Upsala

By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com The Upsala School District had been overcharged by two companies in recent billing, Superintendant Gery Arndt reported at Wednesday’s meeting. District Administrative Assistant Colleen Harren caught the errors and started looking into the reasons for those. Hoglund Bus Company overcharged about $2,600 on bus camera installation for something that had [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com For four years, St. Francis of Assisi Church has presented “Journey with Jesus to Calvary,” a play written by Jane Keppers. “The play was written as an alternative to just reading the story to the elementary religious education students,” Keppers said. “The first year, one character spoke to the [...]

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By LIZ VERLEY, Staff Writer Upsala School Board members received information on the Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program (PBEEEP) for local governments during their meeting Wednesday. Superintendent Gery Arndt asked the board members to review the information and told them a representative of PBEEEP would be present at the Wednesday, March 28 board meeting to [...]

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By SARAH LIDEEN Staff Writer The Gunderson family isn’t new to hosting exchange  students. In December 2011, they brought in their third student, Johanna Verholen from Northwest Germany. “I grew up with exchange students, so it’s pretty natural for me,” said Tina Gunderson. “It’s a pretty big commitment.” Verholen arrived in America in August and [...]

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By TINA SNELL Staff Writer Deny and LouAnn Raatz, Rice, have opened Molly’s On Main, a cafe and bar located next to the Upsala Post Office. Upsala has been without a cafe for several years. The Raatzes were ready to begin a new chapter in their lives. The marriage of the two is working. “I [...]

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By LIZ VERLEY Staff Writer It was good news for the Upsala School District Tuesday night, when the voters approved an increase in the district’s operating levy referendum. The question on the ballot asked voters to approve an increase of $500 to its existing levy of $450. The $950 will be available beginning with the [...]

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By EMILIE THIESSEN Staff Writer emilie.thiessen@ecm-inc.com Upsala residents can look forward to new traditions this holiday season. From 6  p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, the Upsala Community Development Commission (UCDC) will host the first annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Upsala City Park. “We wanted to do something to get more of the [...]

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Large numbers of small animals being sold by families on craigslist prompted Irvin to provide education for kids and parents By EMILIE THIESSEN Staff Writer emilie.thiessen@ecm-inc.com A lifetime of working with horses has instilled in Margo Irvin a deep appreciation for animals. So much so that she couldn’t stop with just horses. “There are too [...]

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