August 21, 2014

ISD 2142 has three new principals to go with new Supt. Steve Sallee


Cherry's new principal is up and running
Scott Hall will be the new principal for the Cherry School this year and faces an exciting first year. Hall comes from an education family. His dad, Mike, and mother, Judy, were teachers at Ellsworth, Wis., where Scott graduated from high school in 1997.
Hall received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University of St. Paul in 2001. His degree was in Social Studies Education and Science. He went to Mankato for his master's degree in Education Leadership and then received his principal's license from St. Mary's in Winona.
His first teaching job was at Leroy-Ostrander where he taught for eight years. After receiving his license as a principal, the ISD 2142 board hired him for Cherry.
The newly-married, new principal brings with him his wife of less than a year, Julie, who is a veterinarian.
His goals at the Cherry School, which is undergoing its second remodeling in five years and has seen its enrollment jump to over 500 from 300, is to develop relationships with the residents and students. He said he has to develop trust with the area, staff and students.
Scott said of this, his first principal's job, that it is "exciting and challenging."
The area is perfect for the new principal who loves to fish, hunt, travel and be outside. His experience in the education field includes being a head football coach for six years and also a track coach, so he will fit in nicely with Cherry's reputation in sports.
New Cherry Principal Scott Hall finished the interview by saying you just had to "do your best."
Cherry will definitely be a challenging job for the new principal, but he is looking forward with a zeal that is refreshing. Good luck!

North Woods School opens Tuesday, September 2

Submitted by Principal John Metsa

With a new school year fast approaching, the following information is of note:

· The annual North Woods Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 28, from 3 to 6 pm. Students and parents/guardians can meet teachers, visit classrooms, register new students, and turn in completed forms for the new school year. ***Packets containing most of our forms are being mailed to currently enrolled student households for completion BEFORE Open House.*** New students who have not enrolled before Aug. 28 may pick up and complete forms at Open House. We will have information on bus routes (as well as bus forms), the Little Grizzlies After School program, and the Volunteers in Education program. An information session on IPAD Minis for 7th-12th grade parents and students will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Classes for Grades 1-12 begin Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Classes for Kindergarten begin Thursday, Sept. 4. At the Open House, kindergarten parents may sign up for their "Meet the Teacher" conference on Tuesday, Sept. 2, or Wednesday, Sept 3.

Elementary Class Assignments: Elementary student teacher/classroom assignments may be picked up at the Open House after completed forms are turned in. After the Open House, lists of elementary students and their classroom/teacher assignments will be posted on the entryway windows.

Secondary Schedules: Grade 7-12 student schedules will be in the Commons for pickup at the Open House after completed forms are turned in.

Office Hours on Friday, Aug. 29: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

· Fall Sports Fee Reminders: Volleyball, football and cross country fees for students in grades 9-12 are due by Monday, Aug. 25. Varsity and Jr. Varsity athlete fees are $120 per student. C-Team athletic fees are $60. A sliding fee will be applied to students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. Practices have begun and schedules have been given to the students. If you need more information on practices, contact the respective coaches at the school (Mr. John Jirik for football, Mr. Tom Burnett for volleyball, and Mr. Dan Squires for cross country). See the school website,, for email and contact information.

· Busing: The drivers are currently working on route assignments. As mentioned above, your busing information and forms will be available at the Open House. If you are new or your former times/routes have changed, your driver will contact you as school approaches to verify pickup and drop-off times. It is very important that we have current contact information for your household. If you moved over the summer and/or changed phone numbers, please notify the school office as soon as possible.

· Entrance: Once school begins, all entrances automatically lock at 8:30 a.m. After that time, anyone wishing to enter the building must report to the office through the front doors.

· Class Schedule: We are still following a Flex Wednesday schedule. On Wednesdays, school dismisses at 2:02 p.m. All other days of the week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday), school dismisses at 3:15 p.m.

· Food Service: Money for meals is paid directly to cafeteria staff. Please make sure your student has money in his/her account when school begins. Meal prices are as follows: High School Lunch - $2.45; Elementary Lunch - $2.15. Breakfast for both HS and Elementary is $1.60. Extra Milk is $0.60.
New this year: Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will receive FREE lunches and breakfasts. ALL kindergarten students qualify for FREE breakfasts. If you have not yet applied for free school meals and wish to do so, contact the school office or the District Office for forms.
· Picture Day is Monday, Sept. 8. Student, staff, class group, and fall sports pictures will be taken. Times for pre-schoolers from the community to have their pictures taken are tentatively 8-8:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Order forms are being mailed to currently enrolled students with their forms packets. Extras will be available at the Open House or they may be picked up in the office after the Open House.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the office at (218) 666-5221. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, front office hours are Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. We are located at 10248 Olson Road East, north of Cook.

Have a terrific school year!

Boat crash at Moccasin Point results in injuries

On Friday, Aug. 15, at approximately 10:20 p.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office responded to a boat crash that occurred at the Moccasin Point Boat Landing on Lake Vermilion. Dan Lamppa, 64, of Eveleth was the operator of the boat when it struck a concrete boat pier at the landing. Dan Lamppa was transported by the Cook ambulance to the Cook Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Passenger Nancy Lamppa, 65, of Eveleth was transported by the Tower ambulance to the Essentia Health-Virginia Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Kathy Weulander, 61, of Cook was treated on scene by medical personnel and did not require any additional medical treatment. Steven Jacobson, 61, of Tower was transported by the Virginia ambulance to the Essentia Health-Virginia Hospital and later transported by North Memorial Air Care to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth in serious condition.
Operating at night and alcohol are possible factors in the crash. The boat crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
Assisting agencies included: Greenwood First Responders, Tower Ambulance, Cook Ambulance, Virginia Ambulance, and North Memorial Air Care.

Rukavina, Hujanen to vie for 4th District County Commissioner in November


There were three and now there are two candidates to fill the commissioner's job for District 4 in St. Louis County. Longtime Commissioner Mike Forsman didn't run this time, so Kirsten Reichel, Tommy Rukavina and Christina Hujanen vied for the job in the primary on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Rukavina took 52.91 percent of the votes with 2,832. Reichel had 22.51 percent or 1,205 in her first try at the county level. She is presently a supervisor for Greenwood Township. Hujanen from Tower took 24.57 percent of the votes or 1,315 to edge out Reichel by 110 votes. She will face the daunting task of taking on Tommy Rukavina for the spot in November. Rukavina is well-known for his many years at the State Legislature.
Rukavina won the East Range big taking Biwabik 94-30, Hoyt Lakes 197-85 and Precinct 1 of the Town of White 181-42. Ely went for Rukavina 447-163.
Hujanen took many of the smaller precincts, with Eagles Nest giving her the largest vote total at 37. She beat Rukavina 147-99 in those districts.
Hujanen's hometown of Tower went to Rukavina 54-38 with Reichel receiving 18.
Former Cook City Council member Kirsten Reichel took Cook by the large margin of 67 to Rukavina's 23 and Hujanen's 13.


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