High school mentors help Dora Erickson kids learn

Lotte Peelen, a senior exchange student from the Netherlands attending Compass Academy, mentors Keylab Bautista, right, and Bonnie Kelsy, center, in second-grade math at Dora Erickson Elementary School on Nov. 16. Peelen began mentoring when her roommate asked her if she’d like to join the group. “I’ve done the same thing in the Netherlands,” Peelen said. “It’s nice to see at the end of the day that they learned from it.” John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

In a second-grade classroom at Dora Erickson Elementary School, the kids were practicing subtracting numbers in the hundreds, with some help from a few of the older students.

Local retailers report Black Friday bump

Shoppers at Target take advantage of Black Friday deals in Idaho Falls on Friday. Local retailers in Idaho Falls said they saw a significant increase in traffic on Black Friday. John Roark / jroark@postregister

Brick-and-mortar retailers in Idaho Falls said they saw a significant increase in traffic on Black Friday, a welcome reprieve as the growth of online competitors have cut into business.

Kustra’s legacy at BSU

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman Boise State University President Bob Kustra addresses the Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee in February 2006. Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Bob Kustra remembers a very different campus when he took over as president of Boise State University in 2003. It was more of a commuter school, with about 18,500 students.

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