In the quest for the high school version of college basketball's so-called Big Dance, Staples-Motley wanted to waltz while Roseau wanted to polka here Friday. The Cardinals' waltz prevailed early, but the Rams found the desired faster tempo to take a 68-48 win in the Section 8AA championship game. The win puts the 29-0 Rams into the Class AA state tournament Thursday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
With 168 students, the Lancaster (Minn.) School District has about half the enrollment that it did at its peak 30 years ago. This has caused a steep decline in its state aid, which is based on a per-pupil formula. Minnesota's school-funding plan also isn't kind to Lancaster in another way, at least when compared with North Dakota's method. In North Dakota, districts with a lot of farmland are considered property rich. But in Minnesota, farmland isn't taxed for schools. Rural properties are taxed on the value of the home, the garage and one acre.