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Isle School held their prom on June 25, with social distancing along with an enchanted evening in mind. The event later sailed off on a riverboat in Stillwater.

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It is currently an election year, which means, come Nov. 3, votes will be cast for leadership at a national level; however, there are a number of local offices also up for ballot. Those looking to file an affidavit for a municipality or school board candidacy can do so beginning Tuesday, Jul…

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Learn an ancient Japanese technique called Orizomegami to create beautiful designs on a variety of papers during a special Legacy program Monday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.

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East Central Regional Library is excited to welcome Minnesota author Sue Leaf who will talk about her newest book, “Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell,” on the Zoom online platform Monday, July 27 from 6:30-8 p.m.

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What will school look like when students return this fall – or even if they return? This was the question the Onamia School Board set out to grapple with at their work session, held Monday, July 6. Superintendent JJ Vold and elementary principal Lisa DeMars spoke on three potential models fo…

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The American Legion Riders Post 395 decided last year to start giving scholarships to two graduating high school seniors. This year’s scholarship winners were Onamia High School seniors Bryce Brandt and Zach Anderson, both receiving funds each of $500.  Presenting the check to Brandt is Bria…

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The Isle School Board met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 15 in the school auditorium to discuss a number of topics. This was the first time in months the board held an in person meeting since the COVID-19 crisis began and meetings were held online.

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The Onamia School Board met for their regular meeting on Monday, May 18, virtually convening via the Google Meeting application. At this meeting, the administration discussed their grading policy for the fourth quarter of the 2020 spring semester. Due to the school closure and distance learn…

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For generations, Onamia High seniors gathered in the school’s gym in late May for the traditional graduation ceremony which usually included processing into the hall to Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the school band, listening to welcoming and inspiring speeches delivered b…

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Conservation partners Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance and Simms Fishing Products are proud to announce the creation of a scholarship fund for student anglers. A check for $2,500 was given to Jimmy Bell, vice president and chief operating officer of the student angler organization to be distri…

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Jaeden King was one of 41 2020 Onamia High graduating seniors who took part in a fire-department-led parade down main street Onamia following an outdoor graduation ceremony on Friday evening, May 29. Jaeden was also one of three OHS seniors chosen to speak at the graduation event. A pictoria…

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GRADE 7: A: Jenna Carlson, Klara Kett, Josiah Mueller, Zach Remer, Rihanna Smith, Justus Spengler, Cassie Zortman B: Isabel Eli, Aerian Jakubiec, Warren Minenko, Landyn Remer, Ava Skogen, Creedon Spengler, Paige Strecker

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On Friday, May 8, Gov. Walz decided all in-person ceremonies would not allow enough social distancing and banned large-scale high school graduation ceremonies, such as those held in large outdoor stadiums or football fields, altogether.

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The graduation ceremony for Isle High School’s senior class has been rescheduled for July 17 after consultation with the seniors, according to a post made to the school’s official Facebook page on May 4. The post also notes that plans will be adapted for whatever health and safety guidelines…

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Convening for their usual monthly meeting on Monday, April 20, via the Zoom teleconferencing software to abide by social distancing guidelines, the Isle School Board addressed both the school calendar for next year as well as a revised budget for the current fiscal year, the latter showing a…

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For most students, the senior year of high school is a major milestone, a point at which years of work come to fruition, accomplishments are recognized, and plans are made for the next stage of one’s life. In the middle of a pandemic, however, the terms of this usual rite of passage have bec…

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With shelter-in-place orders now in effect for the Sstate of Minnesota until at least April 10, many individuals are likely to find themselves cooped up in their homes in the coming days. Fortunately, even at home, the local library has a wealth of resources one can still access. Following a…

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East Central Regional Library encourages children and their families to join us for virtual Storytime via Facebook Live. We’ll be offering sessions every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 10:30 a.m. Visit the East Central Regional Library Facebook page, and together we will read b…

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Nay Ah Shing Schools are going the extra mile to meet the needs of their students during the school shutdown caused by COVID-19, delivering “banker boxes” and meals to their students. The “banker boxes,” which contain school essentials, were delivered to the students on Thursday, March 26. T…

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Onamia Schools have been working overtime and adapting in creative ways to meet the needs of their students in the midst of the coronavirus school shutdown and social distancing.

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In lieu of their original agenda for the month of March, the Isle School Board gathered on Monday, March 16 to host a roundtable with representatives across the school’s staff with the purpose of outlining a plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic. An executive order from Governor Tim Walz has…

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Front: Ms. Megan, Ariah Eagle, Ms. Raiber, Meredith Greene, Jordan Reuter, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Bluhm, Makayla Holmquist, Matthew Hoffman, Haily Cleveland. Middle: Aniyah White, Hailey Erickson, Ava Rogers, Kaelin White Eagle, Memengwaa Sam. Back: Mrs. Peterson, Ms. Larson, Ms. Zapzalka, Brynle…

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In accordance with the Governor’s recommendation to enact social distancing measure, all classes, programs and events sponsored by East Central Regional Library have been canceled until further notice. We kindly ask that you disregard any press releases/event announcements we have sent you. …

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The Onamia speech team has had great success already this year, winning team honors at four of the five meets in which they have participated. This success can be greatly attributed to this year’s senior leadership. Rachel Praught, Ember Brandon, and David Jacobson have worked tirelessly to …

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Isle Preschool screening will be held Wednesday, March 18. Children ages 3-5 are eligible for screening. All children must be screened prior to entering kindergarten. There is no cost to families for Early Childhood Screening. Screening will be done by appointment only. Please call the eleme…

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The Isle School Board gathered for its usual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, receiving the standard series of reports and addressing several items of new business. As part of his monthly report, Superintendent Dean Kapsner spoke on a visit to the school by State Representative Sondra Erickson. …