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22 High Performing Schools Recognized by Minnesota Department of Education

22 local schools have been recognized as "Celebration Schools," an honor bestowed upon schools serving poor students who demonstrate good achievement. 

The "Celebration" portion of the award is in part to Minnesota's new school accountability system. This monitors schools that receive federal poverty aid and gives them designations that correlate with how they fare academically. The "Celebration" designation is one of the highest commendations meant for the top 25% of schools receiving Title I money. 

“I want to congratulate these schools for this incredible accomplishment,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “Minnesotans should be proud of the work going on in our schools."

The full spread of schools is listed below -- congrats to all the "Celebration Schools" for their hard work to give more students opportunities to succeed in academics. 

Blooming Prairie Elementary / Blooming Prairie Public School District

Cedar Park Elementary / Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan

Dover-Eyota Elementary / Dover-Eyota Public School District

Fair School Downtown / West Metro Education Program

Hmong College Prep Academy High School / Hmong College Prep Academy

Huddleston Elementary / Lakeville Public School District

Kelliher Secondary School / Kelliher Public School District

Kennedy Elementary / Willmar Public School District

Kenny Elementary / Minneapolis...

2015 State Fair Set to Host Carrie underwood

In 2015, the Minnesota State Fair will be even more of a special event for those who love country music. For those who love country music superstar Carrie Underwood, the Minnesota State Fair will be a can't miss event. The absolutely stunning singer will play a concert at the fair's Grandstand on Saturday, August 29th. 

Since winning American Idol in 2005, Underwood has gone on to a very successful music career. She has sold more than 64 million records worldwide, recorded 18 number one singles and won six Grammys. Her accomplishments in the music industry don't stop there, but let's stop the gushing and move onto the details of the concert. 

Though the 2015 State Fair is still so far away, tickets for Underwood's concert go on sale next week on December 15th. The tickets range from $50-$65 and can be purchased at the fairgrounds, at http://www.mnstatefair.org/ or etix.com, or fans can simply call (800) 514-3849.

Each year the fair does a great job of pulling in some of music's brightest stars for their Grandstand concerts -- it seems 2015 will be no different. 

Photo by: MrHairyKnuckles

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