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East Ridge center J.C. Hassenauer has committed to play football for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound lineman chose the defending national champion's scholarship offer over the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt. Following a stellar junior season for the Raptors, Hassenauer was the offensive line MVP at three combines this spring: the Adidas combine in Detroit, the Nike combine in Memphis, and the Rivals.com combine in Chicago. He worked out in Tuscolusca this past weekend for Alabama coaches before committing on Monday.
Four years ago, Brady Hanson and his golf coach Bret Brookins talked about trying to win a state championship someday. Last week, he nearly made it happen. Hanson, a senior at East Ridge, finished in a tie for second place at the Class AAA state tournament, shooting a two-day 146 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. "We made it our goal to win state," Hanson said. "Even though I didn't do that, it feels good to come really close. I knew if I worked hard and put in the effort I could possibly do it.
This spring, Andriel Aimua and Taylor Anderson became the first girls golfers from East Ridge to qualify for the state tournament. Last week, they showed they belonged. Both juniors, Aimua finished in a tie for 19th place out of 88 golfers and Anderson came in a tie for 26th place. Aimua shot a 164 at the two-day Class AAA tournament, held June 11 and 12 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids, including a 81 on the first day and a 83 on the second day.
The St. Paul Park Legion Post 98 baseball team learned last year that it's not how you start, it's how you finish. With that mindset, the Parkers' head coach Matt Doornink is hoping his team begins to turn things around soon. "We have a chance to win a lot of games," said Doornink, who is in his seventh year coaching St. Paul Park. "We just need to finish well. Overall we're hitting pretty well and our pitching is pretty good too. We just need to avoid the one big inning every game.
The Strawberry Fest Medallion Hunt continues today with Clue #4: The festival is winding down, yet a prize find awaits Think of the city, the county, but not of the state No tools are needed, and that tip is concrete It's beneath a new span, and where dirt and rock meet A new clue will be released each weekday; there will be no new clues on weekend days. Each new clue will be published at 9 a.m. online at swcbulletin.com.
Washington County Fair organizers are accepting applications from area businesses and organizations for booth space for the 2013 fair, July 31-Aug.1, in Lake Elmo. For details, visit www.washingtoncountyfair.org and print out an application under "Vendors," call fair manager Dorie Ostertag at 651-436-6009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
I have great respect for my colleague, Rep. Denny McNamara, but the viewpoint he wrote for this newspaper ("'Tax the rich' means 'tax everyone,'" May 15) jumped the gun. The tax bill he criticized was still in the formative stage, and one of the things I learned is legislation is never done until the final gavel of the session. So I thought I would let readers know what was in the final bill. Honestly, some of the concerns he pointed out were concerns I shared.
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A Bulletin story published on May 29 ("River Oaks finances in the rough") may have raised some questions about the future of the River Oaks Golf Course in that we are currently conducting a review of our business operations. River Oaks is a highly rated and respected operation offering a quality facility with superior service at an affordable price to our community and other customers. Golf Digest rated River Oaks as a 4.5 star facility (on a five point scale). A typical golf course within our market is rated at 3 to 3.5 stars.
Seven girls are vying to be ambassadors for their hometown. They are candidates in the 2013 Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Ambassador Scholarship program. The candidates include Brijit Arntzen, Caitlyn Swanson, Hailey Carlson, Haullidey Dalbec, Megan Terry, Sophia Garrick and Kathy Melton. The ambassadors help with local civic events and celebrations and travel to surrounding communities throughout the year for their festivals and other volunteer events. The coronation of new ambassadors will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Park High School.