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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School District 833 voters will be asked this fall to chip in more property tax money for local schools.
"Darlene And The Boys," a band fronted by Cottage Grove resident Darlene Nelson, continues to be a force on the local music scene in addition to getting national attention.
School District 833 This summer, seven Oltman Middle School teachers are learning to "flip the classroom," with the help of a $9,800 3M grant.
I made three new friends last week because I wanted to find out more about disc golf.
Pine Hill Elementary School students were on a mission to go fishing.
Children wearing backpacks is an uncommon sight during summer vacation -- unless they're going to school once a week for the Bag of Books program.
In its fifth year, the Top Chef Contest continues to draw local residents with their best recipes that contain strawberries. From salsa to strawberry cole slaw, this Strawberry Fest contest is dominated by home cooking. Youth participation is welcome and encouraged, according to Linda Tennis, who came up with the idea to have a contest and teamed up with Anchor Bank of St. Paul Park. Ellee Clausen, of Cottage Grove, likes to cook and entered her first Top Chef contest two years ago when she was 7.
Pine Hill Elementary School Principal Kevin Samsel is retiring at the end of June -- and for real this time. Samsel came out of retirement to serve as interim principal for one year and stayed for another two years. Stacy DeCorsey, formerly principal of Jordan Elementary School in Jordan, Minn., will take the reins on July 1, a hiring that was approved by the District 833 School Board last week. Samsel, on the last school day of the term, served ice cream treats to first-graders as a reward for their good behavior during the year. After 38 years in education, including 24 in three other di
Twenty-one students earned their diplomas at the District 833 Alternative Learning Center's graduation ceremony last week. Three additional students were listed as graduating but could not attend, including one graduate currently in military basic training. During the ceremony, teachers spoke on behalf of each student and shared their plans for the future. Students finishing their education at the ALC are from all secondary schools in School District 833. Principal Mike Mahaffey and Superintendent Keith Jacobus congratulated the new graduates.
This time of the year, our daughter Margie is submerged in all things strawberry as all local cooks should be doing to get ready for the Top Chef Contest during Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest. The best part of the contest is at the end when everyone in the audience is invited to taste the best offerings of all ages of Cottage Grove cooks for free. There is a youth division as well as those for teens and adults. Recipes have to contain strawberries and everything has to be made from scratch.