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Education starts early; ECFE celebrates 40 years of educating young children and their families

Considering that 90 percent of brain development occurs before age 5, learningóboth for children and parentsóplays a vital role long before formal education begins.
Recognizing that, six pilot Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs were started by the state of Minnesota in 1974. By 1989, those six programs had been joined by 320 more, including Minnewaska. In 2013, just before its 40th year, ECFE offered 11,188 classes statewide with 112,798 children and 120,312 parents attending.  read entire story. . . .

Sixth-graders keep the  highway clean

Minnewaska fifth and sixth-grade students adopt a two-mile stretch of Hwy. 28 on both sides of Villard. Sixth- graders clean the ditches in the fall, and fifth-graders will head out to clean ditches in the spring.  read entire story. . . .

Funded and functioning mental health services topic of conversation between community and legislator

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Broadway Ballroom Event Center in Alexandria on Oct. 10 to discuss the current and future condition of mental health services in Minnesota and in the five-county region.  read entire story. . . .

Bullying presentation strikes a chord with community members

Jamie Nabozny, a former victim of bullying, speaks passisonately about the need for student-led action to end the bullying cycle.  read entire story. . . .

The Starbuck Times
The Starbuck Times