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  • Albany Special Olympics Receive “Achievement in Education” Award

    Posted by Tim Wege at 8/15/2016

    The St Cloud Area Morning and Noon Optimists club recognized the Albany School’s Special Olympics program on Wednesday August 10th with their Achievement in Education Award. Becky Bartz and Wendy Hanson were at the breakfast to accept the award and summarize some of the many activities that take place through Special Olympics. Ms Bartz and Ms Hanson have coached Special Olympics for over 20 years and have also been coaches for the Minnesota Special Olympics Team competing nationally. Ms Hanson explained, “The students work hard and it is fun to be a part of their success." She also explained how Kylie Bartz was an integral part in developing a partner organization called Club REDD. (Respect Every Dang Day) This organization has raised money for Special Olympics Minnesota through the polar plunge and has worked with Albany students to create campaigns like “Spread the word to end the word” bringing awareness to the offensive nature of the use of the word “retarded”. 

    Thank you Wendy and Becky for your dedication and hard work in making the Albany Special Olympics the success it is today.


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  • Spartan Challenge

    Posted by Alex Evan at 8/8/2016

    On Thursday, July 28th seventeen Huskie athletes attended the 2016 Spartan Challenge at Rocori High School. The Spartan Challenge is a weightlifting competition that measured athletes strength and agility through six different events: power clean, bench press, back squat, vertical jump, pro agility drill, and the 40 yard dash. Using the MPPO (most pounds per ounce) score the Challenge was able to level the playing field between athletes of all sizes, taking the combined weights of all the events and dividing by the athletes body weight. The Challenge was a welcome event for our H.I.T.S. athletes who were looking to take all their hard work in the weight room this summer to the competitive level.



    While the Spartan Challenge was a competition it was also a great learning opportunity for our lifters. Staff members offered short lessons on technique and motivation to athletes during their events. One of those staff members was Nick Tylutki, a world renown USA powerlifter from the area. Nick Tylutki is a seven time national champion and a world silver medalist powerlifter, who had some great things to say about our athletes! Our Huskies were truly learning from some of the best!

    The Huskie athletes smashed many of their own personal lifting records that were taken at the beginning of the H.I.T.S. program this summer, and many of the athletes saw great success at their first competition. Most Albany athletes scored above the average MPPO (most pounds per ounce) and some greatly exceeded it, the highest being a tie between Gabe Zierden and Ethan Hylla. A very impressive feat for all the Huskies considering there were nearly 250 competitors.


    While all the Huskies had a outstanding day of lifting two athletes reigned supreme, Maddie Schmitz and Amber Swarthout. As Albany’s only two female athletes at the Spartan Challenge Maddie and Amber did not disappoint, coming home with five medals between the two of them. Amber earned first place in the bench press and pro agility drill, while Maddie earned second place honors in the power clean, third place in the 40-yard dash, and third place in the bench press. Way to go girls!!

    For now, our athletes will be finishing out the H.I.T.S. program in preparation for the upcoming fall athletic season!

    Albany Spartan Challenge Athletes:

    Spanier, Mitchell     

    Swenson, Jake   

    Wenning, Devin     

    Meyer, Owen

    Koltes, Jake     

    Huberty, Carter   

    Killmer, Joshua     

    Hylla, Ethan     

    Hause, Taylor     

    Zierden, Gabe   

    Butkowski, Hunter     

    Swarthout, Amber

    Schmitz, Maddie     

    Amdahl, Anders   

    Solis, Roberto    

    Wolf, Alex  

    Solis, Javier 

    Special thanks to Mike Kleinschmidt and Scott Buntje for their help at the Spartan Challenge this year!



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  • Albany Area Community Education Summer Programs

    Posted by Karl Kise, Community Education Coordinator at 7/26/2016

    It is hard to believe that the summer of 2016 is slowly winding down.

    First of all, we as a Community Education Staff would like to thank each one of our participants, their parents/guardians and the coaches/leaders for their hard work and dedication this summer. Without your commitment we would not be able to provide the programming we do for our community, so for that we THANK YOU!

    Second, we also want to thank everyone for being as flexible as possible when it came to scheduling, facilities and locations of our summer programming. Due to construction, we were required to move program locations for a handful of programs and your flexibility and understanding was much appreciated. The Community Education staff is extremely excited for the increased programming opportunities that will come when our new facilities are complete.




    This summer we had just over 2,000 people participate in over 30 Community Education programs – very impressive numbers! My goal as the new Community Education Coordinator is to make these statistics grow larger, increase involvement and expand opportunities for all of our residents to try something new. Our fall Community Education brochure will be in homes mid-August. Take a look at the opportunities we have planned for you to “Find Your Treasure Within!”



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  • 2016 Summer Wrestling Camp

    Posted by Dan Anderson at 6/10/2016


    Grade 2-6 wrestlers

    The 2nd Annual and 2016 Fun in the Sun Wrestling camp was held Tuesday June 7-Thursday June 9 at Albany's North Park. Over 45 wrestlers participated in the 3 day camp. Wrestlers from Albany, Avon,
    Holdingford, and Sartell enjoyed the beautiful weather learning various wrestling techniques.

    On Tuesday the wrestlers were taught various wrestling techniques by Albany Alum Nick Mergen. Mergen just completed his redshirt season wrestling for the NDSU Bison. For the Albany Huskies, Nick was a 2-time state placewinner finishing 5th in 2014 and 3rd in 2015. He currently holds the Albany wrestling school record for most takedowns in a season (185) and wins in a season (43).


    Alumni Nick Mergen discusses the importance of a 3 sport athlete with wrestlers grade 7-12. (Mergen was a 3 sport All-State athlete for the Albany Huskies.)

    Technique on Wednesday and Thursday was taught by Jay Hildreth. Hildreth just completed his senior season wrestling for the SCSU Huskies. The Huskies were Back to Back NCAA Division II National Wrestling Champions in 2015 and 2016. Hildreth was a 2x All-American for the Huskies.

    Parents helped grill and serve Hot Dogs and Hamburgers after the grade 2-6 session. On Thursday Godfather's Pizza was served. After both sessions wrestlers also received Root Beer Floats. Over 10 gallons of root beer along with cups, spoons, and straws were all graciously donated by the Albany A&W and ice cream was donated by Teal's.


    Nick Mergen and Sophomore Huskie Gabe Zierden wrestle for fun and entertain the youth wrestlers.

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  • Summer Learning Adventures

    Posted by Sharon Navratil at 6/9/2016

    Albany and Avon Elementary kicked off their Summer Learning Adventures program today.  The program gives those who participate a chance to keep their reading and math skills sharp during the summer.  The participants attend for a total of 5 weeks: 3 weeks in June and 2 weeks in August.  A weekly trip to the library is also a part of the program.  The pictures below show incoming second graders playing math games and puzzles.



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