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It's back. The 2013 Strawberry Fest Medallion Hunt starts today and will continue until the lucky hunter finds the medallion in the contest sponsored by the Bulletin and Edina Realty-Cottage Grove. Clue No. 1 is in the June 12 print edition of the Bulletin, on newsstands today. 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.
CGAA looking for basketball coaches The Cottage Grove Athletic Association is now accepting applications for those seeking to coach a 2013-2014 traveling basketball team. Volunteer coaches will be selected from those who interview during the open coaches interview period. A coaches selection committee (appointed by the CGAA Traveling Director) will interview all coaching candidates. The selection committee will be made up of CGAA Basketball Board members and/or additional members appointed by the Traveling Director.
Sources have said a meeting will take place this week between administrators from Park, Hastings, North St. Paul, Tartan, Simley, Henry Sibley, South St. Paul and Mahtomedi high schools to discuss forming a new conference, which could start the fall of 2014. Park star Jackie Voigt has been hired as the director of basketball operations for the women's team at the University of North Dakota.
New Life Academy's quest for a fifth state championship in the past six years was cut short by last year's Class A runner-up Blooming Prairie and star pitcher Shelbi Swenson. Swenson, a senior, held powerful New Life Academy (18-4) to four hits and one run, striking out eight, in a 3-1 win over the Eagles in the Class A state championship game on Friday, June 7, at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Swenson allowed just three runs total in three state tournament games for the Awesome Blossoms (23-3). "She's a very good pitcher," New Life head coach Mick Ramey said.
The apple hasn't fallen far from the tree. Park freshman Allison Gorres earned all-state in the long jump, taking sixth place in the event at the Class AA state track and field meet, held June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Gorres' mom Anne was also an all-state long jumper for Park High School. All-state honors go to the top nine finishers in each event at the state meet. "It feels really, really good," Gorres said. "It was one of my goals coming into the year and it's really fulfilling to do it.
The 2013 legislative session wrapped up on time last month with the passage of a balanced budget package that responsibly erases the state's $627 million deficit and makes long-overdue investments in education, job growth and stronger communities. After a decade of near-constant budget deficits, we balanced the state's budget honestly. Regrettably, previous budgets were "balanced" with accounting gimmicks and one-time money for recurring obligations, leading to deeper deficits and harmful cuts to middle-class priorities.
Randy Melbourne, please move over. East Ridge senior Nate Roese broke Melbourne's 20-year-old Minnesota all-time record in the 400-meter dash to win a second state championship in the event at the Class AA state track and field meet, held Saturday, June 8, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Roese, the defending state champion in the 400, sprinted to a time of 47.56 seconds in the finals, edging Melbourne's time of 47.59 when he ran for Minneapolis Washburn back in 1993.
A local woman scratched a lottery winner. Joan Jerry, of Cottage Grove, won $20,000 playing the Minnesota Lottery's Betty Boop scratch-off game, the lottery announced. Jerry, who claimed her prize May 31, bought her winning ticket at Yocum's Holiday gas station, 8610 East Point Douglas Road.
Suspicious male A man was arrested May 6 on an outstanding warrant after police were called to a home in the 1300 block of Third Street. The homeowner reported seeing a man in the backyard. When police found him, he said he had been looking for scrap metal. His age and hometown were not listed on the report. Police were called May 10 to Axelrod Park, 400 Pullman Ave., on a report of a suspicious male possibly doing laundry in the park. Police found a Cottage Grove man without a shirt.
The New Life Academy softball team is back where it's used to being. The Eagles earned a trip to the Class A state championship with a 6-4 win over Eden-Valley Watkins in the semifinals on Thursday afternoon. New Life (18-3) scored twice in the bottom of the first to take the lead before Eden Valley tied it up with two in the top of the fourth. New Life, ranked second in Class A, struck again in the fifth plating four runs off four hits. All six runs New Life scored in the game were unearned.