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Death of Wm J. Billett

July 19, 2017 by William Billett (Register to contact)

William passed away on June 15th 2017
and -- Richard Billett died May 25, 2011
Anyone of the class can contact me for further information.
Kate Billett 120 W. Belle Vue Rd Fairmont MN

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Ben Coleman was a local hero to many  MSR News Online

“I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humanity and his integrity.” — Dr. Frank Wilderson, University of Minnesota V.P.. It is rare when you hear ...



Southwest High prepares for Blast Day  Southwest Journal

The Southwest High School student council will hold its annual Blast Day volunteering event on Dec. 21. The day will include a variety of volunteer opportunities ...



Southwest High School in Minneapolis was locked down after students heard shots fired  Bring Me The News

The school was placed on Yellow Code lockdown for a short time.



MPS announces new Southwest HS principal  Southwest Journal

Minneapolis Public Schools has hired a longtime principal and administrator to be the new principal of Southwest High School. Favor. The district announced ...



Minneapolis welcomes students back to school  Southwest Journal

Tens of thousands of Minneapolis Public Schools students returned to class on Monday, Aug. 27. The district expected to welcome about 36,000 students back ...



Southwest welcomes new principal  Southwest Journal

Members of the Southwest High School community welcomed the school's new principal, Michael Favor, to the school during a celebration on June 20. Over 100 ...



Budget upheaval at Minneapolis Public Schools: What's going on?  MinnPost

On April 10 the board directed staff to reallocate $6.4 million to secondary schools, at a time when the district is facing a projected $33 million deficit. Now some ...



Orono skiers race on man-made snow  ECM Publishers

Orono Nordic was thankful to return to racing last week with the help of man-made snow. Racing was cancelled the week of Jan. 7 due to lack of natural snow,



Committee recommends post-Labor Day school start  Southwest Journal

Three fewer school days and a post-Labor Day start could be on the way for Minneapolis Public Schools students next fall. A district calendar committee is ...



Southwest High School Athletic Director on leave  KMSP-TV

The athletic director at Southwest High School in Minneapolis is on administrative leave, according to a Minneapolis Public Schools spokesman.



Bill Smith, Minneapolis Southwest High principal, to retire  Star Tribune

Smith has headed up Minneapolis' largest high school since 2003. An interim leader is planned for the upcoming school year.



Minneapolis high school students walk out for gun control  KMSP-TV

High school students in Minneapolis walked out of class Wednesday morning to protest gun violence following a mass shooting at a Florida high school last ...



MPS AD Resigns; Southwest High AD On Leave  CBS Minnesota / WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Public Schools are saying very little about the loss of several prominent leaders in high school athletics. Just yesterday ...



Southwest, Washburn graduation rates remain steady  Southwest Journal

Graduation rates in Southwest Minneapolis remained well above the citywide rate and on par with the statewide rate in 2017, though they appeared to level off ...



MPS: Temporary security change was factor in attack on Southwest High student in class  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Four teenage boys “took advantage” of an exterior door purposely left less than secure at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, barged into a class and beat a ...



Minneapolis parents and students protest school budget cuts  Star Tribune

More than 100 parents, students and school employees pleaded with the Minneapolis school board Tuesday night to preserve jobs and funding in the face of a ...



MPD: Student Carrying ‘Trump’ Flag Assaulted Outside School  CBS Minnesota / WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis police say no arrests have been made after a student carrying a flag with the word “Trump” on it was assaulted outside ...



Controversy alive and well in Mpls Public Schools  MSR News Online

There are problems in River City, and again, the source as always is education. The Minneapolis Public Schools District in recent years has seen an explosion ...



Vote of confidence for police officers in Minneapolis public schools  KSTP

An 83-page survey and report released by the Minneapolis School District shows School Resource Officers are viewed favorably by a majority of students, ...



Student with ‘Trump’ flag assaulted by mob during National School Walkout  Fox News

A student at a Minneapolis high school was assaulted by a mob of students after he carried a pro-Trump flag during the National School Walkout on Wednesday, ...



