host a Ready, Set, Kindergarten class. Ready, Set, Kindergarten is a class that helps prepare children and parents for the transition from early childhood into kindergarten. Class activities inclu…

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As the renovation project at Aitkin High School comes close to entering its final phase, one piece of the puzzle has yet to be sorted – the location of the school offices.