ISD #110 honored by Humphrey School

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs recently announced winners of its 7th annual Local Government Innovation Awards.
The awards — organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, and the Minnesota School Board Association — recognize government entities for their creativity and effectiveness in redesigning how they do business.
Eighteen local government innovators will receive awards, with one overall winner chosen in each of three categories: cities, counties, and schools. All 18 winners will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony and reception Thursday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Humphrey School.
Waconia is being honored for its “MLK — A Day On, Not a Day Off” effort where all students K-12 partner with local, regional or international organizations to engage in service learning projects that honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
“Each year cities, counties, and schools are challenged to do more with less and these awards recognize those who are most creatively doing that,” says Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. “The award winners have done an exemplary job integrating innovative ideas and problem-solving techniques into their operations, redesigning how they do business and improving services they provide Minnesota communities.”
A panel of judges considered 94 submissions for their creativity, sustainability, and collaboration. The overall category winners will each receive a $10,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to continue their work and a professionally produced video to use to share the story of their work with others.
Overall category winners of the 2013 Local Government Innovation Awards include:
• School Category: Monroe Elementary, Brooklyn Park: GEARS Time
• City Category: City of Madelia
• County Category: Carlton County: TXT4Life Suicide Prevention
To learn more about the Local Government Innovation Awards as well as the individual award winners and their innovations, visit