Mpls. Southwest High closed today over credible threat  Minneapolis Star Tribune

In an automated telephone call, Principal Bill Smith notified parents and families Tuesday evening that the school would be closed and that the Minneapolis ...



Former Viking Leo Lewis was fired as Minneapolis North High athletic director, supporters say  Star Tribune

In the first public comments made since North High School athletic director Leo Lewis was placed on administrative leave in December, his lawyer said Tuesday ...



Questions remain after administration changes at Southwest  Southwest Journal

Three of the four top administrators at Southwest High School have left the school in the past two weeks, sparking surprise and disappointment in the school ...



Schools notebook: Southwest honors longtime basketball coach  Southwest Journal

Southwest High School has dedicated its basketball court to honor longtime boys basketball coach Walt Williams. Williams coached from 1949 to 1980, ...



Former 400 Bar co-owner, Tom Sullivan, dies at 62  Star Tribune

While his kid-brother, Bill, was already a local legend from the Replacements' and Soul Asylum's road crews, Tom Sullivan gave up a successful career in ...



Washburn High has a new principal: Emily Lilja Palmer  Star Tribune

Emily Lilja Palmer started work this week as the new principal of Minneapolis' Washburn High School, replacing Rhonda Dean, who abruptly resigned from her ...



Calling for stricter gun laws, Mpls. students head to City Hall  Star Tribune

A couple hundred Minneapolis students set out Wednesday afternoon on a march from Martin Luther King Jr. Park in south Minneapolis to City Hall to "voice our ...



Hot Property: Southwest High School addition, Minneapolis  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Type: Public. Addition size: 60,346 square feet. Cost: $35.3 million. Developer: Minneapolis Public Schools. Architect: ATS&R Inc. Details: A new addition and ...



State’s Top Public School? Mpls Southwest H.S.  CBS Local

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In a city school of 1,700 students, Minneapolis Southwest High School's principal Bill Smith walks the hallways with a sense of pride ...



Washburn High School in Minneapolis closed on Friday over threat  Bring Me The News

The south Minneapolis school received the threat late on Thursday.



A small but significant contributor to funding inequities in Minneapolis Public Schools: donations  MinnPost

While these funds account for a small portion of the total dollars schools have access to, they can greatly alter the experience students and teachers have at ...



Minneapolis school district struggles to close $33 million budget deficit  Watchdog.org

The Minneapolis school district continues to work to fill a $33 million budget gap that school officials blame on the failure of the state and federal governments to ...



The question of race in school suspensions debated  MPR News

It's a sure bet that everyone has an opinion on why students of color are more likely to be suspended from school than their white counterparts, and the loudest ...



Minn. students join walkout demanding stricter gun laws  Star Tribune

Fed-up students poured out of schools around Minnesota at 10 a.m. Wednesday, joining the massive wave of nationwide protests led by teens demanding ...



Mpls. 2040 Plan Proposes 4-Plexes In Every Part Of City  CBS Minnesota / WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — You have probably heard the term four-plex, but have you heard the term Frey-plex? That's what critics of what's called the ...



Kelly Doran builds his real estate firm on bold bets - Minneapolis / St. Paul  Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Doran is the self-made CEO of one of Minnesota's largest real estate companies — a firm he built up during a recession by developing student apartments near ...



Minneapolis school district to hold community budget discussions  Southwest Journal

Minneapolis Public Schools will hold a series of community discussions this month around plans to address a projected $33 million deficit for 2018-19.



Anti-Semitism seminar in Minneapolis confronts the rise of bigotry and hate-crimes against Jews  MinnPost

Sunday afternoon's “Anti-Semitism and White Nationalism” seminar was organized by the Minneapolis-based Jewish Community Action.



Minnesota Scene: Highly touted Texas wide receiver commits to Gophers  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wide receiver Nnamdi Adim-Madumere, who had scholarship offers from the likes of national champion Alabama, Texas A&M, Baylor and Boise State, ...



Minneapolis job fair is by teens, for teens  Star Tribune

Arwah Gedi admitted he was a little shaky during his first conversation with a recruiter at the 13th annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair on Saturday. "The first one, I ...



