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ednesday, May 23, 2012 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagle)z, Minnesota - Pae 12 New school employees learn lessons after 1st year on job By Darlene Sawyer Name: John Suthedand Work assignment: Dean of Students at Bagley High School. He handles discipline issues that come up throughout the day, supervises hallways and lunchroom, and manages building keys, sets up fire drills and building lockdowns. He is also responsible for hallway locker maintenance and repair and meets with students to resolve conflicts. He is a liaison officer for parents, schedules detention and ISS, maintains camera/ security systems and assists with building searches. He also supervises home games. Education: John is a 1982 graduate of Bagley High School and a 2001 graduate of Northland Technical College with a degree in criminal justice. Extra-curricular activities in high school: sports, hunting, and fishing. Family: He and his wife Lisa will celebrate 20 years of marriage in June. They have three daughters -- Breeanna, Alis, and Ashley. First job for pay: "My first job for pay was assisting elderly people living at home by chopping wood, shoveling snow, mowing grass, raking, and shoveling snow off roofs when I was around 12 to 14 years old. I think I received around $1.45 an hour." Favorite kind(s) of music: '70s & '80s bands, Eagles, Boston, KISS, Ln'd Skynyrd, AC/DC Favorite book: "I like any book about Autism/ Asperger Syndrome. We have a daughter with Asperger Syndrome. The more I can learn to help her and my family to understand what she goes through on a daily basis, the better her life will be. It has also helped me to assist other people that are affected with autism." One of the memorable things that I learned in school: "I had an amazing math teacher named Don Hood. He told us, 'The only stupid question is the question that does not get asked.' As I grew up, I have always remembered that. I tell that to students almost every day, too." Name: Sam Roepke Teaching assignment: Science 9, chemistry and physics, science fair advisor, JH football coach Education: 1995 graduate of Clearbrook-Gonvick High School, and 1999 graduate of Hamline University with a degree in biology. Extra-curricularactivities in high school: football, basketball, track, Legion baseball Family: He is married to Cari and they have two sons, Bryce and Brenuan. First job for pay: Mowing lawns for $5 an hour while in high school. Favorite book: "Who's Your Caddy?" by Rick Riley because it is a fun book that describes the effects of sports on people. One of the things that he has learned so far as a teacher is that there is no amount of planning that can prepare you for everything that happens in a classroom! One thing I fike about Bagley is that it is a fun community with a lot of good people. In my spare time, I enjoy: golfing and fishing with my sons in my spare time. One of the things that I've learned so far as an employee: "No two days are ever alike." One of the funniest things that has happened to me as an employee of the school: "I really can't pick out one in particular, but with our students and staff, there are always incidents to laugh about." One thing I like about Bagley is that I was born here, it is one of the best communities that I have ever lived in." In my spare time, I enjoy: spending time with my family, fishing, hunting, and having a bonfire. A future dream I wish to achieve is to spend lots of time with my soon-to-be-born grandson and being the best grandpa I can be. Name: Sarah Larson Teaching assignment: Second grade teacher. Education: Graduate of Detroit Lakes High School and Bemidji State University. Extra-curricular activities in high school: Track and field, choir, and student council. Family: Husband Peter teaches in Oklee and they have two daughters -- Olivia and Ida. First job for pay: Working for Perkins Family Restaurant when she was 15 years old. The pay was enough to satisfy her need for shopping! Favorite kind of music: Christian, Chris Tomlin, Natalee Grant, Jamie Grace, and Toby Mac. Favorite books: Any written by Beverly Lewis. "Her words draw me into her books and I am hooked every time." One of the lessons that she learned in a high school accounting class was how to balance a checkbook. One of the things that she has learned so far as a teacher and as a student is that learning lasts a lifetime. One of the funniest things that have happened to her as a teacher is working next door to her husband and her brother-in-law. One thing I like about Bagley is the five-day fair  that comes to town every' August ..... the mini donuts! In my spare time, I enjoy: walking outdoors and cleaning house. A future dream that she wishes to achieve is to remove the carpet from her living room and plant an apple orchard! More new em- ployees to be featured in a coming issue. Name: Kim Christenson Work assignment: Guidance Counselor