Torgerson, Stegman accept job offers; both have local ties

    Well that didn’t take very long.

    A couple weeks after accepting the resignations of school district Band Instructor Chris Gough and Crookston High School English/language arts teacher Kristi Hager, CHS Principal Eric Bubna says that both positions have been filled.

    According to Bubna, Katelyn Stegman, a CHS alum and daughter of longtime high school art teacher Gary Stegman, has accepted an offer to replace Hager, who left to participate in a masters program at Bemidji State University. In addition, Matt Torgerson has accepted an offer to teach band in fifth through twelfth grades. Bubna says Torgerson lives in Crookston and is the husband of Kelsey Torgerson, a teaching specialist in the Academic Assistance Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Torgerson currently teaches at Valley Middle School in Grand Forks.

    “We are excited to announce that we have filled both of these positions,” Bubna said. “We continue to be encouraged by the quality of applicants we have been getting for our open positions. We’re excited to have these two on board.”

    The Crookston School Board meets Monday, July 17, but Bubna says the two teaching contracts won’t be ready in time to be included on the board’s agenda.