Dance unites Minneapolis high school students from opposite sides of the city  Star Tribune

Under ordinary circumstances, the 40 students from North and Southwest high schools would never have met. Ten miles of Minneapolis and a world of ...



Southwest HS names new assistant principals  Southwest Journal

Southwest High School interim principal Karen Wells on Sept. 1 announced the hiring of Shaun Flandrick and Lacy Ray Cannon as assistant principals.



Rosemount school district to pay author $40,000 for unauthorized sports tweets  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Three tweets and a retweet have cost the Rosemount-Eagan-Apple Valley school district $40,000. That's what the district agreed to pay Texas sports ...



Why Are Black Students Punished So Often? Minnesota Confronts a National Quandary  The New York Times

The Trump administration is highlighting the struggles that Minneapolis and St. Paul face with disparities in school discipline, and putting a thumb on the scale.



At Excelsior rally, a plea for more gun restrictions  Star Tribune

Upset that Minnesota legislators did not pass any new gun control legislation this year, about 125 people rallied in an Excelsior park on a chilly Saturday ...



MPS board to vote on controversial high-school enrollment plan  MinnPost.com

The Minneapolis School Board is scheduled to vote tonight on a controversial five-year enrollment plan that's aimed at relieving overcrowding at some schools, ...



More than 12" of snow strands students, flights and commuters  Star Tribune

Sunny skies return after storm that brought 17 inches and more to areas of Minnesota.



'We're a transitional generation': Five influential Twin Cities teens on what matters to them  Star Tribune

Many unkind things have been said about the current generation of high school students. They've been accused of being more active on social media than in ...



Student charged with attacking staff member at Minneapolis school  Bring Me The News

The employee has been identified as Mohammed Duluky.



Winter Olympics 2018: 22 Minnesota Athletes To Watch  Southwest Minneapolis, MN Patch

Winter Olympics 2018: Minnesota Athletes To Watch - Southwest Minneapolis, MN - Here are the Minnesota natives who will represent the United States at the ...



2 Brooklyn Park schools were locked down on Thursday because of threat  Bring Me The News

Two schools in Brooklyn Park were placed on lockdown following a threat on Thursday. Brooklyn Park Police said a male called them at 11:58 a.m. and ...



Schools notebook: MPS wraps up first-ever Visit Our Schools Month  Southwest Journal

Principal Ginger Davis Kranz led about eight families around Webster Elementary School in Northeast this past month, showing them classrooms, the school's ...



Life Story: Sara Sexton  CBS Minnesota / WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Many of us have memories of a favorite teacher. But the impact one Minneapolis teacher had over her long career is absolutely ...



Why the Minneapolis schools are better than you think  City Pages

Outside Sanford Middle School on a spring day, a gaggle of kids play catch and chat. They're a patchwork quilt of black, brown, and white,…



Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces Its 2017-2018 Spotlight Education Jimmy Award And Triple Threat Award Finalists  Broadway World

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced its 2017-2018 finalists for the Jimmy Awards and Triple Threat Awards. Twenty-six high school musical theatre students ...



Creator of Southwest Community Education Program to retire  Star Tribune

The man behind decades of summer programs at Southwest High School and a range of community education opportunties in the Minneapolis Public Schools ...



MPS public meeting about budget cuts  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Parents, students, staff and teachers upset about proposed budget cuts to their individual schools spoke during a public comment period at a Minneapolis ...



Tevlin: Southwest alum's gifts prompt debate over inequity  Minneapolis Star Tribune

The theme of economic inequity has been debated recently from Wall Street to the White House. Now a man's desire to keep kids cool at his alma mater during ...



Budget woes pinching sports in Minneapolis schools, and parents are taking notice  Star Tribune

Kids across Minneapolis are playing badminton without racquets and sharing the same jersey number at soccer games. They're piling into Grandma's minivan to ...



Contract for school cops in Minneapolis expires in June  Star Tribune

Some people like the idea of having police officers in Minneapolis Public Schools, saying it provides an extra level of safety. Others say their presence is ...



Demise of Indian mascots owes much to Minnesota  MinnPost

The announcement the Cleveland Indians will discontinue its age-old logo of a cartoonish Native American character was particularly relevant and resonant ...



