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Orono Intermediate School fourth-graders spent January 31 or February 1 in an all-day Kindness Retreat led by Youth Frontiers . The retreat supports the school and district’s work in character education , and aligns with the Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat that eighth-graders experience. Students met in small groups to talk about their school, what is currently happening and how it…

Orono High School Principal Dave Benson has been named Person of the Year by the Long Lake Area Chamber of Commerce . This honor is reserved for an individual or business that goes “above and beyond to make this area a great place to live and work.” Benson will be recognized at an event on Saturday, March 4. It will be held…

Jack Prisendorf, a seventh-grader at Orono Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee January 25. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee . Eighth-grader Luc Forsans and seventh-grader Caroline Close placed second and third respectively in the school competition. Additional…

Twenty-three Orono students in grades 8-12 participated in the 63rd Model Assembly Session of the Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government program January 5-8. Local students debated bills, passed proposals and sat on the jury for court cases. More than half of the delegation spent the weekend in the newly-renovated State Capitol, as well as in…

Members of the 2017 Orono High School Winterfest court are, from left: front – Abby Haglin, Melanie Iversen, Abby Wilfert, Kat Antonenko, Mattie Rice, Queen Sammy Patterson, Naish Invie, Connor Brown, Gab Wengler and Chris Johnson. Back row: Amelia Singleton, Ellie Eskuche, Kate Edwards, Nora Luetmer, Madison Michel, Elise Anhorn, Laura Landgraver, King Danny Murley,…

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