THUMBS UP: Congratulations to not one, but two local high school teams who will be competing in April in the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl competition.
Minnesota Valley Lutheran's Onyx team, and New Ulm High School's Purple team, who finished one and two respectively in the Regional K-Bowl competition Thursday, will be going to the state competition in Brainerd in April.
For MVL seniors, it will be their fourth straight trip.
Good luck to all the competitors in this test of mental acuity.
School budget cuts
THUMBS DOWN: With the adoption of $1.1 million in budget cuts for next year, the District 88 School?Board completed what has become almost an annual exercise in attrition. The cutting of ten teaching positions makes up about half the amount, but there are plenty of other areas of pain.
"Once again, staff will be called upon to do more with less," said Superintendent Harold Remme, introducing the list of cuts and budget adjustments prepared by the school staff.
We think the district's staff has been heroic in doing more with less over the years, but there are only so many times the district can ask that. At some point, making do with less will mean doing less, providing less for students in the district. We hope the state starts improving its funding for districts before that happens.
Sleepy Eye Girls BB
THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Sleepy Eye High School girls basketball team for their Cinderella run to the Minnesota State Girls Basketball Class A tournament. The Indians, seeded seventh in the sub-regionals, kept knocking off the favorites until they won the regional championship and the right to play in the State Tournament.
A slow start against a strong Mountain Iron-Buhl team in the first round on Thursday ended the Indians' season, but they can be proud of their strong postseason push.