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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His message is simple and constant. Everyone can be creative and artistic. Bill Buchner, a commercial graphics illustrator, volunteered to teach art to Hillside Elementary School sixth-graders and they were ready to take the journey. The Cottage Grove resident is getting a chance to do what he thought of doing when he began his graphics career as a young man. Buchner once wanted to be a teacher. One of his art projects involved students making a mosaic with magazine photos.
Most people who know Roger and Ruth Ann Bothe do not know the couple enjoys taking boat tours on the Mississippi River. Maybe it's because of a river connection that goes back to 1850 for the Bothe family. The couple presented the history of their farm at 65th Street and Tower Drive in Cottage Grove to those attending the March meeting of the South Washington Heritage Society in in St. Paul Park. The Bothe family history in America began when Henryk and Louise Bothe, Roger's great-great-grandparents, emigrated in 1850 from Hanover, Germany, They came through the port of New Orleans.
School District 833 will host four public meetings this month to discuss what should be included in a referendum this fall. Because of steady growth, the district needs more buildings, technology upgrades and replacement of heating, cooling and air quality systems in all but the two newest elementary schools. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m., April 10, at Lake Junior High School; 7 p.m., April 17, at Woodbury Junior High School; 7:30 p.m., April 18, at Cottage Grove Junior High School; and at 7 p.m., April 24, at Oltman Junior High School in St.
Former Park High School principal Martin Lynch died of liver cancer June 26 at his St. Paul Park home. "He was one of the best principals Park High School ever had," said Granville "Granny" Smith, retired Park teacher and longtime baseball coach. Lynch, and his wife, Doralene "Dolly," came to Park in 1954 from the Howard Lake Waverly school district. He was an English teacher in the old Park High School in St.