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A celebration a century in the making

In 1915, Harvey Klever’s German immigrant grandfather Harry B. Klever bought a 200-acre farm west of Henning and raised his family as well as fields of oats and wheat.
In 1935, the farm passed to his son, Harry R. Klever, and then to his grandson, Harvey Clever, who bought it in 1975. Along the way, it followed the common farm story. Tractors replaced horses and milking machines replaced hand milking. Harvey’s dad just shook his head at the modern milkers and wouldn’t use them. Metal storage bins rose instead of wooden granaries. At its peak, the family milked 65 cows.
On March 15, the farm became a Century Farm, recognized by the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the State Fair Board as a farm bigger than 50 acres that has been continuously farmed by one family for at least 100 years. Since the program started in 1976, nearly 10,000 farms have been designated as Century Farms. Of those, 272 are in Otter Tail County, including three in Henning.
The original house on the Klever farm is not only still standing, but has been renovated and remodeled, and is where Harvey and Kathy Klever raised their two children.  read entire story. . . .

School board continues to look at class size options

For the second consecutive month, the Henning School Board found itself in the middle of a lengthy debate over when it should and shouldn’t split a class. After spending a majority of last Tuesday’s school board meeting discussing the matter, the board held off on making about splitting classes until at least April.
After concerns were raised last month by board member Deb Hart about some classes increasing in size, the administration went back to the drawing board with its class offerings for 2015-16 school year. A second option was presented last week that would lower class sizes to 15-18 students in many of the core classes, but would also come at a substantial cost to the district. The new alternative would hire an equivalent of 1.333 FTE teachers and cost the district approximately $79,800.
Prior to the discussion on Tuesday night, Henning School Superintendent Jeremy Olson cautioned the board that in the administration’s first draft of the FY16 budget, the district will face a fairly large projected budget deficit that will be similar to the FY15 budget.
Though the district has done quite a bit to close the current projected budget deficit, it will still likely end the current budget with expenses exceeding revenue, something that would only increase if the district added more teaching time or staff next year. Nonetheless, Olson said the administration is continuing to tweak the upcoming budget and look at ways to potentially save money next year.
“We are trying to think differently about our expenses because there are some things we need to work on,” he said.
Hart asked if there were other options available to fund decreasing class sizes for even a year or two it should be explored. One option she brought up was that was utilizing money that had previously been earmarked for things like bus purchases and additional money for technology as voters just passed a new capital project levy to fund things like bus purchases, additional technology and roof repairs.  read entire story. . . .

Misegades finishes second at Hoop Shoot

Tyson Misegades took second place at the Regional Hoop Shoot in Iowa on Saturday. Misegades, who captured the Minnesota state championship in February, competed against state champion free throw shooters from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.
After making 22 of 25 free throws, Misegades found himself in a first place tie with the state champion from Iowa. Misegades made 4 of his 5 free throws, unfortunately, his competitor sunk all 5 of his shots to win the regional title and advance to the national hoop shoot.
Though he ended up just one shot short of the national contest, Randy Misegades said the experience was a great one for both Tyson and the entire family.
“It was an awesome experience for all the kids and families,” said Randy.  read entire story. . . .

Ottertail’s downtown project is delayed

Ottertail’s downtown sidewalk and resurfacing project will be delayed. A public hearing that was going to be held in April to discuss assessments will no longer take place. Instead, the city will hold a special informational meeting on April 2 at 6 p.m. to discuss the project.
City clerk Elaine Hanson announced the possibility of a delay at the Ottertail City Council meeting on March 17, saying city officials were set to meet with Minnesota DOT officials on the following day to discuss the project.
After meeting with the DOT, Hanson sent out a notice that the project would be delayed “to work out some design details.”
The project, which is estimated at nearly $200,000, involves state right-of-way along Highway 108. It is intended to make the area better for pedestrians and parking. At the April 2 meeting, engineer Bob Schlieman will review the project.

In other city news
• Discussed several projects being looked in to by the planning committee, which include a new picnic shelter and community center. However, before moving forward with major construction projects like a community center, the council said the planning committee and city need to evaluate the need of the project and how often it would be used.  read entire story. . . .