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At its July 23 virtual town hall meeting, the McGregor School District, led by Superintendent Brad Johnson, said the new long-term facilities plan is characterized by pride in space and pride in performance.

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On the Aitkin Independent School District #1 webpage, there is currently an opportunity for parents to weigh in on the challenges of distance learning.

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The CLC Law Enforcement Program recognized 28 students who met the requirements to graduate from the eight-week Law Enforcement Skills Certificate Program. Trevon Pietz, Aitkin, was one of those students recognized. Due to COVID-19, the graduation event was held virtually on Thursday.

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Out of 31 Aitkin County voting precincts that are in the McGregor school district (ISD4), only nine will vote in person on next month’s McGregor school referendum. On July 13, ballots will start to go out in the mail to voters in the remaining 22 precincts.

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Speaking for the Aitkin School District’s 2020 Grad Blast committee, District Activities Director Bobbie Bourassa expressed the committee’s gratitude for the outpouring of community support for Class of  2020 graduates.

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The McGregor School District bid farewell to three employees at the end of the school year – McGregor High School secretary Deb Swedberg, Superintendent Paul Grams and high school English teacher Sandy Henry.

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The Aitkin School District bid fairwell to a pair of staff members at the end of this school year – Steve Jacobson and Karen Holm.

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Instead of just applause and airhorns, the resonating sound of graduation in 2020 were the horns on cars.

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In a unanimous vote, with Board Member Liz Dean absent, the McGregor School Board voted May 18 to adopt a resolution approving a referendum on the issuance of general obligation bonds for school district infrastructure improvements.

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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.