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As another school year approaches, I’d like to give a nod to all of the educators working tirelessly to assure that their students will receive an excellent education in the year ahead. As a former Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor at Madison Elementary in St. Cloud, I saw firsthand the work they did daily to shape the future of children in our community.
Working in our schools is no easy task. One in three Minnesota third graders does not read at grade level. When you consider that 70% of jobs will soon require some form of post-secondary education, it has never been more critical to ensure that our students are on the right track.
One of my second graders, whom we will call Caleb, started off our year together reading half a year below grade level. By the time he exited the Reading Corps program, he not only caught up but was reading at a fifth grade level. I have no doubt these advanced reading skills have helped him in countless ways as moved on in school. Minnesota Reading Corps tutors help our students learn to read by the end of third grade so that they can read to learn from fourth grade onward. I am thankful I could help set Caleb up for success in his future academic endeavors.
As a full-time tutor, I worked with 35 students over the course of the year. Minnesota Reading Corps and its sister program Minnesota Math Corps are still seeking nearly 40 tutors to work with students in the area, including several tutors in Clearwater schools alone. That’s over 1000 students won’t receive the services they need if these positions are left unfilled - 1000 students that may very well fall through the cracks.
These programs rely on dedicated community members to serve a year. Please consider helping the children of Clearwater and surrounding communities. For details, please go to or www.Minne
Again, I salute the great work Clearwater educators are doing, and I encourage anyone who is willing to serve to step up! Our children, and their futures, are certainly worth it.
Elizabeth Harrison
St. Cloud, MN
Clearwater Heritage Days-
We want to take a moment to THANK all of our festival sponsors this year! Each year the festival gets bigger and better, and none of it could be possible without the support from the following incredible sponsors:
321 Jump, Advanced Disposal, Anderson Truck-ing Service, Annandale State Bank, Beunning LLC, Blaine Brothers Maintenance, Bolton & Menk Engineering, Brick-yard Bar & Grill, Bronson Electric, City Auto Glass, City of Clear Lake, City of Clearwater, Clear Waters Outfitting, Clearview Eye Clinic, Clearwater Ameri-can Legion Post 323, Clearwater Burger King, Clearwater Coborns, Clear-water Dairy Queen, Clear-water Fire Department, Clearwater Hardware & Bait, Clearwater Holiday Gas Station, Clearwater Laser Etching, Clearwater Lions Club, Clearwater Medical Clinic (St. Cloud Medical Group), Clear-water Parts City Auto Parts, Clearwater/ St.Cloud RV Park & Campground, Clearwater Tax & Accounting Service, Clear-water Travel Plaza, Clearwater Truck Center, Clearwater Subway, D&L Taco Gringo, Daggett Truck Line, Defined Logistics & Solutions, Eagle Trace Golf and Event Center, Fluff N Go Grooming, Franklin Out-door Advertising, House of Pizza of St. Cloud, Interstate Auto,  Keith’s Kettle, JK Landscape, Johnson Materials, Tom & Wendy Jones, Lake Central Insurance Services, Lee & Friends Hair Design, Leighton Broadcasting, Mathison Motors, Moon Motorsports, New Style Customs, Nova Care of Clearwater, Northridge Express, Oak Realty, Pacific Wok of St. Cloud, Parkway Auto Transport, Pyrotechnic Display, Rejoice Lutheran Church, Scheels of St.Cloud, Vic & Fran Spears, Steam N Clean Mobile Wash, Stormy Landscaping, T&R Meat Processing, Tri County Alliance Church, Voigt’s Bus Companies, West Sherburne & Clearwater Tribune, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Xcel Energy. 
A special mention to our major financial donors Anderson Trucking Ser-vice, Annandale State Bank/Lake Central Insur-ance, Clearwater American Legion Post 323, Clear-water Lions Club, Clear-water Travel Plaza, Beunning LLC, Mathison Motors.
Finally, a huge thank you to Clearwater resident Donald Clarkson for volunteering countless hours helping set up, serve at, and tear down at the festival. It could not have run as smoothly without him, so if you see him- be sure to say THANKS!
Check out the website and our facebook page in the coming days for more information about future planning dates and event results
Scott Gjevre and Pete Edmonson
Heritage Days Committee Directors
Facebook-“Clearwater Heritage Days”
Clearwater, MN
Clearwater Heritage Days is over for another successful year. The celebration has evolved throughout its 30+ years, but remains a highlight of the summer for our community. What has not changed is the support from our local businesses and non-profit organizations. The Clearwater Lions wish to convey special thanks and appreciation to Coborn's; Keith's Kettle; Flinstones; Clear-water Truck Center; Clearwater Travel Plaza; and Lee and Friends. It is through their generosity that the foods and beverages and a place to serve them
Clearwater Lions Club
Clearwater, MN


THE BIG LAKE LIONESS ANNUAL GARAGE SALE drew plenty of shoppers to Lions Park Saturday morning. The Lioness Club has been serving the Big Lake Community for 31 years. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TREE EXPERT Gina Hugo works for the Sherburne County Soil and Water Conservation District.