Mercier and DeJager Represent MAHS Choir At Orchestra Hall
Two Minnewaska Area High School choir students recently headed to the big stage, singing with the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association (MMEA) All-State Choirs. Coinciding with the MMEA midwinter clinic, junior Treyson DeJager performed with the Men’s Choir, and senior Cole Mercier performed with the Mixed Choir on Feb. 14 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
The 2014-15 MMEA All-State bands, orchestra, choirs and jazz ensemble were selected through a process that began last March. More than 2,300 high school students auditioned to be part of All-State. Students were evaluated on their musicianship and technique. In mid-April, the MMEA executive committee chose the final rosters, selecting students from across the state for seven All-State groups.
The three All-State choirs—Men’s, Women’s and Mixed—rehearsed Aug. 4-9 at Concordia College and presented a joint choral concert on Aug. 9 showcasing what each group had accomplished through an intense week of rehearsal.
The All-State choirs met up again at the MMEA midwinter clinic and performed Feb. 14.
DeJager and Mercier are members of the MAHS Concert Choir and Jazz I Choir under the direction of Gordy Moeller and are coached by vocal instructor Diane Moeller.
Minnewaska Area Athletic Hall of Fame seeks nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Minnewaska Area Athletic Hall of Fame induction class. Former athletes from the high schools in Glenwood, Starbuck and Villard along with Minnewaska Area High School are eligible. The deadline to submit nominations is April 1.
The specific number of inductees in a given year may vary; the committee will induct at least one person or team from each of the schools each year. Our local schools have produced many outstanding athletes, coaches, and individuals whose successes and contributions have led to a tradition of excellence and a source of pride for our communities. The goal of the Minnewaska Area Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those achievements.
There won’t be a shortage of outstanding nominees considering there have been over 40 teams that have participated in state tournaments. There are 19 basketball players in the 1000-point club. There have been champions in track, cross country, wrestling and golf.
Feb. 21 - Minnewaska 58 Pequot Lakes 46
Minnewaska closed out their boys’ basketball regular season with a home game against Pequot Lakes, coached by former Minnewaka grad Ben Starns. Starns is in his second year of coaching the Patriots. Both teams already had their section playoff matchups set, so the game was for pride and notching another win before entering the postseason.
The cold weather outside matched the cold shooting for the Lakers inside. It took Minnewaska three minutes to hit their first basket, a 3-pointer by Matt McIver. By then the Patriots had jumped ahead 9-0. By the time Riley Thompson hit a layup for the Lakers’ next basket, over six more minutes had passed, and the home team had fallen behind, 17-5.
Some Minnesotans who received a subsidy last year to help cover the cost of their health insurance may be in for a surprise when they file their tax return for 2014. At least one constituent reported to me that they must pay several hundred dollars of additional tax to cover the subsidy they received from the federal government to defray the cost of insurance. To be fair, this is not a problem brought on by the troubled MnSure exchange in Minnesota. It has to do with incomes that turned out to be under-estimated, which resulted in subsidies received that were too large.
Back when folks signed up for health coverage and the associated subsidies for last year, 2013 incomes were used to determine the level of subsidy. However, if the actual income for 2014 increased by a certain level, it changed or eliminated the subsidy amount people were entitled to receive. That’s the reason why some will have to pay income tax on that subsidy, although they had no idea this might happen. And even if they knew, it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, to get back into the MnSure system to make a change in income, which would have also resulted in a lower subsidy and higher health insurance premiums.
Glenwood’s newest housing project is nearing completion as contractors, working through the winter, are finishing up construction of the 23-unit condominium complex called The Pearl on Lake Minnewaska.
“We’re excited,” said Brady Klick of Centre Graphics, Inc., the company that constructed the project located along Lakeshore Drive between Minnesota Avenue and First Street SE. “It’s a nice piece of property to add to the Lake Minnewaska lakeshore.”
Klick told Glenwood Commissioners Tuesday night that his company would be showing the first units to buyers after March 1. “The units turned out very nice and they are much bigger than they looked during the construction,” Klick said. “I think you’ll find that the majority of the units will be sold by the end of the year,” he added.
Students hope anti-bullying play sparks change
During national Anti-bullying Week at Minnewaska Area High School, students, grades 9-12, took in a play presented by the Homeward Bound Theatre, out of Chanhassen, about the effects of bullying.
The play featured five stereotypical teens who are thrown together during a three-day reality TV game-show. During the three days, the teens endure bullying by each other, learn more about one another, and eventually become friends and realize that bullying is not the answer to their own problems.
The essays of eight area students earned them top honors from Starbuck VFW Post 4582. At a ceremony held Feb. 9, Bob Friesen, post commander, led a program and presented the students with cash and other prizes for their winning efforts in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions.
The Voice of Democracy is a civic essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947 to provide high school students the opportunity to express their thoughts on democratic ideas and principles. Each year, Voice of Democracy draws nearly 40,000 entries from across the country and offers $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives. Local winners were Justine Dalhoff, Monica Dalhoff, Naomi Dalhoff, Cole Mercier, Camryn Mithun and Madelynn Reichmann.
Local winners of the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen essay competition were also honored on Feb. 9. Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. This year’s contest asked students to express their thoughts on the importance of veterans in our society. Avery Jergenson and Isabella Ortendahl were local winners of the Patriot’s Pen award. Photo is Contributed