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Gervais school board candidate thanks voters, St. Paul speed radar still not installed

Thank you Gervais voters, district still needs work

I would like to thank the voters that voted for me in the last Gervais School Board election.

Though I didn't win the election, that still doesn't mean that the problem of 25% of the sixth grade students in the Gervais School District who are working at third grade performance level is acceptable.

This is clearly caused by the Marline Teaching in the elementary buildings. What will the school board do about this mess? Kick the can down the road again by asking for another multi-million dollar bond levy for new facilities. Which will do absolutely nothing to improve the district's student's performance and make the district's high school graduates more able to function as successful members of our adult society.

Lenthal Kaup,



St. Paul radar sign has yet to be installed

Something's conspicuously missing in St. Paul. Last winter, thanks to a community grant from State Farm Insurance, St. Paul received a generous check for $5,000 to purchase a speed radar sign and produce a brochure and video to promote safe driving habits around farm machinery on rural roads.A new state of the art and turn key ready RadarSign TC-400 was purchased for about $3,200 and delivered on April 22, together with extra mounting brackets which permit the sign to be moved easily around the community on new sign poles installed over the winter.The sign's manufacturer says "The Go Bracket allows a single person to easily mount the TC-400 radar speed sign in about a minute." However, a month after delivery, the sign has yet to be placed into service.The new radar sign was slated to play an important role in calming traffic in the small community. Left to sit on a shelf in its box, however, a dis-service is done to St. Paul citizens, who often voice their concerns about speeding vehicles and traffic issues in town and throughout French Prairie. City residents should contact the mayor and City Council and request a public explanation for the inaction.At last (month's) public meeting in St. Paul, the Marion County commissioners, Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, Marion County Public Works Director Brian Nicholas, and ODOT representatives all expressed their strong and continuing commitment to addressing traffic safety and speeding issues in French Prairie. It was disappointing to see St. Paul city officials in attendance, including the new mayor, remain silent during the meeting and pass up a prime opportunity to advocate for traffic safety on behalf of their city and tell the public what role St. Paul intends to play in the future as a partner in the French Prairie community. Sadly, perhaps there's no interest in that regard.

Kim Wallis,

St. Paul


Thank you to those who honored U.S. veterans

Already into June, following May's Memorial Day and weekend, members of Aurora Unit No. 110, American Legion Auxiliary, heartily extends thanks to the many shoppers and visitors to Woodburn's Bi-Mart, who gladly wore a red, paper poppy in remembrance of U.S. veterans and the heroes who keep us free.

Always in the last 11 years, Vie Anderson, Aurora Unit Poppy Chairman, has received the nod from the local and district managers of Bi-Mart to set up a table at the exit and remind some of the younger customers to give thanks and patriotically wear that paper poppy. There are always days within that week before Memorial Day that the manager has generously provided a "forgotten" chair by a unit member.  

Thank you merchants and shoppers!

MaryLou Burke,


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