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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When Kate Forsman signed up for the Peace Corps, she wanted to help people. After being in Africa for more than a year, she came home in November for the same reason. This time, it was for her 13-year-old brother, TJ Kane, who has leukemia. A 1998 Park High School grad, Forsman had been living in a small village in Niger, a country north of Nigeria and south of Algeria. She set up a women's clinic to teach them about health issues and pre-natal care. Niger women have up to 10 children to help support their families. "Their situation is so bleak," Forsman said.
School District 833, in an effort to unlock a plan to boost student performance on state tests, has hired Richard Spicuzza of Woodbury, as director of research, evaluation and assessment, a new department within the administration. He will evaluate and analyze past test scores and make recommendations on how what is being taught can be further lined up with standards set by the Legislature and the Minnesota Department of Education, according Barb Brown, district communications director. Spicuzza will report to Superintendent Tom Nelson and be paid $96,000 for the job, which is a 12-month pos
In nature, young wolf pups strive to join the pack. Supporters of Park High School Wolfpack boys and girls hockey hope that will happen after local youngsters have a chance to skate with older players. Youngsters in local hockey programs got that opportunity recently. On Tuesday, Jan. 2, the last day of the holiday break from school, young skaters joined Park High players on the ice during "Skate with the Pack." "Older kids mentor the younger ones," said Steve Landgraf.
Looking for a way to make sure the butter and salt on top of a bowl of popcorn gets all the way to the bottom of the bowl without spilling over the edge? Help is on the way if two Crestview fifth-graders have anything to say about it. Colin Haider and Jacob Bjornson invented The Sure Shaker, a bowl with a rotating rod with a cup on it. The cup takes the top popcorn to the bottom of the bowl. They demonstrated their invention at the Crestview Invention Connection held Monday, Dec.
When the Grey Cloud Island Township Annual Meeting is held in March, residents might be deciding the fate of the existing town hall building. Township resident Dave Jasper said the Town Board could use a 3,000 square-foot building on his property for meetings, after the board gave him approval to build it. Jasper plans to use the building for a model railroad museum.
Shirley Perry had not seen or communicated with her sons, Gary and Paul, for 34 years. She wondered where they were and thought they no longer cared about her. But she never totally lost hope.
This the eleventh year for the Santa Magic stories that began in 1996 when I was home recovering from breast cancer surgery and facing chemotherapy. They are stories of hope that help me celebrate another year of survival. This year, the story takes a twist. Daughter Margie wrote the story that is imbedded in this year's story. Hope you have a great holiday! Even though Joe Franklin was skinny as a rail and, at 72, did not have high blood pressure, Sophie insisted that he use only non-dairy creamer. But Joe occasionally stopped at the Good Eats Café where he got real cream in his coffee.
The children of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, in Cottage Grove performed "Star of Love," about the birth of Jesus four times on Sunday, Dec. 10. Children's Minister Laura Schultze, known to the children as "Miss Laura," did her own kind of shepherding to bring all the Sunday school children together to practice on Saturday and to perform the program the next day. Jim Huber directed the play and handled all the technical work and lighting.
After 150 drawings and 8,000 hours of work, Paul Youngquist, an architect with Rigo and Lundquist Inc., showed the District 833 School Board floor plans of what the new high school will look like. "It's not the same old-style classrooms that you are used to seeing," he told the board at a Dec.
Since Tom West grew up around trains, it seemed natural that he accompany his grandson, Jacob, on the Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train that stopped in Cottage Grove Tuesday, Dec.