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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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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 ...



Longtime sports columnist Larry Fitzgerald receives NCAA Legacy Award  MSR News Online

Longtime Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) sports columnist Larry Fitzgerald was referred to as a “living legend” at the first official event of the 2019 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Summer offerings for all  Southwest Journal

Starting June 17, hundreds of kids will head to Southwest High School four days a week for activities ranging from ice cream making to fort building and ...



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.



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.



Renaming of Minneapolis' Southwest High School on Google Maps tragically misspelled  City Pages

Advice to aspiring pranksters: If you're going to take a dig at a high school, make sure you don't spell it in a way that suggests you'd benefit from taking a few ...



Ben Coleman was a local hero to many  MSR News Online

To the Honorable Ben Coleman, thank you for teaching us how to fish! You were truly, truly a great man with a great legacy indeed.



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



High School Basketball Team Pulls Out of MLK Game Following Trump 2020 Flag Controversy  Newsweek

"After discussion with the MLK Showcase event coordinator, a decision has been made to pull out of the MLK Showcase game on Monday, January 21st. We do ...



A youth-led climate movement  Southwest Journal

Urgent and unabashedly progressive climate politics have come to Minnesota — or at least they've finally made it into the chambers of the Minnesota State ...



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 ...



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 ...



Here are the 5 finalists for the Minnesota Mr. Basketball award  Bring Me The News

There are a couple of 3000-point scorers in the final five.



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



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

The recent rise of anti-Semitism in the United States crested in October with the murder of 11 worshipers at the Tree Of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Before that ...



Trump Flag-Toting Student Assaulted During Walkout Day Protest in Minneapolis  Newsweek

Minneapolis police said a student carrying a flag containing the word Trump was assaulted Wednesday outside of a high school as students held a moment of ...



Minnesota duo sets Guinness World Record for longest ice hockey pass  Bring Me The News

Tom Chorske and Zach Lamppa set the Guinness World Record.



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 ...



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

The south Minneapolis school received the threat late on Thursday.



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 ...



Hard-working college students feel scandal is a slap in the face  Star Tribune

A comforting thought, straight from the admissions department at the University of Minnesota: 99.999 percent of those who get into college get in the right way.



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.



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 ...



Kelly Doran builds his real estate firm on bold bets - Minneapolis  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 ...



US News ranks Minneapolis Southwest as state's top high school  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Southwest High School in Minneapolis ranks highest among the state's high schools in the frequently cited but oft-criticized rankings released Tuesday by U.S. ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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

“Regulation isn't scary, getting shot is,” read one of the signs carried Wednesday by one of the hundreds of Minneapolis high school students who marched on ...



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.



Minnesota High School Students Walk Out in Response to Florida Shooting  KSTP.com

Students at dozens of schools throughout Minnesota held walkouts and rallies Wednesday, in response to a recent Florida school shooting..



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 ...



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 ...



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, ...



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 ...



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, ...



On Line 3, will Walz be the leader Minnesota desperately needs?  MinnPost

In his first week in office, Gov. Tim Walz met with us and 150+ other youth concerned about the threats posed by climate change to our future. He declared that ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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

The employee has been identified as Mohammed Duluky.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Weekday At Bernie’s: Edina Man’s March Madness Tradition Turns 19  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Studies have been done about how much work productivity is lost during the NCAA tournament. And at one Edina house, they don't ...



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 ...



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.



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.



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 ...



Chronic deficits dog Minneapolis, St. Paul schools - StarTribune.com  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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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,



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 ...



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 ...



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,…



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.



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.



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 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 ...



'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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



9 Minnesota Schools Make Newsweek Magazine’s Top 500  CBS Local

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Newsweek Magazine published its list Monday of America's top schools for 2014, and nine Minnesota schools made the list of 500.



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 ...



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 ...



Nature-based preschool coming to Bryn Mawr  Southwest Journal

A Bryn Mawr-based nonprofit is aiming to launch a nature-based preschool pilot as soon as next fall. Depending on funding, Minneapolis Nature Preschool ...



Minneapolis parents of gifted students feel driven to Bloomington  Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's been a word-of-mouth movement, especially fueled by southwest Minneapolis parents who say advanced needs are not being met in the district.



New Vision Foundation aims to inspire Minnesota's young African immigrants to become tech innovators  MinnPost

Facebook. Snapchat. Twitter. Those are some of the many social media giants that Hussein Farah has seen African immigrants in Minnesota use on a regular ...



Combating a climate crisis  Aitkin Independent Age

Youth activist group iMatter makes strides in Minnesota to preserving the environment and their futures while aiming to further spread their outreach.



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 ...



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 ...



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