Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
MacKenzie and Gunnar. She played one of the girls, she and Gunnar have a love hate relationship. Its almost like they are related the way they snipe and tease each other.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The third book in the series. It is quite violent, but its main character is a kick-butt girl who has found she has magical powers. Zeke loves them and is begging us to order the next one because our library doesn't have it. When we run out of other things to read then we order books, but I think we can all wait. So many things to read and so little time.
The show is so Soap Opera like that I decided to read the books instead, but they are nothing like the show so that didn't help. The names of the characters and the town are all that is about the same in the books as the show. They were quick to read and not bad. The ending was a bit too sappy, but they were fast to read. You need to read them all they really don't each have a separate ending.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The kids are in a garden class this summer and now with the harvest coming they all voted to sell their bounty at the Farmers Market, on Thursday's downtown. Two weeks now and they have raised over $50 for the new shed the garden group would like to purchase. The kids love it and we keep trying interesting vegetables and other goodies we get at the Market.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
After: WD40 and a lot of Magic erasers and this is what we have now. Just a slight pink tinge here and there that should wear off in time. It took two hours to clean it. Out neighbors car has the number 14 on the door in the same paint and down the block a few other house and garages suffered a similar fate. GET A JOB YOU LAZY BUTTS!!!!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Inside the cabin, kids are sitting where the girls would have slept.
Cenneidigh in the little school house room in the museum.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Austin school board can't agree on new board memberUpdated: Jul 20, 2010 5:11 PM CDT
AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- What could have been the final chapter in the saga surrounding ousted school board member, Curt Rude, now won't come to a conclusion until possibly early fall.
Tuesday afternoon the board interviewed four finalists to fill Rude's seat and planned to select a new member the same day.
However, after several rounds of voting, the board couldn't break a 3-3 tie between candidates, Jeff Ollman and Lisa Peters.
The board will now refer the issue to a personnel committee for further review.
School Board chairman, Richard Lees said the board will revisit the issue, likely within the next three months, but for right now they will continue on with the six members they have.
"We can get along very nicely with the six we have, but it's a matter of state policy, Minnesota School Board policy, so we will have to keep trying," says Lees.
Lees also said that the district has never been in this type of situation before so it's unclear what exactly will happen or what the next step will be.
Rude was dismissed from the school board after he was convicted of drug possession in November of 2009.
Board Fails to Pick Rude’s Replacement
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Five votes, but still no final decision on who will be the newest member of the Austin School Board.
Tuesday, board members should have selected a replacement for Curt Rude, who was voted out back in March because of a conflict of interest.
Four finalists for the open spot on the Austin School Board were supposed to find who landed the job, but after 5 rounds of voting, deadlock.
"This is not that unexpected. We've been working along well with 6 and so this is something that the Minnesota School Board Association is sort of forcing on us, but this isn't something we're going after or desire," says Board Chairperson Richard Lees.
But after a month long selection process, some would like to see a decision.
"Let's just choose someone because otherwise it sort of seems like a waste of time if we don't get a choice," says finalist Lisa Peters.
And are left wondering what's next.
"I don't know what they're going to do. I don't know if they're going to stick with the 6 or if they're going to just start the process over again," says Peters.
Lees says that decision is up to a personnel committee, but for now 6 is a balanced number.
"It's working out well, it's not going to make any difference basically except that we all have to pick-up a little more work on committees and things like that," says Lees.
It may be working now, but some worry Tuesday's indecision is a forecast of things to come.
"When you've got a board of only 6 members you're going to have a deadlock like we've had today, probably several times, where that 7th person's going to be able to come in and you know we're not going to have a tie vote any longer," says Peters.
Legally, the board doesn't have to find a seventh member.
However, the Minnesota School Board Association is pushing for one.
A personnel committee is set to take up the issue next month.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Gunnar is playing Jay Hormel in this production opening tonight. I'm really excited to see it, he is singing the songs all over the house. I hope if you have time that you can all get a chance to go see it. Tonight through Saturday at 7 PM. There is a reception at the Hormel house for some of the original Hormel Girls Saturday afternoon you can call the home for details.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Sandstone, the kids loved how it turned to sand when you touched it.
The leader of the pack
Sitting pretty on a few bugs she later discovered
A view from the top of one of the hikes
The lost trail slide
The stairs were helpful we should have realized that the trail would be better marked when it started like this. How we lost it I have no idea.
We drove up to Whitewater on Saturday and hiked for, forever. It was hot and at one point we lost the trail and we slid down the hillside on out rumps. We made a picnic and after the hikes we rested with lunch and then a nice drive home. David and I took an hour long nap each when we got home. I was tired.