secretary and part-time high school office secretary. Education: Graduate of Bagley High School, Detroit Lakes AVTI with a business/ finance major, and the U of M with a dance major/business minor. Extra-curricular activities in high school: FHA, SAE, school paper staff, science fair participant, student council, concert choir, cheerleader, mat maids, golden girl, and musicals. Family: One daughter, one son, and one grandson. First job for pay: "When I was 14 years old, I worked at the Bagley Golf Course leveling holes, and at the Bagley Cemetery clipping around tombstones, and painting/cleaning at the fairgrounds. I was paid $1.20 an hour." Favorite kind(s) of music: A variety of everything and the Goo-Goo Dolls, U2. Favorite book: The Bible because it is the light to her heart. One of the memorable things she learned in school: The caring of the teachers, counselors, and coaches who took the time to appreciate us and help mold us and pass it forward. School also taught us what a true friend was and how they're still standing by our side. One of the things she's learned as an employee: Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together as a team is success. One of the funniest things that has happened as an employee: My dance- performing team ice cubed my bed and put my luggage on the elevator for a ride. One thing she likes about Bagley: It's "home" to her. In my spare time I enjoy: dancing, bike riding, hiking, and camping. A future dream that she wishes to achieve is: "My rainbow is to see both my kids being healthy, happy, blessed with someone who likes them with all their heart and soul ..... Then my job as a mother will be complete." Name: Bonnie Chesley Work ' assignment: Paraprofessional in the first and third grades. Playground supervisor and lunchroom supervisor, work with parents at pick-up time at the end of the school day. Education: Attended Shevlin Elementary School, graduated from Bagley High School, and received an AAS degree in Child Development from the U of M at Crookston. Family: Married to Lon Chesley and have two sons, Dillon and Evan. First job for pay: Babysitting for the neighbors for 75 cents an hour while in high school. Favorite kind(s) of music: Mostly listen to country but enjoy a variety of music. Favorite book: Mysteries and romantic novels, and many children's books. One of the memorable things learned in school: "I treasure the memories from the Shevlin School such as the ice skating, building snow forts in the winter, baseball, the homemade lunch meals, and Chinese jump rope." One of the things learned as an employee: How to use the copy machine and its many functions. She used to be afraid of it because it jammed every time she used it! One of the funniest things that happened as an employee: "I laugh many, many times a day. Children have wonderful stories to tell me about their pets, friends, family, weekends, holidays, etc." One thing she likes about Bagley: It's a place where everybody knows your name! Hobbies: Spending time with the family, playing games, camping, traveling, etc. A future dream she wishes to achieve: To spend the winter in Florida! Name: Tamara Johnson Work assignment: Paraprofessional with the fifth and sixth grade math classes;' kindergarten and third grade in the computer labs. Education: Graduate of Bagley High School and St. Cloud Technical College' with a special degree m  Community Supports for: People with Disabilities. Family: One daughter Kellie who lives in Japan with her husband and son;' two sons (Lucas who lives, in Browerville and Chris. Maschler, a student here), one' grandson. First job for pay: When she was 16, she worked as a waitress at the truck stop in west Bagley where her wages were around $2 an hour Favorite kind of music: She really doesn't have a favorite, just likes any kind of music. One of the memorable things that she learned in school: "A kindergarten student said, 'Miss Tammy, you look sad today; are you going to cry?' I explained that the other class hadn't listened. This student then said, 'We will listen and make you happy again.'" One of the things learned as an employee: That certain people are great supporters. They are willing to assist you if you have questions. One of the funniest things that has happened as an employee: On the playground, a student came up behind her and scared her and made her scream. One thing that she likes about Bagley: It's "home" Hobbies: Riding four- wheelers, traveling A future dream to achieve: To see my son Chris graduate in seven years. Bemidji Area Church Could broadband internet Musicians announce summer recital series be xn Bagley's future? The concerts, which are held in various churches around the city, will be performed at 12 noon every Wednesday, beginning June 6. A luncheon will be served following each recital. The recital series began in 1988. In that year there were six recitals presented by city church organists and audiences