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Master Composites continues to grow in Henning

It’s been 10 years since Master Composites launched in a shop on a Henning-area farm with one just employee – its owner, Justin Bergstrom.
The fiberglass mold manufacturer now operates out of the city’s industrial park, recently added a 5,600-square-foot cold storage building, and employs 11 people, most of who live in or near Henning.
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MCA test scores rise, fall at Henning

Henning School’s reading scores rose, while the math and science scores fell slightly from last year in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments released by the state on July 30.
“We’re above the state average, but not where we want to be,” said Principal Thomas Williams. “We’re performing at a good level when comparing ourselves to area schools, but we’re wanting to grow.”
Among the bright spots: The district performed better than the state average and ranks near the top in Otter Tail County in math, 62.4 percent of students proficient, and reading, 67 percent proficient. However, the district ranks near the bottom among area schools in science, with only 46.4 percent of students tested deemed  read entire story. . . .

Henning to purchase special ed. vehicle

While a new GMC Yukon XL may not be free, at a cost of $1 to the district, it could just as well be for the Henning School.
During its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, the Henning School Board approved a three year lease plan for a new GMC Yukon XL that will be used to transport special education students. At the end of the lease, the district has the option to purchase the vehicle for $1 and use it for any type of transportation.
The lease will cost the district approximately $14,000 a year for three years, but Henning Superin  read entire story. . . .

Ottertail looks at downtown project options

Ottertail’s downtown street, sidewalk and drainage project continued to morph Thursday as officials contemplated broadening the project’s scope.
Once planned for Main Street’s shopping district, the project may now include Lake Avenue and Elm Avenue in order to keep water from pooling up in front of homes and businesses.
“If we are going to do this project, I’d like to do it right the first time,” said Councilwoman Jill Carlson.
The project was initially planned for 2015, but was delayed after the city learned that the Minnesota Department of Transportation would shoulder some of the expense. How much the state will pay is still unclear, but city officials have been looking at how to make the most out of the project.
At Mayor Myron Lueders’ request, Apex Engineering Group will put together cost comparisons for the different options being considered.
The project includes new eight-foot wide sidewalks,  read entire story. . . .

Firefighters hold training exercise in rural Deer Creek

Black smoke filled the air on Saturday morning as members of the Deer Creek Fire Department held a training exercise at a home located on County Road 140 southwest of Deer Creek. In addition to the Deer Creek Fire Department, a number of area firefighters participated in the training on Saturday.  read entire story. . . .