Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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The St. Paul Park City Council was prepared to resume a public hearing last week on a zoning change for the Hidden Harbor Marina to allow owners to rent a former boat sales building to two businesses when the owners withdrew their application. The change was opposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which oversees the nearby Critical River Corridor, the city's Planning Commission and the Metropolitan Council. Marina owners asked the council to allow until the end of May for the businesses to move.
District 833 schools this fall will start, as they always have, on the day after Labor Day. But there might be some changes in 2014, as South Washington County School Board members gave Superintendent Keith Jacobus the go-ahead to consider modifying the school calendar. In the meantime, the 2013-14 school year will begin Sept. 3. Winter break will be from Dec. 23 through New Year's Day and spring break will be March 10-14. The school year will end June 6, 2014. Informally, Jacobus suggested that there are alternatives to expand the calendar.
Most of my Valentine's Day memories are from elementary school. With a reminder from my mother that I had to give everyone in my class a Valentine so no one's feelings would be hurt if I left them out, I pored over them for hours to select just the right ones for my friends and not give some of the boys the wrong idea that I liked them. With that memory in mind, I went to Hillside Elementary School last week.
When the Oltman Middle School Art Club meets every week after school, there's not enough time for all of the kids to use the potter's wheel. So, art teacher Sue Kapsner showed kids other things they could do with clay such as flattening it with a rolling pin and shaping bowls by hand. "I show them the skills and let them go," she said. "They help each other." The things they learned to do with clay sparked a lot of interest during last Wednesday's club meeting. No one was at the potter's wheel because most of the students were shaping projects by hand.
At 58, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan was recently honored by the city for 30 years of service but says he's not ready for retirement. Monahan still loves the job, he said in a recent interview. The day he dreads going to work is the day he'll hang up the uniform for good. "Every day is different," Monahan said. "There's always something to learn, especially about human nature." Most people think police officers do a good job, he said, and appreciate the work they do. Raised in St.
It's easy to tell them apart even though they're triplets with different interests, but the Tschida boys have something truly unique in common: together they were recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. The brothers, juniors at Park High School, last month achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts during a ceremony at their church. The Cottage Grove triplets' interest in scouting started early, when their father, John, took them to an informational meeting and they all joined up. "We didn't plan for them to be Boy Scouts.
Park High school actors are bound for state competition. Park's performance of "Antigone" came out on top last week in section One-Act Play competition, ahead of Eagan High School's cast and crew that topped Park last year. The other plays in the competition were "Othello," performed by Bloomington Kennedy; "The Big Meal," by East Ridge High School, which came in second to Park in sub-section competition; and Eagan's performance of "The Glass Menagerie." The win sends Park's cast to the Class AA (large schools) state tournament One-Act Play Festival on Thursday, Feb. 7, at St.
Perhaps the only people who were happy on the coldest day of the season last week were in Old Cottage Grove shooting exterior shots for a movie. An independent film company from Texas paid a location fee to the Cottage Grove United Church of Christ to use the church as a base camp for three days. Filmmakers wanted a very cold and windy day in a rural landscape.
Whenever the subject of childhood obesity comes up, someone will say, "They ought to do something about school lunches." Well, they have, at least in School District 833, but kids still have too much access before and after school to cheese puffs, chips and French fries. The changes in school lunch have been taking place for about two decades. Sugary drinks were the first to go.
A request by owners of Hidden Harbor Marina for a zoning change allowing them to rent space in an accessory building near the Mississippi River is hanging by a thread after the St. Paul Park City Council tabled the request last week. Tim Kennedy, one of the partners who own Hidden Harbor Marina, rented space in a marina accessory building to a masonry company and a roofing company, according to City Planner Nate Sparks. Kennedy was notified by the city that the two businesses are not allowed in the marina zone.