B.E. High School plans open house

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area High School (grades 8-12) will hold an open house for students and parents on Wednesday, Aug. 30

This is in addition to the eighth-grade orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The Aug. 30 event will give students and parents an opportunity to complete paperwork, pick up student schedules and Chromebooks, be introduced to the high school staff, receive information about the school year and check out their lockers. Attendance is strongly recommended.

All paperwork needs to be completed and turned in before students receive their Chromebook and schedule. The following forms must be turned in by all students: student demographics; health census; purchased insurance or insurance waiver; MSHSL eligibility form; bullying form; and student/parent 1:1 tech responsibility agreement/annual insurance plan.

The cost of insurance for Chromebooks will be $15 for each student and may be paid on the school’s web store.

The proposed handbook can be viewed on the school’s website.

Please meet in the Performing Arts Center according to the following schedule:

6 p.m.: Last name A-G

7 p.m.: Last name H-N

8 p.m.: Last name O-Z

School for students in grades 8-12 begins Tuesday, Sept. 5, with a full day of classes. The school day begins at 8:20 a.m. and ends at 3:05 p.m. Classes for K-7 will start school Thursday, Sept. 7.

Please note that 8-11 individual student pictures will be taken Friday, Oct. 6.

Businessman sentenced for thefts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis businessman has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for embezzling more than $755,000 from his employees’ pension plans.

Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Booker says 66-year-old Lighting Affiliates Inc. owner Wallace Gregerson ended his fraud scheme “only because there was no more money to steal.”

Booker says Gregerson drained the profit-sharing portion of the pension plan between February 2011 and July 2013, and employees’ 401(k) accounts between December 2014 and March 2015. Authorities say he used the money for business expenses and personal expenses including country club dues and his daughter’s tuition payments.

Gregerson pleaded guilty in March to mail fraud and was sentenced Wednesday.