Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on November 1, 2017, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2012 Toyota Sienna.  Storage and lien sale fees due as of July 24, 2017 is $5,134.74.

The storage will continue to accrue at $20.00 per day until the sale date.

Owner(s): Theresa L. Hanson, Jay R. Hanson

Lienholders: Huntington National Bank




Holdingford School Board Briefs:

A Special School Board meeting was held September 20, 2017. The meeting was called at the regular meeting of August 16, 2017 for the purpose of discussing negotiation strategies.  Superintendent Swenson updated the Board on the progress made with the various groups. Discussion then ensued on negotiation strategies.

A School Board Work Session was held October 4, 2017. Chair Higgins asked Christensen & Kruger to present Superintendent Evaluation data from the class they attended at the MSBA conference. At the next Work Session on November 1st, 2017 the Board and Mr. Swenson will review goals. Once the goals are established they will move forward with the evaluation process.

Next the Referendum was discussed. The last public information meeting to present Technology Operating Levy and School Building Bond information will be Monday Oct. 9th at 7:00 PM in the HS LMC.  The format will be the same as the previous information meeting. Ehlers Financial, ICS Consultants, MLS Architects, Board members and Superintendent will all be present to answer individual questions. The vote will be on November 7th in the High School Board room with polls open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

This article is a summary of the minutes. The full text is available for public inspection at the District Office or online at



Unadopted Minutes


Albany Area Schools – ISD #745

Albany Elementary

September 13, 2017


The meeting was called to order by Chair Winkels at 7:00 p.m.


Present: Winkels, Hansen, Kreuzer, McLachlan, Carbajal, Paulsen, Gersch

Student Representatives: Buerman, Panek, Brinkman

3.0 Public Forum - no requests

4.0 Agenda- Additions or Deletions - none

5.0 Approvals

5.1 Previous Meeting Minutes   Motion by Kreuzer, seconded by Paulsen to approve the minutes from the August 23, 2017 Regular Board Meeting. Supported by all present.

5.2 Cash Flow Report—Motion by Gersch, seconded by Hansen to approve the July Cash Flow Report. Supported by all present.

6.  Consent Agenda

AFT:   Kristy Yurczyk-Lane Change BA/BS to BA/BS+15

Julie Theiler-Lane Change MA to MA+15

Jacob Eichten-Lane Change MA+15 to MA+30

Jennifer Jacobson-Lane Change MA+15 to MA+30

Daniel Fragodt-Lane Change MA+15 to MA+30

Casey McGuire-Lane Change BA/BS+15 to BA/BS+45

Laura Roelike-Lane Change BA/BS +30 to MA

Jacob Boone-Lane Change BA/BS to BA/BS + 15  

Kayla Frerichs-Lane Change MA to MA+15   

Sarah Mendoza- addl time for loss of prep to teach

Jennifer Dale to 1.0 FTE

Kim Lange- Kindergarten @ AVE

Tracy Hieserich,-Intervention/Gifted and Talented

Ashley Otremba-Kindergarten @ ALE

ADM: Scott Buntje-AD July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019

Steve Stromme-Communications Specialist/Work Based Learning Coordinator

AESP: Nancy Schwalbe, Cook’s Helper to High School @ 5.75 hrs

Arlene Huling, Cook’s Helper to AVE

Lindsey Dornburg, Para @ High School

Darcy Marsolek, Para @ ALE 

Rosie Granheim, Cook’s Helper @ AVE

LTS: Wanda Steinberg, beginning October 24 to 

December 22 (appx) 

EXTRA CURRICULAR:                 

Sara Burnett, VB-Jr High

David Dirkes, Football-Jr High

Karla Schneider, Swimming Head Coach

Danelle Nelson, Swimming

Dana Crumley, Swimming

Linda Zwak, 3-Act Play Director

Amber Cigelske, Dance Coach-Jr High    


Lauryn Booth, Jessica Meyer, Judy Schiffler, Heidi Eiynck     LOA: THREE


Karen Kmitch, per AESP Master Agreement 2016-2018

Steve Watry, per AESP Master Agreement 2016-2018


Karen Kmitch, effective September 22, 2017

Steve Watry, effective November 30, 2017                                             DONATIONS:   

$20,000.00--Don & Stella Beuning Scholarship, #55034          

$100.00—Anonymous, Family Outreach Program, #55087

$172.34--Fink Family, Avon Elementary, #55088

$155.00--Albany Coaches Scholarship, #55085

$225.69--Oltiopyle Prints CVS Clothing Sales, Athletic Dept, #55083

$3790.61--Auto Value materials for Tech Ed

20 backpacks--Class of 1977, Senior High


The following checks were issued in paying claims: Wire transfers and checks 90005-90242

01 General Fund $816,551.85 

02 Food Services     $43,197.51 

04 Community Services             $47,288.57 

06 Building Construction     $2,297,011.55 

08 Scholarships     $2,500.00

Motion by Hansen, seconded by Paulsen to approve the consent agenda. Supported by all present

7. Reports—None

7.1 Student Representatives

Student Council activities: Homecoming October 6.

