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qednesday7 June 5 2013 News Bytes CLEARWATER COUNTY TRAIL BLAZERS will meet Monday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Silver Creek in Shevlin. All snowmobilers are welcome. FAIR PRIZE RAFFLE WINNERS: Clearwater County Fair Board conducts a year-long raffle to help raise funds for general purposes and improvements at the fairgrounds. Winners of the daily $20 drawings last week were Carrie Hanson, Bemidji; AdelineWoollisvodft, Bagley; Jim Paphe, Clearbrook; Brady Fredrickson, Bemidji; George Titera, Bagley; Jane Bellefy, Bagley; and Karen Lewis, Fosston. Call 811 before you dig so you don't have to call 911 later Striking an underground utility can lead to serious injury ST. PAUL -- Spring time projects like building a deck, planting a tree or replacing your mailbox can be dangerous if you don't know what's below before you start digging. Underground utilities like natural gas lines can run inches from the surface and be ruptured with a shovel or other household tools. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Pipeline Safety (MNOPS) reminds you to call 811 before you dig. Minnesota law requires anyone excavating to notify Gopher State One Call (GSOC) at least two days before beginning a project so utility companies can mark the approximate location of potentially hazardous underground facilities. Digging without knowing the location of underground utilities increases the likelihood of unintentional damage, which can cause serious injuries, service disruptions and repair costs. Call 811 first so you don't have to call 911 later. Or go online to www.gopherstateonecall. org and request underground utilities near the area you're digging be marked. The GSOC Center received 653,483 excavation notices last year, more than 160,000 of them in May and June. The number of excavation requests increases every year, but there were still 198 GSOC violations in 2012. Excavation-related damages in Minnesota have decreased by more than 70 percent since 1996. BAGLEY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY JUNE 8 10 A.M.-2 P.M. SANFORD HEALTH CARE HELICOPTER VARIOUS AIRPLANES ON DISPLAY CIVIL AIR PATROL BAGLEY FIRE TRUCKS BEMIDJI AVIATION - QUEEN AIRE SEE AIRPLANE CONSTRUCTION/ DISPLAY OF AIRCRAFT PARTS ALL THOSE OVER 18 YRS OLD-SIGN UP FOR A FREE AIRPLANE RIDE! Lunch served by Bagley Boy Scouts Fly-in Pilots in command eat free Airport located one mile east of the City of Bagley on State Hwy 2. South on Airport Road on the top of the hill FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Ba[gle, Minnesota - Pale 4 Commissioner Cassellius explains students' MCA test scores Dear Parents, As we come to the end of the school year, I wanted to reach out to share important information about your child's education. Over the past few years, Minnesota has taken significant steps to better prepare students for success in college, career and life. As a result of those efforts, Minnesota students are learning English language arts and mathematics under new, more challenging standards. These standards have been designed to closely align with the real-world knowledge students will need to succeed in college and the workplace. In the 2010-2011 school year, all schools began teaching the new mathematics standards, and this year, teachers began instructing students using the Common Core English language arts standards. All of the new Minnesota academic standards set very high expectations for students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the subjects they learn in school. The transition to new standards also means that we are using new state tests to measure the progress your child is making toward meeting these higher expectations. It is likely, given the more challenging content students are being tested on, that we may see what looks like a drop in reading test scores when they are reported later this summer. I want to make it very clear that comparing last year's reading scores to this year's reading scores is not appropriate: last year's tests and this year's tests are measuring two different sets of expectations. Instead, this year's test scores should be considered a new starting point for performance. We should expect to see future increases in scores each year as teachers and students become more familiar with the standards and better prepared to meet the challenges they present. Additionally, you may be aware that some students experienced technical difficulties in taking online Motorcycle ride & fundraiser to be held June 9 in Fosston Rev up your engines on June 9 for the 6th annual Blessing of the Bikes motorcycle ride. Bikers will enjoy scenic riding, a barbeque rib dinner, and a chance to win one of several door prizes, all while supporting a great cause - Feed My Starving Children. The agenda for the day begins with 9 a.m. check-in at the Bethel Assembly Church parking lot in Fosston. The 10 a.m. program will feature keynote speaker, Warren Heckman. Warren has been in full-time ministry since 1958, and served as pastor of Bethel Assembly from 1962 through 1968. Warren is the national coordinator of the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies and travels globally to help missionaries, ministers, and churches. During one of his mission trips, he rode a motorcycle in the heart of Liberia, West Africa; that was when he "got the motorcycle bug." Following the program, there will be a prayer of blessing for every bike and a quick bite to eat. Then it's time to hit the streets, with a parade through and around the City of Fosston. Following the parade, the bikes take to the road for an afternoon of scenic riding. A barbeque rib dinner will be waiting for bikers at the final destination, Long Lake Park, later in the afternoon. There is no charge for attending Blessing of the Bikes, but a special collection will be taken, with all net proceeds going to Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based non- profit Christian organization committed to feeding malnourished and hungry children in nearly 70 countries around the world. Ninety- three percent of every dollar Feed My Starving Children receives goes directly to meals for hungry children. