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Misegades advances to regional hoop shoot

Tyson Misegades is just 9 years old. However, the Henning fourth grader is developing quite a reputation for his sharp shooting at the free throw line.
After winning the school, regional and state Hoop Shoot competitions, Tyson has qualified for a Regional Hoop Shoot contest in Iowa City, Iowa. The son of Randy and Becky Misegades of Henning, Tyson has made 83 out of a possible 100 shots at four levels of competition. After winning the school hoop shoot contest at Henning he advanced to a regional competition in Wadena before competing in Brainerd and later the state hoop shoot contest in Hutchinson where he made 21-25 free throws and 4-5 free throws in a tie breaker.
“I was excited,” said Tyson after winning the state competition.
Becky said it has been fun to watch Tyson throughout the competition, which has been a bit of a change for Randy who is used to being able to be next to the boys as head coach of the basketball team.
“It is fun to watch Randy have to sit and watch Tyson,” she said. “Randy is used to being next to the boys on the sidelines coaching, so sitting next to him in the stands is an experience.”
That being said, the close free throw contests throughout the way has been perhaps more difficult on the parents than their son.
“Tyson appears more calm than the two of us do, he seems to have a smile on his face and walks up to the line with the ‘let’s just shoot’ demeanor,” said Becky.
In addition to his parents, Tyson has had quite the entourage of people attending the competitions including his grandparents who have been there every step of the way. Becky said Tyson’s grandparents help keep track of the progress and are just as nervous as his parents. Another set of grandparents live in Texas, but have been able to watch the video of each of the competitions.  read entire story. . . .

Ottertail to hold hearing on sidewalk project

The projected cost of Ottertail’s downtown sidewalk project has nearly doubled after an engineering firm submitted its preliminary report.
Originally estimated to cost approxinately $100,000, the total cost looks like it will be closer to $192,000, engineer Bob Schlieman told Ottertail City Council at its February 19 meeting.
Instead of simply replacing old sidewalks and adding new ones along Main Street. The project now includes ways to direct storm water away from the roads and sidewalks in the form of curbs, gutters and storm sewer. It also includes ramps to make sidewalks accessible to the disabled and sloping roads to ensure proper drainage.
Schlieman told officials that the end result would be “something the city can be proud of.” They can do less, he said, but failing to make certain corrections would lead to standing water in the middle of the street, which could lead to icy conditions in the winter.
The council agreed to proceed with the project, setting a public hearing for Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. A public hearing is necessary as some of the affected property owners would have to share in a portion of the project cost.
“This was our big goal for streets this year,” said council member Heather Rosenthal. “We need to move forward with it.”
Council member Darold Woessner said that since the council has worked on the issue for years, “We want to do it right.”
There are also issues the engineering firm hasn’t looked at yet, including fuel tanks buried near the street from back when burying tanks was common practice.
Also, officials are hoping that the state transportation department might share some of the cost, since Main Street is a state road with state right-of-way.
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School board looks at class offerings

With an increasing enrollment at the junior and senior high level, the Henning School Board began looking at different ways to decrease class sizes for the 2015-16 school year.
During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, the board received a preliminary class schedule for grades 5-12. Though many of the classes, especially at the middle and junior high level have under 20-30 students in a class, several board members asked if the district could find a way to decrease the size of some of the larger classes.
Henning School Superintendent Jeremy Olson said the class offerings that were presented are just preliminary and used a similar model to year’s past. He said the administration wanted to give the class offerings to the school board early this year to get their input on not only what classes should be offered, but where the district should focus its resources.
Board member Deb Hart said the district should see if there are other options available to lower class sizes in core subjects like math, English and science, especially when there is a lab involved. She said as enrollment continues to grow at the school it would make sense that teacher time increases as well.  read entire story. . . .

Time for a plunge at island camp

Dozens of area residents will jump, dive or flop in the icy waters of East Battle Lake on Saturday.
Lutheran Island Camp will once again play host to the annual Polar Plunge that raises money for countless organizations both locally and abroad. The event will take place at the swimming beach at Lutheran Island Camp on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
There is no charge to attend the event, or to jump in the lake itself. Individual jumpers can choose and raise money for the organization of their choice.
Lutheran Island Camp is located on East Battle Lake at 45011 230th. For more information, contact Lutheran Island Camp at 583-2905.