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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 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.



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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

Minneapolis Public Schools are saying very little about the loss of several prominent leaders in high school athletics.



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.



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

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - High school students in Minneapolis walked out of class Wednesday morning to protest gun violence following a mass shooting at a ...



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 ...



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 ...



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

Minneapolis police say no arrests have been made after a student carrying a flag with the word "Trump" on it was assaulted outside of Southwest High 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 ...



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.



Controversy alive and well in Mpls Public Schools | MN Spokesman-Recorder | MSR News Online  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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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.



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 ...



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

The south Minneapolis school received the threat late on Thursday.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



OPINION EXCHANGE | Minneapolis school board member: Why I oppose the Southwest High addition  Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Minneapolis public schools have a dilemma (“The city's strongest schools should not be sacrificed,” Nov. 27). Minneapolis currently has seven high schools ...



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 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 ...



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.



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.



'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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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

Mayor Jacob Frey, who ran on a platform of affordable housing, is defending the proposal and asking for public input.



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

The employee has been identified as Mohammed Duluky.



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, ...



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 ...



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) ...



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 ...



Creator of Southwest Community Education Program to retire  Star Tribune

Tom Neiman is retiring after working since the 1970s to bring people together through community education, including the Southwest Super Summer Program.



Tenth-graders explore passions with personal project  Southwest Journal

Training for a marathon, building an electric guitar and choreographing a musical don't have a lot in common — unless you're a 10th-grader at Southwest High ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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.



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

Tasty videos in print? 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Minneapolis students walk out to protest DACA decision  KMSP-TV

Hundreds of students walked out of school Friday and marched through south Minneapolis to bring attention to the Trump administration's decision to phase out ...



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 ...



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,…



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



The Winds of Change: Westside Rally Against Gun Violence will be Saturday, Oct. 6  ECM Publishers

The Winds of Change: Westside Rally Against Gun Violence will be 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Commons Park on Lake Street in Excelsior.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



Life Story: Sara Sexton  CBS Minnesota / WCCO

Many of us have memories of a favorite teacher. But the impact one Minneapolis teacher had over her long career is absolutely astounding.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



PHOTOS: Minnesota Student Walkout  KSTP.com

On March 14 students across Minnesota walked out to demand a stricter gun control due to recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida....



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



City flags are having a moment – everywhere but Minneapolis  Star Tribune

While St. Paul's city flag is catching on with boosters, many folks are trash talking the Minneapolis flag.



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.



John Richter, entrepreneur, advocate for airport noise reduction and bike lanes, dies at 94  Star Tribune

For years, John Richter was the epitome of an engaged citizen in Minneapolis — a rabble-rouser, networker and fundraiser extraordinaire who poured his ...



Gophers routed by No. 1 Penn State in wrestling  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Undefeated and top-ranked Penn State crushed the No. 14 Gophers 35-8 on Friday night in Big Ten wrestling at State College, Pa.



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 ...



'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, ...



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.



Minneapolis students walk out to protest immigration policies  Minneapolis Star Tribune

A couple hundred students from Washburn, Southwest and other high schools took part in the march.



Orono Ice Arena gets much-needed upgrades | Local  SW News Media

ORONO — At the final meeting of 2017, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners handed out a few gifts to the little ones who like to play sports.



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 ...



Minnesota burns bright  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jessie Diggins. Cross-country skiing. Afton • Age: 26. Olympic experience: Second (2014). A three-time Minnesota state high school champion in Nordic skiing, ...



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 ...



Forced school transfers face review  Minneapolis Star Tribune

A student who said a forced transfer to another school violated his civil rights won a commitment from the Minneapolis district to review its practices.



Explore our 2018 Minnesota Summer Camp Guide  Star Tribune

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



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

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



Holbrook steps down as UWRF women's basketball coach  Hudson Star Observer

Long time UW-River Falls women's basketball head coach Cindy Holbrook has stepped down from her position to take a new role in the UW-River Falls ...



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