Minneapolis Students Named National Merit Semifinalists  Patch.com

Southwest Minneapolis, MN - Students from Blake, De La Salle High, Minnehaha, South and Southwest High School were named semifinalists.



Nonprofit plugs Twin Cities teens into Silicon Valley tech  Star Tribune

Kekona Evans wasn't about to let any chances slip by him when he spent a week in Silicon Valley as part of a nonprofit tech development camp. The 14-year-old ...



Piano man: World War II vet brings music to Edelweiss  SW News Media

A small child, chocolate-covered donut in hand, plopped onto the couch in Edelweiss in downtown Prior Lake.



Why are people going uphill at Bloomington's Hyland Hills Ski Area all summer long?  Star Tribune

Bloomington's Hyland Hills has become a training destination for Twin Cities adventurers seeking to conquer real mountains.



Jake Hale First Minneapolis D-I Hockey Commit Since 1990  CBS Local

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jake Hale is an assistant captain and the best player on the Minneapolis boys high school hockey team – as just a sophomore.



Minneapolis committee passes amendment to support statewide assault weapons ban  KMSP-TV

Members of the Minneapolis City Council voted to support statewide legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and other firearm modifications Wednesday ...



Southwest gymnast Meeker carves own path to U  Southwest Journal

When Henry Meeker rattled off his reasons for committing to the University of Minnesota's men's gymnastics team, one was conspicuously absent: Following in ...



Formal complaints at Southwest High  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Nina Lillehei has her first formal gown, navy blue and full-length with a shirred bodice. Her date, Max Horn, has bought his tux. But the duo is all dressed up with ...



Two dozen named National Merit semifinalists  Southwest Journal

Two dozen high school students in Minneapolis were named National Merit semifinalists last week, including 12 who attend public schools in Minneapolis.



Watch as school kids ‘SKOL!’ for the Vikings across Minnesota  St. Paul Pioneer Press

SKOL Chant during school today. Here you go @johnkriesel @PowerTripKFAN #SKOL #BringItHome https://t.co/CV7hCiqtOY. — 𝙿𝚃 𝙹𝚊𝚛𝚖𝚊𝚗 (@pauljarman) ...



Minneapolis schools report higher grad rates for student athletes  Star Tribune

The same Minneapolis students who make shots on basketball courts and score touchdowns under Friday night lights are graduating at higher rates than the ...



Twin Cities theater company gives high-school students production power  Star Tribune

Now in its fourth year, Try And Stop Us Theatre Company produces an annual musical performed, directed and produced entirely by high school students — no ...



Readers Write: Outside 'impressions' of our state, partial government shutdown, the financial markets, population growth, opinion selections good and bad, 'Sunken Cities of Egypt' exhibit  Star Tribune

One would think that journalists from “not here” would learn that Minnesotans are a feisty lot and do not take slights lying down. St. Paul's Winter Carnival began ...



Navab Brothers build a better rug business for 30 years  Star Tribune

A few months ago, Far and Sam Navab, the siblings behind 30-year-old Navab Brothers Rug Co., acquired a small, high-end rug-and-carpet business called ...



A veteran teacher recalls memorable moments  Minneapolis Star Tribune

In case you missed it, Minneapolis teacher Richard Schwartz contributed a lovely paean to his profession in Tuesday morning's paper, as he nears the end of ...



Top Clinton Adviser Touts Minnesota Roots In Campaign Stop  CBS Local

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jake Sullivan, one of Hillary Clinton's top advisers, made a campaign stop Wednesday in his hometown of Minneapolis.



As more students opt out of tests, average scores plunge at some Minneapolis schools  Minneapolis Star Tribune

The newest math scores for Minneapolis South High School's 11th-graders plunged more than 25 percentage points compared with 2013. At Southwest High ...



15 years later, MN schools are more segregated, and achievement gap has barely budged  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Fifteen years into a nationwide push to provide every student with an equal education, Minnesota schools have grown more segregated and the state's ...



Rough sledding: Snow strands students, flights and commuters  Star Tribune

The first major snowstorm of 2018 brought the Twin Cities to a halt Monday, stranding students at school and littering streets, alleys and highways with stuck ...



