Osakis School Board purchases more property

Land could be used for bus garage or tennis courts.

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The Osakis School District will be purchasing more land. The school board approved the $75,000 transaction at the Tuesday, April 12, regular school board meeting.

According to Superintendent Randy Bergquist, the transaction also includes a land swap with the sellers, Scott and Janel Baker. The district is purchasing about 7 acres, which is situated between First Avenue West and First Avenue East (County Road 3), south of the school’s existing tennis courts.

The district will then give the Bakers about an acre of land, which is adjacent to the Baker’s home property at the end of First Avenue West.


Bergquist said as of right now, the district isn’t exactly sure what the land will be used for. Both this property and the property they purchased at the last school board meeting are undergoing soil borings. Once all the borings are conducted and the results are analyzed, the district will decide which property will be used for the two projects they are working on – a new bus garage and new tennis courts.

Both Bergquist and school board member Justin Dahlheimer, who helped work out the details, said it was a good agreement.

Dahlheimer said he felt it was what the school needed and that the price was good.

“It was for our benefit to lock in future options,” he said.

In other action

School board members also approved the following other items:

  • Resignations from the following employees – Dan Beste, social studies teacher; Tera Anderson, ECFE instructor; Janice Campbell, ECFE instructor; and Terry Lassle, custodial aide.

  • Leave of absence for Louis Hagl, special education teacher; Darwin Johnson, Spanish teacher; Brian Silbernick, paraprofessional; and Rebecca Kendall, paraprofessional.

  • Tenure for two teachers – Jenna Norman and Jeff Rousu.

  • Hiring for the following positions – Lee Bottelberghe, band teacher; Kayla Gregor, art teacher; Lindsey Hinnenkamp, mental health practitioner; Kaylie Waldvogel, special education teacher; Jenna Norman,social studies teacher; Isaac Infanger, baseball varsity assistant coach; Chris Grove, additional tennis coach; Bill Infanger, co-junior high baseball coach; Kendall Proell, co-junior high baseball coach; and Katelyn Brown Childers, special education teacher.

  • Scholarship donations from Marv Bruzik, Larry Christensen, Lakes Area Professional Women, LGC Biosearch Technologies and Nelson Community Association.

  • Other donations from Donors Choose and Osakis VFW for elementary music and Close Up.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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