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Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel said, at this point, he's taking a "wait-and-see" approach to the idea of leaving the Suburban East Conference for the Classic Suburban Conference. In March, Richfield High School chose to leave the Classic Suburban in order to be part of the new Metro West Conference, starting the 2014-15 school year. Last week, the Classic Suburban also voted to kick St. Thomas Academy out. The vote was reportedly held up by a conference bylaw, however, the CSC is now voting to change the bylaw and it seems likely St.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state representatives approved 70-64 a health-care spending bill late Monday without knowing how it would affect hospitals around the state. Most Democrats favored the bill while most Republicans opposed it. Highlighting debate was an amendment by Rep. Will Morgan, DFL-Burnsville, that the Democrat-controlled House put on the overall bill to change how funding would be distributed to hospitals. Time after time Republican lawmakers asked Morgan how his amendment would affect hospitals.
Fleeing A 14-year-old Cottage Grove male was referred to the Youth Service Bureau after he was caught fleeing from police on March 8. The youth had been riding a dirt bike near Hillside Trail and Isle Avenue. Two juveniles fled when police arrived, according to the report. Theft Kohl's, 7990 Hardwood Ave., reported a shoplifting incident March 27. A 20-year-old Cottage Grove woman was cited for shoplifting after she took merchandise valued at $96. A Cottage Grove woman reported March 27 that her wallet was stolen from her residence in the 7700 block of Hearthside Avenue.
As we contemplate spring and dream of warm summer days, we have been working through a number of difficult issues that impact our budget and future programming within the district. While our focus has been on these important decisions, we continue to see wonderful successes in our schools and with our students. Our schools have worked to create welcoming learning environments. In every building that I visit, I am impressed with the care shown for our students. I am also impressed by the level of sophisticated thinking that our kids demonstrate in class on a regular basis.
The Cottage View Drive-In sign in Cottage Grove was removed Tuesday, April 16.
The first-ever Transition Fair providing information and resources to parents of children with disabilities or other special needs is planned for tonight in Woodbury. The fair will be from 6-8:30 p.m. in the East Ridge High School cafeteria. It will include information on group homes, supported employment and living options and post-secondary education services for people with special needs.
A public memorial gathering is planned for Rita Ruiz, the Park High School employee whose sudden death over the weekend has generated a large and emotional outpouring from current and former students and others. Ruiz, 48, died Saturday, April 13, stunning the Park school community. Ruiz was a popular staffer who worked for about 13 years as a hall monitor and building greeter. She had been with District 833 since 1997. A memorial gathering will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Park High School.
The Park Wrestling Club sent 10 wrestlers to the USA Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Falls, Iowa - and they didn't come back empty handed. Park sophomore Cory Flaata finished in fifth place in the Cadet division at 160 pounds, highlighting the Wolfpack's results in the tournament, which took place April 5-7. "It's a great tournament," Park head coach Jim LaBrosse said. "It offers valuable experience for these wrestlers in the future." Flaata went 4-2 in the tournament, which had wrestlers from 42 different states competing.
Senior Nate Roese has built a legacy over the past four years at East Ridge High School. Now, he's being recognized for his efforts. Roese has been named as the East Ridge High School Apollo Award winner for 2013. The Apollo Award is given annually to one outstanding male athlete in the senior class. Consideration is given based on excellence and accomplishments in both individual and team sports, throughout the duration of the student-athlete's career. Consideration is given to both one-sport and multi-sport athletes.
In Greek mythology, among other things, Athena is the goddess of heroic endeavor. This week, Park's Larissa Lurken, East Ridge's Elizabeth Koprucki and New Life Academy's Matteson Steele will be rewarded for their stellar work on and off the field. Lurken, Koprucki and Steele each were awarded with their school's Athena Award. Now in its 19th year, the Athena Award is given annually to one outstanding female athlete in the senior class.