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Library assistant: Sharon Swenson checks out books to students at South Ridge School. The library assistant not only loves reading, but she loves getting students excited about reading. Sharon was in the first graduating class at AlBrook High School
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What happen to Librarians?
Voyageur Press .• March 24, 2015
 

CULVER/CROMWELL/McGREGOR, Minn.— A few years ago, an elite private school in Massachusetts shocked the education world by banishing its 20,000-volume library collection in exchange for digital resources, Amazon Kindles, and flat-screen televisions.

The reaction was immediate. as one might expect. Some applauded the school for recognizing the new way children learn; others sharply criticized the school for going too far, too fast.

Almost all high schools still have libraries, including the four local school districts, but none of them have a full-time librarian (or media specialist).

So, what happened to the person in charge of the room? Well, they are now called Library Assistants or Paraprofessionals. One local school district has a Media Specialist, but he is only in the library of couple of hours.

Despite the emergence of the iPad and other digital resources, books are still being read and enjoyed in our schools.

Sharon Swenson at South Ridge School shared that she has ...

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Four Generations: Great-grandsons – Ethan & Myles, son Florian Jr., grandson-Nick, grandson-Tony, daughter-Patty, Florian and friend-Lorren. Not pictured are: granddaughters-Lexy & Kati
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A barrel of fun to honor Florian Chmielewski
Voyageur Press .• March 17, 2015
 

STURGEON LAKE, Minn.— Is there a genre of music that can bring smiles to all generations as can a polka? Notwithstanding unproven theories that may exist (example – Who knows for certain that in heaven there is no beer?), polka music remains a multi-generational musical favorite. Perhaps the premier northern Minnesota ambassador of the polka, Florian Chmielewski, will be celebrating 70 years behind the accordion in an event to be held May 29-31 at Grand Casino – Hinckley.

The Chmielewski family actually began performing in 1882, so Florian was just carrying on the family tradition when he at the age of 18, in 1945, took his repertoire of four songs to his first job – a wedding dance. Or, being from a family with 14 siblings, he might have just been trying to get out of the house! After military service, Florian organized the original five Chmielewski brothers Polka Band and, in 1955, he produced the Polish TV party on WDSM TV. You may have noted that during the current public television pledge drive that Lawrence Welk was credited with 1,065 TV shows. Impressive, certainly, but Florian produced over 3,000 TV shows known as Chmielewski ...

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Wright Feed Mill manager: Dreama Bryant has become the familiar face at the Wright Feed Mill. Dreama brings her animal nutrition and health experience to the mill.
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Voyageur Press .• March 10, 2015
 

WRIGHT, Minn.—The Wright Farmers Cooperative Feed Mill has had a few bumps in the road this past year, but a renewed spirit has given local customers reason to visit and purchase products.

Back in early December, cooperative manager Tim Bury and the board agreed to hire Dreama Bryant. “Tim called and asked me if I was interested in the job,” recalled Dreama. “He wanted me because of my experience and, right away, I thought it would be a good fit.”

At one point, Dreama and her husband, Brad, were looking into purchasing the Carlton Feed Mill before it closed. “The owners had already talked to the local farmers and determined there wasn’t enough business,” Dreama shared. “They decided to let it go.”

Dreama is actually from the east coast (Pennsylvania) and has been in Minnesota for five years. After milking 140 head of dairy cows for several years, Dreama lost her husband, Wayne, to cancer. “I lost him in January of 2000. That was the end of the farm and the business was sold.”

As a single mom with three kids, Dreama moved to Wisconsin and attended college. She now owns a hatchery and it ...

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