PRSRT STD ECR WSS US. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 70 MADELIA, MN 56062 POSTAL PATRON y n o m r a H for the s! y a d i l o H Pages 12-13 “Where Fillmore County News Comes First” Weekly Edition Football players of the year page Monday, November 26, 2012 Food for Life 14 page 16 Volume 28 Issue 10 Dreamers page 24 Marine Credit Union moved page 26 Canton l Chatfield l Fountain l Harmony l Lanesboro l Mabel l Ostrander l Peterson l Preston l Rushford l Rushford Village l Spring Valley l Whalan l Wykoff FC Club isn’t “camera shy” R-P gears up for referendum By Jade Sexton firstname.lastname@example.org Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club. Joni Mehus, English teacher at Fillmore Central, started the club in 2007. “I wanted to get kids interested in photography,” said Mehus. Right now there are at least 39 students signed up for the photography club, and they meet once a month. They can use whatever camera they want to use, and they are encouraged to participate in photography contests. Nargiza Kanybek kyzy, a seventeen-year-old exchange student from Kyrgyzstan, is one of the students in the club, and she was interested in photography even before she came to the United States. She recently won 2nd place in the Accelerated Genetics Contest, and a $75 gift card, for a photo she took of cows and a little boy. “I love taking pictures,” shared Kanybek kyzy. “I’m glad I’m in it because I think photography is very important. I can take pictures that are unique and say something to the people. It’s one of my hobbies.” Kanybek kyzy noted that her country needs some really good photographers, but it’s a profession that is not very popular there. She would love to take pictures of her country for tourism or social media to promote the area. “I like doing black and white, and dark photos,” she said, By K irsten Zoellner email@example.com Row 1: Katie Hanson, Katelyn Gatzke, Liberty Onsager, Bailey Soma, Brandon Hershberger, Elizabeth Gusa, Tara McGinley, and Helen DeLano. Row 2: Taylor Willford, Riana Smith, and Tatum Whalen. Row 3: Annalise Shupe, Nargiza Kanybek kyzy, Lindsey Weiss, Nacrissa Hughes, Sara Schultz, Theresa Doerr, Paige Bennett, Samantha Grabau, Gabrielle Shupe, and Lexie Dols. Row 4: Kendyl Bennett and Kenzie Broadwater. Row 5: Michaela Lund, Abby Gastfield, Skyelar Veiseth, Kaelyn Marzolf, Dorothy Jorgenson, Brandon Breitsprecher, Mitch Ristau, Mac Stone, Andy Coyle, Matt Guttormson, Kaitlynn Aug, Nicole Sebastian, and Kerri Dornink. Photo by Joni Mehus adding that she likes using different camera angles, as well as different colors and saturation. Kanybek kyzy is living in Preston with her host family, Josh and Cheryl Krage. Sadie LaBonne is in eighth grade at Fillmore Central, and she takes pictures with her cell phone. This is her first year in the Photography Club. She decided to join the club after taking a picture of her cat that turned out perfectly. “I have always liked taking pictures of animals, and nature,” shared LaBonne. She has taken many photos of animals, farms, and sunsets, and has found her niche in those subjects. In the Photography Club, Mehus encourages the students to enter contests, but never ones that cost money to enter. In the world of digital photography, it is much easier to find contests online and send photographs through email without ever having to print them out. The only kind of editing the photos get is cropping, according to Mehus, as most contests prohibit and kind of extra work done with any photo editing programs. Mehus loves photography, and prefers to take pictures using her Canon Rebel. She has helped out as the 4-H PhoSee PHOTOGRAPHY Page 15 Monday-Wednesday - Closed Thursday - 4-8pm Friday - 4-9pm Saturday - Noon-9pm Sunday - Noon-8pm 109 S. Parkway, Lanesboro, MN 55949 www.riversideontheroot.com Dirty Martini Lounge R-P is moving forward with preparations and its Yes Campaign for a new, $15 million pre-K through grade 5 facility. Recently, brochures highlighting the upcoming referendum in the district were mailed out to district residents. There was some concern locally that there was a lack of information on the tax impact for businesses, but district staff is working diligently to get as much needed information out as possible prior to the December 19 vote. Property owners within the community can contact the district office directly to find their tax impact. There are two upcoming informational meetings for the bond referendum. The first is Monday, November 26, from 4:30-6:30pm, at the middle school cafeteria in Peterson. The second is Monday, December 10, from 6-8pm, at the elemen- tary cafeteria in Rushford. The public is encouraged to attend and bring forth any questions or comments that they may have. “We need to be proactive and involved in this; bring a lot of energy to the table,” stressed board member Greg Smith. “That’s a good point,” responded Ehler. “We need to collectively say, ‘What can we do as a united front.’” Another key issue in the event is having the availability of absentee voting. “We need to make a significant effort to have it in place for individuals who cannot be here,” added Ehler. Those wanting an absentee ballot for the referendum will need to request an application from the district office. 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