February 1, 2019 — Gina Meinertz, elementary principal at Caledonia Elementary School, updated the club on efforts at school.
— Ed Vision funding has been obtained for 2 1/2 years through a grant. A coach will be coming to meet with the leadership team. They promote education based on the needs of the child.
— HOPE survey for staff and students is taken a few times/year.
— Project Based Learning — PLC set goals of learning for themselves. In 3rd – 5th grades, it is used for humanities and for STEM.
— Co-Teaching — We partner with Winona State University to have student teachers. Gina and Mary Morem observe them. Our teachers have training in co-teaching to work with the student teachers. They begin teaching as soon as they arrive.
— There is a Wellness Counselor in the elementary school now. This person helps kids deal with trauma.boaboar
Gina Meinertz, Caledonia Elementary School Principal
February 8 – Barb Lundt, John Pongratz, and Steve Ingvalson spoke about the Four Seasons Community Center. Barb is the manager, John was a board member for many years, and Steve is currently board member and treasurer.
The community center began with community members. Helen Fruechte donated $300,000 to start. Land was donated by Norb and Grace Staggemeyer. A non-profit corporation was formed to take donations and operate the center. It’s a volunteer board. They hired a professional fundraiser to raised the money needed. An architect was hired and community input was sought.
Barb told us about the day to day operation of the facility.
Steve said financing is challenging since it is not city owned. No tax money is available for it.
February 15 — Mike Ingvalson is a local dairy farmer. He milks 450 cows daily. They employ 7 people who Mike says are like family. Mike has been to Mexico to visit with his employees’ families. Some of the employees send money back to their families in Mexico to help support them and build houses. One house being built is about 4000 sq. ft. and accomodates 4 families. Ingvalson Hilltop Farm was started in 1962 by Mik’s father. The employees live on the farm in one house which is what they prefer so they can stay together as one family. It costs them $8000 to $10000 to cross the border.
Tom Hoscheit also shared his views on having six Mexican employees on his farm.
February 22 — Jeremy Leis, manager of MaCalGrove Golf Course, said the recent fire that destroyed the clubhouse began from spontaneous combustion. The board plans to rebuild a clubhouse that will be more efficient than the previous one. They are moving ahead with an architect, an attorney to assist with information for the insurance company etc. Their goal is begin construction early this spring.
This golf club is privately owned by shareholders. Currently there are unlimited shares available at $125 each.