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MLS School District holding parent/ teacher conferences February 3rd to 5th
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held in the Mohall Lansford Sherwood Public School District February 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The conferences are being held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.

The first night of conferences on Tuesday, February 3rd will be for both the MLS-Mohall and MLS-Sherwood elementary students only.

Conferences will continue on Wednesday, February 4th, for both the elementary schools and students in grades 7 through 12 at MLS-Mohall.

Thursday, February 5th, conferences will be held for only students in grades 7 through 12 at the MLS-Mohall School. Those wishing to visit with Mr. Wayne Brackenbury or Mr. Scott Erickson will have to attend conferences with them on Wednesday, February 4th as they both will be gone for a girls’ basketball game in Washburn.

Parents of students in Kindergarten through 6th grade will be scheduled at specific times, and the parents of students in Grades 7 through 12 are asked to attend at their convenience.

It is important to visit with your child’s teachers regarding academic progress. You are asked to please make it a priority to attend the conferences. If you can’t make teacher conferences on the scheduled dates, please contact the MLS-Mohall School Office so that they can make other arrangements for you to see your child’s teachers.

North Dakota Dollars for Scholars to provide $100,000 in scholarships
North Dakota Dollars for Scholars is accepting scholarship applications from North Dakota high school seniors and college students. This year, eight new $1,000 scholarships are being distributed to students majoring in accounting, advertising, agricultural economics, banking, business, communications, computer and information technology science, economics, finance, graphic arts, journalism, nutrition, or dietetics.

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants must be from a North Dakota community with an active Dollars for Scholars chapter to qualify. Scholarship offerings cover a variety of categories including need-based, vocational/technical schools, military family, community-service, and continuing college students.

The application deadline for all North Dakota Dollars for Scholars scholarships is Wednesday, April 1st. Additional scholarship details and the online application are available at To apply, students must create a profile in the online student center which allows them to be matched to scholarships based on their personal information. Students will also be able to use this profile to find other scholarship opportunities from their local chapter as well as North Dakota Dollars for Scholars and the national organization.

MLS girls’ basketball team to participate
in Rugby’s doubleheader at the Minot
Municipal Auditorium Saturday, January 31st

Rugby Public School will host a boys’ and girls’ doubleheader at the Minot Municipal Auditorium this Saturday, January 31st. Their girls’ teams will play Mohall, and their boys’ teams will match up against Lewis and Clark/ Berthold. The schedule for the day is as follows:

1:30 p.m.: Berthold C-Team Boys vs. Rugby C-Team Boys in the Armory Gym; and the MLS Junior Varsity Girls will match up with the Rugby Junior Varsity Games in the Main Gym.

At 3:00 p.m.: MLS C-Team girls will play the Rugby C-Team Girls in the Armory Gym; and the Lewis and Clark/Berthold Junior Varsity Boys’ team will play the Rugby’s Boys’ Junior Varsity Team in the Main Gym.

The 4:30 p.m. game, which will be played in the Main Gym, will have the MLS Varsity Girls playing the Rugby Varsity Girls.

The boys’ varsity game will tip off at 6:00 p.m. between the Lewis and Clark/Berthold boys and the Rugby boys.

There will be an admission charge for the day’s events.

Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

By John Edgecombe Jr.
Publisher, The Nebraska Signal,
Geneva, NE and President,
National Newspaper Association

A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

It is time for lawmakers to consider
how rural and small town mail is suffering.

The USPS plans to close more than 80 mail processing plants in 2015. Smaller plants will be consolidated into urban plants. It has already closed nearly 150 plants in the past three years and says service was not affected.

That is hard to believe, at least in small towns.

Longer road trips for most mail, traffic delays in urban areas to get sorted mail back to the local post offices, post office closings and shorter business hours have made claims of good service hard to trust. There is also the upheaval while workers lose their jobs or have to be retrained. Now, according to the nation’s mail agency, cost-cutting means admitting service will be even slower, even in urban areas, by at least a day.

What the public announcements do
not say is that when America’s mail sneezes, rural mail gets pneumonia. Cutting a service day is a big sneeze even in the metro areas. But rural and small town mail had already contracted
the illness. Many subscribers who receive newspapers by mail have been disappointed by late deliveries. The scattered reports we may hear of delayed credit card payments and business invoices would be much louder if consumers felt there was any point in complaining.

Unfortunately for many—seniors without Internet capabilities, lower income residents, rural folks without good Internet service and people who
just don’t trust the Internet—the mail is
a necessity.

The USPS inspector general last October chastised the agency for not fully analyzing the impact from its proposed plant closings and the Postal Service said it would do so—but only after its slower service standards go into
effect. In other words, it will consider whether it can reach its goals after it has
lowered them.

Even before the change, it has been
hard to find out how well rural mail is delivered.

The Postal Service provides a public report to its regulator, the Postal Regulatory Commission, on how well it
performs against its service standards. See Periodic Reports at USPS gathers information on speed of delivery from several sources, including its own digital scanning. The greatest volume of mail is in urban areas, so national statistics may look ok. But the law doesn’t require USPS to report on how the rural mail is doing. That is something Congress should consider.

For a list of cities where changes in mail processing are scheduled in 2015 go to Then open “2015 Network Consolidations”. You will note that the Minot Post Office is among that list.

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