Cross Country, Volleyball, Swimming, and Football achievements reported

National Honor Society beginning their year with activities including Kleenex Drive

Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Hoffarth used an innovative teaching technique called Flipgrid

Survey - the question was “what should we do with extra $ in building budget? Top responses: updating remaining bathrooms and water fountains.  Many good ideas and responses.

Concerns students have expressed - speed bumps, East Entrance intersection, login at library, they think that student:counselor ratio is low (too many students to each counselor).

Question the Students have for the Board: what are our top priorities as a board?

7.2 Building Project Updates - Ryan presented the budget updates. Still have contingency and excess funds available for use. On target for the District & High School offices and front entrance to open October 2. The Blattner Energy Community Center (BECC) should be fully open at winter break. Music rooms and the Blattner Energy Arts Theater (BEAT) on target to open in spring. Pool continues to have some adjustments to air handling equipment.

7.3 Purple Pride 

-Sara Burnett’s confidence, patience, and experience make a busy time run smoothly and remain as low stress as possible. 

-Ridell Curtis created a Badge wall, a perfect use of technology to engage students, individualize instruction, and allow creativity to flourish.

-Paul Conrad has created a middle school Twitter account to increase communication and CELEBRATE our middle school. 

-Angie Revier thanks for listening. Your kindness and support have made a great difference!

7.4 Education Foundation - Bob Gerads and Daryn Lacey presented an update on the Albany Area Education Foundation. First event will be Purple Pride by lake side on October 26 at Fisher’s Club in Avon. Some financial goals shared.

7.5 Enrollment Report - Supt. Johnson shared class size and enrollment data from the past and for September.

8. Business

8.1 Fundraisers 2017-2018

Motion by Paulsen, seconded by Gersch to approve the 17-18 Fundraisers as presented. Supported by all present.

8.2 Announce Truth-In-Taxation Public Meeting Date - will set it for Wednesday, December 13, 7 pm.

8.3 Superintendent Evaluation Summary - Vice Chair Hansen summarized the results of the superintendent evaluation done by the Board. 

8.4 School Board Goals & Evaluation - Board goals and how we evaluate them were discussed. Will write goals at October work session.

8.5 ACT - Changes at legislative level concerning the ACT. We will offer the test during the school day again this year. Costs will be shared between the state, school and students. Kreuzer made a motion to have the school pay for half of the ACT test for students that want to take it at school (one time). Carbajal seconded it. Supported by all present. 

8.6 Preliminary Tax Levy Update and Certification

Motion by Kreuzer, seconded by Hansen to approve the 17-18 Preliminary Tax Levy. Supported by all present.

9. Board Committee Reports - None

10. Superintendent Report

Auditors here last week, went very well.

School year off to a good start, even with construction. There is a very positive atmosphere.

Will evaluate positions of two retirements happening in November.

Professional goals for superintendent discussed.

Paraprofessional support numbers in the schools reviewed.

11. Adjournment

Agenda completed at 9:05 pm, a motion to adjourn was made by Hanson, seconded by Kreuzer. Supported by all present.

Patricia Gersch, Clerk

Greg Johnson, Superintendent




Albany Area Schools – ISD #745

October 11, 2017, 7:00 PM

High School Media Center


1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Public Forum

4. Agenda-Additions or Deletions

5. Approvals

5. 1. Previous Meeting Minutes

5. 2. Cash Flow Report-August 2017

6. Consent Agenda

7. Reports

7. 1. Student Representative

7. 2. Building Project Updates Presenter: Breitbach Construction

7. 3. Purple Pride

7. 4. Enrollment Report Presenter: Superintendent Johnson

7. 5. Transportation Updates Presenter: Alex Kelley

7. 6. Food Service Updates Presenter: Tara Forner

7. 7. Building Goals Presenter: Principals

8. Business

8. 1. Policy 403 Discipline, Suspension, and Dismissal of School District Employees First Read

8. 2. Policy 624 - Online Learning Options First Read

8. 3. Work Session Agenda

8. 4. MOU - Transportation and Grounds Assistant

8. 5. Extended Leave

8. 6. 17-19 Community Education Director Contract

9. Committee Reports

10. Superintendent Report

11. Adjournment

Note: Items may be added to the agenda which have an immediate effect on the operation of the school district. An effort will be made to keep additions to a minimum.

Patricia Gersch, Clerk



Notice of Public Hearing on Improvements

Notice is hereby given that the city council of Holdingford will meet in the council chambers of the city hall at 7:00 p.m. on October 16, 2017, to consider the 2017 Paving Improvements to include; an improvement on alley west of Main Street between Plymouth Street and Washington Street pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 429.011 to 429.111 of which the estimated cost of the improvement is $29,500; an improvement on Second Street West between County Road 17 and Plymouth Street and Plymouth Street from Second Street West to Main Street pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 429.011 to 429.111 of which the estimated cost of the improvement is $15,700; an improvement on alleys on each side of the Municipal Liquor Store between Main Street west to the alley pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 429.011 to 429.111 of which the estimated cost of the improvement is $27,300; and an improvement on Pedestrian Trail northeast of Prairie Street to County Road 17 pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 429.011 to 429.111 of which the estimated cost of the improvement is $16,800. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment(s) will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement will be heard at this meeting.

Sandra Meer, 

Holdingford City Clerk Treasurer