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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Lori Thene said she had "no idea" that the lake in Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park had a fishing pier. After making the discovery, she decided to take advantage of it last week. Thene brought her son, Matt, and his friend, Cameron Tuthill, to the park to fish. "We used leftover sausage from breakfast for bait," she said. The boys were convinced the fish were not biting, but noticed that a group of boys on the other side of the pier were catching a lot of fish.
The following description could have been written about the 21st Annual Ice Cream Social at the Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park held last week. "We held it on the church grounds. There was a cake walk, sundaes, pie, games and old fashioned fun." In truth, it was written about the social held July 28, 1988, and recorded in the church's history. The event is usually held on a hot, sunny day. Church members and friends start the evening with hamburgers, brats, hot dogs and pop.
Most District 833 school board members said Superintendent Tom Nelson met or exceeded expectations in his first year leading the district. Nelson's performance evaluation was part of a recent school board retreat held at the River Oaks Golf Club in Cottage Grove.
School District 833 Superintendent Tom Nelson, during a recent school board retreat, said the district is looking for "willing sellers" in an ongoing process to find land for a third high school if the Sept. 12 referendum passes. The parcels of land being considered are between Bailey Road in Woodbury and 70th Street in Cottage Grove, according to Nelson.
A new course in Family and Consumer Science was recently approved by District 833 officials in response to an increase in student interest in housing and interiors. Housing and Interior Design will be offered during the 2007-08 school year at Woodbury and Park high schools. The course will be offered in conjunction with Inver Hills Community College with an option for high school students to receive credit if they achieve a grade of B-minus or higher. The housing and interiors field is a rapidly growing industry with numerous career opportunities in interior design, real estate and housing
The appeal by Grey Cloud Township to stop the annexation of 300 acres of land bordering on the Mississippi River was denied last week by Washington County District Judge J.E. Cass. After a decision by Administrative Law Judge George Beck last October supporting Gordon Nesvig's petition to have St. Paul Park annex 300 acres of his land west of County Road 75, township officials appealed the order to district court. Nesvig has a contract to sell his land to developer D.R.
District 833 officials recently approved a $132.4 million budget for 2006-07, with no new school taxes to be levied. The new budget climbed 7.44 percent over that of 2005-06, partially due to expected rises in operating expenses, and the decrease in class sizes by an additional one-half student. The average elementary school class will have 28 students.
All parents want their children to be safe, but they can't always cover every bit of information kids need to know in an increasingly complicated world. Safety Camp comes to the rescue. Area youngsters, fourth- through sixth-grade, attended a three-day camp hosted by the Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation Department, last week at Hamlet Park.
Grey Cloud Island Township resident Dave Jasper thinks property owners have a "fundamental right" to choose their government. Some residents on Geneva Avenue and Grey Cloud Trail in Cottage Grove think he has a good idea and half of them signed a petition circulated by Jasper. The six people who signed Jasper's petition lived in Grey Cloud Island Township until it was annexed to Cottage Grove in the early 1980s.
Stymied at first, District 833 officials have found a way to introduce foreign languages to elementary students. Officials are adding after-school classes this fall in Chinese-Mandarin. The language will be offered through Community Education in before- and after-school sessions on days that match up with the availability of activity buses. "Chinese is the language of the future," Assistant Superintendent Linda Rull said, anticipating questions of why Chinese-Mandarin was chosen as the language to be offered.