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Go to www.bikeblessing. org to register or for more information. Major sponsors include: Erskine Attachments, Stoller USA, Rosen's Inc, Northern Plains Rail Services, Earthloop Geothermal Systems, Landsverk and Associates, Landsverk Dairy, Overmoe & Nelson, LePier Oil Company, and Palubicki's Foods & Deli. NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF MINERVA TOWNSHIF Ambulance calls May 26 - COMPLETE HEARING AID CARE Sanford Bagley Ambulance responded to the following calls for service during the week of May 26 - June 1. 911 Medicals - 3 Motor Vehicle Accidents - 1 Inter-facility Transfers - 4 Sanford Bagley Ambulance would like to remind everyone to Buckle Up as you enjoy the summer months - and all year around! _ June 1 June 10-14 Monday: Chicken breast sandwich, pasta salad, tomato, fruit. Tuesday: Liver & onions, scalloped potatoes OR hamburger-tomato hot dish, ice cream. Wednesday: Chicken stir fry, brown rice, birthday cake. Thursday: Pork chop BBQ, mashed potatoes, carrots, cake. Friday: Taco salad, apple crisp. Meals include: vegetable, dessert, fresh baked bread, coffee, milk. Please register for meals at least the day before. Call 694-6873. Gificertificatesareavailable for meals at the center or for Meals on Wheels. Call Kay 694-6873. GEANUP DAYAT THE CLEARWATER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Saturday, June 8C;rI00013 9:00- 11:30 a.m. THANKS TO CLEARWATER COUNTY THRIvENT FOR PROVIDING THE MORNING SNACKS! Please bring shovel, rakes and brooms to clean up the grounds, buildings and plant flowers. tests this spring. That comes as no surprise - any of us who have used a computer or a cell phone know that technology is not perfect or foolproof. That said, online assessments are the way of the future and Minnesota continues to be a pioneer in the use of these assessments. When the technical difficulties occurred, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) extended the deadline for students to complete the tests. MDE also allowed students to restart or continue their testing at a later time and gave them the opportunity to review their previous answers. In order to ensure that all student results reported this summer are fair and reliable, we are currently working with an outside organization to analyze the test data. We are looking at the overall impact of the testing interruptions and any impact they may have had on individual student scores. Based on the findings of this investigation, we will take any necessary steps to ensure the test results reported later this summer are accurate. Some parents have asked us whether all of the testing students undergo is necessary. We have asked ourselves and federal education officials that question as well. We are committed to administering better tests that will help us get better results and doing away with less meaningful student testing. Minnesota students are no longer required to take the high school exit GRAD tests. We have replaced these with tests aimed at better preparing students for success in college and the workplace. Along with the more meaningful high school tests, students will also be engaging in personally- relevant exploration and planning activities at an early age to help them focus on their career and educational aspirations. Our goal for student testing is to provide parents with clear information about how their child is doing in learning the academic standards and to provide teachers with timely and useful information that helps them better meet the needs of every student. We will continue to provide you with information about our progress, and we welcome your input in our efforts to better serve Minnesota students. Sincerely, Dr. Brenda Cassellius Commissioner of Education Open House Saturday, June 8 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Factory Tours * Seminars Food * FUN M26e 335 Park Avenue NW - Bagley, MN In the Bagley Industrial Park = NOTICE TO THE  RESIDENTS OF COPLEY TOWNSHIP The following are the dates of Copley Township meetings; starting time for all meetings is 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. June 13, 2013 July 11, 2013 August 8, 2013 September 12, 2013 October 10, 2013 November 14, 2013 December 12, 2013 Kenneth Peterson, Clerk # A meeting will be hem June 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. with County Engineer Dan Sauve at the Minerva Townhall in regards to Township road problems. A Regular Town meeting will be held June 18, 2013 7:30 p.m. at the Minerva Townhall. Susan Sunderland Clerk Jnl2c Advanced Digital Technology Free Hearing Evaluation 60 Day Hearing Aid Trial I eosston Essentia Health I Hospital Entrance 900 Hilligoss Blvd. SE, Fosston 11mrsday, June 13 & 27 9 a.m. - p,m. Serving area for 32 years 2514 S. Washington, Grand Forks 1-800-658-3442 fy (Imlilmmi I,$, I Licensed Board CertOfed H.LS. Insurance/Medicaid ! 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