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SIDNEY HERALD, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 AS YOUR NEWS AND STATE ",Zr . o's Q&A BY NICOLE LUCINA Sidney Herald around town asking what the best April Fool's Day prank is that they;ve pulled. Here are some of the responses! TINK FENDRICK I posted I was pregnant on April Fool's Day, not realizing it was April Fool's Day. I actually was pregnant, but a lot of people thought it was just a prank. ROSIE HIGHSMITH I called work from a payphone right outside and told them I was quitting, then showed up five minutes later. My boss was freaking out! RHONDA LAWHEAD I haven't done it yet but I'm doing it this year. There's a Scooby-Doo looking van in Fairview, ince I cut my hair short l'm going to go stand by it and put on a "Velma" outfit and send it to my son saying April Fool's Day! JOE WANDLER We would send people looking for prop-wash which is just wind. Or tell them to go get 10 feet of flight line, which is where you park all the planes. DESIREE CURNUTT My sister has these two stuffed monkey's and every time anyone went into the bathroom she would sneak back and crack the door open so the monkey's head was sticking through the crack and make it look around like it was watching us. Once you see it, it creeps you out! Lawmakers seek labor crunch solutions BYTIM PIERCE UM Legislative News Service Neu Supervalue was selected for an Richland Econom- ic Development Corp is pleased to announce that the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) commit- tee has awarded its 16th loan for the expansion of a business in Fairview. Tim Neu was approved for a loan to remod- el and improve Neu's SuperValu. Tim completed an ap- plication in partnership with his lead lender, Chad Molden, of Stock- man Bank of Sidney, and presented this project to the RLF committee for Fevmw. The funding re- ituest was to consolidate loans, remodel and up- date equipment. Tim purchased the Su- p, erValu from Bill Huft in 2015, and then began upgrading the store as he was able. "I knew that L RLF award from Richland Economic updating the SuperVa- lu was needed and was timely. I'm so thankful to be in business and sup- ported by the area. Many thanks to REDC and the RLF program to make this happen for me." The RLF committee is pleased to assist Tim Neu in this business venture. The intent of the RLF is to offer an additional tool to sup- port new business and business expansion projects. Chad Molden states, "This program is a great resource for borrowers requiring gap funding. Stockman Bank is pleased to coordinate with REDC to think outside the box and get projects like this off the ground." : Richland Economic Development Corp en- courages existing busi- nesses and new busi- ness startup projects to consider the RLF as a resource. The RLF loan pool of $1,000,000 is not free money, but an in- vestment made by the Richland County Com- missioners, to assist in: the development of busi: :: ness in our economy. The application and review process is achievable, and done in conjunction with the area financial institutions in Richland County. If you or someone you know is thinking of ex- panding or launching a new business in Rich- land County, contact any of the local finan- cial institutions or Rich- land Economic Develop- ment Corp today for an application! Conrad Superintendent Sharyl Allen said, about two years ago, she received countless letters, phone calls and emails demand- ing she quit her job. "We had people calling for my resignation saying how dare I challenge their kids like this." Parents and community mem- bers were protesting a new edu- cational system Conrad High School implemented in the Fall of 2017. Allen calls it pro- ficiency-based or personalized learning. "Too many kids have their eyes rolled in the back of their heads because we keep teaching them the same stuff or saying 'you all need this,'" she said. "But what we're really trying to say is, 'what is the student passion that drives "0Ul:/ urriculum?' we think that's what the future looks like." Allen said all students have their strengths and their weak- nesses, but it's redundant to teach students what they already know; a proficiency-based model allows students to move at their own pace. By not having a set class time for specific courses, students can excel in their strengths by going further on their own, but : also have their weaknesses coy- ered by getting extra help from . teachers. , :This structure allows students tO have an open schedule, one they can fill with opportunities outside of the classroom, like, the three students Conrad High School has enrolled in John TIM PIERCE / UM LEGISLATIVE NEWS SERVICE Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, R-Billings, is one of the lawmakers working on bills this legislative session that encourage more career and technical opportunities for high school stu- dents. His bill focuses on how data moves through state agencies in order to place high school graduates into the workforce. rad, took about 25 lawmakers during the interim and showed them the school and its system. "We know in the state we have a huge shortage in the workforce. We have a hole, both in meeting our workforce needs and in ser- vicing our students," Jones said. "We have about 12,000 kids grad- uate per year. About 7,000 of them go onto a four-year college -- and we have good four year programs -- but 5,000 are where? We can't tell you. Schools can't tell you." Lawmakers are moving legisla- tion aiming to remove barriers in the public school system in order to encourage students to seek professional opportunities while they're in school and to fill com- munity worker needs. About 10 bills were introduced during the 2019 legislative ses- sion with the goal of spreading Deere University, an online teach- this education model statewide. ing p ogram used to train John Those bills do things like giving Deere employees, worker's compensation insurance The students are getting elec- to students and helping the state tive credits and taking class time track the kinds of jobs students to learn skills for a job in their are getting after high school. community. Allen said these stu- Jones' bill, House Bill 387, dents will have high paying jobs which passed the Senate 33-16 last right after high school, some- week, wraps together the legis- where between $15 to $20 an hour lative push. The bill would help for starting wage. students pay for what Jones calls State Rep. Llew Jones, R-Con- "advanced opportunities." 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