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Armed staff at Burlington schools

BURLINGTON RECORD, Sept. 26 — Many may have noticed the signs at the three school buildings alerting the public that Burlington School District grounds are protected by armed school personnel.

These armed staff members participated in intensive training and were required to pass rigorous tests before being certified to carry a concealed weapon at school. Trainings were conducted by former SWAT members and were similar to police academy trainings.

While certain staff members are armed, all three school campuses are considered gun-free zones. Individuals with concealed carry permits are not allowed to carry weapons on school properties.

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Ortiz repeats as National Pedal Pull winner

STERLING JOURNAL-ADVOCATE, Oct. 2 — It was a close call, but Dominic Ortiz was recently able to peddle his way to a repeat championship.

The Sterling boy, a second grader at Ayres Elementary, won the 7-year-old boys division at the National Pedal Pull on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Corn Palace, in Mitchell, South Dakota. After tying with another competitor in the first round, a second pull was held, and this time Ortiz pulled even farther, just shy of a full pull, to come out the winner.

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