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Rae Villebrun

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New look on history

Good ol' fashion small town friendly service

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Technology advances, new faces and a new office for Paulette!
Voyageur Press.• September 1, 2015
 

School will officially begin on Tuesday, September 8 for local school districts. The school districts of McGregor, Floodwood, Cromwell and South Ridge have been busy preparing for the upcoming year.

In addition to adding new faces to their staffs, all four school districts have made improvements in technology to keep up with changing times. The iPad program at South Ridge will now include grades 3—6. In addition, grades 11—12 will receive laptop computers.

Cromwell is in year three of their 1-to-1 pilot program. “Fifth and sixth grade are going to have 1-to-1 iPads, grades 7-12 will have 1-to-1 Chrome books, and K-4 will have classroom sets of iPads,” said Principal Libbon. “We also are a demonstration school for Marzano Instructional Frameworks. We are taking a very in-depth look at what every teacher does in the classroom and how we can maximize their effectiveness. It all revolves around improved student achievement.”

Floodwood School has a number of new faces, starting at the top with new superintendent Rae Villebrun. Rae will be assisted by friend and new Dean of Students, Summer Opacich. Rae ...

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Sandy Lake Dam volunteer staff that assisted with the visitors center remodel: Elmer Sower, Mary Lee Dunsmore, Tammy Johnson, Jim Panger, Mike Slattery, Shirley Panger, Don Fossum, Betty Fossum, Cherie Sibik, John Sibik, and Judie Slattery (not pictured).

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New look on history
Voyageur Press.• August 25, 2015
 

McGREGOR, Minn. — From the only lock house on the Headwater’s Lakes Project reservoir system in 1914, to being converted in the 1970s to serve as the visitor center at Big Sandy Lake Recreation Area and Libby Dam near McGregor, the old lock building has seen lots of changes. It has now been given 21st century appeal with a recent exhibit remodel.

On Monday, August 17, 2015, with 40 people in attendance, the Big Sandy Lake Recreation Area Visitors Center was reopened to the public, after being closed in October of 2014 to allow for much-needed updates. No remodel work has happened since it was converted to the visitors center in 1970s, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Presentations during the re-dedication ceremony included the Sandy Lake Tribal Chairwomen, Sandra Skinaway and the St. Paul District’s Corps of Engineers Commander, Dan Koprowski. Vincent Merrill, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, also preformed a smudging ceremony. This is a cleansing technique to rid negative energies and to bless the site. The re-dedication allows area residents and visitors from all over to see the beauty and history of this great place.

The Center provides a historic overview of the area, from fur traders to the Ojibwe settlers, to the Corps of Engineers creating the dam. With all ...

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FLOODWOOD FARM & FEED: Nathan Manner helps Kit (with her mother Amanda) load some scratch feed for her pigs and chickens at Floodwood Farm & Feed. Kit loaded a bag on her own.

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Good ol’ fashion small town friendly service
Voyageur Press.• August 18, 2015
 

Good Ol’ fashion small town service is still alive — especially in and around the Voyageur Press readership area. Many of these small town businesses not only provide a friendly service, but go over and above to provide a quality service. This past week, the Voyageur Press visited six local business that treat customers like they want to be treated.

There are many businesses out there providing a quality service. If you feel strongly about a service, send us an e-mail at portage@frontier.com.

UKURA’S BIG DOLLAR

One business that continues to maintain that ol’ fashion service is Ukura’s Big Dollar grocery store. Not only does the staff still carry out your groceries, but they have arguably the best meat counter in the area.

Ukura’s manager Cory Marsyla shared that the store has had carry-out boys and girls since 1962. “Customer service is huge,” noted Cory. “Many of the big chains are getting away from customer service. For example, many these big stores don’t cut their meat anymore.”

“We are very fortunate with our locals and cabin locals,” added Cory. “We get the same people week in and week ...

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