were small. In 2011 there were 13 recitals with an average of 120 people in attendance. For the past sixteen years, the free-will offerings given at recitals have been used to grant scholarships to students beginning their college music career. The students make application and must demonstrate their involvement in church music and prepare an audition recording. The award is $500 applied to their second semester of college. In some recent years the award has been extended to a second year, contingent upon the student, performing a recital in the summer series and giving evidence' of successful college work. The 2012 season has scheduled three performers from outside Bemidji. Michael Olson, Fargo, will perform the first recital, June 6, at the Evangelical Free Church and lead a hymn festival. Olson is Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church of Fargo, where he serves as organist, accompanies the choirs, directs the bell choir, oversees instrumental ensembles and assists with worship planning. On August 1, Shannon Jones, former organist at two Bemidji churches and one of the founders of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians, will perform at United Methodist Church. Since leaving Bemidji, Jones has lived in Grand Rapids, Alexandria and currently Lino Lakes. In each city, Jones has served as organist, pianist, choir director, and has maintained an active piano studio. On August 22, Bemidji native Joe Henry, now church musician in Delano, Minn., will perform at St. Philip's Church. Joe has performed annually in the Recital Series for several years. One of the performers, Wayne Hoff, has presented a recital every summer since the series began. He will be featured on August 8, at Aardahl Lutheran Church. Throughout the summer, recitals will feature our fine Bemidji church musicians, with presentations by handbells, horn, saxophone, cello, organ, piano, tuba, euphonium, clarinet, mandolin, flute, guitar, and violin. The schedule will be published week by week and will be available at the area churches. There is no charge for the concerts; however, a contribution is requested. The luncheons will have a price set by the serving organization. The public is cordially invited to all of the recitals in the season. For further information call Kenneth Wold (751-2554) or Carol L. Johnson (751-0415). By Ciera Hartmann The Bagley City Council held a special public meeting Monday, May 14 before the Public Utilities meeting. Discussed were the options of providing intemet service for the City of Bagley, at a cheaper rate and faster speed. Mayor Mark Edevold said it's been about seven to eight years waiting for things to change around and it's time to make changes. Everything is going good now, and under control with the gas, electric, water, sewer and cable. They are repairing the lines on the cable and have a pretty good handle on it. A couple of years ago, there were digital signals available, and it didn't affect the city people, but the citizens living in the country had to buy converter boxes. Now Mayor Edevold wants to know what can be done to offer better service to the citizens of Bagley. They could maybe run broadband through the cable. The engineer believes the price is lower than originally thought. They are thinking of offering 6 megabytes for $40 a month and 11 MB for $55 a month. This is about 20 percent less than Garden Valley's rates right now. It would be free installation for an existing line and the modem is supplied on a lease basis and will "roll together" with the monthly bill. It would be compatible with wireless computers, but the customer has to get their own wireless router. There will be no extra cost to have extra computers hooked up and will include 24/7 telephone support to help determine if the customer is having a problem, if it is on the customer's side or on the other end. They have to complete a request for proposal and send it to about six companies for a comparison. The city wants to be able to see what the companies' reputations are, the references they have and other towns they have worked with in the past. It would be money well spent if a few more dollars can get the better product,: noted the mayor. The television service won't be changed just yet. It will just be intemet service for no until the city can see how it's" going to go. Then they would, maybe offer bundle package for intemet and TV. , The mayor felt this will: be a good thing for families:. that happen to be on a fixed- income. Edevold feels that if:. 200 and more sign onto the: service, the price could drop. : They are sending in the; requests for proposals and." should hear something back" by August or September. Before the meeting wad closed to the public, it was." mentioned that this upgrade7 is going to be better in the future. If they went with the newer generation of intemet, the cost to have it is nearly double the price of just upgrading to broadband.