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Cheerleading vote reversed

Two weeks after cutting cheerleading, the Hermantown school board undid its decision, reinstating funding for the high school squad.

The reversal followed outcry from disappointed students and parents who packed the small room for the Monday night vote. More than 900 people signed an online petition arguing that the cheerleading program “has been a major positive influence in a countless number of young girl’s lives.”

The board had unanimously cut the program’s $2,500 price tag as part of $263,000 in reductions that included two elementary school teacher positions. On Monday, the board voted 4-2 to reinstate the cheer funding.

Board chairman Greg Carlson was one of the two “no” votes. “I felt that it’s a bad precedent to set — that it’s OK to cut in the classroom but it’s not OK to cut extracurricular activities,” he said by phone. “The community just has to fill up the boardroom, and the board will reinstate it.”

Hermantown students cheered the move. A Facebook page dedicated to bringing the program back noted: “SO PROUD AND HAPPY!!!!!!”

Jenna Ross @ByJenna

 

St. Cloud

Daily flights start

Daily nonstop flights from St. Cloud to Chicago will take off Tuesday.

The new service between the St. Cloud Regional Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport starts with a ceremony and inaugural flight at 12:30 p.m.

It’s historic, said Mayor Dave Kleis, who will be on board. “St. Cloud has never had daily nonstop service outside of Minnesota — ever,” he said.

Jenna Ross @ByJenna

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