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In somewhat of a surprise move, the District 833 School Board, on a 5-2 vote, picked an 80-acre site on Bailey Road and Pioneer Drive, next to the Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury for a new high school Thursday night. Only one board member, Marsha Adou seemed 100 percent convinced the site is better than the other choice, a 120-acre site, more centrally located in the district, at Dale Road and County Road 19 in Woodbury.
School District 833 officials got a favorable report last week about soil samples from the proposed site for a third high school at Dale Road and Woodbury Drive in Woodbury. "As expected, trace levels of perflurochemicals (PFCs) were detected in each sample," according to Mark Ciampone, project scientist for Braun Intertec, in a report to the district.
The name of Cottage Grove's "Strawberry Fest" originated in fields of the delicious late spring fruit grown by the Swanlund family on Hadley Avenue across from Pine Hill Elementary School. In 1940, a 24-quart crate of strawberries cost $1.50 to raise, pick and crate. Martin Swanlund could not get that price at the St. Paul Market, so he made wine. The market did not improve, so the strawberry patch at the Swanlund home, in Newport, north of Ford Road on the east side of Highway 61 was opened to people who were willing to pick their own berries and pay for the privilege.
Every time they look or eat something out of the bowl," said Simona Boler, "They'll think about what it's for." Boler is among those taking pottery making in classes over six weeks in School District 833 Community Education. In addition to learning how to make wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery, with clay donated by Continental Clay, each student is contributing four to five bowls for the Empty Bowls Project.
Applications for the school board spot vacated by Carrie Olson closed Monday, Nov. 6. Ellen Ayers of Cottage Grove and Leslee Boyd, Daniel Menken, Alberder Gillespie and Patti Bitney Starke of Woodbury applied. Olson's resignation will not affect the final vote on the new high school site since it is effective after the board votes on the issue at its Nov. 16 meeting. After the vote, at the same meeting, a new board member will take her place. The board will conduct interviews of the applicants Saturday, Nov. 11 and chose a successor who will serve until the 2007 general election.
This can't be legal," said Don Ingraham, after his first ride as a passenger in a glider. Ingraham was touched by the excitement of flying through the air in a plane without a motor and became a glider pilot and instructor. After living in St. Paul for a time, he and his wife, Kathy, took a chance. They moved to Faribault, Minn., and opened their own business, Cross County Soaring. "Minnesota is not flat," Ingraham said. "It looks like a rumpled bed sheet." Jim Hard, Grey Cloud Island Township resident, is a glider pilot and former instructor.
The District 833 School Board is giving itself a little more time to decide where to locate a third high school, due to concerns that ground on one of the sites might be polluted. The board was expected to decide Oct. 17 between the two proposed sites for the new school, both in Woodbury, but it pushed back the decision until Nov. 16 to do more testing on the 120-acre site at the southeast corner of Dale Road and County Road 19, which is a half-mile away from a 3M dump site that's raising the pollution concerns. The company dumped chemicals and solvents at the site from 1960 to 1966.
School District 833 School Board Member Carrie Olson resigned at the Oct. 17 meeting, effective Nov. 17. "We've made great strides in the district," she said.
The Park High School Class of 2007 will not be graduating in Wolfpack Stadium on Friday, June 8, because the stadium's field will be under construction. Instead, officials have preliminary plans to hold the event at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at Aldrich Arena on White Bear Avenue in Maplewood. Wolfpack Stadium has been the graduation venue since it was built in 1976, according to Park High School Principal Walt Lyszak. The stadium track and field reconstruction will begin in April, according to Phil Kuemmel, activities director for secondary schools in the south half of the district.
District 833 officials are looking to prepare its future workers to compete in a global marketplace with an after-school Mandarin Chinese language program. The district's community education and curriculum departments, with the blessing of the board, is offering Mandarin Chinese language and culture classes before and after school beginning this week and running until May.