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Martin Co. West revamps learning

SHERBURN — Martin County West School transitioned to hybrid learning for grades 7-12 on Monday. Grades K-6 will still have in-person learning at this time.

This was, no doubt, a difficult decision to make. MCW has been working closely with the local public health department. As a result of the elevated 14-day COVID cases and outbreaks in Martin County, the school decided to follow the recommended learning option from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Half of the junior/senior high students will attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays and alternating Fridays, while the other half will attend on Mondays and Wednesdays and alternating Fridays. Both groups of students will attend two days one week and then three days the next week on alternating weeks.

When not in school, students will be required to participate in each class virtually throughout the day via virtual learning. Martin County West will utilize hybrid learning for a minimum of at least two weeks, then consult with local public health to determine if the school will continue or go to another method of learning.

School officials need student, parent and community understanding as they make these difficult decisions that not everyone will agree with, but it is important to remember that the school is guided by health professionals and only wishes to do what is best for the safety of our youth and community members.

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MCW students in grades 7-12 who would like to have a school lunch on the days they are not attending school will be able to pick up their free lunch at the end of the school day they are attending. Meals will be provided a day in advance. Students are reminded that the menu may change from what is listed on the school lunch calendar.

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Because of the pandemic, the city of Sherburn will not hold its regular Community Chest drive this fall with volunteers going door to door to ask for donations.

This drive supports so many local charities that will be missing out on needed funds. If you would like to donate as you have in past years, please drop off your donation with Deb Johnson at Bank Midwest in Sherburn. It would be much appreciated. Donations will be accepted through the end of October.

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The Regional Worship Center in Sherburn is hosting community breakfasts each Monday morning from 8-10 a.m. at the church at 2 Crossroads Drive in Sherburn. Donations accepted.

You do not need to be a member of the church to attend. Everyone is welcome.

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St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn will continue with one worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday. Beginning in October, it will once again have two services on Sundays, at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School will be held at 9:15 a.m. The Monday night worship service will move to Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

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Happy birthday to Gwen Sickler, a former Sherburn resident. She will celebrate her 80th birthday Thursday. Birthday wishes may be sent to her at 108 W. 18th St., Estherville, IA 51334.

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