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\ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Tyler Tribute - Page 9 Submitted photo Thirty-eight people from 11 communities along the South Dakota-Minnesota border sing in the Buffalo Ridge Chorale under the direction of Dr. Russell Svenning- sen, award-winning professor of music at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. ,mproves your , join People interested in improv- ing their health without either diet or exercise might consider joining the Buffalo Ridge Cho- rale. Scientific research, along with singers' personal experi- ences, establish that singing is good for you physically, mentally and socially The breath support required by singing helps people with asthma and bronchitis and, in some instances singing will re- lieve tension headaches and the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Singing decreases the effects of neurological disorders such as stuttering and autism It re- leases the immunoglobulin that improves immune defenses and it reduces stress, which in turn also benefits the immune sys- tem. Learning music increases the number of neural connections in the brain and it counteracts the cognitive decline caused by ag- ing. Given all of those benefits, it's no surprise that last spring 38 people from 11 communities along the South Dakota-Minne- sota border sang in the Buffalo Ridge Chorale. The Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Russell Svenningsen, award-winning professor of music at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Sven- ningsen leads the choir with humorous enthusiasm, challeng- ing them to improve with every concert. Rehearsals for the fall concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Thurs- day, Sept. 5 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. No audi- tions are required, but a com- mitment to the eight rehearsals is necessary. The fall concert will be held on Sunday,Oct. 27 at St. John Can- tius Church in Wilno. For more information call Nancy Sandro at (612)47%3438 or email Bey Johnson at mbjohn- This activity is made pos- sible in part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) with funds appropriated by the McKnight Foundation and/or by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legisla- ture with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. There is an education crisis across our nation and it's one we can solve if we work together. We can address our education challenges, but it requires the cooperation and col- laboration of individuals and organizations from all sectors. After all, our edu- cation crisis is far more than a social issue. It has real economic implica- tions for our future. Today, one-quarter of our nation's youth fail to graduate from high school within four years and, in some school districts, youth have only a 50-50 chance. As high-skilled, high-tech jobs become the backbone of our nation's future, we need a work- force ready and able to succeed in our new, knowl- edge economy. America's best economic stimulus is education. It is in everyone's inter- est to ensure our youth are well educated. It is every- one's responsibility to of- fer a helping hand and get involved. Youth need support from the time they are in pre- school to ensure success in high school and beyond. A critical juncture is fourth grade reading proficiency. Two out of every three fourth graders in the U.S. score below the proficient level in reading. And the numbers are even worse for low-income students. Eighty-three percent of fourth graders from low- income families cannot read at a proficient level. Proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child's educational development. In the early years, learn- ing to read is a critical component of education. But beginning in fourth grade, children use read- ing to learn other subjects and, therefore, mastery of reading becomes a critical component in their ability to keep up academically. Children who reach fourth grade without being able to read proficiently are more likely to drop out of high school, reducing their earning potential and chances for success. We are fortunate in Min- nesota, and specifically in our region, to be ahead of these national statis- tics with higher gradua- tion rates, lower dropout Edgerton Enterprise - The Edgerton City Council has decided to move forward on installing a new splash pool at the city park. The plan includesa 20x50-foot zero-entry splash pool inside a fenced Guest Column long discussion about the job description of the By Stephanie Cordes, museum coordinator position and the negative United Way education coordinator comments, the Murray County Commissioners ap- First, parents ~ ~o ~ ~r.-- -- -- proved that position and will advertise. The job de- help their kids learn to In our area there are scription was drawn up during astrategicplanning read, yet they often do not many opportunities to get meeting as a solution for what they see at End-O~ have the time or ability to do so. Instilling a love of reading in a child is one of the most important and satisfying things any par- ent or adult can do. Second, schools must have the text books, tech- niques and curricula that are grounded in best prac- tice and we must help teachers teach in ways that engage children. Government is a part of the solution. The LEARN Act, which would support comprehensive state and local literacy is the first priority on a national lev- involved Line Park and a way for the two museums towork Murray County Ear- together. ly Childhood Initiative Lamberton News - A breakdown of vital commu~, (507.836.8136) cations was suffered when the Century-Link lines, United Way of South- including internet and long distance, were nonex- west Minnesota Success istent from 11 p.m Thursday until 9 p.m. Friday. A By 6 (507.929.2273) creek washout near Mankato, with the fiber optics Western Community cable running beneath it, caused the disruption of Action-Head Start pro- service. grams (507.537.1416) Tracy Headlight Herald - Tracy Chamber Execute Contact your school district and ask about vol- unteering at the school or simplify her life and devote more time to her faro- in an ECFE program ily Local library--volun-Kathy Vondracek is TAHS's new high school principal. teer to assist with chil- She has served in many administrative and teaching dren's story time or other positions within the two school districts. programs Balaton Press Tribune - District 4% better known Daycare centers and af- as the Burchard School, students reunited in the rates, higher proficiency el. Everyone should help ter school youth programsrestored building that now sits at the Eleanor in reading, writing andelected officials recognize Find a program and get Schwanebeck home in Tyler, where it has been re- mathematics in fourth the importance of earlyinvolved. It is just thatstored, Joining them was teacher Alto (Johnson) grade. According to Kids Count Data Center, Min- nesota is ranked seventh nationally for education. Teachers, students, fami- lies and communities are doing many things well and right, but there is still room for improvement to help each child in Minne- sota be successful both in school and life. We have the power to change our nation's future if we work together to ad- dress poor early-grade reading skills. Education experts in- dicate there are a few key strategies on which we must focus. ..... iii!iiii!ii iiii!ii!i 2909 South Broadway, ~' ,.. 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United Way of Southwest Hendricks Pioneer - Don's Bakery closed Aug, 9 and Minnesota Education is for sale again. Jeff and Kathy Robbins opened for Coordinator business lanuary 2012, on behalf of the United Lake Benton Valley Journal- Aland TamiTrigg have Way of Southwest purchased the ~ocery store in Lake Benton from Minnesota Success By 6Steven and Kathy Nordmeyer and ~ll soon be tak- Committee ing over the day-to-day operations of the business which will be newly-named Lake Benton Grocery Remember to advertise your special events in our Dining and For one low price, your ad will run in the Hendricks Pioneer, the Lake Benton Valley Journal and the Tyler Tribute. Call 507-247-5502 ~ons Availahla at: L~ ~: U i.