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Published February 21 2013

3 local teachers in mix for Minnesota top teacher title

ST. PAUL – Three area teachers are among the 39 semifinalists vying for the honor of being this year’s Minnesota teacher of the year.

The local teachers of the year still in the running for the state title include:

• Marsha Talley, a math teacher at Fergus Falls High School

• James Jacobson, a math teacher at Frazee-Vergas High School

• Lance Rach, a fourth-grade teacher at Heart of The Lakes Elementary School, Perham

A selection committee will meet in late March to select about 10 finalists.

The state teacher of the year will be announced May 5. The semifinalists were chosen from a field of 135 teacher of the year candidates named by public and private school districts across the state.