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November 25, 2020

For many of us, our Thanksgiving traditions will be on a temporary hiatus this year. We normally travel to Buffalo for a traditional meal with my wife’s side of the family. That won’t take place this year. We will definitely be missing their company as well as MaryLynn’s stuffing. I will even miss the brussel sprouts. (I never thought I would write that.)

Speaking of food, I found this statistic interesting - apparently, one in four people will be preparing their very first holiday meal this Thanksgiving and it comes with no small degree of apprehension. If you are a novice to turkey cooking, let me recommend the oven or a slow roaster. I have never tried to deep fry a turkey before, but I understand the practice can lead to a call to the fire department.


October 14, 2020


I hope that each of you has been enjoying a wonderful fall season. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of school funding.

Generally speaking, school revenues fall across the following percentages:

Local: provides approximately 25% - 30% of operating revenues primarily through property taxes and fees for services - school lunch being one example.

State: provides approximately 65% - 70% of the total costs of elementary and secondary education.

Federal: provides approximately 5% of school funding.

At the Fergus Falls Public Schools’ board meeting held on Monday, September 28th, the school board made a decision to authorize its maximum levy capacity. This is a common practice among the roughly 500 school districts in Minnesota, but what does it actually mean?


September 8, 2020

It has always struck me that public education is a vocation marked by saying “hi” and “goodbye” that is unlike other professions. Children are loved, nurtured and challenged. We have the privilege of witnessing the transformation take place as they grow and mature into young adults. Watching and aiding as their gifts unfold. By the time their senior year ends, they are ready for new life experiences and new challenges. The metamorphosis provides the wings they need to take flight, but that doesn’t make watching them leave the comfort of the nest any easier.


August 19, 2020

As the saying goes, “what a difference a year makes!” In 2020, “Who was that masked man?” could be referring to just about anyone - not just the Lone Ranger. These are challenging times as our state and country continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic. With that as a backdrop, the Fergus Falls Public School District is ready to embark on a year that promises to be unforgettable.

The start of the school year marks a realization that, for many, it is very important to get kids back in the classroom. There are valid reasons why it is healthy for children to return to the classroom while fully acknowledging that in the midst of a pandemic there are risks involved. While we will be implementing many measures to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, it isn’t possible to completely remove the chance of exposure.


Week of June 22, 2020

Although the sun just finished setting on the 2019/20 school year, due to the level of uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused in many facets of our lives, people are wondering what will happen with school this fall. We have been discussing various possible scenarios while awaiting guidance from the governor’s office and the Minnesota Department of Education.

The beginning of that guidance came to us last Thursday during a conference call with Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Ricker and a document outlining both requirements and recommendations.

This is what we know so far...