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Thursday, March 27, 2014

News preview for March 27th issue…

Two candidates to face off for Mayor

On Apr. 8, Lennox residents will go to the polls to elect a Mayor to serve the community for the next two years. Two candidates are vying for the position—incumbent Orville Wiebers and challenger Richard Schriever. Questionnaires were sent to both candidates; their responses are printed in this week's paper. 

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Timmerman to speak on history of Lennox Fire Dept., April 1

Lennox Area Historical Society will be featuring the history of the Lennox Volunteer Fire Department at their next meeting, to be held in the Community Library community room on Tuesday, Apr. 1. This date was incorrectly reported in last week’s paper. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and the special program will begin at 7:45 p.m. Harold Timmerman, who was the Lennox Fire Chief for many years, will speak on the history of the local department. The community is invited to attend. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

News update for March 20th issue…

Council begins preparing for 2014 construction projects

While the bulk of last week’s City Council meeting was the discussion of Lenkota Acres Addition (as reported in last week’s issue), the board also dealt with other business items.
• Bids were opened for a used truck for the Street Department. One bid was received: a 2004 International 7400 for $49,386, with snow plow and hitch, $64,096.  The Street Committee will review the bid before it is accepted by council. Action on the bid was tabled.
•  Nick Foscheim, director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Association, spoke to the council regarding the association’s partnership with the City.
• A SDDOT Funding Agreement for the Shared Use Path along Highway 44 was approved. The City received a Transportation Enhancement Grant of $490,000 in April of 2013. This funding agreement will allow the SDDOT to move forward with a design contract for the project.

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Special education staff strives to meet increasing student needs

by Erica Gaspar
As increasingly sophisticated screening tools help identify students in need of educational supplements outside traditional classroom work, educators strive to develop individual solutions, often in the form of special education classes, to help kids remain on track to grow beyond their current skill level.
In Lennox, a jump in enrollment in special education classes led Director of Student Services Kristi Wallin to request an additional special education teacher at the elementary school, where the majority of the district’s increase has occurred. The school board approved the request at their March 10 meeting.
Each year, the department’s budget is determined by the previous year’s student tally as of Dec. 1.
As the district’s enrollment continues to climb, the special education program is also experiencing an influx of students. But no matter the number of students, Wallin said, the focus continues to be on providing a quality education that will prepare as many students as possible for life after high school.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

News preview for March 13th issue…

Council divided on allowing rural subdivision

By Debbie Schmidt
Debate continued on the pros and cons of allowing a rural subdivision near Lennox at Monday night’s City Council meeting. In the end, a divided council voted 4-3 to stand by their recommendation to Lincoln County Commissioners to support rezoning property owned by Rowan Doorn to rural residential, the first step toward a rural housing development.
Doorn, whose property is located to the west of Lenkota Country Club, had previously presented the city with a preliminary plan for Lenkota Acres Addition. 
While City officials were in agreement that the development did not meet the City’s engineering standards, it was argued that being outside of the city limits, it shouldn’t be subject to the same standards. The council asked the engineers to revisit the sub-division ordinances.

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District’s reading program boosts students’ skills

By Erica Gaspar
The Lennox School District began implementing the Response to Intervention (RtI) program to boost student achievement in reading in 2007.
As a pilot district, Lennox staff received extensive professional development on screening, teaching and intervention methods, said Kari Oyen, a school psychologist who works with the district.
The RtI model has been used to measure student achievement and provide additional instruction when necessary to ensure students are attaining grade level appropriate goals in reading. Students are screened for reading progress and placed in the tier that most closely matches their current abilities and needs at least three times each year.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

News preview for Mar. 6th issue…

Elections to be held for City, School

Both Lennox School District and the City of Lennox will be holding elections on April 8. 
The City of Lennox will be selecting a Mayor. Two people have filed a nominating petition—incumbent Orville Wiebers and challenger Richard Schriever.  
In Lennox Ward I, Phillip Fett will take over the seat being vacated by Glenn Nelson. Nelson chose not to run for re-election. Greg Poppenga and Mike Gregg will retain their seats in Ward II and Ward III, respectively.
Lennox School District patrons will be selecting three members for the Board of Education. Four people are vying for the position— Mary M. Peters, Sandra Poppenga, Dawn Wolf and Laura Marquardt. Peters, Poppenga, Wolf are current board members.

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Seeing Double: LHS boasts 10 sets of twins

by Erica Gaspar

At some point, nearly everyone hears that they look like someone else. With a world population of over seven billion, it’s not surprising that a few people would look alike and that some—approximately 19 million people on any given day—share a birthday. 
But a certain part of the population is unique for another combination of these characteristics: they spent every day from conception to birth together, were born together and may look exactly alike. This special segment of the population is, of course, twins.
About two percent of the U.S. population, which equates to 4.5 million people, have a twin. At Lennox High School, the ratio of twins to singletons—anyone that was not part of a multiple birth—is about five percent higher than the national average. The most recent enrollment numbers show that LHS has 285 students enrolled. Twenty of those students are twins. 
Eight of the 10 pairs of twins at LHS are fraternal. Three sets of twins—Austin and Rachel Odland, Jacob and Alison Ziegler, Abby and Baylee Abraham, Eric and Haley Reinholt, Toni and Timber “Timi” Serr and Logan and Whitley Barr—are currently in the ninth grade and two sets—Catlynn and Taber Lee and McKenzie and Taylor Weeldreyer—are in tenth. Connor and Cameron Abbas are juniors and Carly and Cody VanDenBosch are seniors.

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