Updated December 19, 2013
Lighted Christmas Parade is Sunday at 5 p.m.
It’s once again time for the annual lighted Christmas Parade.. . . .
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Idaho County Shootout raises nearly $16,000
The Idaho County Shootout raised $15,978 for the Idaho County Food Banks. . . .
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School Board meets
The school board held their December meeting Monday, Dec. 16. . . .
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Library News
Library will be closed from December 20 through New Years Day. . . .
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Eagle Scout Court of Honor set
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held for Seth Chaffee Monday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Don Owen District Commissioner will be the presenter. . . .
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PHS holds Ugly Quilt contest
The PHS Ugly Quilt (scrap quilts) was judged Tuesday Dec. 17 and the top three announced at the end of 7th hour Wednesday.  The quilts were on display at the Winter Concert in the PHS gym.  There were 24 quilts entered. . . .
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Alumni games are Friday
The Annual Alumni games will be Dec. 20th at Prairie Elementary School.   . . .
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Madison St. can be used for sledding
The Cottonwood City Council, in an effort to increase safety, has agreed to close Madison Street for sleigh riding.  This is the steep hill behind Primeland, on the Southwest edge of town that goes up to the water towers. . . .
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Pirates beat Grangeville, Troy
The Prairie boys basketball team improved to 3-0 with a pair of wins last week. . . .
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Lady Pirates win 2 out of 3
The Prairie Lady Pirates won 2 of 3 games this past week. They started with a 56-18 league win at Troy Tuesday, Dec. 10. Next up was a 49-40 win over Grangeville at Cottonwood in the Idaho County Shootout Friday, Dec. 13. Finally they lost at Washington powerhouse Colton 40-63 on Monday, Dec.  16. . . .
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Wrestling schedule
On this page is the schedule for the Prairie wrestling team. . . .
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Patriots sweep Highland
The Summit Patriots swept a boys-girls league doubleheader at Highland Monday, Dec. 16 with the girls winning 39-35 and the boys 70-51. . . .
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Students of the month for December at Prairie Jr./Sr. High School are shown. From left are Sydney Bruner, Jr. High Student of the month and Brooks Arnzen and Sarah Seubert, high school students of the month. Sydney works hard in class and has a positive attitude.  Good grades are important to her, and she puts effort into every class.  She is also always willing to help others. Brooks comes to class ready to work, usually gets done early and has a great attitude.  In addition to school, he holds a part time job. Sarah is a great student, who makes you feel like a million bucks as an instructor. She always smiles and has a great attitude. She gets right to work and asks great questions. She is a very mature young woman and she will go far in life. Photo provided by Ryan Hasselstrom. Click on the photo for a  larger view.

The Kindergartners make reindeer antlers as they sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Elementary Concert last Wednesday, Dec. 11. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The First Graders sing “Up on the Housetop” during the Elementary School Concert. Additional photos from this concert will be in next week’s update. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Reid Uptmor was named the Idaho 6th grade winner in the State Department of Education Christmas card contest. His card can be found on this website: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/media_center/  Reid made his card in Mrs. Sonesa Lundmark's art class. 

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) 4-H candidates Gabe Forsmann, Laina & Paul Sonnen, Bailie Gehring, and Lauren Alfrey have been busy assisting the Monastery of St. Gertrudes with stuffing Christmas envelopes.  They wanted to share their income within Idaho County, thanking everyone for their generous support with their ongoing fundraisers. Pictured above are Gabe Forsmann donating $50 to the Grangeville Senior Center Nutrition Program benefiting both the Grangeville & Cottonwood Senior Centers; Laina, Bailie, & Lauren with Zara Hasselstrom donating $50 to the Cottonwood Food Bank;  and with Stacey Jackson donating $50 to the St. Mary’s Angel Tree. The CWF group will be at the Santa Cabana on Sunday, December 22, 2013, during and after the Cottonwood Christmas Light parade with warm food and drinks.  Please continue to support these kids in their 2015 endeavor to Washington DC. Photos provided by Pat Alfrey. Click on the photos for larger views.

It was a packed house for the Idaho County Shootout last Friday at Cottonwood. In the photo Tanner Ross is shooting a free throw for Prairie with the red and black clad Prairie fans on the left and white clad Grangeville fans to the right. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Wall decorations are shown on Prairie's side and Grangeville's side of the gym for the Idaho County Shootout. Click on the photos for larger views.

Prairie 7th grade took the Kamiah tournament this past Saturday with wins over Clearwater Valley and Orofino.  Team members are: Garrett Crenshaw, Carson Schmidt, Paul Sonnen, Tayler Ott, Brylee Woods, Dylan Schumacher, Devin Ross, and Spencer Schumacher. They are coached by Todd Nygaard. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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