Texas prep wide receiver chooses Gophers over Alabama, Texas A&M, other high-profile universities  Bring Me The News

Nnamdi Adim-Madumere is 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and Alabama wanted him.



Teacher Sara Sexton, who died at age 79, taught her Minneapolis students to cherish learning  Star Tribune

In the early part of her teaching career, Sara Sexton had a group of students at Minneapolis Southwest High School who did not want to be there. Every day they ...



'We just go to Jake': How a Southwest High grad became Hillary Clinton's go-to guy  MinnPost

In November 2012, Jake Sullivan was invited to lunch in Myanmar with President Barack Obama. Obama asked him for a history of the country. It was a set-up, ...



Keeping principals new sign of stability in Mpls. schools  Star Tribune

After a few years of turmoil with superintendent and leadership turnover, the low number of new principal assignments is a clear sign of stability under ...



Teen falls to his death from fire escape on Uptown condo building  Minneapolis Star Tribune

One of two teenage boys exploring a well-worn fire escape on the side of an Uptown condominium building fell four stories to his death, his father said Thursday.



Attacking 'aspiration gap' helps catapult new names to top-high-schools list  MinnPost.com

After a three-year hiatus, U.S. News & World Report has again ranked the nation's best high schools. Minneapolis's Southwest is again Minnesota's top-scoring ...



Who's on the DFL primary ballot in the 5th? Meet the candidates  MPR News

Voters in Minneapolis and neighboring suburbs will elect a new member of Congress this year. The 5th Congressional District seat has been in Democratic ...



Explore our 2018 Minnesota Summer Camp Guide  Star Tribune

This database will help you find the perfect summer camps for school-age children.



Summer books: Teachers talk about reading  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Reading is going away and then being able to come home. When I was a little girl, my mom worked a lot and was hardly home. While that may sound freeing, ...



Why Are Minnesota\'s Schools More Segregated Than 15 Years Ago?  Governing

Fifteen years into a nationwide push to provide every student with an equal education, Minnesota schools have grown more segregated and the state's ...



Minneapolis St. Paul  Star Tribune

The ongoing ritual of springtime budget cuts is bringing a new round of frustration and anxiety to parents in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts.



Student brings loaded handgun to Como Park Senior High School in St. Paul  Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews

The 16-year-old student had the gun in his waistband, before it was confiscated and he was arrested. St. Paul Public Schools put out an announcement on its ...



Minnesota standardized test scores have a new value. Here's why it could pay to opt-in.  MinnPost

Starting this next school year, students can submit their 10th-grade reading and 11th-grade math scores to Minnesota State colleges and universities to ...



Ten school districts, charters enter into agreements with Minnesota Department of Human Rights over discipline disparities  MinnPost

On Thursday, the state Department of Human Rights provided its first official update on the investigation it launched into exclusionary discipline practices ...



Rosario: A former wrestler uses art to put a chokehold on intolerance  St. Paul Pioneer Press

Joe Burns likes his neighbors so much that he spent three months drawing portraits of them. All 47 of them, for roughly four hours per sitting each. C'mon, man.



Tasty videos reach for print audience with new book  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Those addictive Tasty videos that pop up on Facebook — where you watch from a bird's-eye view as recipes are made in fast-forward time — have proved so ...



This Minnesota 'visionary' has taken award-winning Children's Theatre to new heights  Star Tribune

By leading but also listening, artistic director Peter Brosius has made the Children's Theatre Company the best in the world.



Minneapolis schools shift to growth mode  Minneapolis Star Tribune

A sweeping reshuffling of students and rebuilding of Minneapolis schools is being proposed to make the district more competitive and to handle an expected ...



Diggins 7th in final Olympic race; Minnesotan Frankowski 21st  Minneapolis Star Tribune

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA – Jessie Diggins ended the Pyeongchang Olympics with her sixth race in 16 days Sunday, finishing seventh in the ...



Heat wins: Minneapolis cancels schools without air conditioning  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Worried about the health of students and teachers in stifling classrooms, Minneapolis school officials canceled classes Thursday and Friday in its 27 buildings ...



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