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New York Mills School District received a check for more than $600 for participating in the "Powerade 4 Schools" program through Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company. "The program's goal is to encourage active lifestyles through the support of school athletic programs," a press release from Coke stated. A percentage of all Powerade sold throughout the surrounding area is divided among participating high schools based on a percentage of purchased beverages.
Students from St. Paul's Lutheran School recently participated in the Minnesota North Lutheran School Bible Bowl. Participating from St. Paul's were: Fourth grade -- Elayna Kawlewski, Sadie Bjorklund and Trey Gilster. Fourth and fifth grade -- Madelyn Tangen, Shelby Meyer, Titus Mycke, Megan Pettow, Isaac Brown, Jacob Briard and Abby Tweeton. Sixth grade -- Madi Ebeling, Dixie Carow and Malaysia Gilster. Seventh and eighth grade -- Daniel Zitzow, Dakotah Herrmann and Nathan Kawlewski.
The Perham School Board is preparing to trim as much as $500,000 from the district's budget next year in order to keep a healthy fund balance in place. That amount is part of a "worst case scenario" of the district's budget, which doesn't factor in some likely increases in state aid. School board members voted last week to put administration on the path to a more balanced budget; as in years' past, this includes looking into any new ways to curb spending and raise revenues.
Ethan Huwe has launched a career that's out of this world. The 2006 Perham High School graduate went on to attend MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and now works for SpaceX, a California company that is paving the way for privatized space exploration. The company made history in May when, as a part of a contract with NASA, it sent the first commercial spacecraft to attach to the International Space Station, drop off supplies, and return safely to Earth. That spacecraft was called Dragon, and Huwe helped design parts for it.
Editor's note: Kinship Konnection is a new monthly feature about Kinship of the Perham Area's activities and volunteer opportunities. The last week of every month, we will spotlight two local children waiting for mentors. Mentoring is as simple as getting together twice a month for two to four hours. In need of a mentor An 8-year-old girl who loves animals, outdoors, biking, crafts and baking. A 7-year-old boy who likes fishing, biking, board games, swimming and baseball.
Perham Rotary has been giving back to Perham and the surrounding area, as well as to humanitarian projects around the world, for more than 50 years. In 2012, a change was made to the club with the creation of the Perham Rotary Foundation. This non-profit, 501(c)(3) entity is separate from the club as the sole function of the foundation is to distribute the monies raised by Perham Rotary to other 501(c)(3) organizations. Since June of 2012, the Rotary Foundation has provided thousands of dollars to local and global needs.
Justin Wagenman and Heidi (Curfman) Pribbenow of Perham are proud to announce the birth of their son, Otto James Wagenman, born Feb. 10, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Corey Nyhus at Perham Health. Otto is welcomed home by Levi (13), Dylan (10), Molly (4) and Libby (2). Grandparents are Dennis and Bonnie Curfman, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Terry and Kathy Wagenman, Ottertail; and Sherry Kopline, Perham. Great-grandparents are Marvin and Virginia Kopline; and Delores Wagenman.
Jon and Beth (Wacker) Dahlheimer, of Brookings, S.D., are happy to announce the birth of their son, Caleb David Dahlheimer. He was born Feb. 15, 2013, weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. Grandparents are Tim and Cheryl Wacker of Perham; and Delbert and Marcy Dahlheimer of Monticello, Minn. Great-grandparents are Norman and Lola Hayden and Dorothy Wacker of Perham, Roy and Betty Wacker of St. Cloud, Minn., and Lucy Dahlheimer of Monticello.
Becky and Josh Tumberg, of New York Mills, are the parents of Brooklyn Louann Tumberg, born at 3:26 p.m., on Feb. 22, 2013. She weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and was 18 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Nicole Strand at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.
Tiffany Strehlow and Chad Bladow of Detroit Lakes, Minn., are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Haylee Marie Bladow, born Feb. 21, 2013. She weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 3/4 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Illene Reed at Perham Health. Haylee is welcomed home by Audrey Bladow (11 1/2 months).Grandparents are Jack and Krissy Strehlow, Frazee, Minn.; Jon and Julie Anderson, Lake Park, Minn.; and Carolyn Andrews, Detroit Lakes.