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U of M Beef Team to Host Cow/Calf Days Seminar In Pipestone In February

The University of Minnesota Beef Team is proud to host the annual Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour and Trade Show at 10 locations across the state in January and February. This event has been held for over 40 years and continues to be the leading information, technology, and research outlet for cow/calf producers in the state of Minnesota.

 The 2018 event will feature information on marketing calf value, genetic selection for commercial cow-calf operators, and backgrounding the calf crop on the ranch. The program also will feature a panel discussion on genetics, bull selection, and management. Updates from the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association will also highlight the event. The corresponding tradeshow will feature vendors with new information, technology, and products with a wide-array of practical uses for the operators in the cow-calf sector.

The program is directed at cow/calf producers, allied industry representatives, and is open to the public. A meal will be served with the program and a registration fee of $10 will include the meal, proceedings book, and program materials.

The Pipestone program will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the MN West Community & Technical College, Room 127.  The address is 1314 N Hiawatha Avenue, Pipestone.  The program will begin at 9:30 am and conclude at 2:30 pm.  For questions regarding the Pipestone Cow/Calf Day event, please call 507-825-1190.   

More information on other locations around the state can be found at the Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour and Trade Show website: or contact Eric Mousel at 218.398.1916,

Denise Rohan, National Commander of The American Legion

Denise Rohan was elected national commander of the 2 million-member American Legion on Aug. 24, 2017, in Reno, Nev., during the 99th national convention of America’ s largest veterans organization.

Born in McGregor, Iowa, Denise (Hulbert) Rohan lived in Elkader, Iowa, until leaving for U.S. Army basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., in 1974. She served on active duty as a stock control and accounting specialist and repair parts specialist course instructor at Fort Lee, Va., until her honorable discharge in August 1976.

Rohan and her husband, Mike, currently live in Verona, Wis., where she has served The American Legion since 1984. Prior to her transfer to Post 385 in Verona, she served as the commander of Post 333 in Sun Prairie, Wis., where she established a Sons of the American Legion squadron and chartered a Boy Scout troop. She has also served as the department commander of Wisconsin. 

Rohan and Mike are both 2006 graduates of the National American Legion College and 2015 graduates of the Wisconsin American Legion College-Basic Course, and have gone on to serve as department and national American Legion College facilitators.

Rohan was employed with the University of Wisconsin Madison as the assistant bursar of student loans until her retirement in 2012. She managed the University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Green Bay and University of Wisconsin Colleges $120 million loan portfolio made up of approximately 200 different federal, institutional and state programs in compliance with all laws, regulations and policy. She was responsible for the efficiency and design of the computerized student loan accounts receivable system.

She is a graduate of Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., and The Collegiate Management Institute.

Rohan served the Family Readiness Group as a civilian volunteer with the Wisconsin Army National Guard 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1-105th Cavalry Squadron. She also served with the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard Airman and Family Readiness Program.

Her theme as national commander is “Family First” and her fundraising project is the Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance program and the Legion’s service officer program. TFA awards cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. These grants help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable environment.

Rohan has been married to Mike since 1976, and they have a son, Nicholas, daughter-in­ law Angie, and two grandchildren, Sawyer and Isla. Mike is very active with The American Legion on both the state and national levels and is a past department adjutant. Nick and Sawyer are members of Squadron 385, and Isla is a member of Unit 385. 

Rohan will be at two events in the area. National Commander’s Dinner, Tues., Feb. 6 from 5pm-8pm at American Legion, 106 W Front St., Fulda. Social at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm, RSVP by calling Jim Troje at 507-329-0500, cost is $13, RSVP by 12pm Feb. 5. National Commander’s Breakfast, Wed., Feb. 7 from 8am-9:30am at Jack Slades Steakhouse, 2390 MN-60, Windom. RSVP by calling Fred Meyer at 507-830-1440, cost is $9.

Paraprofessionals: Integral to Student Success at MCC

In every school throughout the nation there are many people involved behind the scenes to make the educational experience a successful one for each student. Everyday children attend school in pursuit of an education that will help them be successful throughout their lives. Who attends to the special needs of our students? Who provides playground and/or lunchroom supervision and all the critical operational duties in the school district? It is the paraprofessionals that fill all of these roles and so many more. The paraprofessionals are educational support staff that provides key services to meet all the needs of our school-aged children. In the Murray County Central School District, our paraprofessionals total 27, 20 at the elementary level and 7 at the high school level 

Federal law several years ago expanded the qualifications required to become a paraprofessional, as well as the duties paraprofessionals are permitted to carry out. In general, paraprofessionals work in support of the teacher. Having certified, enthusiastic, well-prepared paraprofessionals can make an enormous difference in the efficiency of a child’s classroom and the implementation of a child’s Individualized Education Plan. 

Paraprofessionals can and do wear numerous hats throughout the school day. They work with students with special needs in a small group or one-on-one situation, they assist the classroom teachers with ensuring the needs of the students are met, they supervise the playground during recess, they monitor the cafeteria, they help run the media center, assist in the library, etc. This list could go on and on. One thing is certain; they are necessary for our students and teachers to help ensure learning success. They are also essential to the smooth operation of a school. We certainly do appreciate the work they do, and they support the student population that needs more help to be successful in school. Speaking on behalf of the administration, we are very fortunate to have a talented group that really cares about students. That’s a combination you look for, no matter who works in your school.

Paraprofessional Recognition Week in Minnesota is being held January 22-26, 2018. There are over 25,000 paraprofessionals working in Minnesota schools and educational programs. Without these important members of our staffs, the day-to-day operations of our schools would look significantly different. Paraprofessional Recognition Week is January 22-26, but Paraprofessional Appreciation is every day.

On behalf of the Administration and Board of Education at Murray County Central Schools, I extend our appreciation for everything that our paraprofessionals do for our schools. We will be celebrating Paraprofessionals Week at MCC with a staff luncheon and certificates of commendation. I ask that you would join us in recognizing the work of our dedicated paraprofessionals and thank them for helping meet the ongoing needs of our students and our system. It is through their support that we are able to continue providing high quality programs and services for all students.

Joe Meyer
MCC Superintendent